Mobile Phones

iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, or feature phones.

What's a Good iPod Replacement?

iPod

Episode 1705

Thomas from Pico Rivera, California

Thomas has an old iPod and the battery is starting to die out. Can he get the battery replaced? Leo says that if Apple is no longer replacing the battery, check out iFixit or a local place that could do it. But the reality is, a replacement may not be all that helpful because people are now using their mobile phones for playing music, and any modern phone or an older phone people no longer use will act as an iPod as well. Leo recommends copying all music onto a PC first. iTunes would work, but it usually doesn't get everything.

What External Mic Can I Connect To My Phone?

BeachTek

Episode 1705

Jerry from Great Falls, MT

Jerry wants to record webinars and wants to know if he can use an external microphone to do it. Leo says he could, but you'd need an adapter for the minijack on the phone. He recommends just using the microphone on the phone. It'll work fine for that. He could take the direct out of the computer using the PC's headphone jack, and then plug that into the jack on the phone. That should bypass it altogether. One other option is to get a directional mic that will plug into your phone as well. Or even a parabolic mic. RODE makes great models with minijack connectors.

Is the Sony Xperia a Good Phone?

Xperia

Episode 1705

Jim from California

Jim wants to know what Leo thinks of the new Sony Xperia phone. Leo says he hasn't had a Sony phone in years, but they appear to be pretty popular. But Leo says that Sony hasn't done that well in the US market and he thinks it's due to their square style. But market saturation is another consideration. But at least they have a headphone jack still. Leo also says that there are constant rumors that Sony is going to abandon the US market. 

Why Does iCloud Keep Putting Photos Back On My Phone?

iCloud

Episode 1705

Jim from Oceanside, CA

Jim's wife has a 32GB iPhone and she keeps running out of space because iCloud keeps downloading the pictures back to her phone. Leo says to look in the Photo settings. Make sure that the "optimize phone storage" feature is enabled. It will keep the full rez photos in the cloud, and a lower rez version on your phone. The other option is to turn off automatic sync to iCloud. That will prevent iCloud from putting them back on the phone and once the user deletes them, they will stay deleted. Then use Google Photos to save photos to the cloud and delete them off the phone.

How do I fix screen burn-in on my Android Phone?

Pixel 4

Episode 1704

Tim from Weeki Wachee, Florida

Tim is having issues with screen burn-in of the status bar on his Android phone and it's OLED screen. How can he avoid it? Leo says it may be possible to avoid it with a custom launcher and rooting your phone. Leo uses Active Launcher. Nova Launcher is another good one. Both have themes, including a clear status bar. The chatroom suggests this article on how to fix screen burn-in.

How Can I Connect My iPad to a Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse?

Lightning Digital AV Adapter

Episode 1703

Ed from Fort Wayne, IN

Ed wants to know if he can connect his iPad or iPhone to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Leo says he can get a lightning to HDMI adapter, and a lightning to digital AV adapter. He can then connect them that way, but the screen aspect ratio won't really fit the screen. But its an interesting idea. Samsung actually played with the idea with their Samsung DEX. 

How long will my Windows phone last?

Nokia Lumia 950

Episode 1700

Jim from Laguna Hills, CA

Jim is still using a Nokia Lumia 950 Windows phone to this day, mostly because of the camera. He really likes it. It's also easy to use. Leo says it may not be for much longer as Microsoft hasn't updated it since 2018, and most apps have simply stopped working. But if it still works now, why not keep using it? It's not a security issue. The only real concern would be the battery. Sooner or later, it will stop charging. But Leo says that leftover stock of the Nokia Lumia 950 is still for sale on Amazon. 

Will Apple come out with an Apple Watch that doesn't need an iPhone?

Apple Watch

Episode 1700

Chris from Miami, FL

Chris recently updated his iPhone to 13.4.1, and it got stuck into restore me mode. He was able to mail his phone to Apple to clear it, but he was without his iPhone for a week, and as such, was stuck with not being able to use his Apple Watch as well. Will they be coming out with a stand-alone Apple Watch with its own connections? Leo says that seems to be the rumor, but you can't do anything on the Apple Watch, really, without the iPhone nearby. That's why Leo always has a backup phone that he can put the SIM into should he have to send the iPhone in for repair. 

How can I sync my Outlook contacts from my old HTC phone?

HTC U11

Episode 1698

Joe from Looking Glass, OR

Joe bought an HTC U11 a few years ago, which could sync with Outlook. But they stopped supporting it and Android killed the sync feature. So how can he sync the phone's outlook contacts before he upgrades to a new phone? Leo says there's a good free third party tool that will sync with the Windows Contacts manager called Syncios Mobile Manager for Android. It'll sync with Windows 10 People app, which can then sync with your Outlook. ​