Mobile Phones

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Are Apple Airpods Pro Worth $250?

Apple Airpods Pro

Episode 1648

Mark from Sacramento, CA

Mark wants to know if Apple's Pro AirPods are worth the $250 price tag. Leo says that what makes them so expensive is that they are active noise-canceling headphones. But Leo prefers in-ear monitors because they are passive canceling, better audio, and more comfortable to wear. Leo also says that Apple didn't design them to replace the batteries, so when the batteries die, he can only throw them away. That's wasteful. Look at Amazon's EchoBuds. They are just as good and only $129. Leo says they are just as good for 1/2 the price.

Which Cell Phone Should I Upgrade to?

Samsung Galaxy S5

Episode 1648

Kevin from Missoula, Montana

Kevin is looking to upgrade from his 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5. He wants a phone that can multitask. He also is kinda stuck with Consumer Cellular's choice. Is the S10+ a good one? Leo says that the S10+ is larger with a bigger screen, more memory, and better camera. But the S10E is still pretty good. And now is the time to shop. And make sure to save money for a sturdy case. Another option is the One Plus 7 Pro/7T. 

Why is My iPhone Battery Bulging?

iPhone

Episode 1648

Dale from Clio, Michigan

Dale has an iPhone 6s Plus and the battery isn't keeping a charge like it's used to. He's also noticing that his screen feels like it's starting to bulge. Leo says that Dale needs to take it into Apple because the battery is starting to swell and that's a hazard. And Apple may replace it for free. They'll at least replace the battery for $99. If he can't go to an apple store, an authorized Apple repair store will suffice. Or he can try and do it by mail.

What WiFi router should I get for my mom?

Netgear AC1200

Episode 1647

Jack from Stone Mountain, Georgia

Jack's mom is moving into an assisted living facility, and he wants her to have her own WiFi. What router should he get her? Leo says it's a good idea to give her own WiFi access point. It'll protect her. NetGear makes great WiFi Routers. How about a basic wireless access point? Leo says that the router will be better for security, but a WAC is fine. 

Should he get a Samsung Galaxy Note 10? Leo says that since Jack has a note 8, he can trade it in and get a great deal on a Note 10. Go for it.

How Can I Stop My iPhone From Replacing Names With Emojis?

Emojis

Episode 1646

Hector from Napoleon, OH

Hector is having an issue with emojis in voice to text on his iPhone. How can he stop it from happening? Leo suspects that your computer is caching it and accessing it again and again. Go into your settings, general, keyboards, text replacement. Look in there. It may be adding it. Also, look in iCloud and Google contacts to see if it's been placed there.  It should eventually go away. 

Can I Stream Using Cell Phone Service?

Episode 1646

Alex from Long Beach, CA

Alex wants to cut the cable. But he wants to avoid a contract. Can he stream from his phone? Leo says he could, but he will eat up bandwidth data caps in no time. He can eat a gig in an hour. Eventually, cell service will begin throttling. So that's not really the answer. Many cellular providers offer home internet plans. So call the cellular provider and find out. 

Do All Phone Companies Use the Same Cell Towers?

 Cell Towers

Episode 1646

Ed from Clairmore, OK

Ed heard that all cellphone companies use the same towers. Does it really matter what cellphone company you go with? Leo says it isn't always the case that companies share towers, though it's not uncommon that they share the same pole.  But each company has its own. So the notion is right, and it's wrong. Each company has it's own transceivers and antennas. If looking to save money, go with a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). They buy cell services from the big five and sell it for less.