Mobile Phones

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

Can I increase storage on my mobile phone with a microSD card?

microSD Card & microSD Adapter

Episode 1641

Joseph from Grand Forks, North Dakota

Joseph wants to an SD card into his phone and make it part of "adoptable storage," making the phone think that the phone is larger than it is. Rich says that Samsung doesn't allow that on their phones anymore because it's difficult to do, and if the card gets corrupted or loosened, it could prevent your phone from working properly. So Rich says that even though Android supports it, Samsung may have locked that feature out. Is there a workaround? Rich says you may be able to do it by rooting the phone, but it's not all that easy.

Chris Marquardt ... A Wider Angle

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1641

Chris joins us to talk about using Wider Angles. The new iPhone has a .5x ultra wide-angle lens, and often we can include things in our pictures that we don't want. So Chris recommends doing a background check to see what is in the background. Also, do a "border patrol" and check what's at the edges of your image. See what's going on as it might be intruding in the frame. 

Another issue with ultra wide-angle is a slight distortion at the edges of the frame. Anything at the edge can get stretched. To avoid it, place your subject more towards the middle. 

Should I buy a 5G mobile phone?

5G

Episode 1641

Ryan from Eureka, CA

Ryan has T-Mobile and they offer 600 MHz 5G and 600 Mhz 4G. Should he wait for the One Plus 7T next year? Rich says that 5G isn't really a thing right now. It's not going to be robust and widespread enough for another year. So there's no real rush to get a 5G phone, and they're first-generation anyway which will likely have bugs or fewer features, than if you wait a year. Also, since Ryan lives in a rural area, he's not going to really be able to take advantage of 5G right away anyway. 

Can I get a keyboard for my iPhone?

iPhone 11 Pro

Episode 1641

Scott from Simi Valley, CA

Scott's company is shifting to using the iPhone from laptops and needs a keyboard for it. Rich says any Bluetooth keyboard will work, and he recommends the Logitech K480 ($50) or the Logitech Keys to Go. Is there a wired option? Rich says it's possible that you could get a wired to Bluetooth adapter. But if your company locks down the Bluetooth, you may be out of luck.

Should I Update My Backup iPhone SE?

 iPhone SE

Episode 1640

Max from West LA, CA

Max has an iPhone SE, and he recently upgraded to iOS 13. He bought a second one to keep, just in case. Will it work when he needs it? Rich suggests unboxing the phone and keeping it up to date as new updates occur. He doesn't know what may happen in the future. But the update runway may not be all that long. Still, if he waits to update it, the phone may not be able to connect to the update servers a year or two from now. So keep it updated. 

Why Won't My iPhone Charge in the Car?

 USB-C to Lightning cable.

Episode 1640

Ann from Long Beach, California

Ann complains that her iPhone won't charge in her car anymore. She gets a message saying "accessory not supported." Rich suspects that the port in her mobile device could be a bit dirty and blowing it out could help improve the connection. But it could also be time to get a new cable. They do stop working after a while and that message usually indicates a degrading connection. For the fastest, go with a USB-C to Lightning cable.