Mobile Phones

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

Can my mobile phone get hacked?

Pixel 4

Episode 1653

Steve from Las Vegas, NV

Steve is having an issue where someone is sending pictures of him to old girlfriends. How can that happen? Leo says that there's a couple of possibilities. One is SIM JACKING: where someone convinces your carrier that they are you and asks for a new SIM. The other option is that a hacker may have hacked your Samsung backup account. So change your password immediately. It's quite likely an ex looking to embarrass you. 

Is the pure Android experience of the Google Pixel better than Samsung?

Android

Episode 1653

Chef Guy from Sonoma, California

Chef Guy wants to know if the pure Android experience on a mobile phone is really better than what you get with Samsung's Touchwiz overlay. Leo says that the pure Google Android experience is better, but there are some things that Samsung adds, like their hearing test option, can be beneficial. But for every one of those, there's a Bixby, which is of no help whatsoever. Leo really likes Google's Pixel 4. Unfortunately, 128GB is the max storage and it doesn't come with an external media option. 

Chris Marquardt and Holiday Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1651

Chris likes shooting pictures during the holidays because it's so different from any other time of the year. Lights, for instance, create a mode, and you can use the placement of those lights, with a shallow depth of field, to make a beautiful image. But you don't want to use a flash. It'll completely kill the mood that you're trying to create. It'll also wash things out and blind your subject. Ultimately, killing the mood. You could use an orange gel on the flash or bounce the flash off the ceiling. That could help.

Why won't Google Photos delete my photos after backup?

Google Photos

Episode 1651

Tom from Cleveland, Georgia

Tom has a Motorola Moto G with Google Photos sync. He deletes the photos from his phone, but it continues to download the images back. Leo says there's a setting in Google Photos to delete local copies of the photos you backup to Photos. You won't lose them if you enable it. In fact, it's streaming that image to your phone in Google Photos. So they aren't really there, they're just thumbnails.

5G Phones are expensive and service is non existent

5G

Episode 1651

A recent article talks about the benefits of 5G and seeks to dispel any myth of what 5G service is. Leo says that he's not recommending 5G phones right now because they are expensive, you have to pay more for 5G service that doesn't really exist now, and it is handled by a group of varying services that will require far more cellphone towers, which haven't been built.  You also need to be within line of sight, which means you won't be able to use your phone in a building.

How can I train Siri to quote me properly?

Siri

Episode 1649

Jeff from Woodland Hills, CA

Jeff wants keyboard shortcuts for his iPhone. Siri keeps misquoting him. Leo says that Siri, and other voice assistants, aren't too bright. But over time, it should adjust to your voice and style. Go to settings - general - keyboard - text replacement. Look in there. Leo also recommends using iOS 13 Shortcuts. That's a great way to customize your iPhone to do things you do all the time.  

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.