Mobile Phones

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

Why can't my phone do text to speech for my text messages?

Verizon's Messages+

Episode 1742

Dave from Los Angeles, CA

Dave has a new Samsung Galaxy 20+ Android phone. He uses Message Plus with text to speech feature with Verizon. However, he can't get it to work with the new phone. Leo says that it's on Verizon to solve the issue. It's probably a setting in the app that has to be enabled. It's possible that the feature isn't enabled for just reading text messages. Dave says it has the feature, but Verizon can't figure out what's wrong. Leo adds that Verizon's support is terrible. It uses a VOIP solution outside the country and it's terribly latent. 

Why won't my new Android phone receive text messages?

Samsung A01

Episode 1740

Harold from West Covina, CA

Harold got a budget Android A01 phone and it won't take text messages. But it works with his old Samsung. Leo says that since Harold moved to Mint Mobile (who is a sponsor of the TWiT network), it's possible that his settings are misconfigured, and as such, his cell data isn't getting through. This can happen when you're moving things over. Mint says it may not be compatible with their service. Leo suspects that Harold's phone is from another region and as such, the radios aren't compatible for the US, when it comes to SMS Text messaging. That's likely the issue.

Reviews state Android Phones Have a Better Camera than the iPhone 12 ... But

iPhone 12

Episode 1740

Reviews state Android phones have a better camera than the iPhone 12 ... but Leo says that we've reached a point in the quality of mobile phone cameras that it's more a matter of preference than actual quality differences. All mobile devices have great cameras now, it's just a matter of what features each enjoys.

5G iPhone 12 Ships

iPhone 12

Episode 1739

Apple's 5G capable iPhone 12 has shipped and people are already complaining about bad battery life. Leo says that's because 5G Millimeter Wave isn't widespread and your phone is spending all its time searching for a 5G tower that isn't near you. 

Leo's waiting for the iPhone 12 Pro Max because of its third camera. That will be available on November 6.

Apple announces iPhone 12 with 5G

iPhone 12 Max with Dolby Vision!

Episode 1738

This week, Apple announced four new iPhones around the iPhone 12 moniker. Starting at 128GB. The big thing is that the phones will support 5G access, which Leo says is limited in range and available only in select cities. It's going to be at least a year before 5G is nationwide. So while you're paying for 5G, you're not getting 5G and won't for a while.

But what Leo is really excited about is the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera, which can shoot 4K60 HDR video in DOLBY VISION. And it will really show how Apple Silicon is going to be a game-changer.

How Can I Sync My Handwritten Notes to the Cloud?

OneNote

Episode 1737

Alan from North Hollywood, CA

Alan is a doctor and would like to find an app that will be able to read his terrible handwriting and sync it to his computer. Alan uses Color Note, but unfortunately, it doesn't sync. Leo says that Microsoft OneNote can do it, and it'll sync to the cloud. Google Keep does it as well, and it's free. There are hundreds of apps for this. Just find one you like.

There's also a feature of Android called "Your Phone," which will enable Alan to see his handwritten phone apps on his computer.

New iPhones Confirmed with Apple Announcement

iphone 12

Episode 1737

Apple had their "Hi Speed" iPhone event Tuesday, confirming four new iPhones including the new iPhone Mini. But Leo says that they left a few things hanging including when the new Apple Silicon Macs will be announced. Leo says it's likely going to be a seperate event around the middle of November. Tuesday, all Apple talked about is the new Homepod Mini, an intelligent voice assistant/speaker running Siri. The important thing about the HPMini is the price. $99 putting it closer in line with Amazon's Alexa and the Google Home Assistant. 

How do I make a ring tone?

iTunes

Episode 1736

Steve from Hermosa Beach, CA

Steve wants to know how to make a ring tone. Leo says there are two ways he does it - first use Garage Band to make it and then export it out as an m4r file. You may need to save it as an m4a file and then just rename it. It has to be no more than 40 seconds. The second thing is to use iTunes. Import it into iTunes or Music if you're using a current Mac. In Windows, though, it's still iTunes. Import your clip and select the 40-second clip. Then save it as an m4r file and move it into the TONES folder. Then sync it to your phone via USB. Not iCloud.