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Summary:

On this week’s call in podcast we tackle questions about the need for 128 GB of iPad storage, which smartphones have good cameras and the difference between Windows RT and Windows 8.

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This week on the call in podcast we have a number of great questions around the new 128 GB iPad, cameras on smartphones and when’s the best time to ignore the rumors and upgrade your iPhone. Plus we discuss the difference between Windows RT and Windows 8 and get a better understanding of coverage areas and cost savings for Straight Talk.

Do you have a gadget question? Be a part of the show! Just call in and leave a voicemail at 262-KCTOFEL. If you do, we’ll play back the question on the show and answer it. Or you can tweet me at @kevinctofel on Twitter. Each week, I’ll answer as many questions as I can while keeping the podcast to a manageable amount of time: 20 to 30 minutes at most.

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Hosts: Chris Albrecht and Kevin C. Tofel

  • Do I really need a 128 GB iPad?
  • Is now a bad time to upgrade to the iPhone 5?
  • What’s the coverage like for Straight Talk?
  • Which smartphone has the best camera?
  • What’s the difference between Windows RT and Windows 8?
  • How can I best set up iCloud to save storage on my iPhone?

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  1. Cosmin Ciobanu  Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    I think it all comes down to what do you use the iPad for? You need more space if you use it for productivity, business and games (i think).
    Otherwise, my 16gb iPad is enough.

  2. Not all of us live in areas covered by high-speed HSPA+ or LTE cellphone service, so we put our music and video collections ON our devices. Not wanting to violate your data caps with streaming is another consideration when deciding what amount of storage to buy.

  3. I don’t need 126 GBs. But there oughta be a law against selling devices with just 8 or 16 GBs. Or devices that are 32 GBs but the OS uses half.

    I wonder if those who need 126 GBs for architectural or medical purposes will be happy using an SD card on the Surface. Please don’t answer if you aren’t one of these.

  4. I have a question for next weeks show that puzzles a lot of parents:

    My child will be spending a semester abroad. I bought him an unlocked Android phone for his trip. He will buy a local SIM card for his local calls and data while he is away. The question is, what is the least expensive way for him to communicate via text message and voice calls with his friends and parents back in the United States and for us to be able to call him? I would prefer a solution that works on mobile phones rather than using Skype on a computer. Also would a United States based Skype In number be of use?

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