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iPhone repair is better handled by the cell phone repair service. They have all the first hand details you need to fix your iPhone. Replacing your phone with a new one is not the best solution. This is because the phone is bound to get more damages with time. It only means that you will be making frequent trips to the shops to get a new iPhone. You need to know the best place where you can get your iPhone repair. It will save you the agony and cost of going for a new iPhone.
Comparing the iPhone 3GS and the 4 in iPhone repair
The 3GS repairs and the 4 repairs are very similar. Most of these iPhones are very vulnerable to damages when you are opening them. There are more chances of causing physical damages when you open to repair it. Despite the fact that there are many similarities between the iPhone 4 repair and the iPhone 3GS, it does not mean that you have to open them in the same manner. They are not supposed to be opened in a similar manner. This is what will turn that whole exercise into a whole scot affair.
The case of the iPhone 3GS is different. When you want to do iPhone repair, you need to check where the screws are located. The iPhone 3GS has only two screws that you need to open. Screws are normally located in the docking port of the iPhone. You only need a suction cup to assist you in the opening. This is what will enable you to lift the glass away from the iPhone. If you are through with this procedure, it will be easy to do the glass replacement easily.
Through hard work and total commitment, you can be able to locate the best iPhone repair shops. It is good to look for the best firms that have good reputation. There should be laid down principles concerning services to clients; quick services, professional repairs and distribution of goods or items of great quality to customers. This is how you are going to get the best technicians for your iPhone repair.
Mutual relationship with customers and continuity in business field is very important for an iPhone repair service. You should look for a repairer who deals in a variety of iPhones. He/she should be guided with desire to satisfy the needs of all types of customers. In consistence with this, try to locate good shops that can repair all types of iPhones ranging from the 2G, 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S models hence covering all areas as far as iPhones are concerned. This should be not only for the sake of staying in business but also making sure that every iPhone that is put to their hands goes back to the customer fixed the best way possible.
Cell phones becoming a must have of all people in all walks of life, meaning you might need cell phone repair. This is because of the possibilities and features of the cell phone. It is device for unfathomable entertainment. If you want live TV, you can easily get it on a cell phone. Yet at the core of it, you can still use a cell phone to access social network sites. This is one of the reasons why kids as young as 12 years posses a cell phone. If you want to access streaming music, a cell phone is all you need. You can also enjoy good gaming platform even when you are mobile. In short, the possibilities and features of cell phones are almost endless. Despite all these positive accolades, the cell phone is still vulnerable. You will need cell phone repair no mater how careful you are.
We also discovered Fake Conversation this week. It lets you arrange a fake phone call to your iPhone. Great to get yourself out of that boring family function or just to impress girls at the bar (there’s a Doctor conversation that tells you what to say so you sound professional).
All Things D broke the news this morning – Apple is going to hold its media event on October 4th. One of the main announcements at this event will undoubtedly be the iPhone 5 and its own release date. Sure, we’ll get some information on the iPod touch and new Macbooks, but everyone is excited because we will finally (hopefully) get some information on the new iPhone.
Tim Cook will be making his debut of sorts as the CEO of Apple. Since Steve Jobs was integral to media events like these in the past, Tim Cook taking over means taking over being the face of Apple. Cook will have to run the event, especially if he wants to convince any of his naysayers that Apple will be the same company without Steve Jobs at the helm.
Now, this October 4th announcement does shed a little doubt on the previously reported Oct. 15th release date. While I suppose that it is possible for Apple to go from announce to release in 11 days, it does feel a bit short. In perspective, the iPhone 4 was announced on June 7, 2010, then released on June 24. That’s 17 days between, so 11 would close the gap by almost a week. Completely possible, but a little more of a stretch.
But when it comes down to it, on October 4th Apple has two big reasons for everyone in the tech world to tune in.
While we constantly worry about keeping our iPhones in pristine condition, we sometimes forget to do more than slap a cover on it and try to keep from dropping it in water. But we can do more to keep our iPhones working smoothly.
I’m not going to tell you to try and take your phone apart. All of these tips are easy and should do no damage to your phone as long as you do not deviate from the instructions.
- Ear Speaker: Dust this with a soft nylon brush, even the free toothbrush that you get from the dentist would work. Try to get all the dust out of the speaker. Your sound will improve and keeping it clean will keep your speaker functioning properly.
- USB Port: Use the same toothbrush (not the one you use to brush your teeth) and dust out the USB/Charging port. It’s really important to keep the charging port clean, because dust can keep your phone from connecting properly.
- Headphone Jack: If you are getting static sounds when you plug in your headphones, try taking a Q-tip dipped in a little rubbing alcohol and rubbing it in the headphone jack. That should clean out all the dust and restore your sound.
- Screen: Make sure you use a screen protector! These will keep your phone screen from getting scratched. I just had to replace my own screen protector because it got scratched, but it saved the phone from the damage. Repair Labs techs recommended Wrapsol protectors, because they provide a slightly thicker plastic for better protection.
These are all pretty simple things that you can do yourself. Some of these simple maintenance tips can keep your iPhone from having major problems later, which of course, we all know we enjoy.
- How to put on a screen protector on a smartphone (vodafone.com.au)
It’s happened to you before. You’ve accidentally gotten your iPhone wet, whether in a pool, the ocean, washing machine, or dropping it in the toilet, the end result is always the same. Water + iPhone = :’( But never fear! The internet can provide you with a multitude of solutions!
The internet lies.
We all know this, right? I mean, you’ve probably been taught since the internet became public that it was easy for people to put whatever they wanted to out there, since it’s a free-for-all type of thing (and for those of you younger than me who can’t remember or weren’t yet born when Email was brand new, I feel really old about now. I mean, I was young, but I remember.) Just remember your grade school teachers telling you that citing things from the internet was a bad idea because people can lie with no check and balances to catch them. Unless it’s a comment board. And then all of them lie. Fun little game we’re playing, right?
Anyway, I decided to ask the wonderful techs at Repair Labs to tell me which of the water-damage tips I gleaned today were myths or not. Some are obvious; others are supposedly tried and true, but don’t actually work. Without further ado, the Top 10 iPhone Water Damage Myths:
- Oven – I am serious, people recommend this. The idea is that the heat draws out the water. The problem is no one tells them that anything over 130° F will fry their phone, damaging it far worse than it was before.
- Microwave – I am not sure why anyone would think this was a good idea. Metal parts. Microwave. Have you ever put a CD or fork in a microwave? Just do that with a device that cost $400! Always a good idea. (Sarcasm)
- Hair Dryer – Heat is the common thread here, and while people are sort of on the right track, there is one problem. With a hair dryer you can’t regulate just how hot it will get, and get too close, the heat intensifies.
- Heat Lamp – Again, heat is good, but too much heat and you can do some serious damage to your phone. Best to avoid anything really hot all together.
- Freezer/Fridge – Opposite end of the spectrum here, and I never really saw any justification as to how this would help your phone. While the cold itself would probably not damage your phone, frozen water melts eventually.
- Salt – Salt dries things out since it absorbs moisture. The problem is that it can corrode your phone’s parts. Corrosion will happen with extensive water damage, and you don’t want to speed that process along.
- Open up & Wind Dry – While the techs say that this theoretically works, the problem is you have to get into the phone first. The iPhone 3G has 12 screws to get into the back, and the battery is hidden behind other components. While the iPhone 4 only has 3, you still run the risk of breaking bits and pieces of your phone.
- Dry with Towel – Same thing again, it works, but you have to get it open first. Of course, with a towel you run the risk of getting fuzzies and other undesirable things into the inner workings of your phone.
- Silica Gel Packets – While this works on light water damage, it will not work well if you’ve accidentally submersed your phone. The gel packets will only draw out the water they can touch.
- Rice – This is the favorite internet tip. The techs told me they get a lot of water-damaged phones in baggies full of rice. So while uncooked rice can work on small spills, it will not on something that’s been more heavily damaged. Like the gel packets, rice has to make contact with the water, and taking your phone to that many pieces puts you at risk to break something else. (One of the techs joked that you should put your iPhone in a bowl of uncooked rice and then stick it in the oven. Oh guys.)
So, what do you do when you soak your phone? Honestly, the best answer is to send it to a certified technician, because they can take your phone apart and make sure that everything is dried out properly. If you miss just one drop, it can continually corrode your phone and the components. And if you try to take your phone apart, you can end up breaking the glass, housing, any number of things really.
The guys do recommend that if you feel confident, taking your battery out is key. But don’t try to take it apart more than that.
And don’t ship it to a repairs place in a ziplock baggie. That will actually seal the moisture in with the phone and can cause further damage. Breathable bubble wrap is always best.
Although they do ask that you send them your phone in some rice. The guys do get hungry from time to time.
This afternoon I walked into a room where three techs were hard at work repairing iPhones, iPads, and other smartphones. I asked them a pretty simple question – what are your favorite apps?
I didn’t really give them time to think, though they did keep coming at me with responses minutes later. We narrowed it down to Apple-only apps, and I will list their favorites below. I was surprised that not all of the apps were games. When I asked about productivity apps, however, they did kind of laugh at me. Oh well.
TiKL – A Touch to Talk app, TiKL allows you to communicate with your friends via its walkie-talkie function. One of the techs said they used it at a camping trip a few weeks ago and it was great for that.
Pulse – This is one that I personally love, and was not surprised that the guys mentioned it. An RSS/News reader, Pulse loads all your content into a mosaic, lets you save articles for reading later through Instapaper, and lets you share your favorite posts with Twitter and Facebook.
Flud – The guys also recommended this reader. A lot like Pulse, but some people will find they prefer one over another. It also syncs with Instapaper, Facebook, and Twitter, so you can save and share your favorite content.
Craigslist (Pro): The guys were kind of split on whether to go Pro or not, but Pro does offer a few more features. Plus, it’s only $0.99, so the spare change is worth the upgrade. They liked that they could save searches, have full-screen photos, and reply to posters directly from the app. Better than having to run and find your computer or try and copy and paste the address into your email.
Spotfiy: This is relatively new in the States, as the program itself just came from across the Pond. It does require a $10/month subscription, but we all love Spotify’s interface and the ability to choose the songs. Pandora should learn from that.
Battery Doctor Pro: An app that tracks your battery’s usage and lets you know how to use it more effectively. It also tells you when to charge your iPhone, so you won’t run into the overcharging problem that many of us have.
So, what are your favorite apps? Yes, games included. Comment below.
One of the biggest problems iPad repair companies are seeing these days is issues with Wifi interference. Wifi interference can be a problem for all Apple devices, so here is a quick guide to troubleshooting the main causes.
If you’re experiencing continuing Wifi problems with your iOS device, it gets pretty frustrating to do even the simplest things, like check email and use your GPS. But luckily there are some great workarounds that can help you get the most out of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch Internet usage.
Here are four simple ways to get rid of Wifi interference from Tipb
Reset/reboot your router and your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Start out with a clean slate.
Reposition your route in case a particularly dense object like a wall, elevator shaft, etc. is getting in the way of the signal.
Change your Wi-Fi router channel. Sometimes a microwave can interfere, sometimes other devices.
Try the low end, high end, and middle until you find what works best.For iPad 2, try switching to the 5 GHz band. There’s much less interference on that frequency.
Be sure to be on the lookout for other causes of regular interference. It could be a microwave, garage door opener, Bluetooth streaming or any one of a number of identifiers.
iPad 2 users in general have reported Wifi issues. What has been your experience with Wifi use in your iOS device? Leave a comment below.
iPhone 4 Repair If you want to download YouTube or Vimeo videos directly to your iPhone or iPad, now you can. What makes it even better, you don’t need a jailbroken device.
When you open TagDisk you will see the “Disk” screen. Click the browser on the bottom toolbar and type “youtube.com” into the address bar.
When you get to the YouTube home page, search for videos you want to keep. When you find a video to download, hold down the link with your finger and a menu pops up. Choose “Download Link” and the video will download to your device.
As the video downloads, you can move on and queue multiple videos and they will download sequentially to your device. Once your downloads are finished, click the “Disk” icon in the lower toolbar and go to Documents where your downloaded videos are stored. Now you can click on any of the downloaded videos and watch them anytime, regardless of network connection.