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Accidents happen. It might as well be a scientific law—no matter how hard you try, accidents are unavoidable. With our increasing connectivity and phone use, many of these accidents now tend to involve our phone screens. A shattered phone screen renders a phone unusable, but usually doesn’t damage the functionality of the internal mechanisms. Getting a phone screen repaired by an expert can save the cost of buying a completely new phone.

With the rate at which phone screens shatter, many companies have begun to offer do-it-yourself screen repair kits. These kits “allow” the novice to become an expert, spending less money and less time. This DIY option is incredibly risky. Smartphones are intricate and complex; these kits often don’t come with all the proper tools to ensure a careful fix, and without the experience of a proper phone screen repairman, you could seriously damage crucial parts of the phone. Phone repair requires patience, expertise, a sterile environment, and steady hands. There are many reasons not to try to fix your screen on your own:

1.Do-It-Yourself Repair Equals Risk

Doing your own phone screen repair risks all the data on your phone. Most people don’t think to continually back up phone data, and botched self-repair can erase valuable pictures, contacts, and app information. Furthermore, it’s easy to hurt yourself with the sharp and tiny tools.

2.You Don’t Stand to Gain Much

DIY might be cheapest, but the local repair shops are usually only about $50 more. Repair shops promise a more seamless and quick repair than DIY with a fraction of the risk.

3.Finding the Right Part is Tough

Lots of options are out there for replacement parts, and to the novice, they all may seem the same. Manufacturers don’t want it to be easy to find parts, since easy access to parts leads to more DIY fixes and fewer phones being sent in for repair. It takes a long time to find the proper parts, and once you do find them, they’re expensive.

4.It’s Hard to Find a Sterile Work Space

Small particles can get stuck inside of a phone when the screen is removed. An area that you think is safe to work on may be have food crumbs, pet hair, or other invasive materials that can impact the device.  Creating a legitimately sterile workplace to minimize the chance of accidents and contamination can be difficult, and it can be hard to know if a space is fully sterile or not.

5.It May Not Be a Permanent Fix

A DIY fix probably won’t stay fixed as reliably as a professionally repaired screen. Without proper tools and technology to best tighten and secure a screen, it may be more liable to brake again, leading to another costly fix. Avoid the hassle and the emotional rollercoaster by getting it done right the first time.

Now What?

DIY phone screen repair is not worth the risk. To ensure the best chance of preserving phone data and value, take your phone to a professional screen repair shop.  For screen repair in Kennesaw, consider Computers R Us Atlanta for a comprehensive fix.

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Preserving smartphone battery life seems like an uphill battle. As the world around us grows more virtual and intertwined, more and more apps and features demand screen time, and global culture is becoming more forgiving (and even demanding) of the interconnectivity that constant phone use provides. It seems like phones need to be charged every day or we risk a total shutdown. While this might be indicative of a legitimate issue, most of us are just overworking our phone batteries through inefficient use. These six tips and tricks can help you extend your battery life:

  1. Turn Off Background Refresh

Most phones come automatically activated with a setting to constantly check and refresh apps, even when they aren’t open. Phone power and battery is being spent unnecessarily refreshing apps so the most updated information is immediately available the next time you open it. This takes up a lot of battery life for an unneeded task.

  1. Reduce Screen Brightness

Creating that ultra-bright screen takes a lot of power. An hour-long test saw that an iPhone spent 54% less battery when the screen was on minimum brightness as compared with maximum brightness. Most smartphones offer an auto-adjust feature that brightens and dims the screen depending on the brightness of the surroundings. This feature will save you battery life and make smartphone use more convenient.

  1. Lower the Screen Timeout

Smartphones automatically turn to rest mode after either a certain period of nonuse or from being untouched after a notification wakes up the screen. This period can usually be set anywhere from 15 seconds to 2 minutes. By keeping this period short, less battery will be wasted while the phone is not in use, leading to more battery life saved. This feature will usually be found under the ‘display’ section of your settings, and with a variety of options, you can play around with the shortest time setting you’re comfortable with.

  1. Install an Ad-Blocker

It might seem like ad-blockers are just for desktops and laptops, but many ad-block apps are available for smartphones. These apps work to block power-demanding advertisements that commonly popped up on an internet browser. Ad blockers have shown to adjust the browser’s battery usage from 18% to 9%.

  1. Adjust Your Email

Some people need constant email updates; other people aren’t as connected to their email. Regardless of your preference, phones come with an automatic mail fetching option called push turned on. This feature “pushes” emails to appear on your phone as soon as they’re received by your inbox. While this is crucial for a worker on the move, push might not be worth the battery power it demands for you.  Check your mail settings to turn off or adjust push and save battery.

  1. Get Your Phone Fixed

A rapidly dying phone battery might be indicative of an actual technical issue with your phone. If your battery isn’t getting any better with these tips and battery drainage becomes unmanageable, consider bringing your phone to a phone fixing agency to have it inspected. For phone repair in Kennesaw, consider the services offered by Computers R Us Atlanta.

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2016 should go down in history as Year of the Object Lesson. The two top mobile phone companies blew it badly in rolling out their flagships. In the rush to get the profitable high-end phones to market, Samsung and Apple got a pass and both phones entered the market with significant flaws. Apple – known for meticulous product testing – ended up getting significant blowback even from longtime fans. About the nicest thing said about it was that it was only a little different from the iPhone 6 series. Let’s look at what went right with iPhone 7 and what went wrong.

 

Right! (^▽^)

Wrong! (>_<)

Camera heaven! Seriously. This might be the best camera most people ever get their hands on. You have a four-tone LED flash, optical image stabilization, and f/1.8 lens. On the 7 Plus, you get twice the awesome with an f/2.8 telephoto lens with dual focus that works with the f/1.8 wide angle. You could buy it just for the camera.

No headphone jack when wireless audio system lacks full development. You can use the Lightning to 3.5mm dongle to plug in your headphones, but it’s awkward and inelegant. The AirPods are puzzlingly mediocre and don’t deliver great sound to your head, and are not going to win any converts.

More battery life thanks to the A10 Fusion processor’s dual low-power cores. Lasts twice as long as the 6 series.

Jet black model has cheap, chippy paint.

Better display. Apple keeps leading the pack when it comes to display, and the 7 and 7 plus are no exception. More colors, more pixels, more depth of color. You’ll notice it when viewing media and especially when you blow up your photos.

It’s mostly a 6 series in a different case. As mentioned previously, this is a 6.x phone more than a whole new 7. The object of a new release is to release something new, not tack on some new stuff and call it a new production.

A10 Fusion processor. Low power, high efficiency, and screaming performance. This chip is to the previous series as a Formula 1 car is to a Toyota. It’s a bright spot for sure.

Dongles. Wires. Dongles and wires everywhere. You’re going to lose them and have to buy new ones, and it’s going to be a pain.

Water resistance. You can drop it in the pool and you’re okay. If it’s in there for 30+ minute you’re not.

Not waterproof.

Taptic engine fools your brain. It’s really neat to get that “button feel.”

The home button is useless without skin contact.

There are also a plethora of other issues ranging from the processor hissing at high loads, to an easily scratched camera lens and battery bulge. There’s still no fast charging or wireless charging. In short, you can look at 7 as a transitional phone much as Windows 8 was a transition to Windows 10. It feels as if Apple didn’t have enough to make a really awesome new phone in time to beat Samsung to the punch. As a result, you get a souped up iteration of the 6, a few cool new features, but it feels kind of like a letdown. Apple has always had the Jobs focus, but with the 7 it feels as if that focus missed the target.

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It’s a little soon to say for sure, but the release is scheduled for fall of 2017 – possibly at the CTIA/GSMA SuperMobility show in San Francisco. However, if leaks reported in Forbes are correct, you should start stuffing the piggy bank for a $1,000+ case of sticker shock – but there might be wireless charging and a 2700 mAh battery. That might not make you say, “Sounds legit!” and send you out to rifle the sofa for spare change in the cushions, but OLED screens – 160 million of them are on order from-

Wait for it.

The OLED screens are being made by Samsung.

So you have the specs for a great screen, but one made by Apple’s biggest competitor. Shades of “This is our getting along shirt.” Rumors tease a bezel-less 5.8 inch screen and a radical departure for the casing – it might be made of glass. That would be pretty impressive! Other leaks tease a class back, but a stainless steel frame to whole the whole thing together.

The new processor is likely to be an A11 Fusion, and we can still hope for a boost in RAM to 3 and 4 gigabytes. Security upgrades are also a possibility, with a new feature that could take a thief’s photo and fingerprints, and a retinal scanner like Samsung’s is a possibility – though as slow as Samsung’s is, Apple would really have to beef up the performance. It is the tenth anniversary of iPhone, so Apple is all but required to go really big.

It’s a best guess that Apple knew they were rolling out a less-than-stellar phone with the 7 and 7 Plus, just to up the Wow Factor for the iPhone 8 10th anniversary edition. They might have been using the diehard Apple user base as beta testers for some of the new wireless features as well. Like it or not, we are all beta testers when it comes to our favorite devices. More leaks will be afoot in the coming months, but we can keep having high hopes for the next iPhone.

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