What’s the Difference Between the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c?

A Careful Look Shows Slight Variances 

The iPhone 5s (A1533, A1453, etc.) and 5c (A1456, A1532) are very popular, just like any other iPhone model. But, many people probably aren’t even aware that there are different versions of the 5. So what are the differences between the 5s and the 5c? Is one a better buy than the other? Here, we take a look for you:

First and foremost, the physical difference you will first see is that the iPhone 5s lacks a rounded square icon on the home button. The iPhone 5c does have this, though. The iPhone 5s can be set up with a biometric identification. You will notice that it has a Touch ID button when the other one does not.

The iPhone 5c is slightly thicker than the iPhone 5s. The back camera for the iPhone 5s has better quality than the 5c. They are supposed to have identical battery lives and standby times, same megapixels for cameras and are very similar in weight, with the iPhone 5c weighing slightly more, which makes sense because it is a bit thicker.

So, you won’t notice much of a difference between these two models, but if you are looking for more advanced technology, then the iPhone 5s takes the cake because of its Touch ID feature, which is really cool and offers an added layer of protection to users. If you purchase either one, you are not likely to be disappointed.

Best Screen Protectors for iPhones

If You Own An iPhone, You Will Want To Read This!

There are so many screen protectors on the market when it comes to iPhones. Why? Because each iPhone costs a reasonable amount of cash, with some being several hundred dollars. Obviously, users want to avoid damage whenever possible, and they do this by taking precautionary measures such as purchasing screen protectors. With so many options to choose from, how can you know what will really work? Have a look at this list for some ideas.

OtterBox Screen Protectors

This company makes screen protectors that not only protect your device, but also have the ability to make it difficult for others to see what exactly you are doing with your iPhone, and to enhance image quality and coloring. They don’t cost too much, either, ranging from approximately $20 to $40.

ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass

This is resistant to fingerprints, thin, and has oleophobic coating. It even comes with privacy glass. This is pretty cool if you are a private person who doesn’t want others to know what you are looking at.

Patchwork ITG MAX Impossible Tempered Glass Screen Protector

This is made from top grade raw glass, and like ZAGG screen protectors as mentioned previously, offers oleophobic coating. You won’t see fingerprints with this one at all.

These are some of the most popular and effective screen protectors on the market. Remember these brands if you are looking for one and you are unlikely to be disappointed.

iPad Air 3 Speculation

If you are excited for the iPad Air 3, then you are amongst a crowd of many, many people. There are dozens of rumors being thrown around regarding its much-anticipated arrival. According to generally reliable sources, here is what people are speculating:

There might be a thinner design. Since the iPad Air 2 was the thinnest tablet produced by Apple, it would seemingly make sense that the iPad Air 3 would be even thinner. This makes for easier portability, of course, and is something that users tend to appreciate tremendously. Of course, with the bending problems reported with the iPhone 7 Plus, this is something that the company would have to be careful of. The thinner the device, the higher the likelihood that it will have the ability to bend. Maybe this is something that is being looked into. Who knows? Hopefully it is, because no one wants to end up with a broken tablet.

There might be a new operating system – the iOS 9! This is being speculated by multiple sources.

There will probably be improved memory. This is a consistent improvement amongst newly released devices. More efficiency when it comes to memory is always a good thing.

These are just some potential changes that might come along with the iPad Air 3. People are excited about it and rightfully so. It is sure to show improvements and hopefully the bending problem that other newly released devices are facing will be resolved.

Which iPad is best for you?

Whether you are shopping around for your kid’s birthday or just curious as to what you can more easily keep them entertained with on the go, surely iPads and other tablets have crossed your mind. There are different options available on the market today, from the iPad mini to the iPad Air 2, and the anticipated iPad 3. So, how do you know which one will work best for your little one? Here are some thoughts –

Apple iPad mini

This is small, hence the name so it is easy to carry around. Going on a road trip? Bring an iPad mini so your kids will be entertained. It doesn’t have a Retina screen but it comes at a good price especially compared to other iPad models. You probably don’t want to spend a ton since your child won’t be using it all of the time, but it’s a good way to keep them busy at least some of the time.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

This is popular for kids as per Android tablets. It comes with screen time management and access to Google Play, amongst other features.

As for devices made by the most popular distributors, these tablets seem to be the most popular for kids. There are other ones on the market, especially for smaller kids, such as Leap Pad. It’s a good idea to talk to Apple or to your provider to see which one would be the best option. You can tell them your child’s age, interests, etc. and they might even be able to offer you a refurbished tablet for a lower price tag.

Common iPhone Problems

Something Wrong? You’re Probably Not Alone

There are some problems that seem to be consistent with iPhones, and some of the issues span across various models. From screens that freeze to batteries that won’t charge, there is always some sort of issue that seems to come up. So what are some of the most common ones?

Battery Problems

iOS updates have notoriously affected the iPhone 5 battery life. But, the battery can prove problematic even if you don’t download the latest software updates. What can you do? Some quick tips include making sure that any apps which aren’t in use are closed out of; the screen brightness should be turned down if possible; the device shouldn’t be left on a charger for long periods of time after it reaches a 100% charge; and if apps can be deleted because they are merely taking up space, then they should be.

Frozen Screen

If your screen keeps freezing, this could indicate a possible problem with the LCD. Luckily, you have options like third party repair shops to help you for a fair price.

Unstable WiFi

You might notice yourself having an unstable WiFi connection consistently. One thing you can try is a factory reset, and you can also try replacing your router.

For all problems, there are solutions, and these are just some of the most common issues people with iPhones tend to complain about. If you are dealing with any of them, or something else, speak with your provider because the fix might be quite simple.

Rumors About the Next iPhone – Will it Be The 7?

Excitement is Starting to Build Up

Every time a new Apple device comes out, it is surrounded by a lot of excitement. This is rightfully so, because the crew at this technological-mastermind-sort-of company never fails to amaze with the awesome new features they somehow come up with, and their manipulation of technology. Originally believed that an iPhone 6S might be announced to the public, many are now speculating that the device would be too advanced to merely be called the 6S.

How so?

Supposedly, it will utilize different touch technology, in which the user’s finger is able to decide how big the pressure is that is being exerted. This would make interacting with the interface somewhat different, offering perhaps more control to users. It should come in different sizes, too, probably in the ballpark of 5 plus inches. Of course, this is only rumored information, and sources are saying things like, “We don’t know a ton of information, but we know that we want it” – and this seems to be something everyone can agree with.

A September unveil date is expected for this one because typically new devices are brought to light in the fall – again though, this is all speculation. Regardless of what the new iPhone brings, it is sure to impress users. Apple never seems to fail in this area. Get excited and start saving up – the next iPhone model is sure to be awesome.

Haven’t Bought the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge? Maybe You Shouldn’t…

There are a lot of things to like about the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Something that you are sure to dislike though is the very hard to repair screen. It’s great so long as you keep it protected, but if something goes wrong, be prepared for trouble…

If you have the Galaxy S6 Edge and it is out of warranty, then having the screen fixed will cost you a pretty penny through your carrier or Samsung. This can be unfortunate, especially considering you already put a lot of money into this device. Another option is to use a third party repair shop. You should be able to find one locally, but make sure they have good reviews and that the experts are truly “experts.”

The slim design of the Galaxy S6 Edge makes it very difficult to fix when the screen becomes broken, because there is a whole lot of possibility for mistakes to happen. There are also a lot of parts squeezed into a small space. That’s why you should never try to fix it yourself – of course you can find online tutorials instructing you on what to do, but it’s best to just let a professional do the job. You can expect for specialized parts to be involved, and the average person will not have immediate access to these components. Replacement part professionals will, though.

If you haven’t yet purchased the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, think twice if you tend to be a bit on the clumsy side with technology. Screen damage is the most common problem users face, and it is the most difficult to fix. Just keep this in mind if you are shopping around.

Model numbers include:Samsung SM-G925FSamsung SM-G925W8Samsung SM-G925PSamsung SM-G925A, Samsung SM-G925TSamsung SM-G925R4Samsung SM-G925VSamsung SM-G9250Samsung SM-G925I

Enjoy Using a Pen Rather Than Your Finger?

Larger Screens Reign Supreme!

If you are a smartphone user who is really conscious of germs or who just prefers to not use their finger on their screen, then new devices boasting larger screens might be your best bet. There is a lot of hype surrounding the bigger screens that smartphones, tablets and phablets are coming out with, and they don’t merely benefit those who struggle with poor eyesight.

Devices You Should Consider

The Samsung Galaxy S5 offers plenty of space for you to write on with your pen. The S5 actually has a 5.1 inch screen. Travel often? Consider a phablet like the LG G Flex Phablet, which allows for plenty of room to write with its 6 inch screen. This is great for those who like to jot down notes on the go, but want something that is still small enough to carry around without being annoying.

Other Benefits

The iPhone 5s, 5c, 6 and 6 Plus boast great voice recognition software. This incredible feature allows users who are unable to see their screen or to type, to enjoy their device and keep in touch with friends and family in a convenient way. So, these devices with big screens have big things to offer, aside from the simple ability to use a pen rather than your fingers. Check them out if you haven’t yet done so. You won’t be disappointed.

Model numbers with larger screens include but are of course not limited to – 5c (A1532, A1456), 6 (A1549, A1586), 5s (A1533, A1433), and 6 plus/6 + (A1522, A1524). Do a search online or talk with your carrier to get everything that you need out of your device. And trust that if you prefer to use a pen, you have plenty of options.

New Android vs IOS 8 Operating System

What Are The Real Differences?

At the end of 2014, there were some major changes made to the Android system – the Android 5.0 Lollipop was launched, close to the same time iOS 8 was released. iOS 8 allows for plenty of multitasking and offers the convenience of the whole screen sliding down with a double tap of the home button – this is helpful considering the larger screen size that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have. There are some similarities and differences between the Android 5.0 L and iOS 8 operating systems, which are discussed here.

Popular Apps and Notifications

Say you use the Facebook app. Now, with the iOS 8 updates, you will not have to actually open up the app in order to do things such as “like” statuses. So, you can be using a different app and basically respond to the notification that pops up on your phone. Android notifications will appear prioritized and you can double tap them to open them or just dismiss them by swiping them away. This is a similar feature between the two systems.

Battery Life

In terms of battery, the life of smartphones/tablets using the Android 5.0 Lollipop system should be slightly longer because of the battery saving mode. A big complaint about Apple iPhones is that they don’t always have the best battery life. Maybe this is something that will change in the near future.

Security Features

The Apple iOS 8 system allows users to have access to their device with their fingertips. You can add another person’s finger print to your device should you wish to have someone else be able to access it. The new Android system will allow users to unlock their device without entering a passcode but only if they are close enough to another device – Android could play a bit of catch up in this area.

Both systems offer top-notch features that are quite exciting! Browse the Internet or talk to your provider for more information.

Large Screens Are Not Indestructible

Newer Devices Do Not Necessarily Mean More Resilience

Newer devices when it comes to smartphones offer a world of difference from some of their older versions. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, for instance, offer features that older models like the iPhone 4 just don’t have. A person who has limited vision, for instance, could use these models thanks to technological advancements such as Siri. The screen is larger, which is great because it’s easier to see and use, but it is also more prone to breaking. There are videos on YouTube that show people attempting to break the screen of the iPhone 6 – which isn’t something anyone should deliberately try to do – but it reveals that it is in fact possible to damage, just like any other phone.

Research Shows…

SquareTrade (a protection plan provider) did a study that revealed the iPhone 5S screen is more likely to break than the iPhone 5 screen. They tested the device based on various factors that included weight, size and of course, materials. Based on their tests, they did find that some newer models were more likely to suffer from broken screens than older ones. SquareTrade also found that iPhone 4 screens broke 80 plus percent more than the iPhone 3GS screen.

The Reason?

It looks like the more glass, the more room there is for damage to occur. When the surface area of glass is doubled, it makes sense that there is a higher chance of the screen breaking.

Regardless of the fact that some of the newer screens are bigger and have more room for damage, they are still designed in an incredible way with top-notch technology and expertise. But just remember, even if you are buying a newer smartphone that is said to be “indestructible” or “ultra-resilient” it can still break just like anything else. Having a local repair shop in mind is always a good idea for fast screen repairs.