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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.

Samsung S5 and Note 4

When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, there is more of a difference than meets the eye. Certainly, straight away one it’s obvious that the Note 4 is much larger. The S5 certainly isn’t small but the Note is a fully 9 percent longer and 8 percent wider. It’s a pretty big difference. While this makes for a nice larger viewing screen it can cut down on portability. If you want a phone that is easy to put in your pocket and go, the Note can make that a little difficult. In addition to its larger size it is also 18 percent heavier at 176 grams.

If you’re looking for a good looking phone, neither of these offers anything to write home about. Both look perfectly fine and get the job done but there are sleeker sexier phones available. The Note 4 comes equipped with a faux leather plastic backing that looks fairly identical to its predecessor the Note 3 while the GS5 comes with a metallic appearance dimpled plastic. Either of these feels pretty nice when in hand but neither jumps ahead as the better option.

Display size varies quite a bit since the Note is so much larger than the S5. On the larger phone you’ll have a 5.7” screen and on the GS5 5.1 inches. This means that the Note is a full 25 percent larger. Additionally, the resolution on the Note 4 is a huge upgrade. It now features 2560 x 1440 and 515 ppi. The GS5 still only has 1920 x 1080 with 432 ppi which is still perfectly crisp and clear but isn’t quite as nice as the Note 4.

In addition to their size, one of the big differences between these two phablets is that the Note 4 has a stylus which can be stored within the phone when not in use. For those that love being able to use a pen this can make a big difference.

One of the big step ups that the GS5 has over the Note is its water resistance. The Note 4 will not hold up to water – period. However, the GS5 can sit in up to 3.3 feet of water for a full half an hour and survive.

For the internals, the Note 4 carries the most updated Snapdragon processor while the GS5 has the previous version. There aren’t huge differences between the two and both work very well.

Most Common Cell Phone Problems seen at Repair Shops

Everyone that owns a cellphone understands how prone to problems they can be. We take them everywhere with us so damage and malfunction is to be expected from a device that has to be nearly indestructible. Repair shops see phones day in and day out, many with the same problems.

The single most common repair that shops will see is a broken glass. Cracked cell phone screens come from a variety of causes including being dropped or smashed. Dropping being the number one suspect. This clearly the easiest repair to diagnose and the only way to fix it is to fully replace it. You can continue to use the phone through the cracked glass but it is not advised as it could contain sharp edges and over time it can cause other malfunctions with your phone. The best plan is to simply get it fixed as soon as you can.

One of the other common repairs is the home button. Let’s face it, many of us are a bit heavy handed with our button pushing and over time this wears out the buttons on the phone. Having a faulty home button can make using your phone frustrating and often – impossible. There are a few ways in which you can diagnose if you need an actual specialist to repair the button. First is to check and see if something has been spilt on the phone. Sticky sodas and other food items can cause issues. If there is something on the phone you can remove it with a cotton swab and alcohol. If that doesn’t solve the problem you can attempt to recalibrate your phone, sometimes a reset will fix the problem. If none of that works it’s time to consider repair.

We all know someone that has somehow managed to drop their phone in the toilet. Water damage is an extremely common repair. Unfortunately, water damage can cause critical problems with the internal workings of your phone. To try and save your phone, make sure to remove the battery as quickly as possible so that it may be saved from the damage. Place the phone into a bowl of rice overnight so that the rice can draw the moisture out. In the morning check your phone for dryness and then cross your fingers and hope it turns on. If none of that helped seemed to help, take it to be repaired and hope it hasn’t suffered irreparable damage.

Why some Customers might not like the Curved Screen on the Samsung Note Edge

For many, getting a new and updated phone is a highlight, and for companies it can be a necessity to continue functioning at optimum capacity. This leaves many wondering if the new Samsung Note Edge with the curved screen is worth the extra money. The hype has certainly made it seemed like its curved screen is the way that all cell phones will go but is it true?

First to note is that the Note Edge has a lot of the same characteristics as its predecessor the Galaxy Note 4. The only real difference is the new curved display and a smaller battery pack. It does however have a different UI called a Revolving Interface that will cycle through as needed and will hide when users select a full screen app. The curved display also allows you to store your favorites along the side of the phone making them easier to access.

Despite the increased ease of app use, the phone itself is a problem. The display is made of the same AMOLED as the previous version but the screen design makes it more difficult to hold during phone calls. The curved design makes it easy to accidentally push and launch an app. For businesses that rely on phone calls this can be detrimental. It also means that the phone is more likely to slip out of the hand and be damaged. Repair and replacement can add up quickly.

The curved design also means that left handers are out of luck. The new model seems to have been created specifically for the right handed. While there is a setting that allows the phone to be flipped 180 degrees, this means when you receive a phone call you’ll always have to remember to flip the phone right side up or you’ll be talking into the earpiece instead of the mouthpiece.

The new Note Edge display also causes problems with the camera app. The cameras themselves are fine but the shutter button is embedded in the curve of the display making it awkward to press. Many have noted that they feared dropping the phone while trying to use it and instead opted to use the volume button on the side for photo taking.

While the new design is unique and interesting it doesn’t seem to add up to the hype. The new screen feature appears to make the phone difficult to use and only increases the chance of dropping.