Buying a new iPhone?

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Almost everyone wants a new iPhone!

When you think about buying a new iPhone, many of us may be reminded of the iPhone 6 series. When they first came out with their sleek design and bigger screens, they were the coolest thing Apple had ever done with mobile devices! However, many of also remember the touch fault with the iPhone 6 and 6 plus. In case you have forgotten, I will refresh your memory. The touch IC chips on the circuit board were not protected by what technicians call “underfill”. This made the chips much more susceptible to damage after drops or bending (and we all know how easily iPhone 6 plus bends). The chips are soldered on with micro tiny solder points that contact different traces in the board linking to power and the processor etc. The circuit board is screwed into the back frame in multiple places. This means there is no relief for a drop. Read More

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Beware these 3 soggy iPhone myths

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I am sure you’ve heard this advice before. You’ve probably even read it on the Internet. It goes like this: “If you drop your iPhone in water, drop it in rice right away.” Keep on reading!

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iPhone 7 with No Headphone Jack – Genius or Disaster?

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In November of last year, rumors started spreading that the iPhone 7 would ship without a standard headphone jack. When those rumors first started swirling, most people dismissed them as completely absurd. But over time, more evidence continued to leak that Apple was going to debut an iPhone without a 3.5mm headphone port. And when Tim Cook got on stage earlier this month, that’s exactly what he showed the world.


How Does an iPhone With No Headphone Jack Function?

Given that the headphone jack has been a standard component of all kinds of devices since 1964, many people are wondering how exactly they can listen to music or podcasts on an iPhone that doesn’t have one. There are five answers to that question. The first is to use Apple’s new EarPods with Lightning Connector. Although there’s no longer a headphone jack on the bottom of the iPhone, the 7 does have a Lightning port that can be used to charge the phone or listen with Lightning Connector headphones. A quick Amazon search reveals that numerous headphone manufacturers have started making versions of their products with this connector.

The second option is to use your existing headphones. You can do this by using the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle. Of all the options, this is the least appealing. The reason is it requires you to carry around the dongle with you at all times. And if you lose the one that’s included with the iPhone, it will cost you $9 to replace. More importantly, it seems like the clunkiest solution and is not aesthetically pleasing at all. Speaking of aesthetically pleasing, the third option is to use wireless headphones, including Apple’s new AirPods.


While the idea behind AirPods is solid, there have been a lot of jokes about how they look, along with the fact that these AirPods will cost $159 when they come out in late October. A big part of why so many people have pushed back against that price is Apple didn’t make any major upgrades to these from their standard earbuds other than the fact that they’re wireless.

Fourth, you can listen without any headphones. As Apple explained during their unveiling, the 7 has a new stereo speaker system that’s two times louder than the iPhone 6s. While that’s a nice feature to have when you’re at home, you’re probably still going to want a headphone solution when you’re listening to anything in public.

Finally, you can follow what’s covered in this video to gain access to an internal headphone jack in the latest iPhone:

JUST KIDDING! The video is a joke and you definitely should NOT try to drill into the iPhone 7 (there is no hidden headphone jack inside) or any other cellphone! If something goes wrong with your phone, let us use our professional expertise to repair it for you.

3 Good Things About This Design Decision

As I’ll explain in detail below, I don’t think this was a great decision. That being said, there are a few benefits for people who upgrade to the newest iPhone. The first benefit is the 7 is the thinnest iPhone yet. That makes it easier than ever to slip into a pocket. Another benefit I touched on above is the improved speakers Apple added. Finally, for those who decide to go the route of wireless speakers, you won’t ever have to worry about tangled cords again. And if you go with Apple’s AirPods, they do have a unique technology that makes pairing to the iPhone as easy as pressing a single button on the case.

The Key Reasons an iPhone with a Headphone Jack is Not Great

I have to admit I don’t think this was a good idea. Based on lots of consumer polls, I’m definitely not alone. The majority of consumers seem to agree that the downsides to removing the headphone jack outweighs any benefits. First, you can’t charge your iPhone and listen with non-wireless headphones at the same time. Making this even more frustrating is the fact that Apple failed to include any type of fast charging technology for the latest iPhone.


Second, Apple also made the decision not to include a USB-C port. That ties directly into the third downside, which is that many accessories people have already spent good money on either aren’t going to work with their new iPhone or will require using the less than ideal dongle. In addition to recent reports about the latest iPhone hissing when it’s doing different tasks, there’s also the issue of different headphones having glitches. Since it’s no longer a simple task to switch to a wired pair, these types of glitches are especially frustrating.

The Bottom Line

Despite my opinion and the same general consensus among many others, Apple has made it clear that this is the direction they’re going with all future devices. So if you’re on the fence about whether or not you should upgrade, the main decision to weigh is if you’re ready to make the jump to a device with no headphone jack or would prefer to put this transition off for a little longer. Regardless of which option you ultimately choose, you can count on us to take care of the iPhone you’re using if it ever gets damaged.

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The Truth Behind Why AppleCare is a Waste (and How to Actually Protect Your Phone)

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If you walk into the Apple Store at the Galleria or anywhere else in Houston and listen to what people are asking about, chances are it will only take a few minutes for AppleCare to come up. When people think of AppleCare, they often think of iPhone insurance. Unfortunately, that’s simply not correct!

Even though many people believe that buying AppleCare is the same thing as buying insurance for their new phone, anyone who has tried to file a claim through AppleCare has probably encountered a less than ideal experience.

As someone who is in the business of helping people repair their phones, I hear and am involved in these conversations all the time. All of this experience has resulted in me strongly DISLIKING AppleCare. To help you avoid wasting your money, I want to share those reasons, as well as explain what carrier insurance is and why I always recommend it over AppleCare:


3 Reasons AppleCare is Like Throwing Money Away

1. It’s Only Good for One Year

Basic AppleCare is only good for one year. What’s worse is that single year doesn’t include expert telephone technical support. Instead, that benefit only lasts for the first 90 days. While there’s always a chance of something going wrong in this short timeframe, most people have accidents or problems with their phone farther down the line.

It is true that you can purchase AppleCare+ and get two years of service coverage and phone support. However, even if you pay for AppleCare+ and then something goes wrong in the 25th month after buying the phone, you’re out of luck!

2. AppleCare+ Doesn’t Cover Common Forms of Loss and Damage

Between its name and the fact that you pay extra for it, assuming that AppleCare+ would cover common forms of damage is completely reasonable. But that’s not how this program actually works. There are three big things that AppleCare+ does not cover. The first is losing your phone. So if you ever leave your phone behind and the Find My iPhone feature doesn’t work, your only hope is a good samaritan will bring it back. Otherwise, AppleCare+ won’t provide you with a replacement.

The second thing this program doesn’t cover is theft. Despite the fact that AppleCare+ is marketed as a way to have peace of mind about your iPhone, it won’t provide you with any help if someone comes along and steals your phone. While those first two shortcomings are very frustrating, the third is the worst. AppleCare+ DOES NOT cover catastrophic damage.

The term catastrophic damage applies to a phone that’s in multiple pieces or is unsafe to handle. While those scenarios aren’t super common, catastrophic damage also applies to bent enclosures. And the reason that’s a big deal is I can’t tell you how many iPhone 6’s I’ve dealt with that have a bent frame. So even though it’s a very common source of damage, it’s not something that’s covered by AppleCare+.


3. You Can Get What AppleCare+ Provides for Free

Do you have a credit card? If so, you probably use it to purchase things like electronics. And while you’re probably aware of the points you earn for those types of purchases, what many people forget is numerous credit cards offer purchase protection. While the exact details vary by card, a common example of what American Express offers is ninety days of protection against damage or theft. Even though AppleCare+ lasts for an additional 21 months, given its lack of coverage for loss, theft or catastrophic damage, you’re throwing away money when a single call to your credit card company may provide a good starting point of actual coverage.

What You Can Do to Actually Protect Your Phone

While taking advantage of any available protection through your credit card is a smart idea, those benefits aren’t the same as a dedicated insurance plan. If you want true iPhone insurance, then I recommend going with carrier insurance. This term simply refers to an insurance plan offered by your wireless provider.

A common example is Asurion Wireless Phone Protection for Verizon. Currently, the cost of this plan is $7.15 a month. Unlike AppleCare or AppleCare+, there isn’t a set window of coverage. Instead, your phone will be covered for as long as you pay your monthly premium. That means you won’t have to worry about having too little coverage or overpaying for coverage you don’t need.

The next big difference between carrier insurance and AppleCare+ is your phone will actually be insured. That means if it’s lost or stolen, you can file a claim and get it replaced. The same goes for accidental damage. That type of damage includes any liquid or physical damage. With Verizon’s Asurion plan, you will simply pay a deductible between $49 and $199 for loss, theft or damage.


Carrier Insurance Offers the Protection You Actually Need

A big part of why people mistakenly buy AppleCare+ is they think they’re getting insurance that will cover even the most unlikely of events. With carrier insurance, that’s what you actually get. By opting for an Asurion plan, even if bad things happen to your phone twice in a twelve month period, you’ll be able to get the damage covered for as much as $1500 per claim.

Since a plan like Asurion Wireless Phone Protection for Verizon is actual insurance for your phone, issues like a bent enclosure will be actually be covered. This type of insurance also takes the 1-year manufacturer warranty Apple provides and extends it indefinitely. Because insurance from a carrier really does cover almost every scenario you can think of, it is the way to go if you want true peace of mind about your new iPhone.

If you have any additional questions about protecting your iPhone or already have a broken phone that needs repaired, you can always reach Houston iPhone Screen Repair at 832-981-2709.

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The iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5: Should You Go with Apple or Samsung in 2015?

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If you’re thinking about buying a new phone within the next couple of weeks, there’s a good chance that you’re trying to decide between an Apple iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S5. While these two devices are far from being the only smartphones on the market in 2015, they’re heads and shoulders above the rest in terms of what they have to offer.


In a previous post from last year, we covered some of the biggest issues with the iPhone 6. Not only was the biggest issue specifically targeted at the iPhone 6 Plus, but Apple has put a lot of effort into correcting those original kinks. So with that being said, let’s take a look at whether you’ll ultimately be happier with an iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5 in your pocket or purse:

Comparing Their Designs

Although many people assume that the S5 is far bigger in size than the iPhone 6, as you can see from the above picture, the S5’s bigger screen doesn’t require a much bigger device. The same is true for weight. The iPhone 6 weighs 4.55 oz and the S5 weighs 5.11 oz.

When it comes to design, you need to think about what you’re personally looking for in your next phone. If you want a sleek device that’s easy to slide in and out of your pocket, the 6 is going to work best for you. But if you plan to carry your phone in a purse or bag and want as big of a screen as possible, you’ll be happy with the S5.

Breaking Down the Tech Specs

If you’re comparing two Windows devices to each other, it makes sense to look at tech specs like RAM. The same is true for Apple devices. What isn’t as useful is comparing these specs when one device runs iOS and the other runs Android. The reason that specs don’t provide useful insights for this comparison is because platforms utilize their tech resources differently.

Because the 6 is Apple’s best device and the S5 is the same for Samsung, both offer great performance on their respective platforms. So if you’re used to having a phone with iOS, you won’t be disappointed with the speed of the iPhone 6. The same is true for how you’ll feel about the S5 if you’re an Android user.

Special iPhone 6 and S5 Features


Whether you’re an iOS or Android user, you’ll be familiar with most of what each phone has to offer. However, upon upgrading to either device, there will be a handful of new special features that you’ll be able to enjoy. For the iPhone 6, the first new feature worth mentioning is Apple Health & HealthKit. Not only does Health provide a lot of useful information, but HealthKit provides a way for developers to integrate this information among multiple apps.

The other truly notable feature that the iPhone 6 brings to the table is Touch ID. While people were initially skeptical about the utility of this feature, being able to use it in conjunction with the Apple Pay platform is a genuine timesaver and is likely to have a far-reaching impact on how people make their daily purchases.

With the S5, the ability to use it as a TV remote is the first of its two notable features. And as with the 6, the other key feature of the S5 is Samsung’s S Health. This app utilizes the heart rate sensor built directly into the S5. Because the sensor is very accurate, S Health can provide you with a lot of interesting insights about your health and fitness habits.

Cameras and Battery Life

On paper, the fact that the iPhone 6 has an 8 megapixel camera and the S5 has a 16 megapixel one makes it seem like the S5 is the clear winner. However, in practice, not only do the two cameras produce comparable pictures, but many people feel that the colors and detail captured by the iPhone 6 is actually best.


For battery life, Apple claims 250 hours of standby and 14 hours of talk-time for the iPhone 6. Samsung claims 390 hours of standby and 21 hours of talk-time. Based on extensive testing, the S5 lives up to the significantly higher numbers it quotes. Samsung also provides the advantage of a removable battery.

iPhone 6 or S5: So Which One is Right for You?

If you currently have an iPhone and are happy with it, you won’t be disappointed by Apple’s iPhone 6. The same is true if you’re currently an Android user and end up purchasing Samsung’s S5. On the other hand, if you currently use iOS or Android and have been dying to switch to the other platform, the great experience that both devices offer means you should end up being very happy with your switch.

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7 Reasons the iPhone 6 Was An Epic Fail

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Before there was Hairgate, there was Bendgate. Although Apple has built a reputation over the last decade of delivering the most innovative and polished products on the market, their release of the iPhone 6 has been a far cry from the high standards that people automatically think of when they think of Apple.


Not only has there been a big issue with the design of the 6, but there’s been a long list of problems with iOS 8. While it’s definitely much easier for the company to quickly fix software issues than it is to correct hardware problems, it still hurts their brand. Given that Apple’s release of the iPhone 6 Plus seems like a direct response to feeling threatened by larger phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, charging significantly more for a device that looks similar but has way more problems seems like about the worse strategy possible.

Since the Internet is already filled with plenty of people who will fight for or against Apple to the bitter end regardless of what reality may have to say, I want to dive right into the specific issues that have made this iPhone release such a disaster:



When Apple announced the release of the iPhone 6, they let the world know that in addition to a 5.4” x 2.64” device, they were also releasing a larger 6.22” x 3.06” iPhone known as the 6 Plus. Although it was obvious that Apple was trying to hop on the bandwagon of larger phones, it appears that their rigorous design and testing process missed something pretty major. Read More

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