Monthly Archives: May 2012
Posted on May 31, 2012
Customized Color iPhone Housing, just like The Biebster
Celebs Parade their Customized iPhones.
Custom housing colors for the iPhones are all the rage these days, and they’re reportedly being adopted left and right by all the hottest celebrities. Here at Fix-iPhones.com, we don’t just fix your iPhone, we can change your housing glass color too, and for only $249. Options even include picking one color for your phone housing and choosing a different color Home Button for extra customization.
As this Mashable article points out, it doesn’t usually come cheap, with other iPhone customization jobs starting at $1,050. This humble genius assumes that the stars had to pay a pretty penny for their custom phones.
Take for example Justin Bieber’s Internet-famed, jail-broken, red iPhone. And (even though there’s no proof whatsoever this is a photo of the Beibernator and not some Swedish kid living in his parent’s walk-out basement) it is rocking cool. True Beliebers swear up and down that scrawny arm and iPhone belong to him. And even if it’s not him per se, that color is hot enough that it ought tp belong to the Biebster. As @BiebsHeaven on Twitter hilariously intones:
Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus also get in on the iPhone act. Kim carries a silver-mirrored iPhone—though it’s unclear whether it’s a custom casing job, or just the shiny, reflective surface of a case that’s caught her attention and is now her BFF <3 forever. Miley sports a royal blue iPhone case. The great thing about customizing your housing color is if you just don’t like the extra bulk of a case, and you're easy on your device, you can still shout out your allegiances and cool with with the color of your phone.
And if you feel like I’ve just listed off 3 the ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ in this post, take comfort in the fact that the iPhone did beat out Kim Kardashian for the #1 spot on Yahoo’s most searched terms of 2011, so we still probably do have a little while before the Zombie Apocalypse. And look at it this way: a custom color scheme will make it easier to bug out, fast, when the Zombies finally do come.
What color iPhone casing would you like? Let me know in the comments. I think I want “Zebra” with a lime green home button…
by Curtis Taylor, Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.
Posted on May 18, 2012
The rumors of the much anticipated 4-inch screen on the Apple iPhone 5 abound this week on the web. Since Reuters reaffirmed them yesterday, citing an anonymous source, it has become internet gospel and the source of countless artists’ mockups (some of the niftiest here on The Verge).
So how different is the reported new screen size? Apple’s Old Faithful screen size, 3.5 inches, is growing to a whopping 4-inch (on the diagonal) screen. And how can we visualize the increase? Some analogs for the actual size of that half-inch include.
- A half-inch ear gaug
- The hem on your pants (usually)
- A stack of about 10 pennies
- One half of an inch worm
For the ladies, the ½ inch barrel of a curling iron, for when you want those sassy spirals.
Really? Half of an inchworm is going to make a revolutionary difference in the way we interface with the world? Around the repair shop, we are not impressed. Really, how much difference can 10 pennies worth of screen size actually make? Apple doesn’t need to compete with Samsung’s Note, or the Android. Come on people, they’re Apple. They defined the smartphone. Heck, they invented it. Literally invented it. So in that spirit, let’s think of reasons to abandon this cockamamie scheme that Apple has apparently entered into.
- You’ll have to move your thumb to navigate the whole screen. We’ll lose the ability to swipe in a single motion.
- iPhones have always had a 3.5 inch screen. Always.
- A bigger phone? Less Pocket space? Who wants to hold a brick up to their ear? (It all depends on whether Apple will increase the size of the entire phone, or just the screen, as illustrated in our mockups above.)
- Crowding the other features: ear speaker, mic, camera, and Home button, especially if the rest of the phone stays the same size.
- The rumored smaller pill-shaped doc connector (what about all of my accessories??? Am I gonna hafta buy more adapters??)
- Rumored to be slimmer, or rounded, so you have to buy a new case. Again.
- A bigger screen could also require longer loading time. Not great when you’re trying to load a map.
But not so fast. In the interests of ‘journalistic integrity’ and fair and balanced blogging, maybe I should adopt the position of Devil’s Advocate and consider some of the benefits this increase in screen size. Consumers have begun to use their smartphones like we used to use laptops, for anything from watching videos to playing games, to reading the news to, DJing parties. Those little devices live in our pockets and backpacks and handbags. They go to the park and museum with us. We don’t like to be without them. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt if the screen was just a little bit bigger…
Samsung has, after all, managed to sell some 20 million Galaxy II devices, which boast a 4.8-inch display. And the fact that not all of my Con points are precisely related to the ‘screen size’ gives me pause. Maybe this isn’t the absolute worst idea I’ve ever heard…There are a few good points to a larger screen size, providing I won’t experience even the tiniest inconvenience way from the change.
- More room for Angry Birds.
- Good for guys, with large, clumsy fingers or “Sausage Hand Syndrome.”
- Bigger view when running the apps.
- Better gaming.
- Reduced eye strain. Seriously, I’ve found myself holding my phone closer and closer to my face to read it.
- Larger screens happen to be the hot trend right now.
- Better widescreen videos.
- More Message History at a glance.
- Bigger Maps.
- Fitting 4(!) more App Buttons on the Home Screen. Yesssssss. I can already feel my productivity skyrocketing.
- Screenshots (See the link to the Verge above.) Look at how much Internet you can fit onto that baby! Check out the ‘Safari.app’ photo.
- Now that I look at my 4S, it doesn’t reallllly seem to use all of that room around the screen, well, *ahem, efficiently. There’s kind of a lot of space by the home button and ear speaker. In fact, next to the Galaxy II, it seems downright clunky and tiny.
Shame on you, Apple, for making me feel clunky and tiny at the same time! How dare you? It makes me wonder why we simply didn’t have 4-inch screens to begin with. I guess that I will admit that I’ve been converted. In fact, I demand a 4-inch screen immediately. With production expected to start in August, and the device anticipated to be released (in high Apple Release-Date Tradition) in the fall, looks like I’m going to have to wait a few more months.
Looking at it this way, I’m willing to concede that maybe the change will do some good. As @HAL9000_ on Twitter points out:
“The iPhone 5 will have a 4 inch screen; Apple is finally admitting 3.5inches isn't enough, even if you do know how to use it.”
What do you think? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Does size really matter?
by Curtis Taylor, Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.
Posted on May 14, 2012
As iPhones continue to increase in popularity, the wide range of options for outfitting them with a protective case continues to expand and grow as well. But with so many options, styles and features available these days, how do you know if you're getting the right iPhone case to meet your individual needs. At Repair Labs we have compiled this list of 12 unique and useful case options with thoughtful insights for you to consider before you make a purchase.
Incipio 1337 Silicone Gaming Case
The Incisor 1337 iPhone case is the best option for the iPhone gamers out there. It is ergonomically designed for optimal gaming control and functionality. The grip pads on the sides help keep your thumbs free for action and your hands from cramping.
In addition to it's enhanced gaming design, the camera opening on the case blocks glare from your iPhone's lens. This will help you take sharper photos and avoid washed out images.
Naztech Energy Holster
The Naztech Energy Holster iPhone case is perfect for those of us using battery-draining apps all day long. This case's rechargeable battery pack charges your iPhone on the go. Now you can play all the music, games, video and movies you want and never run out of battery life.
It comes equipped with a spring clip in the back, a ratcheting belt clip and a USB charging input for the 2400mA polymer battery. There is an LED battery indicator, so you will know at all times how much juice you have left. The case is lightweight with a soft rubber grip. Say goodbye to constantly conserving your battery life forever.
Belkin Cinema Case
The Belkin Cinema iPhone Case is both stylish and practical. While protecting your phone with its impact-resistant shell, its best feature is the kickstand on the back that lets you set your iPhone on any flat surface and view your photos, videos and more.
This flexible plastic case looks sleek and comes in multiple colors while protecting your phone completely. It includes a screen protection kit and the polycarbonate design covers the back and 4 corners of your phone without inhibiting functionality.
DLO Vent Mount
The DLO Vent Mount iPhone case is ideal for travel and for buys people who use their phone in a number of settings. Firstly, It allows you to attach your phone to your vehicle's air vent while you drive for easy accessibility. You can position your phone vertically or horizontally 360 degrees to view your GPS display, incoming calls or traffic information at a glance.
Once you arrive at your destination, it then converts into a belt clip while you're walking and lastly it becomes a desktop stand once you sit down again. This case is ideal because it allows you to display you're iPhone wherever the day takes you.
Marware Sidewinder Deluxe
One look at the Marware Sidewinder Deluxe iPhone case and you know why it's one of the most popular cases around. It features a sleek, slim holster for carrying ease at your side, a removable belt clip, a retractable sidearm where you can wind your headphone cord and a flexi-shell case that provides exterior protection and smooth access to all your phone's functions.
The shell snaps securely in and out of the holster, which allows you to combine the benefits of two cases in one. The sidearm slides back and forth from behind the case to allow you to keep your headphones attached and plugged into your phone while you carry it, making it the most complete carry-all solution.
Otterbox Water Resistant Case
tThe Otterbox Water-Resistant iPhone Case was designed to fit all kinds of PDAs and smartphones. While it is airtight crush-proof and water-resistant, the manufacturer notes that is not submersible and shouldn't be taken underwater. But if you live in an area where heavy rains can damage your phone, this case will have you covered.
It also requires that you use a Bluetooth headset to access the iPhone's features. It comes with a velcro hand strap and an exterior stylus holder. This case won't be for everyone. But for those who need its unique protection, it's the best defense against the elements.
Griffin Elan Passport Metal
The Griffin Elan Passport Metal iPhone case gives your phone a more sophisticated style than other skins and cases. Made of genuine leather, it flips open for easy access to all of your phone's features.
The lining is made of microsuede and protects your display from scratches, cracks and smudges. Its polished chrome accents complete its look while not over-complicating it. Simple and elegant, this case definitely has a more “grown-up” style.
If you like to walk, run or bike, the Scosche soundKASE for iPhone is for you. It features an adjustable armband that fits all sizes of arm and fits snugly while you move.
Another great feature is that it has a slot on the side to put your keys while you exercise, so you can finally stop having them rattle inside your pockets or dangle from your shoelaces. By far the best sport case for iPhone, it also features reflective accents so you can be seen at night. It seems like they thought of everything.
The CaseMate Stealth is not so much case for your iPhone as it is a casing. If you take public transportation or have encountered other situations where people are staring over your shoulder at your screen, you know how frustrating it can be. This case will eliminate your screen spies' view once and for all.
The backing is a matte black adhesive while the front is a darkened screen protector which provides only a 45-degree viewing angle. Now only you will be able to see your screen while it's in front of you. It only takes about a minute to apply, and you're ready to go. It also works great in combination with another, more-traditional protective case.
iLuv Fusion Hybrid Case with Stand
The iLuv Fusion Hybrid Case with Stand is only for the iPhone 4, but it provides some cool features and extra layers of protection that make it worth consideration. The first feature to notice is the kickstand on the back. If you like to play movies or video, this is a must-have feature. It let you lay your phone horizontally on any flat surface and view the screen at a perfect angle.
The second reason this case is a cut above is because of it's sturdy construction and layering. The shell is a dual layer of silicone and polycarbonate while the screen is covered by a protective film to keep the screen from being damaged. It also comes in a variety of colors, so for iPhone 4 owners this case packs value for the money.
Contour Design Flick
The Contour Design Flick iPhone case is uncomplicated to use, has a sleek style and provides powerful protection. The shell consists of two lightweight polycarbonate pieces joined near the bottom by a rubberized hinge. Simply open the hinge, slide the phone into place and “flick” the hinge closed to lock it shut.
When you need to charge your phone, clean it or upload songs, flick it open and slide the phone back out. See? Nothing to it. If you want a removable case that's easy to use, has a simple design and looks good, this is the one you want.
Incipio Orion Sleeve
The Incipio Orion Sleeve is another slender case for your iPhone that provides security, style and simplicity. Much like standard Blackberry cases, the Orion sleeve encases your phone completely while it's EasyReach system and rigid insert provide easy accessibility.
This design has won a lot of fans because it protects your phone from virtually anything. It comes in a variety of colors and materials, so you have many options for getting the perfect sleeve for your style and budget.
So there you have it. These 12 case options we've covered feature a wide range of choices and styles, so we hope you were able find one that meets your needs. Each case mentioned on the list is available for purchase on our Website and we at Repair Labs hope this list has served to help you in your search for the perfect iPhone case. Also remember that if you ever need repairs on your iPhone for any reason, our certified technicians will fix the damage and have your iPhone back to you immediately like new the same or next day. Thanks again for reading!
by Curtis Taylor, Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.