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  • Justin Bieber, Colored iPhones and the Zombie Apocalypse

    Customized Color iPhone Housing, just like The Biebster

    Customized Color Housing Glass Options for iPhone

    You can choose from a wide range of colors to customize your iphone.

     

    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.

     

     

    Alleged image of Justin Bieber with his Red Iphone

    Allegedly, Justin Bieber showing off his iPhone housing. Possibly a random Swedish Kid. Image from thejustinbiebershrine.com  

     

    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:

     

    Bieber "will explode your ovaries" tweet from @BiebsHeaven

    @BiebsHeaven understands the awesome coolness and responsibility that comes with being Bieber.

     

     

     

    Miley Cyrus with blue iPhone

    Miley with her custom case; image from www.posh24.com

     

    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.

     

    Kim Kardashian with her Mirrored iPhone

    Kim loooves her pretty iPhone; image from kimkardashian.celebuzz.com

     

    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 , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • iPhone 5, 4-inch Display: Pros and Cons

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    iPhone 5Left: Possible Version of iPhone 5 with only the screen sized increased. Center: Current iPhone 4S. Right: Possible Version of iPhone 5 with entire size increased. The difference is about as much as a stack of 10 pennies.

    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.

    Cons

    • 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.

    Pros

    • 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.

    Size Matters

    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?

    Additional Sources

    http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/17/reuters-agrees-the-next-iphone-will-be-larger/

    http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/16/its-time-for-a-larger-iphone/

    http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/iphone-5-release-date-news-and-rumours-721534

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • Top 12 iPhone Cases

    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.

    Scosche soundKASE

    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.

    CaseMate Stealth

    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 , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • EXCLUSIVE Images of iPad 3 Digitizer

    Front Glass of the iPad 3

    RepairLabshas already brought you exclusive images of the iPad 3 back housing. Now, just days before the official launch, this iPhone repair service can show you more pictures of Apple's latest release.

    The picture above is the iPad 3 digitizer. This part controls the iPad's touch function, as well as includes your front glass. As you can see from our images, not much has changed in the look of your iPad. With the back housing in hand, and now with this piece, we can confirm your iPad will look a lot like the iPad 2, just that 1mm thicker. The picture above also proves that we will have the home button on the iPad 3, contrary to some reportsthat came out yesterday. We also can see that Apple is planning to have both black and white models of the iPad 3, which is not surprising.

    Another change we have noticed is the digitizer connection. That difference between the iPad 3 and the digitizer part for the iPad 2 does confirm that the logic board will be different, just as we surmised by looking at the back housing.

    Although there are quite a few internal changes coming for the iPad 3, including that much-anticipated LCD screen, the digitizer proves that Apple has not made any radical form changes to your favorite device.

    Inside of the iPad 3 Digitizer

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • iPad 3 Update

    Almost three weeks ago, your favorite iPhone repair company brought you the first images of the iPad 3 back housing. To say we got everyone talking might be somewhat of an understatement. Right after our pictures went viral, a slew of other leaks brought us a lot of information on the iPad 3 and what we can expect. With Apple's announcement only a week away, we still have some time to speculate on what we will hear about the tablet's update.

    Before we were able to show you an unfortunately low-res picture of the iPad 3 back case. Now we have our own iPad 3 back housing, and our techs have spent some time examining it. Below are some of the changes we can confirm with our previous intel and other sources.

    1. The LCD mount is different, and that coincides with the rumors and evidence we have had pointing to a higher resolution display that will be different from what we had on the iPad 2.
    2. Now that we have had it in our hands, we can confirm the battery area of the iPad 3 is 5/8 inch larger than the iPad 2. More battery to allow for that high-resolution screen and to keep your iPad from the charger for the same amount of time we have grown accustomed to.
    3. The charger port dock is different. After comparing the two iPads, our techs believe that the iPad 3 charging port has been beefed up to provide more stable support. We have had several customers with bent USB ports on iPad 1 and 2, and this added support should keep that from happening as often for iPad 3 users.
    4. The housing on the iPad 3 is a measly 1mm thicker roughly, but it's such a minor change you probably wouldn't notice the difference.

    Not a great deal of information, but enough to see where rumors are going right, and a lot to support them. Now we just have to wait that week until we are able to find out if all of the rumors were true.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • EXCLUSIVE - iPad 3 Back Housing

    Side by side view of iPad 2 and iPad 3 back housings.

    RepairLabs is exclusively able to confirm some changes in the iPad 3, thanks to industry insiders in China. Pictured above is the new iPad 3 back housing, juxtaposed with the current back of the iPad 2. You can see that there are several subtle differences, and together with our techs, we are able to tell you just what to expect when Apple announces the iPad 3. We looked at the pieces closely, and below you can find our conclusions on what the obvious differences might mean, and how close some of the speculation has been.

    A. You can see here that the mounts for the logic board are very different, which means the logic board shape will be different allowing for . . . .

    B. More battery. The width of where the logic board sits on the iPad 2 appears much larger than that of the iPad 3. We have long heard that the iPad 3 was going to provide longer battery life, and this back housing seems to support that.

    C. The camera is different. It is hard to make a judgment just by looking at the casing, but what we can expect is a different camera on the iPad 3 than what we had on the 2.

    D. LCD will be different than what we have had before. Whether or not it will be the super screen we have seen reported will have to wait. But the different mounting does mean that the LCD has been redesigned at the very least.

    The LCD is probably what most of us are eagerly awaiting, especially with some of the reports of the upgraded part. However, our insiders tell us that so far the screen is not out there yet. That could mean that the finished product has not been signed off or that it is being kept top secret.

    Our source also told us that the housing itself did not seem thicker on the iPad 3 than it does on the 2. There have been a lot of reports that said the iPad 3 would be a millimeter or two thicker than the 2, and according to our source, that could be false. It is a little bit hard to conclude without measuring both with screens in place, however.

    Whatever the case may be, this back housing provides an interesting look into the changes we can expect when the iPad 3 is officially announced.

    UPDATE:

    Larger iPad 3 image is available.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • App Recommendation - MealBoard

    From your favorite iPhone repair site comes another great app recommendation - and this one is a pretty awesome tool for only $1.99.  MealBoard, simply put, lets you plan a menu for your week, import recipes, and takes the meals you've planned and creates a grocery list.  Fully customizable and loaded with some great recipes already, MealBoard is easy to use and helps organize your meal times.  Great for planning out family dinners or for those who want to plan ahead, you can even import recipes from top sites like AllRecipes.com and Epicurious.  The web app gives you a lot more control and syncs back to your iPhone or iPad.

    It customizes your grocery list, letting you know just how much you need.  With MealBoard, you can even choose your portion sizes, which will in turn adjust your shopping list and recipe.  Get organized and stop cooking spaghetti for every other meal!

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • Proper Water Damage Care

    We know you hate it when your phone slips out of your fingers and into that puddle of water.  Or when you forget it in your pocket and it goes through the washer.  There is nothing worse for your device than water.  Our water damage repair specialists have an excellent reputation of restoring soaked devices, but not every device can be saved.  A lot of it comes down to what you do right after the device gets wet.

    Should you accidentally drench your favorite device, there are a few steps that will help minimize the damage.

    1. Don't attempt to turn the device on.  If it's miraculously still on, turn it off.  Continuing to use your iPhone or iPad after it's had water damage will cause more problems than a few days' use is worth.
    2. If you can, remove the battery.  Don't pry open your iPhone or iPad unless you're experienced, but removing the battery will prevent a lot of corrosion.
    3. If you dropped your device in chlorinated or salt water, try putting it in an alcohol bath. (Rubbing alcohol, scotch won't help you here)  This will help draw out the worst of those particles that can cause a lot of problems.
    4. Send it to an iPhone repair specialist right away.  Waiting to send off your device will only give that water more time to seep into the vital parts of your iDevice, giving it time to corrode valuable connections.  One tip our top water damage specialist gives is putting your device in front of a fan before you package it up.  It won't dry it out or solve your problems, but it can help minimize the damage.

    Following these easy steps will help cut down on your device's damage and might end up saving your favorite toy.

  • Stop SOPA and PIPA

    If you spend a lot of time on the internet, you have probably heard of SOPA and PIPA, two bills before Congress that could severely limit our internet freedoms. Though many of the main co-sponsors have abandoned the bill in the last few days, your congressmen still need to hear from you. Many of the largest internet companies have gone black today to help spread the word. You can go to Google or Wikipedia (which has gone totally dark), to learn more about how you can let your local congressmen know that you don't support SOPA and PIPA.  Sign the petition and spread the word.

    Learn more about the bills in the video below.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • App Recommendation - Fleetly

    The New Year is almost upon us. With that comes the laborious task of removing Christmas decorations, figuring out how to pay for all the gifts we gave, and of course, New Years' Resolutions. And for most of us, that resolution usually hovers around losing that "last 10 pounds."

    For this week's app recommendation, Fleetlyis a great way to keep track of your fitness goals for the year. Log your routines, join challenges with other users, and get support from your friends. You can even log in with your Facebook account so you can get help from those that don't use the app. Fleetly provides a bit of negative motivation, letting you know when you've lost training points and helping you build them back up.

    Works for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, so you can sync your account across all your devices.

     

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

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