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  • Iphone 5 Breakdown and Take-Apart Video

    Break it down! iPhone 5

    We here at http://www.fix-iphones.com know that everyone has been itching to get their hands on the iPhone 5.  And the thing we like to do most as soon as we get one is to take it apart! Our favorite part of the whole process is to break it down, and see what makes the little guy run.  We love to see all of those shiny guts and innards of this machine, and here is what we found.

    iPhone 5 Take Apart Video

     

    In this iPhone 5 Breakdown video, you will see that the LCD digitizer and glass are all actually one piece now. This makes for much faster and easier repairs. Is Apple trying to take it easy on itself for its one-year, under-warranty fixes? Or, alternatively, could this be an extremely elegant design solution for a new and totally redesigned phone? Can’t it be both?

    The other major feature of note? This iPhone 5 breakdown video shows that the vibrate motor has returned yet again to the old faithful model of the iPhone 3G and 4, abandoning the design and specs of the motor from the iPhone 4S.  Just as we predicted in previous posts, Apple is reviving a lot of the earlier design choices from the iPhone 3G models.  And we’re ok with that. We think that the design choices, given the limited space available with the larger battery requirements (to work on LTE) these were pretty smart solutions. Indeed, why did they change them in the first place? It’s almost as though the Apple iPhone was evolving in one direction (that of the 4S) and decided to backtrack and relive successes of previous iterations.

    So there’s your first look at an iPhone 5 breakdown. We hope you enjoyed seeing all of the fancy new bits and bobs just as much as we did.  What’s your favorite part of the redesign? Let us know in the comments.

    Curtis Taylor

    Curtis is a tech expert and go to guy for fix-iphones.com.

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  • The Heretic’s Guide to Fixing a Water Damaged iPhone.

    How to Save a Water Damaged iPhone from www.fix-iphones.com

    In our experience here at RepairLabs, there are a few things that you can do to save your water damaged iPhone. Yes, there are a  TON of people out there on the internets who claim they know the right way to save a water damaged iPhone.

    Plonk. That awful sound when you realize your phone is in the toilet.

    Facepalm. That awful moment when you know you’re going to have to fish it out. Fast.

    But now what? Now that you know your phone has water damage, what do you do? You get on the Internet and figure out how to save it. You read five or ten articles and they tell you the same things over and over. Put it in rice. Remove the SIM card. Take out the battery. Big help.  Only an expert with a specialized jewelry flathead screwdriver can get the battery out of an iPhone. And the rice trick is dubious at best. We know that everybody on the internet swears by it. This is the guide that will tell you what really works and what doesn’t. It’ll probably say some unpopular things, going against common Net wisdom, so we’ll get all the Heresy out of the way right at the beginning.

     

    The Myths of How to Save a Water Damaged iPhone.

    So, should you really put it in a bag of rice, or is that just a myth? It sure makes ya feel better. Almost like you have some control over the situation. Yes, rice is a desiccant, just like those silica gel packs you find in beef jerky bags. They keep things from getting…chewy.  If you want to leave it in rice while you wait your 48 hours, be our guest. It can’t really hurt anything. To try the rice trick, simply seal your phone in a Ziploc full of rice, making sure to get all the extra air out of it. Leave your water damaged iPhone off for at least 48 hours in the rice. But we’ve fixed hundreds of wet, water damaged iPhones here, and you wouldn’t believe how many of those actually arrive here in that bag of rice. It just doesn’t help.  It doesn’t do anything but waste rice.

    Other people recommend silica gel packs or desiccant, but we rarely have those on hand, and time is of the essence in taking out the moisture. Rust and corrosion can begin to develop in one day.

    • DON’T: Shake your iPhone to get out any extra water that was in it.  It seems like a really great idea, but it’s not. You want to prevent the water from moving across any circuitry. This is when you can actually do extra damage causing shorts and corrosion that you wouldn’t have otherwise.
    • DON’T: Worry about taking out the SIM card. You can’t remove the iPhone’s battery, and we don’t recommend trying, given all the delicate innards of the device.
    • DON’T: try sucking out the extra moisture with a vacuum cleaner hose and nozzle. This is just is another opportunity for water to move across more circuitry.
    • DON’T put it in the oven. This can melt tiny pieces of logic board. We’ve actually fixed a phone that someone put in the oven to dry out.  Never put a water damaged iPhone in the microwave. This will destroy both the phone and the microwave, and then burn your entire house down.

     

    So what SHOULD you do?

    Water Damaged iPhone Triage. What to do:

    Okay, so your phone has gone swimming.

    Your warranty is now void. Don’t worry about voiding it. iPhone warranties don’t cover water damage, and remember, you can’t trick the guys at Apple. They have liquid sensors all over those little phones. Check out what they look like here.  You’ll see white strips, some with red stripes, inside your phone (in the headphone jack, for instance) that will turn pink or bleed if the phone’s been exposed to water damage.  We’ve repaired hundreds of cell phones and these are the things that we know from experience  that work:

    • Get that phone out of the water ASAP.
    • THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART: Power it off immediately. If it hasn’t already powered off, turn it off.  If it won’t stop “Pinwheeling” or you can’t “slide to power off,” do a hard shutdown (press the home button and the screen button and hold for 10 seconds until the device powers off). This is critical; it’s your best chance to save your device.
    • Remove all peripherals and covers attached to the phone.
    • If it’s been totally submerged in salt water or chlorinated water, go ahead and rinse it in tap water. This will prevent the chlorinated and salt water from crystalizing in your device, again causing shorts. If your iPhone was just splashed or sprinkled, it doesn’t count. Only do this if your device was submerged and soaked.
    • Gently blow dry with a hairdryer on the lowest setting. Many articles say to never do this. They believe you are stupid and will melt your own logic boards. We think you’re smart enough to work a hair dryer.  Keep the dryer moving at all times and don’t let the phone get hot.  15 minutes should be plenty.  The idea is to evaporate the moisture without moving it across any more circuitry, exposing it to more possible short outs. The important part is to get a warm steady stream of dry air, so in theory you could even leave it in front of the heater vent overnight with the same effect.
    • Leave it alone for at least 48 hours before you even THINK of turning it back on.  If it’s going to come back to life, this is your chance. 48 hours at a miniumum, 72 is better. Utilize this time to unplug, and reconnect with your family. (Hear 1950s informational film voice.)  If the device was in the water for more than a minute, at least 6-7 days.
    • If you are stout of heart, and can stand submerging the device again you can try an alcohol bath, as FiscalGeek explains in this great article. Alcohol won’t harm your phone (any more than it’s already been harmed by the water damage), and will dry out any extra moisture in it.  You’ll need denatured alcohol. (Available at Walmart and hardware stores, usually around the paint sections.)A 95% alcohol solution is best (rubbing alcohol is around 75%), and not suitable for human consumption. Please do not submerge your phone in Cake Vodka. Or any vodka.

     

    1. Get a container slightly larger than the phone, and fill with alcohol.
    2. Remove any plugs or covers on the phone, so that the liquid can get it.
    3. Submerge your phone in the liquid. You may need to weight it down.
    4. Gently jiggle the container around to make certain the alcohol can flush out all of the water.
    5. Soak it for at least 5 minutes.  You can repeat this step if you aren’t successful the first time.
    6. Take your iphone out of the liquid and let it dry.  The alcohol evaporates very quickly but you want to be certain no water remains that can cause short-outs.

     

    The overarching theme of all the research I’ve done on this leads to one point. You don’t turn that phone back on. No matter how worried you are or how upset or how much you just really really neeeed to see if you got any text messages. This is the time that short circuits can occur.  You must give it time for all that water to dry out and prevent further damage.

    If after 72 hours or an alcohol bath it won’t power back on, it’s time to send it in to us. Sometimes, even if it does come back to life, it’s sustained some corrosion damage from the moisture. (What we’re aiming to prevent with the alcohol bath.)  It may power on but behave erratically with different functionalities of the phone working and not. Water damage does some weird stuff to an iPhone, like making it vibrate at the wrong times, or making the WiFi not work.

    The good news is that it’s fixable. Even if Apple won’t, we fix ‘em all the time, and it’s almost always cheaper to fix a water damaged iPhone than to replace it.  (We can do it for as little as forty bucks.) You can see some of our water damage fix options here.

     

    Sources:

    http://techpp.com/2009/12/13/how-to-save-and-repair-your-mobile-phone-after-water-damage/

    http://www.fiscalgeek.com/2009/06/ff_water_damaged_cellphone/

    http://www.wikihow.com/Save-a-Wet-Cell-Phone

    http://www.blogonerd.me/2011/09/what-to-do-if-your-iphone-gets-water.html

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3302

    Under: Water Damaged iPhone.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • So-Called iPhone 5 Leak Videos are BUNK.

     

     Why the Leaked iPhone 5 Videos are Fake.

    RepairLabs cries FOUL and takes issue with all of these so called new iPhone schematics that are being eagerly gobbled up by the web community.  9 to 5 Mac has just shared a video from Macotarkara, and I hate to be the one to break it to them (as I wholeheartedly love and respect this news source) but this isn’t the real deal. I’m afraid all the hype around this so-called prototype is nothing more than bunk and blather.

    Leaked iphone 5 Glass image from Macotakara

    A still from the Macotakara video claiming to show iPhone 5 glass, in comparison to the current iPhone 4 in front of it.

    • First of all, we can’t really get in for a close look at the varmint. Yes, we ourselves have received less than perfect images from our sources, but couldn’t they get us a high resolution shot that we can really investigate?  However we’re willing to concede that better images just may not be available if an anonymous source from a Chinese manufacturing company is providing the images. We’ve been in that position with our leak of iPad 3 Back Housing, back in Februray.

     

    • But take a look at the cuts on the metal around the casing. They aren’t the usual beautiful clean cuts that are typical of Apple’s quality standards. I’ve worked with hundreds of iPhones and Apple Products, and none have ever looked this bad.  At best this is the work of a newbie CNC machinist.  Look close in the 9 to 5 Mac image, right where the Home Button should be on the white casing. See those tiny lines? See how they stop right before the edge of the metal? Apple doesn’t do that. Their housings aren’t machined, they’re pressed. This casing looks as though it has been CNC milled – you can see the bit cuts, that round off as the blade makes the turn.
    possible iPhone 5 components, casing and glass

    We think there's something fishy going on here...

     

    • Yes, it does have a barcode…because I couldn’t fake a barcode in five minutes with a stencil and some black Puffpaint.

     

    • I also take issue with the pill-shaped USB port. Apple has utilized the 30-Pin port since the release of the original iPod, back in November of 2001. That is eleven years, kids.  Why would they change it now? The thousands of accessories out there are all going to be rendered useless. With their founder and leader gone can Apple really have abandoned their core design (pardon the pun) so soon?

     

    • There are cheap knock-offs out there, usually produced in China. The 2nd (right) image below bears a striking resemblance to the supposed blueprints. Check out the port on this image, kinda…pill shaped? Definitely not real Apple there.  And the first (left) image is another fun example  of how teriffically BAD the knockoffs can be. Hilariously, pitifully bad.

     

     

    Two Chinese knock offs of the current iPhone

    Two very bad knock-offs of the current iPhone 4

     

    In this humble genius’ opinion, the ultra-secretive Apple company could possibly have leaked fakes in order to trace leaks.

    Yes all of these things do match perfectly with the leaked schematics of late, but could it be a little too perfect? Couldn’t some unscrupulous, opportunistic start-up have created a quick and dirty mock up in order to get a million and a half YouTube hits? Hardware expert Adrian Kingsly-Hughes makes a compelling case (see link above) against those blueprints. Heck, we here at RepairLabs could easily make up our own glass front panel and plunk it up on the Internet claiming it’s real.  In fact, this leaves me wondering, why didn’t we think of doing that?

    No, I won’t go so far as to say that this isn’t the new design, but I’m mighty skeptical.  One thing I’m certain of: these pictures are not real iPhone components.

     www.fix-iPhones.com

    Take me on in the comments, I dare you.

     

     

     

     

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

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

    www.fix-iphones.com

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ditch Your Android - Sync Your Google Contacts

    With the $99 iPhone 4 and the new iPhone 4S, more and more people are upgrading to an iPhone. If you're still sporting that slow Android and are worried about losing your contacts if you switch to an iPhone, we can help. With a combination of Google and iTunes, transferring contacts to your shiny new iPhone is easier than ever.

    First, on your Android, select Settings -> Accounts & Sync -> Select your Gmail Account -> Click Sync Contacts. That's it! Now that your contacts are backed up, it's really easy to move them to your iPhone.

    Plug your iPhone in to your computer (if you don't have iOS 5 especially) and open iTunes. From there, select your phone and then Info. From there, choose Google Contacts from the Sync Contacts with drop down. (See image below)

    iTunes Screenshot Import Gmail Contacts

    It's easy and takes just a couple of steps. Now you can easily move all those important numbers to your brand new iPhone!

  • Apple Announces iPhone 4S - No iPhone 5

    Fix-iPhones.comWith the holidays finally here, you are probably wondering what to buy your techie friends who already have all the latest gadgets. Instead of guessing or buying them something they probably will want to exchange, show them you understand and appreciate them by getting them the perfect accessory to go along with their iPhone, iPod or iPad. Here is a list of our featured holiday accessories at Fix-iPhones.com that will all make perfect gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list.

    Chill Pill Speakers

    The Chill Pill Speakers are a great set of highly portable powered speakers for any device with a standard headphone port. The two speakers connect and separate from each other and have USB cables and headphone jack plugs built in to easily connect to your device.

    The great thing about them is they can get loud and still sound great. Simply twist the tops of the speakers to open them up to hear a bigger bass response. If you are looking for a set of powered speakers to take around with you or to use for your computer at home, you will not find a better pair for the money.

    CaseMate ID for iPhone 4

    The CaseMate ID for iPhone 4 has one of the most convenient features of any iPhone case. It allows you to carry two ID cards in a back slot attached the case. Perfect for a night on the town, you can carry only your ID and debit or credit card with you when you are traveling light.

    It also comes in a variety of colors and has a screen protector included to keep nicks and scratches off or your iPhone. Even with the card pouch, all of the iPhone buttons and controls are easily accessible.

    Griffin AirCurve Acoustic Amplifier

    Are you looking for an elegant, power-saving dock for your iPhone that fills the room with your music? The Griffin AirCurve is just that and more. It houses a coiled waveguide that collects the sound from only your iPhone built-in speaker and amplifies it by its patented design throughout the room without using power or batteries.

    While the AirCurve does not charge your iPhone by itself, inserting a dock cable (sold separately) into its pass-through slot will allow you to charge while utilizing its power-free, larger than life sound. Its translucent polycarbonate frame looks great and lets you see inside where the magic happens. Use it as an alarm clock, mini-stereo or any other iPhone-inspired feature you decide.

    Scoshe reVOLT Rechargeable Battery Pack

    Tired of running out of battery life while using your iPhone or iPod away from your plug-in charger? The Scosche reVOLT is here to reenergize you and your device. Connecting it gives you a possible extra 30 hours of music playback and 6 hours of video playback.

    Perfect for those of us who like to use battery-draining apps, play games and music or watch a lot of videos, the reVOLT is capable of completely recharging a dead iPod battery and fits securely to your device port connector.

    Otterbox Defender for iPhone 3G and 3GS

    The Otterbox Defender is one of the best protective cases you can buy for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. With its three layers of protection, you can be assured your device will stay free of nicks, scratches and breakages.

    Along with its hard polycarbonate shell, it has a silicone skin and clear membrane to keep your iPhone fully protected while providing easy access to your iPhone port, buttons and controls.

    Included with the case is a hard plastic swivel belt clip holster that doubles as a kickstand for viewing video and video chat on a tabletop. It comes in a variety of colors and is perfect for those of use who are constantly dropping our iPhones.

    iFrogz Earpollution Plugz Headphones with Microphone

    Want to tune out the noise around you so you can hear all the delicate nuances of your audio even in noisy situations? The iFrogz Earpollution Plugz with Microphone lets you hear deep, undistorted bass, clear, thick highs and immaculate vocals while canceling outside distractions.

    The microphone capsule also lets you talk and control your iPhone remotely as well. When you are listening to your music and you get a call, simply click over and start talking. With pristine sound, great looks and functional controls, these ear buds give you nothing less than a stellar listening experience.

    Marware C.E.O. Premier Plus Leather Holster

    Are you looking for an attractive leather holster case for you iPhone 4, but also want it to be protected while it is out of its holster? The Marware C.E.O. Premiere Plus is really two cases in one. Along with its skinny leather holster, which attaches to your belt, it has a thin MicroShell case for when you remove it from the holster. The polycarbonate MicroShell protects the sides and back of the phone from nicks and scratches while your iPhone is out of the holster and allows easy access to all your iPhone controls and buttons.

    The holster has a Velcro closure to prevent it from interfering with your antenna and GPS functions as will other magnetic holster cases. It also has a cutout on the side for easy iPhone removal when you get a call. The case is also slim, even with the belt clip attached, fitting easily into a pocket, purse or briefcase.

    Full Guard Screen Protector for iPhone 4

    Is your iPhone 4 screen bare and unprotected from nicks, scratches, chips and even breakage? It is time to remedy that situation with the Full Guard Screen Protector. Keep your iPhone looking new and free yourself from the stress caused by not knowing if that one fatal drop or collision will result in damage.

    Contour Design iSee for iPad

    The Contour Design iSee for the iPad is a highly protective, lightweight polycarbonate chassis featuring texturized rubber finish for added grip. It creates a narrow sheath around your iPad that does not add bulk and allows easy access to your dock, buttons and controls.

    The iSee also comes with a polycarbonate collapsible stand for watching video, surfing the Web or typing emails at just the right angle. You can place your iPad vertically or horizontally for the best viewing options.

    Switcheasy RibCage for iPad

    Looking for ultra-tough protection for your iPad? The Switcheasy RibCage has a reinforced faux leather guard lined with ridges, or ribs, that protect your iPad screen against dings and drops. The backing is a highly durable, easy fit Elasto-PU that holds your iPad firmly in place.

    The RibCage also comes with two fold out stands (1 black, 1 white) to prop up your iPad whenever you want your hands free. The stands are great for viewing your screen in landscape or portrait mode so you can watch video, surf the Web or write emails with ease.

    iLuv Neoprene Sleeve for iPad

    Looking for a snug, water-resistant sleeve for your iPad? The iLuv Neoprene iPad Sleeve is a padded, water-resistant cover that shields your device from minor bumps and scratches while keeping it dry on a rainy day. To protect your iPad from accidentally slipping out, the sleeve includes a small neoprene strap inside the zipper for added protection.

    A great feature of this sleeve is the use of exterior pockets for carrying accessories or whatever you want to bring along. The pockets are also made of the same stretchy neoprene and keep your belongings snugly inside.

    Incipio Anti Glare Screen Protector for iPad

    The Incipio AntiGlare iPad Screen Protector 2-Pack protects the most important part of your iPad, the screen. The screens fit perfectly over the iPad screen, reduce glare and repel dust from your device.

    The pack comes with a cleaning cloth and an application card to help apply the adhesive screen protectors to your screen. The screen protectors come with perfectly fit holes to allow easy access to your iPad buttons and controls.

    There you have it! These are the 12 must-have accessories for the 2010 holiday season. We hope you have found something here that will make the perfect gift for the loved ones on your list. Thanks for reading!

  • 12 Best 2010 Holiday iPhone & iPad Accessories

    Fix-iPhones.comWith the holidays finally here, you are probably wondering what to buy your techie friends who already have all the latest gadgets. Instead of guessing or buying them something they probably will want to exchange, show them you understand and appreciate them by getting them the perfect accessory to go along with their iPhone, iPod or iPad. Here is a list of our featured holiday accessories at Fix-iPhones.com that will all make perfect gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list.

    Chill Pill Speakers

    The Chill Pill Speakers are a great set of highly portable powered speakers for any device with a standard headphone port. The two speakers connect and separate from each other and have USB cables and headphone jack plugs built in to easily connect to your device.

    The great thing about them is they can get loud and still sound great. Simply twist the tops of the speakers to open them up to hear a bigger bass response. If you are looking for a set of powered speakers to take around with you or to use for your computer at home, you will not find a better pair for the money.

    CaseMate ID for iPhone 4

    The CaseMate ID for iPhone 4 has one of the most convenient features of any iPhone case. It allows you to carry two ID cards in a back slot attached the case. Perfect for a night on the town, you can carry only your ID and debit or credit card with you when you are traveling light.

    It also comes in a variety of colors and has a screen protector included to keep nicks and scratches off or your iPhone. Even with the card pouch, all of the iPhone buttons and controls are easily accessible.

    Griffin AirCurve Acoustic Amplifier

    Are you looking for an elegant, power-saving dock for your iPhone that fills the room with your music? The Griffin AirCurve is just that and more. It houses a coiled waveguide that collects the sound from only your iPhone built-in speaker and amplifies it by its patented design throughout the room without using power or batteries.

    While the AirCurve does not charge your iPhone by itself, inserting a dock cable (sold separately) into its pass-through slot will allow you to charge while utilizing its power-free, larger than life sound. Its translucent polycarbonate frame looks great and lets you see inside where the magic happens. Use it as an alarm clock, mini-stereo or any other iPhone-inspired feature you decide.

    Scoshe reVOLT Rechargeable Battery Pack

    Tired of running out of battery life while using your iPhone or iPod away from your plug-in charger? The Scosche reVOLT is here to reenergize you and your device. Connecting it gives you a possible extra 30 hours of music playback and 6 hours of video playback.

    Perfect for those of us who like to use battery-draining apps, play games and music or watch a lot of videos, the reVOLT is capable of completely recharging a dead iPod battery and fits securely to your device port connector.

    Otterbox Defender for iPhone 3G and 3GS

    The Otterbox Defender is one of the best protective cases you can buy for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. With its three layers of protection, you can be assured your device will stay free of nicks, scratches and breakages.

    Along with its hard polycarbonate shell, it has a silicone skin and clear membrane to keep your iPhone fully protected while providing easy access to your iPhone port, buttons and controls.

    Included with the case is a hard plastic swivel belt clip holster that doubles as a kickstand for viewing video and video chat on a tabletop. It comes in a variety of colors and is perfect for those of use who are constantly dropping our iPhones.

    iFrogz Earpollution Plugz Headphones with Microphone

    Want to tune out the noise around you so you can hear all the delicate nuances of your audio even in noisy situations? The iFrogz Earpollution Plugz with Microphone lets you hear deep, undistorted bass, clear, thick highs and immaculate vocals while canceling outside distractions.

    The microphone capsule also lets you talk and control your iPhone remotely as well. When you are listening to your music and you get a call, simply click over and start talking. With pristine sound, great looks and functional controls, these ear buds give you nothing less than a stellar listening experience.

    Marware C.E.O. Premier Plus Leather Holster

    Are you looking for an attractive leather holster case for you iPhone 4, but also want it to be protected while it is out of its holster? The Marware C.E.O. Premiere Plus is really two cases in one. Along with its skinny leather holster, which attaches to your belt, it has a thin MicroShell case for when you remove it from the holster. The polycarbonate MicroShell protects the sides and back of the phone from nicks and scratches while your iPhone is out of the holster and allows easy access to all your iPhone controls and buttons.

    The holster has a Velcro closure to prevent it from interfering with your antenna and GPS functions as will other magnetic holster cases. It also has a cutout on the side for easy iPhone removal when you get a call. The case is also slim, even with the belt clip attached, fitting easily into a pocket, purse or briefcase.

    Full Guard Screen Protector for iPhone 4

    Is your iPhone 4 screen bare and unprotected from nicks, scratches, chips and even breakage? It is time to remedy that situation with the Full Guard Screen Protector. Keep your iPhone looking new and free yourself from the stress caused by not knowing if that one fatal drop or collision will result in damage.

    Contour Design iSee for iPad

    The Contour Design iSee for the iPad is a highly protective, lightweight polycarbonate chassis featuring texturized rubber finish for added grip. It creates a narrow sheath around your iPad that does not add bulk and allows easy access to your dock, buttons and controls.

    The iSee also comes with a polycarbonate collapsible stand for watching video, surfing the Web or typing emails at just the right angle. You can place your iPad vertically or horizontally for the best viewing options.

    Switcheasy RibCage for iPad

    Looking for ultra-tough protection for your iPad? The Switcheasy RibCage has a reinforced faux leather guard lined with ridges, or ribs, that protect your iPad screen against dings and drops. The backing is a highly durable, easy fit Elasto-PU that holds your iPad firmly in place.

    The RibCage also comes with two fold out stands (1 black, 1 white) to prop up your iPad whenever you want your hands free. The stands are great for viewing your screen in landscape or portrait mode so you can watch video, surf the Web or write emails with ease.

    iLuv Neoprene Sleeve for iPad

    Looking for a snug, water-resistant sleeve for your iPad? The iLuv Neoprene iPad Sleeve is a padded, water-resistant cover that shields your device from minor bumps and scratches while keeping it dry on a rainy day. To protect your iPad from accidentally slipping out, the sleeve includes a small neoprene strap inside the zipper for added protection.

    A great feature of this sleeve is the use of exterior pockets for carrying accessories or whatever you want to bring along. The pockets are also made of the same stretchy neoprene and keep your belongings snugly inside.

    Incipio Anti Glare Screen Protector for iPad

    The Incipio AntiGlare iPad Screen Protector 2-Pack protects the most important part of your iPad, the screen. The screens fit perfectly over the iPad screen, reduce glare and repel dust from your device.

    The pack comes with a cleaning cloth and an application card to help apply the adhesive screen protectors to your screen. The screen protectors come with perfectly fit holes to allow easy access to your iPad buttons and controls.

    There you have it! These are the 12 must-have accessories for the 2010 holiday season. We hope you have found something here that will make the perfect gift for the loved ones on your list. Thanks for reading!

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • The Truth about iPhone and iPad Water Damage

    Your iPhone and/or iPad probably have a very important role in your life. You take it with you wherever you go and rely on it for staying in touch, staying productive and staying current on things that matter to you. But then the day comes when you make that fatal mistake - your iPhone and/or iPad gets exposed to liquid and stops working.

    Now you start to panic. Your dear little Apple gadget that was a source of happiness and pride just moments ago is now a waterlogged brick of nothing. Immediately you consult your Apple warranty for help. Unfortunately, this will get you nowhere.

    Your iPhone or iPad comes equipped with liquid sensors inside that will tell any technician whether or not the device has come in contact with liquid. If this is the case, you are out of luck with Apple. They will not cover water-damaged devices with their warranty. But you don't want to spend another few hundred bucks on a replacement. What do you do next?

    Naturally you do what the rest of the tech-savvy world does at this point – consult the Internet!

    There are many articles and videos on the Web that attempt to give you helpful advice on curing your water damage problem. Some will tell you to immerse it in a bag of rice to dry it out for a couple days. Or you could put it into a plastic bag with silica packets and see if that does the trick. Some will say you can put it into a hearing aid dryer for a few hours.

    So now you’ve done as the Internet has advised to try and dry out your device, but it is still giving you problems. You turn it on and it works for a while, but when the battery life gets to a certain point it gives you problems again. Now what? You still don’t want to spend the hundreds of dollars on a replacement. Meanwhile you are losing time.

    The conclusion that everyone in this situation comes to is eventually the same – get a new device or have it repaired by professionals. That’s where Repair Labs comes in.

    Repair Labs has fixed water-damaged iPhones and iPads for our customers nationwide. People who thought that they would never get another second of use out of their devices have trusted us with their water damage repair and we have delivered. If you have what seems like a hopeless water damaged iPhone or iPad, check out our repair services here.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

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