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The Many Levels of Cell Phone Destruction

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The Many Levels of Cell Phone Destruction

Cracked iPhone 5G Screen and LCD

Cracked iPhone 5G Screen and LCD

Smart phones are part of everyday life, which means they undergo everyday wear and tear.  Eventually a device will become damaged and will need a repair or a replacement.  Cell phone damage comes in three levels, surface wear, screen (LCD) wear, and housing wear.  Each level has different methods for repair, and varies in the degree in which they can be repaired before a full replacement is necessary.  It’s best to get phones repaired by professionals, like at iTech Cellular in New Jersey, to prolong the life and avoid a full replacement.

 

Surface Wear (Scuffed Housing/Scratched Glass)

Daily cell phone use can lead to wear and tear on the phone’s screen and housing, especially on unprotected phones.  Exposed housings can be scratched from handling and may even bend or crack over time. A bent frame on an iPhone 6 is very common, and iPhone screens are notorious for getting cracked after being dropped, but most still function well enough to continue using the phone.  Buttons may break or get stuck over time as well.  If you have gotten corrosion in the charging port from moisture or steam you may need to replace the charging port.

Most of these issues don’t greatly affect the overall function of the phone, but it’s good to get things repaired early, or add a protective case to avoid further damage.

 

Screen Wear (Cracked Glass/Broken LCD)

This phone has seen better days!

This phone has seen better days!

A cell phone’s screen, especially with so many models using a touch screen, deals with a lot of wear over time.  Screens are very fragile, and can have two components,  a glass outer layer and touch screen digitizer surface with an LCD screen below.  Screens are very prone to cracking, and many users without a tempered glass or case will eventually experience a crack, from a small drop, or a full on smash.

Screen damage can come with a variety of issues from a functioning cracked iPhone screen, to a cracked and not functioning iPad Air screen. With Samsung phones a large issue is the LCD screen cracks rendering the whole screen black for no apparent reason. It’s tough to see the crack in a Samsung Galaxy LCD screen when the glass isn’t broken, iPhone screens on the other hand tend to malfunction, resulting in ghost touching, touch not working, or colored bands or lines on the lit screen.

Many screens can be replaced and can save you from having to get a replacement phone.  It’s best to have these done at a reputable repair store. Parts are available online but with so many makes and models it’s best to spend your money on quality parts and service instead of estimated guessing and doing it yourself.

 

Housing Wear (Bent Housing/Frame)

This housing is BENT!

This housing is BENT!

Damage to the cell phone’s housing can seem like surface damage but can quickly lead to interior issues and even a cracked motherboard.  The metal casing of a cell phone stands up to everyday use, but things like sitting on it or bending it can lead to micro-cracks on the motherboard.  Over time this can cause software and daily use issues, and when the user tries to repair it, the opening of the housing can lead to the motherboard cracking, resulting in permanent damage.

With housing damage it’s best to take the phone to a repair shop before the damage is too far along.  Housings can be replaced but once the motherboard is damaged the repairs can be costly and may even be beyond repair, resulting in a full replacement.  If you’d like to schedule an iPhone or Samsung repair today, then visit us here and schedule your repair appointment today.

Computer Screen Repair

5 Ways to Get your Computer Ready for Next Semester

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Every college student knows their computer is like their lifeline, it gets used every day, all day, for writing papers, answering emails, setting up meetings, and that’s just the coursework side of things. If this sounds like how you use your computer you’re setting yourself up for crashes and maybe even failure. Use these five methods to ensure proper maintenance, and your computer will be in top shape for your next semester.

1. Software maintenance
If you use your computer every day, chances are you rarely close every window and nor do you shut down the machine. Computers need a chance to rest, and a reboot also clears the memory (RAM). While many machines have reminders and notifications about updates, it’s important to shut down all your programs and reboot your machine almost every day. Software maintenance will ensure that your programs function properly and will save you from those crashes that erase your whole research paper or project.

2. Repairs
There are times when the computer breaks, whether it’s the screen, keyboard, track pad or battery. The screen is one of the most important parts of your computer, and while you may get by with a cracked or malfunctioning screen, between semesters is a great time to get your Macbook screen repair once and for all. Some students work with missing keys and repurpose a lesser used one, but to get the most use out of your computer it’s important that it be fully functioning and fixed. Replacing keys or correcting a sticky or damaged track pad can be done within a few days and will give you time to readjust before classes start again.

iTech Cellular tip: We handle all sorts of repairs from cracked screens and water damaged keyboards to track pads and batteries. Most repairs can be done same day and we work with a variety of brands and models.

3. Back up your machine
So many students lose all their work, especially during high stress times, because they forget to back up their machine. Most backups only take a few hours, but with the time demands the end of a semester brings, it’s easy to forget to back up and get out of the routine. Backing up can make or break your grades if you aren’t careful or are working with a dated machine. Routine backups onto an external hard drive or with third party software can save you from losing progress when time is the most precious.

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4. Hard drive clean up or upgrade
Along with not shutting down your machine regularly and forgetting to back up, the hard drive also needs to be cleaned up from time to time. The hard drive stores everything and anything, which can lead to it filling up and running slower or crashing frequently. Cleaning up your hard drive can be as simple as moving older documents to an external hard drive or using software to remove bugs. CC Cleaner should be run at least once a week. Clearing your cache is also very important to keeping your system running smooth. If you can’t move documents or delete outdated software, the hard drive may need to be upgraded so you have more space.

iTech Cellular tip: Hard drive replacements and virus removals are popular services we offer. Don’t feel like you have to get a new machine just because it crashed or won’t start, our services commonly restore order to machines that you aren’t ready to replace.

5. Organize your machine
Computers get messy, between vague file names and saving everything to the desktop, in between semesters is a great time to organize your machine. Using folders for classes or semesters is a great way to sort your files. Don’t fill your desktop with all your documents and files, this slows down the computer on startup. The desktop is great for the most important items, and if you’re used to saving to the desktop try using a semester folder instead so everything is one place.
This is also a great time to remove previous semesters from your computer and onto a flash drive or external hard drive, which will free up space and increase your computer’s performance.

With these tips your computer will be ready for the next semester in no time. iTech Cellular provides a variety of computer repair services in New Jersey that can help restore your computer to like-new status and will make your next semester run much smoother. For things like simple accessory repairs to hard drive replacement, back up, and recovery iTech Cellular provides excellent customer service, quick turnaround, and offers FREE diagnostics on all computer repairs.

Why an iPhone 6 Screen Repair is Better than Replacing the Device

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Why an iPhone 6 Screen Repair is Better than Replacing the Device

An iPhone 6 screen repair is a great alternative to having the phone replaced. Many customers don’t want to start over with a new phone, and a repair will save you time and money.  There are cons to getting a phone repaired instead of replaced as well, if there’s more damage than originally thought the phone could require more repairs, or may not be in good enough shape to repair at all.  Taking your phone to a repair shop will help you make the right decision for your phone and your wallet.

 

Repair Pros:

Just because your iPhone screen cracks it doesn’t mean your phone has to be replaced! Many iPhone repairs are common on devices and can save you lots of money in the long run.  Getting your phone repaired is a great option if you can’t back up your device, want to save money, and want to keep your original phone to either continue to use or sell.

No back up needed

One of the downsides of replacing your phone is a backup is necessary in order to transfer your contact information, apps, and preferences.  While a backup doesn’t take much time, it can be tough to backup your device if your screen is already broken, rendering your phone unusable.  By having the screen repaired you won’t lose your data and will be back to using your phone after the repair is complete.

Saves money

Phones are getting smarter and more expensive each time a new version releases. While it’s fun to use the latest model, not everyone wants to replace their phone as soon as it breaks.  Repairing the screen after it cracks or shatters is a great way to save money and keep your current model.  Screen repairs usually cost under $100 and will restore your phone to perfect working order.  The cost to replace a broken phone under contract can be steep, the higher end costing full retail price.

Keep the original

It’s great to get a new phone, but only when you’re ready for one. The glass screens on iPhones are very sensitive and can break easily, especially when dropped face down. By repairing the screen you can keep your original phone and prolong the life of that model. Along with not needing to back up your device and saving money, you’ve also furthered the life of that phone to last you through your contract and to be passed on to another user after you’ve moved on to the latest model. Check out our prices for an iPhone 6 screen repair.

Repair Cons:

Unfortunately, not all phones can be repaired, or will require multiple repairs in order to be restored back to fully working order. The biggest issue with getting your phone repaired is if there’s been water damage in addition to a cracked screen.

Multiple Repairs

Sometimes a cracked screen can lead to more that just a repair. When a screen cracks or breaks the internal pieces may be damaged which can require multiple replacement parts in order to restore function. A phone may continue to function and still require more than just a screen repair, which can add to the overall cost.

Water damage

Water damage is one of the more costly repairs to correct. A cracked screen is an easy way for water to get inside the phone and cause damage to the electronics. Saltwater is an even bigger culprit for issues because the salt corrodes the metal inside, even while the phone is still functioning. Most phones with this issue have to be replaced because too many pieces would have to be repaired to restore the phone.