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Hottest Smartphones of 2015 Our Top 5 Picks

Hottest Smartphones of 2015: Our Top 5 Picks

 

2015 has been great for smartphone users. Latest technology and cool features has enabled daily routine tasks to be performed elegantly and efficiently. Here are out top 5 hottest smartphones for 2015:

 

 Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung had to come up with a bold and unique smartphone to compete against the big competitors like Apple. Samsung Galaxy S6 has turned the tables for Samsung and made its way to the top in the industry. Stepping away from the traditional plastic casing, Samsung has designed S6 in a classier metal body and has added a new flare to Samsung galaxy S series. It provides the sharpest display in the market and sells the S6 edge on its overwhelming bend body. The camera works wonder in different lighting and creates epic audio during media usage.


iPhone 6S

Apple was able to create an iPhone contrary to its previous designs and features, enabling it to make iPhone 6S a unique selling device of Apple. With the largest screen ever offered by Apple (4.7 inches), iPhone 6S manages to provide great quality and durability. In terms of performance, it has out run many new smartphones in the market and made sure that every application on iPhone 6 runs smoothly. To top it all, iOS 9 provides added features and comfortable use.


Motorola Turbo 2

Motorola Turbo 2 made its way into the news after promising a hard- scratch less screen that won’t break at all! Indeed, this smartphone passed variety of tests performed by users and manufactures to ensure that it can sustain a typical fall to ground without a scratch. Along with the toughness, comes the great battery life that is rare in the market and offers a great Android experience overall. The screen looks excellent during HD displays and does not weigh much on your hand while usage.


 LG V10

Rated 4 out of 5 stars by CNET, LG V10 can be stated as one of the best LG phones in the market. The outstanding camera control and features is what distinguishes it from the other Android phones. The added feature of fingerprint sensor makes sure that LG V10 stands out from those typical smartphones in everyone’s hand. It has also provided two front-facing cameras to take wider selfie shots and improve the experience with the camera. LG V10 has a sheer beauty look indeed!


 Huawei Nexus 6P

This year, Huawei has managed to increase its sale significantly and has proved its capabilities by introducing the Nexus 6P. Since its release in September’15 it has been one the most demanded smartphones in the market. Its 12 megapixel camera, 5.7 inch screen, 3 GB snapdragon RAM and 3450mAh long battery makes this smartphone irresistible. Power users can put their heavy workload on this smartphone and make it through the day easily. Its looks beautiful, has a great color range and the premium feel skims it out as one of the best phones.

5 Essential Mobile Security Tips

5 Essential Mobile Security Tips

 

Gone are the days when mobile phones were used strictly for the purpose of making and receiving calls. Communication has now taken a next level with the introduction of Smart Phones which are Wifi and 3G compatible. This device is now use to socialize, take pictures, listen to music, shop, make bank transaction and stay in touch with friends and family. Thus, this has lead to people sharing their private and professional information freely. Some steps must be taken to secure your data in case of losing your phones or being attacked by cyber criminals.

1.     Lock the device

There have been a number of cases reported by the users of their cell phone being stolen or lost. Therefore, it is essential for all the smart phone users to lock their device with difficult password or pattern. The phone must be then set on an auto destruct policy. The device will then detect the number of failed attempts of unlocking and automatically erase all the data stored.

2.     Avoid questionable apps

Phones are mostly attacked by malicious software which is infected with the Trojan horse. These fake applications appear as real and pose a serious threat to the personal data stored in the phones. It is always advisable to download apps from trusted stores such as Google Play store and App Store on Android and iPhone respectively. 

3.     Accept the patches

Personal computers and Laptops regularly needed to be updated and patched with recent software versions available to avoid any possible threat. The updated version eliminates any possible vulnerability that can cause you to lose your personal data. Similarly the applications and software in mobile phones must be updated regularly to ensure that your device is performing at optimal level and is not prone to any security threat.

4.     Back up your data

One must understand the possibility of phone being lost or stolen and which might result in losing important contacts and data. Thus, it must be your prime concern to regularly back up all your data and have access even when the information is accidentally deleted. Android and iPhone both have made it possible with their feature of sync on Google Drive and Cloud. You can restore all your information in 30 minutes and retrieve all your personal data through these apps.  

 

5.     Stay safely behind bars

Security experts strongly advise against jail breaking your phone. For some reason you might want to unlock your phones and remove the digital rights from a certain carrier, but it can be a serious security breach. It is therefore necessary to understand the security of your phone which is tied up with certain carrier and ensure the safety of your data stored. Unlocking a phone or jail breaking can significantly weaken the security of your device and so you must stay safely behind the bars of safety provided by the carrier.

The recent reports of personal data of celebrities being hacked and floated freely on the internet have made the security of your data questionable. Therefore, you must take consider all the security tips given above and ensure the safety of your data by all means.

5 Reasons Your Repair Shop Should Be On Social Media

5 Reasons Your Repair Shop Should Be On Social Media

Using the right marketing strategies is essential if you want you repair shop to succeed. Although most repair ship turn over their marketing to an experienced marketing company, it is important to provide assistance and input in order to build a successful campaign. That assistance can be best provided through social media. The wealth of social media gives a worthwhile return on investment. Social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn present great marketing opportunities to promote your repairing practice, and here are 5 reasons how.

  1.       EVERYONE IS ON FACEBOOK

Almost all of your customers and prospective customers use social media. According to Pew Research Center almost 74% of internet users also use some form of social media. On Twitter if you type in specific keywords, you will find people looking for repair services too, and then you can direct them to your site. In Twitter telling people to get required products is just an @ away. Facebook gives you access to incomparable engagement and thus allows for powerful one on one communication. Unless you are part of some online conversation, you will miss out on being able to address and take advantage of people’s concerns if you do not promote yourself through social media. Moreover Facebook is a place where if you market to 2 friends, that person will tell 2 more friends and so on and so forth. Your valuable posts will even be shared amongst followers.

  1.       GIVE REVIEWS AND HELPFUL INFORMATION

By using social media you can communicate the benefits of your getting work done from your repair shop like never before. It works even better if you offer helpful information instead of a sales pitch. No one wants to be sold something all the time. So for example you can post reviews about repairing or equipment related to repairing and how it will help you out. You can also give in tips through videos. The possibilities are endless. Just try to keep it informational and see traffic splurging towards you. No other form of traditional marketing allows you to do that.

  1.       TIME IS THE ONLY INVESTMENT YOU NEED

All the investment you need to get started with marketing through social media is time. Of course that is at a premium but once you set up your Twitter account or Facebook page, posting regular updates and monitoring what is going on won’t take up a lot of your day. Almost all social media platforms also have mobile friendly applications so you can easily and quickly post from your phone during lunch breaks or appointments.

  1.       YOUR GOOGLE SEARCH RANK WILL BE BETTER THAN EVER

Being active on the social media platform aids in increasing the amount of traffic your website receives. Social media is increasing in importance as an SEO ranking signal. The more social media shares you get, the higher your ranking will be on Google. Being mentioned and talked about on social media is a positive sign which shows that you have content worth sharing and are popular. This in turn drives Google to regard you as being more authoritative, which allows your website to rank better in organic SEO.

  1.       HELPS YOU CONVERT POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS TO LOYAL ONES

Social networks like Twitter allow small businesses to locate potential customers and turn them into loyal ones. Through Hootsuits you can locate anyone tweeting about or needing a repair service and you can reach then out at a personal level. Reaching out potential customers at a personal level through any other marketing media would cause a dent on your pocket and is not practical. Therefore it is an easy way to generate leads.

 

Why Great Customer Service is Important for Your Repair Shop

Why Great Customer Service is Important for Your Repair Shop?

Having a great customer service is essential for all the businesses, but in a cell phone repair shop, the way you deal with your customers can either break or make your business. Having good customer service has the potential of a great first impression on the repair shop as a whole. Below are the reasons discussed in further detail as to why great customer service is important.

  •          The wireless repair industry depends on excellent customer service

All customers love to feel important. Successful repair shops tend to make their customers feel important by offering those VIP services and additional benefits a gesture of appreciation. However these additional benefits tend to vary from shop to shop as they can range from labour discounts to free upgrades to old customers. Thus treating your customers with respect, kindness and appreciation can take you further in your business along with greater success, as they day ‘people want to do business with people they like’.

  •          Do you trust your phone in the hands of just anyone?

Repair shops run their business entirely on trust and reliability as they have to perform on a very precious and delicate piece of equipment belonging to their customers. Customer service is of so much important in the cell phone repairing industry that it has now become one of the main requirements of every customer relying on you t fix their device.

Some of the best ideas, advice and plan everyone ever comes up is only due to other people’s successful business motivation. When starting your very own cell phone repair shop, one of the best things you should be able to do is model successful companies’ customer services and understands why it’s important. Let successful big business be an inspiration to you and know more about how they deal with their customers and model them for the betterment of your shop and make good customers in the long run.

  •          Small business success is highly dependent on the satisfied customer

Only the best of the cell phone repair shops emphasize on excellent customer service as number one policy of the company. Small business owners need to understand that only satisfied customers are the ultimate key to the growth of their company on a large scale. The competence of customer service among cell phone repair shop is huge and matters a lot in establishing a strong business and relationship with customers to make them keep coming back everyone they face a problem with their phones. Great customer service involves satisfying the needs of a customer and listening and responding in an efficient and friendly manner. In short, level of professionalism, respect and god communication is the foundations of success.

  •          Final Words of Wisdom

Now there are obviously other important things too for the success of your cell phone repair shop but this is the most important thing we have found that is going to you all the best chance and way to ensure that your own cell phone repair business prevails in the future. This is the only thing we expect you to make sure you model your repair shop after. Here at (name of the blog), we fully understand that getting hold of the key of a successful business is just as important as compared to anything else when staring your very own cell phone repair business.

Cell Repair vs Replace

Cell Repair vs Replace

Here we are with some tips on when it is better to repair your phone and when to replace it.

REPAIR

  1.       YOU WANT THE NEXT BIG THING

If your phone is aesthetically perfect and is also functional, but you are tempted to upgrade just because there is something new and better in the market, what you can do is resist your urge especially if you are tight on the pocket. Try to pick up some snazzy new case and upgrade it with the latest apps to give your gadget a new look at a small price tag.

  1.       THE SCREEN IS CRACKED

If you love your phone but cannot deal with the cracked screen, simply get your screen replaced. Chances are that it is going to be a heck lot cheaper than getting a new piece and you can use the money on something that will protect your screen from getting cracked again like getting a glass screen protector or a protective casing.

  1.       YOU RUN OUT OF STORAGE

If you don’t have any more room to store apps, videos, music or images, get a larger storage card or move the stuff you don’t use very often to your PC for safekeeping. This will save you bucks that you would otherwise spend on a new phone and give you more space on your phone.

REPLACE

  1.       YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE YOUR PHONE

If you have had your phone for quite some time and you still want to throw it against the wall, it might be a really bad fit for you. If you find it too much of a hassle to understand or too complicated, it is better to replace it. There is maybe a right device out there for you.

  1.       IT IS SO BROKEN THAT YOU CANT USE IT

If your phone is broken so much that it can’t be used as a phone, has extensive water damage, broken internals, or shattered camera lenses, there is no way to save it, and repairing costs double the amount in which you could buy a brand new phone. The brand new phone will also give you a warranty against further damage.

  1.       YOUR PHONE DUSTS FLIES WHEN IT RINGS

If your phone is so old that you can’t play Candy Crush without freezing and then restarting, or you have to flip it and bash it against the wall every time you want to use it, fortunately or unfortunately, you need to treat yourself to a new phone.

So whether you want to replace your phone or repair it, you need to take the decision keeping in view your situation.

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7 Common Misconceptions about Cell Phone Repair

7 Common Misconceptions about Cell Phone Repair

There is a lot of wrong and false buzz in the market about cell phone repairing from the media and the people on how they perceive the cell phone repairing industry. Since cell phones are now becoming an essential part of people’s everyday life, they become cautious when it comes to repairing their cell phones and thus, people end up developing these seven common misconceptions mentioned below. Let’s debunk these seven common misconceptions about cell phone repair to make life easier for the people and the repairing community:

  1.        “The only people who can fix my phone are certified technicians”.

A lot of people think that only certified technicians can repair or fix their phone the right way, however, the truth is no certification is needed to operate a mobile phone repair shop in most countries. Some of the highly skilled technicians without certification spend hours and hours researching and looking for solutions to solve cell phone problems and repair.

  1.        “If a third party repair shop fixes my cell phone, it will void the warranty”

A broken cell phone screen or any kind of damage to the parts of a phone generally voids the cell phone’s warranty. Thus, it is a baseless fact that a third party repair shop will void your phone’s warranty.

  1.        “It costs too much to repair my cell phone”

Cost of getting your cell phone repaired is misconceived by many people on a large space. According to a research doe in January 215 on data collected, the average rate of repairing an iPhone 6 was $179, which is much less as compared by replacing it with a new phone and will last longer.

  1.        “You want $200 to fix my galaxy S5?! But I only paid $100 for it!”

Most Smartphone users have no idea about the true value of their phone because the often get them as contract deals or through discounted rates. As a result, most consumers are hesitant to pay for the repairing of their phone especially if they ‘think’ it costs more than the phone itself that they bought at a discounted price. Once the users understand the true value of their Smartphones, paying for the repairs won’t be a problem anymore.

  1.        “My cell phone cannot be fixed”.

Yes, it can. Trust us. There are many expert and experienced technicians out there who have years of knowledge to repair any phone with any kind of problem.

  1.        “I can fix this iPhone/iPad/Smartphone myself, no problem!”

Well, there is no harm in trying to do something yourself but it may be just easy to say than do, because once you open your phone up you might end up doing more harm than good so it might be probably best for you to leave the repairing to a professional.

  1.        “Cell phone repair shops are sketchy and the technicians aren’t certified.”

Yes it’s true, since some fake business owners tend to only take advantage of their customers instead of actually solving their problems. But at the same time the repairing industry is filled with hundreds of trustworthy business who love helping their customers and yes they do have skilful technicians without certification, because as mentioned above many skilled technicians can solve your problems with the need of any certification too.

5 Questions to Ask Your Cell Phone Repair Shop

5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CELL PHONE REPAIR SHOP

Everyone loves their cell phones which is why it’s pretty much understandable why anyone would not want to just hand them to over anyone to get them repaired. Finding an honest and trustworthy cell phone repair shop can be a tricky business as every shop wants customers .Read on this blog to know about the five frequently asked questions to a cell phone repair shop and why:

  1.        “What kind of warranty do you offer –and what does it cover?”

Most repair shops offers warranty anywhere from a time frame of thirty days to over six months. Ask the repair shop about what kind of warranty they have to offer you, however, keep in mind that warranty only covers parts and service and may not cover any accidental damage.

  1.        “How do you ensure the contents of my device remain private and protected?”

Keep your phone’s privacy intact is the top most priority of any user is when handing their phone over to a repair shop. Make sure that your chosen repair shop will keep your privacy safe and plays a huge part in preventing your private data from getting in the wrong hands. Make sure the repair shop has a solid privacy plan that can ensure your phone’s personal data safety.

  1.        “Where do you get your replacements parts?”

Which vendor the repair shop chooses to get the replacement parts from is less important as compared to finding out if they have a good relationship with any good vendor at all. This is important because a reliable vendor can offer your phone an extend warranty of its replaced parts. Aftermarket and Dem are the two parts usually used for replacement in repair shops. Ask your repair shop from where they obtain the replacement parts and are they reliable or not.

  1.        “Why are you cheaper (or more expensive) than other repair shops in town?”

Ask the cell phone repair shop about their pricing and competition. Why are they more expensive or cheaper? Do they have any higher requirements such as licenses? Or they are cheaper because they purchase cheaper parts or do not offer warranties?

  1.        “What happens if my phone is further damaged after leaving it with you?”

Most reputable repair shops will make you fill out a form detailing all their policies and what things they will be responsible for after you leave your phone with them. A trustworthy and loyal repair shop owner knows what to do if further damage is done to your phone after you leave it will them, but not all repair shops have the same policy. Therefore, make sure you pop this question up to the owner and if in case they do not make any promise to be responsible for such kind of damage to your property, it might be best to opt for another repair shop.

Asking these five important questions is important for understanding the loyalty and reliability of a repair shop before you settle on one.

How to Dry a Water Damaged iPhone?

We have seen a lot of experiments of dropping the iphone in water to check to check its resistance towards liquids but it’s not always successful and your iphone can’t always survive against water. Iphone is a strong electronic gadget but water often makes it vulnerable to prolonged damage. You just have to embrace the fact that what is done is done now you have to act fast to save your iphone before it stops to function.

If you drop your phone in the shower or in any kind of puddle of water don’t think of it as a death sentence for your iphone because you can still manage to recover your data and save your phone even after water damage. SO, save yourself from this tragedy and try these tips and tricks that can pull your iphone back into its working state.

Tips and Tricks             

  1. Take your phone out of the water immediately and if it is connected to a plug don’t turn it on to check if it is working because that might lead to a short circuit. If is off leave it off and don’t be tempted to open the power.
  2. Remove the sim card and battery so that major components of the iphone are not exposed to water. Then shake the iphone a little to remove excess water from all the ports.
  3. Don’t try to dry it using a hair dryer or other heat based drying tools because it might damage the internal components of your phone.
  4. You can also check the liquid contact sensor in the iphone that turns red if a contact with some fluid is made.
  5. Only use the iphone repair kit if you know how to dismantle the whole system properly but you don’t have to worry about it if you have warranty on that iphone. Moreover, you can also take it to an apple store tip there is serious damage and they can help you out with their liquid detectors which will inform them where the damage is substantial.

 

Home Remedies

  1. Uncooked rice is a staple and is found at everyone’s home so use that to cover your iphone fully in a bowl and leave it for 48 hours. The rice is very absorbent and it will soak out the moisture to a great extent.
  2. You might have seen those silica gel packets that come with every new product you purchase but they are known to be hazardous to consume. Well, you can use them to save your phone from water. Muster a lot of them and cover up the iphone and leave it for two days as it will dry all the water out.
  3. Open up your iphone and soak the battery and SD card in Isopropyl alcohol for two minutes because it displaces the water and evaporates quickly form the conductive parts. Shake the phone and keep it in a heated place but be careful so that the phone doesn’t get overheated for instance an oven. The phone will turn up just fine once it is dried out completely. 
iPhone 6 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the best smartphones the Korean company has come up with in a very long time. Hence, for the first time, we finally have a flagship worthy of comparison with the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s latest flagship phone. So if you wish to upgrade or spend money on a new phone, which is the best for you? The following gives a brief overview of the different features of both phones.

Hardware

The iPhone 6 Plus comes with an Apple A9 64-bit dual-core processor which has the M9 motion coprocessor built in, a Power VR GX6450 graphics processor, a 128 GB built-in memory and a 2GB of RAM.

Edge comes with an octa-core processor comprising a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 (or a quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex-A57), a Mali-T760 MP8 graphics processor, a 128 GB built-in memory and a 4GB of RAM.

Software

The new iPhone 6 Plus will be the first to run iOS 9, which is much similar to its predecessor but has a more eye-catching font and multi-tasking.  There are many improvements to Siri (Apple’s voice activated technology)means the in-phone assistance can now handle calendars, contacts, and third party applications better.

The S6 Edge runs on the latest Android version 5.1.1 Lollipop and supported by an improved TouchWiz interface with smoother and more innovative features.

Design

The iPhone 6S Plus has no curved screen, no customizable design, no removable parts.Its thin body is wrapped in an aluminumframe and sealed by a double layer of scratch-resistant glass. The home button is located directly below the display and acts a fingerprint reader (now comes with the second generation Touch ID). Along with a switch that alters the notification mode, is the volume keys, which remain on the right-hand side. Just above the SIM card slot is the power button on the opposite side.

In contrast, Samsung has made several changes to its most recent releases especially the withdrawal of the ability to expand the memory or remove the battery. The Samsung Galaxy Edge comes with a curved screen alongside a fingerprint reader on the front panel, moving the power button to the right and the volume keys to the left.

More Efficient

Powered by anExynos 7420 processor, a well-supported 4GB RAM and the latest update to Android Lollipop means that Edge performs well compared to iPhone 6S Plus with a 64-bit A9 processor and powered by 2GB of RAM.

Price

The outright retail prices for the iPhone 6 Plus are $749, $849 and $949 for the 16, 64 and 128 GB versions respectively. However, it will cost $299, $399, $499 for the 16, 64 and 128 GB versions respectively for a two-year contract.

The 32 GB version of Samsung Galaxy Edge Plus is around US$779 while the 64 GB version is around $859 depending on where you buy them.

In conclusion, both have a great design but the Edge 6 has a unique design among smartphones of all platforms (curved edges), but on the display front, the iPhone 6S Plus (with 3D Touch) can sense more inputs and perform tasks that Edge cannot. Edge is better equipped with more RAM and power.Therefore, in the end, it all boils down to whether you want to be within the Apple ecosystem or Samsung’s.

Top 10 iPhone 6 Problems and Solutions

Apple's latest releases aren't flawless and proprietors of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have experienced a lot of problems with their new iPhones.

If you are running into the following issues, then you may very well discover the answer you need right here.

  1.       Overheating:

A few individuals have reported that the iPhone 6 is getting much hotter contrasted with the past iPhones.

Solutions:

  •          Reboot your phone
  •          Turn off automatic updates
  •          Turn off unnecessary apps

 

  1.       Sim Card problems:

Some of the iPhone 6/6 Plus clients complain that they're confronting "Invalid SIM" or "No SIM card introduced" glitches.

Solution:

Turn off Airplane mode, restart your gadget or overhaul to the most recent framework. Then again you may change another SIM card before sending it in for repair.

 

  1.       Keyboard problems:

A few clients complained that they're confronting keyboard issues like the top line of letters and the content forecast line are superimposed or a few keys don't react.

Solutions:

  •          Turn on the Button Shapes and zoom by going to Settings > General > Accessibility.
  •          On the other hand you may utilize an outsider keyboard.

 

  1.       No touch ID:

Touch ID is anything but difficult to set-up. Be that as it may, it doesn't generally act as publicized.

Solutions:

  •          Plenty of issues originate from the sensor being dirty.
  •          Try erasing your unique finger impression and including it in once more.

 

  1.       Incoming call problems:

A few clients reported that their iPhone 6 displays doesn't light up to demonstrate the get or dismiss alternatives. Furthermore, they can’t hear the other person.

Solutions:

  •          Guarantee the mesh cover of the ear speaker is not secured by any dust.
  •          Turn off the Bluetooth and the Phone Noise Cancelation and reset.

 

  1.       Camera problems:

Numerous clients reported that their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus were encountering camera issues like: dark pictures or the camera locks up (shut lens).

Solutions:

  •          Restart your iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus.
  •          Power quit the camera application, then open it once more.

 

  1.       Slow/No Charging:

Charging issues of iPhone 6 like moderate charging or not charging at all were reported after frequent use after just a couple of days.

Solutions:

  •          Reconnect the links to verify everything is joined accurately.
  •          Turn off your iPhone when charging.
  •          Utilize a 12W iPad charger for your iPhone 6.
  •          Utilize a divider charger rather than a USB port.

 

  1.       Slow/no Wi-Fi:

There is one complaint much more than any others in the matter of issues with the iPhone 6, it's the way the Wi-Fi works or doesn’t work at all.

Solutions:

  •          Reset the system settings
  •          Turn on Wi-Fi networking

 

  1.       Cracked screen:

A split screen is the most widely recognized issue for any cell phone and the iPhone 6 is no special case.

Solutions:

  •          Have a defensive case or treated glass screen protector.
  •          Send it to the Apple Center or a repair shop for substitution.

 

  1.   App Store Problem:

There have been complaints about iMessage after the iOS 9.0.1 or iOS 9.0.2 upgrade. This issue is to a great degree common.

Solutions:

  •          Go into your Settings > Messages > Toggle iMessage off then back on.
  •          Reboot your gadget.

Reset Network Settings