All smart phones and tablets are slippery like playing cards. And like a card trick gone bad, they can flip and slip and fall from your hands. It is sad when it ends in broken glass. It gets worse! Now that you shattered the glass, you are probably going to pay a lot of money to get it repaired. In many cases, it may make more sense to buy a replacement device.
The tips in this article are very specific to the 3 devices mentioned in the title. Unlike many other brands of smart phones and tablets, they are readily repairable at affordable prices by shops which specialize in just those 3 devices.
Other brands do not enjoy affordable parts availability and a virtual army of experienced and able technicians. Apple devices may cost more to buy initially, they can be readily and economically be repaired when the tips in this article are followed.
Easy as Apple Pie Repair Tips:
Tip # 3: Back up your device.
In the vast majority of cases, your data will not be lost during the repair - but it does happen. Picking up your newly repaired device to find precious pictures gone can hurt your heart.
Tip # 2: Two Repairs you can do at home.
If the back of your iPhone 4 or 4S is broken or the microphone won't work: These are two repairs you can attempt at home. All you need is a tiny Pentalope screw driver. You can buy these at Radio Shack or any electronics supply. You can easily find a video on YouTube.com. It does require a fair amount of force to slide the back so that it can be lifted off.
, if your microphone is not working take a clean small brush and make sure the port is clean.. It is a good idea to check and all the ports on your iPhone occasionally. You can also use a small cotton swab or cue tip. Take it to an iPhone Repair Shop if this doesn't correct the problem. This may seem very simple and not like much of a tip. However, the size of the ports and the material causing the block are so small, many inexperienced technicians have replaced parts to no avail because they didn't do this.
Most "how to repair your device" videos are designed to get you to order the part from them at above market prices. To facilitate this, the repair is made to look deceptively easy.
Yes, you would eventually figure out a repair like replacing the front glass. It is very easy to rip any of many small ribbons, each of them full of tiny wires, from the mother board or logic board in almost every repair except those mentioned above.
There is nothing wrong with doing your own repair if that is your goal. You may want to learn to do that repair so you can do it for others. If all you want to do is get your phone fixed fast, it doesn't make sense.
Tip # 1: Pick the right shop.
Find a local repair shop with a lot of experience with just the handheld device made by the company that reminds us all of apple pie. A shop which has been repairing computers for years (for example) and recently began repairing handheld devices by the company based in northern California, will not be good at repairing them until they have done a few thousand repairs.
Carrying enough parts to repair ipods, ipads and iphones is daunting enough. A specialized shop will have the part for your device made by the company in Cupertino, now. They will most likely be much faster at doing the repair.
Call the shop you are considering. JUDGE them by how they answer the call and your questions. How long have they been in business? How many of your device have they repaired? You can often spot trouble before you get in the car.
Ask the price and what it includes. Is the price all inclusive as in, "includes warranty with parts and labor and taxes?" Any business can reduce the price for cash versus a credit card for payment because the business must pay a fee to accept a credit card. If you have cash, ask about a cash discount.
If you need an appointment, you can also ask. Are the hours they are open going to work with your schedule? Following the above tips will go a long way to ensure a positive experience while working to get a big negative out of your life - a broken iPhone, iPod or iPad.
Conclusion: The above tips are very specific to Apple handheld devices because of these facts: They were first to market, so there is a large market of used devices to be had. They sold a lot of devices. This caused a large number of self-taught specialized technicians. Some of these technicians have made a career with just these few devices and are deeply experienced in repair of them.
The company that reminds us of apple cider chose to make parts using many jobbers in China, so parts are available at competitive prices. The initial purchase price of any device is not the entire picture.
All hand held devices can easily break. Buttons and speakers wear out. The purchase of a less expensive device, only to have it break and be faced with a repair bill so large it effectively renders the device economically useless, is a factor worth considering when shopping.
Most "how to repair your device" videos are designed to get you to order the part from them at above market prices. Find a local repair shop with here a lot of experience with just the handheld device made by the company that reminds us all of apple pie. A shop which has been repairing computers for years (for example) and recently began repairing handheld devices by the company based in northern California, will not be good at repairing them until they have done a few thousand repairs.
Some of these technicians have made a career with just these few devices and are deeply experienced in repair of them.
The purchase of a less expensive device, only to have it be and break faced with a repair bill so large it effectively renders the device economically useless, is a factor worth considering when shopping.