5 Tips to Avoid Android Malware: Be Aware When Downloading Apps

android marketEveryone loves free apps, especially Android users (phones and tablets). While most of these apps are legitimate, the number of free Android apps that are actually malware keeps increasing. Android users are more at risk than iPhone and iPad users because the the Android market is much more open than Apple’s.  This means more choices, but also more risk.

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iPad Repair More Viable than Android

ipad screen repairiPad Repair jobs are much more common in our shop than Android tablet repairs. While we replace 4-6 iPad screens per week, we may only see one Android per month!

You may think this is because iPads are more popular, but this is only part of the story. Android has actually gained a lot of ground in terms of market share in the last year.

The main reason is that Android tablets a much cheaper than iPad tablets, therefore may not be worth repairing versus replacing. They have become so cheap they have become “throwaway items”. When they break, people just get a new one.

For example, the new Google Nexus 7 tablet sells for $229. The Kindle Fire is under $200. A full size 10.1″ Android tablet, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, starts at only $350. By contrast, the iPad starts at around $500. The iPad Mini is around $330.

iPad Repair is Always Worthwhile.

The problem with tablet repairs, is that the amount of work and skill necessary to repair any type of tablet is the same. Therefore the repair cost is the same. The most common repair, a cracked tablet screen, typically costs around $200. Clearly, repairing an Android is not worth it, unless you bought a super high end unit. Even an iPad Mini repair is questionable. A full size iPad repair is the only one that’s worth it.

On a side note, many Android tablets use the popular “Gorilla Glass” for their screens, which is very scratch and crack resistant. Some some silly reason, Apple refuses to use this stronger glass.

In my mind, the Android is a better choice, given you get a more durable device for less money. If you’re unlucky enough to break it, you would end up buying a new, more modern unit for the same price the poor iPad owner pays for just a repair.

If you ever need any type of iPad repair and you are in Tucson, come by our shop and we can help you out with our high quality repair work.

By: Steven Frantzis
Owner, Saguaro PC Tech, LLC

Cracked iPad Screen Repair: What are your options?

cracked ipad screen repairDropped your iPad and cracked the screen? How can you get your cracked iPad screen repaired? First of all, don’t worry, you’re not alone! This is a very common accident. It’s not the end of the world and it can be repaired.

What are your options?

The Apple Store:

Is this a good option? Not necessarily. Apple is famous for voiding warranties when the product is dropped, or has suffered any other kind of user created damage. Even if you bought the Apple Care warranty, they may not honor it. You’ll have to buy a new one, or try their trade-in program for a refurbished unit.

But what about your e-mail, contacts, calendars, music and photos? If you go this route, you’ll lose all your data, unless you’ve backed it up on the cloud, iTunes, or your PC.

Third Party iPad Repair Services:

There are online repair centers that can repair your iPad, as well as local shops that can do it, but be careful. iPads are very delicate and require experience and precision. Not just anyone can perform these repairs. Make sure the repair shop is experienced, insured, and has a good warranty policy.
Beware of companies touting very cheap prices, as you’ll be in for a nasty surprise once they have it. Bait and switch techniques are rampant in this field.
We’ve had people tell us they found a place that will do it for as little as $49. That’s ridiculous and impossible! The industry average for an iPad screen repair is around $200.

Have you heard about replacing the “Digitizer” vs. the “LCD”? What’s the difference?

The iPad’s front assembly is made up of a frame, an LCD screen, and a digitizer.  The LCD screen is the actual display, just like any other monitor. The digitizer is the glass on top of the LCD screen.  It is the part that reads the touch gestures on the screen.

Without the digitizer, touching the screen would not do anything. Without the LCD screen, you wouldn’t be able to see anything! How do you know which repair service or part you need?

If your iPad’s digitizer glass is cracked or broken, you’ll still be able to see the screen through the cracks on the outer glass.  You might even still be able to use the iPad and its touch functionality. There are some cases where the touch functionality will cease to work, even if the glass isn’t cracked. If you can still see the screen clearly, the digitizer is defective and needs to be replaced.

If the LCD screen is broken, the display would be completely blank, very dim, or parts of the screen will not show anything or be distorted. You may also see black streaks or patches where the liquid crystals are leaking.

So to summarize, if just the outer glass is broken, you need a digitizer repair.  If the outer glass is not broken but the display is not working correctly, you most likely need an LCD screen repair.
The most common case is a digitizer repair, as it takes the brunt of the shock and actually shields the LCD screen.

By the way, all this is true for other brands of tablets, as well as smart phones. If you have any iPad or iPhone Repair needs, please give us a call or email us from our website’s “Contact” page.

Computer Repair Shops Must Add iPad and iPhone Repair Services to Survive

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Computers and Technology are Changing – And So Must Today’s Computer Repair Shops!

iPads, iPhones and Android mobile devices are taking over the computing world. The computer repair business therefore, must also change. The typical PC repair shop can no longer survive unless it changes with the times.

I’m surprised to see so many shops ignoring this trend and not adding this type of service to their business.

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