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6 Tips For Getting Your Smartphone Repaired

6 Tips For Getting Your Smartphone Repaired

In the modern world, we use smartphones for just about everything. They wake us up in the morning, they help us all day at work, and they provide some much-needed recreation when we get home each evening. For all the reasons and more, when your phone breaks, it’s important that you know what to do and how to go about having it repaired. In this article, we’ll list some tips that can help if you’re unfortunate enough to suffer from some sort of smartphone malfunction.

1. Avoid Repairing it Yourself

When your smartphone breaks, it’s second nature to immediately hit the internet in search of a quick fix that can get you by. Whilst this is all that’s necessary in some cases, it’s never a good idea to start undertaking complex repairs using a guide that you found on Google. Granted, some people have a better knowledge of technology and electricals than others, but for most of us, undertaking tasks like replacing a broken screen or removing and replacing parts of a mobile phone are not familiar concepts. If you do find yourself in this particular situation, the best course of action is to hand over the phone to a professional.

Whilst paying for the repair might seem expensive on the surface, attempting it yourself will likely result in further damage and further expense if it’s completed incorrectly.

 

2. Don’t Go Directly to the Manufacturer If You Don’t Need To

With some smartphones, especially Apple devices, people may advise you to visit the manufacturer’s store if you need a repair. Whilst this is good advice, it could end up being more costly than visiting a generic repair shop. If you are still under warranty, you should check the repair information in the warranty agreement before going elsewhere, but in many cases, the manufacturers will be charging over the odds for simple repairs such as screen replacements and software repairs.

In some cases, a generic repair shop might not be able to help you, but they will be able to let you know what needs doing and they will probably advise you about situations when you will need to go to the manufacturers for help. However, if you’re not under warranty and you want to save money on repairs, then it’s always a good idea to get a few different quotes for the work, rather than defaulting to visiting the registered store.

 

3. Check Reviews

In the last point, we discussed the benefits of choosing local repairs shops over manufacturers but it is important to note that not all repair shops are made equal. Unfortunately, there is a small percentage of repair shops that don’t have the training required to carry out repairs to a good standard. For this reason, it’s important to be on guard for low-quality repairs and make sure you check out the shop’s reviews before going ahead with the repair.

In a lot of cases, word of mouth recommendations from family and friends is enough to go off, but if you are unsure, check out the repair shop’s website, or Google reviews to find out what type of experience previous customers had. In most cases, you’ll find that repair shop workers are well qualified and are keen to earn an honest living, but it’s always a good idea to be cautious.

 

4. Get More Than One Quote

Smartphone repairs can range in price, but if you’re on a budget, it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re getting the best deal possible. Our tip is to shop around a bit and see who is offering the repair for the best price. You may find that a lot of the shops are offering similar or the same price, but you should also find out how long it’s going to take.

Nobody wants to be without their phone for a long time and some shops may be able to offer quicker turnarounds than others. This is usually because they can source parts from their suppliers more quickly than their competitors, so there’s no need to be put off by fast turnarounds.

 

5. Check Your Warranty

As we touched upon a little bit earlier in this article, your phone may be covered by a warranty. If you think you may still have a warranty, check what type of repairs it covers, as this could make your repairs free or heavily discounted. If you do think your repair will be covered by your warranty, be sure to contact the manufacturer and double check what steps you need to take, as you don’t want to void your warranty by going to the wrong place or paying for a repair yourself.

 

6. Check Your Insurance

Some people decide to take out insurance when they buy a new phone to cover them for damage and repairs. However, some insurance policies will not cover repairs unless the customers adhere to all the terms laid out in the insurance agreement. Some companies can be notoriously stringent in their approach to make claiming for repairs extremely difficult, so it’s important to check your entitlements before you take any action.

As well as this, you may have insurance for your phone that you’re not aware of, so it’s important to check before you pay unnecessarily for repairs. In some cases, home contents insurance may include cover for your phone and some bank accounts may include insurance policies that cover personal items like smartphones and laptops. Of course, not all policies are the same, but it’s worth checking to make sure you aren’t paying for repairs that are covered by an insurance policy.

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The Best Phones Available in 2018

The Best Phones Available in 2018

Upgrading your phone can sometimes feel like a hassle. The longwinded process of transferring all of your pictures and data and getting used to a new phone can often put people off the task. The mobile phone world is moving fast though, and if you choose to stick with an older model, you may be missing out on some great features that can make your day-to-day life a lot easier.

For example, it looks like water-damage is becoming a thing of the past, as many new phone models have begun to incorporate waterproofing. Faster processing speeds, wireless charging, and face recognition are just a few of the other features you could be taking advantage of.

But with so many great new options, it can be difficult to choose the phone that has exactly what you’re looking for. That’s why we have created a list of some of the best phones on offer in 2018. If you feel it’s time to finally ditch the iPhone 4 with the cracked screen that you’ve had since you were in the womb, this list might be able to help. Read on for advice on the best phones available in 2018 to help you make your decision.

1. Apple iPhone X (Obviously)

You would be hard-pressed to find a list of best phones that does not feature an iPhone in one way or another. The newest addition to the iPhone family is the iPhone X. Apple is describing the iPhone X as the most intelligent iPhone to date, which is, of course, a trait everyone looks for in their smartphone. But seriously, the iPhone offers some pretty amazing features that would be hard to say no to. In addition to the already popular touchID feature and voice recognition, the iPhone X now comes equipped with a face recognition feature, meaning you can secure your phone with your face! The phone also consists of a 5.8-inch screen, which makes using this phone a very immersive experience. As well as being water and dust resistant, the phone also features wireless charging. which makes you feel like you really are in the future.

2. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

The Galaxy S9 Plus is the newer version of the Galaxy S9. It differs from its predecessor in that it offers a second camera lens on the back for taking portrait photos. This camera really stands out from the other Samsung phones on the market as it gives the user the chance to use depth of focus and blur backgrounds to improve their photography. It features a 5.8-inch screen, a sleek design and incredible speeds due to its Snapdragon 845 processor. In fact, it probably has the fastest response time of any phone currently on the market. There are some great colour schemes available, from lilac blue for a bright and happy look to titanium grey for a more conservative look. The battery life is top-notch and should last all day. It also features wireless charging and waterproofing. There are some issues with low-light photos and the 3D avatar software, but overall, this is a great phone.

3. Google Pixel 2

Pixel is Google’s answer to the iPhone. And for the most part, Google’s flagship mobile phone was well received when it was released back in 2016. Since then Google has followed up on their success with the release of the Pixel 2 in October 2017: a phone which remains one of the best available on the market. The main reason to buy this phone is, of course, its superb camera – the best of any other Android phone. But it has some other great features as well, like water-resistance, fast updates and the Google Lens feature. On the downside, it lacks a headphone jack. If you like to use wired headphones when you listen to music, this might be a problem. Other than that though, it’s mostly an excellent phone.

4. The LG V30

If you’ve established that a headphone jack is important to you, then look no further than the LG V30. This phone’s jack has a quad-DAC built in for superb quality audio. But that’s not all; it also has a fantastic camera, superior battery life, waterproofing, and that all-important wireless charging capability. The design makes it a little awkward to hold, and the autofocus on the camera can sometimes move frustratingly slowly, but overall this is a great option. If you’ve grown disillusioned or bored with iPhones, and you don’t fancy the Galaxy S8 Plus, this may be the phone for you.

5. Huawei P20 Pro

For those who like to stand out, and for those that understand that their phone is as much a style accessory as it is a functional device, you might want to look into the Huawei P20 Pro. This phone will turn heads with it’s incredible ‘twilight’ pink and blue colour scheme. If you prefer an understated look, though, it’s also available in solid blue, black, or pink gold. But don’t worry, this phone hasn’t prioritised style over substance. It backs up its good looks with some superb features. It has a total of three – yes, three – lenses on the back, which allow it to take great images in the day and even better images at night, thanks to the Night Mode feature. It’s also water-resistant and has a superb battery life. With all these great features, you’re probably wondering ‘what’s the catch?’ Well, it doesn’t support wireless charging. Like the Pixel 2, it also doesn’t have a headphone jack, nor does it have a lot of storage space. It also doesn’t quite match the Galaxy S9 for processing speed. Despite all this, it’s a good phone and deserves a place in the top 5 phones in 2018.

There you have it – the best five phones available in 2018. The above list should have something for everyone. Whether you’re an Android or an Apple fan, a photographer or a gamer, an email-checker or Facebook-trawler, you should be able to find a phone that works for you.

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