Posted on January 17, 2014
Here at RepairLabs, we deal with water damaged smart phones and tablets on a daily basis, and get asked quite often by the poor victims of water damage what they can do to help protect their phone. Besides the obvious advice to not get your phone wet, there really isn't much we can offer them in the way of protecting it after we've gone in and fixed it.
With that in mind, we were approached by Liquipel not too long ago after doing our Guide to Dealing with a Water Damaged Phone. Liquipel was interested in showcasing their product to us, so that we could do some unbiased testing on the effectiveness of their coating, and to be able to effectively tell if it is indeed a good investment for those of you who are prone to soaking your favorite portable device. To help keep the testing relevant to most readers, we sent Liquipel one of the most common devices on the market, the iPhone 4.
First off, to talk about the process as a whole, we'd just like to state that the folks at Liquipel have been great to work with, always being prompt in response to any questions we've had about the process, and having a quick turnaround rate for a primarily mail-in based company. (which we know a little something about!)
Upon getting the iPhone 4 back from Liquipel, we were greeted by this awesome Liquipel tin case. From there the experience only got better, with there being a large foam cover directly below the top of the case.
Underneath that, the phone was stored in a little shipping bag and encased in foam, making sure that your precious device doesn't get damaged during the return shipping. Nice touch, Liquipel!
As for the iPhone 4 itself, you can see that it came back a bit dirty, but other than that, in perfect working condition!
A little bit of information on the Liquipel process: Liquipel is a nano coating that surrounds all the tiny little electrical parts in and around your device. It’s completely invisible to the human eye and will not void your warranty. While we can’t say your device is waterproof, we can proudly stand by our hydrophobic technology and say it’s great for accidental occurrences.
Both us here at RepairLabs and Liquipel agreed that we should keep the testing simple to help avoid any confusions on what the Liquipel coating actually protects you from, so with that in mind, we agreed upon a test that involved three inches of pool water, which is a combination of chlorine and typical tap water, with the Liquipel-coated iPhone 4 and the uncoated iPhone 4 going in horizontally for 60 seconds, then removed and sat out to dry for a full 24 hours before opening the phones up.
As you'd expect from testing as simple as this, the testing went perfectly, with both iPhones getting a nice soak in the pool water for an entire minute before being removed. After we removed them from the water, we sat them aside on a microfiber cloth to air dry without being touched for the next 24 hours.
After sitting out for the next 24 hours, we carefully removed the back covers from both iPhones, and were greeted with not-so-surprising results. Liquipel claims that their coating will protect you from your average accident involving liquids, not a coating that would survive a couple days in the Ocean, and the results show just that, with the Liquipel-coated phone being completely dry.
Both phones side-by-side show very different results, with the uncoated phone still having expected water residue on the battery, even though the outside of the phone has almost completely dried-up, whereas the Liquipel phone looked as if it hadn't even been in the water at all.
What does all this mean for you, the consumer? It means that if you're accident prone around water, Liquipel is not just a worthy investment, but an investment that we here at RepairLabs absolutely recommend!
You're not paying for a super-fancy coating, (well you are) you're paying for the peace-of-mind in knowing that your phone can withstand just a little bit more punishment from you before it croaks. And if you have a device that has already taken a spill, call the experts here at RepairLabs, we'll get you fixed up and running like new in no time.
Note that both RepairLabs and Liquipel do not recommend getting your device wet on purpose, and that the Liquipel Watersafe Treatment is only meant for accidental exposure.
Posted on July 18, 2013
Will the iPhone 5S finally be the true innovation on an “S” model iPhone? Blasphemy! Apple has set themselves up on a pretty linear path when it comes to the launching of their iPhones. Every year somewhere between mid-summer and October they release their latest iteration in the line, starting with a whole number, such as the iPhone 5, then releasing the “S” iteration the next year, in this case being the iPhone 5S.
Now normally these “S” models offer only minor improvements over their predecessor, such as speed bumps for the CPU and minor adjustments to iOS. This year looked to be no different, until the rumors started floating around earlier this week about the delay for the iPhone 5S, due to Apple wanting to put 4.3” Displays on the device. Normally we don’t report on rumors without hard evidence, but the fact that Bloomberg felt it was worthy of being picked up intrigued us.
There are also talks that Apple is working with Samsung to get these new displays, but there is no concrete evidence that either of these rumors are true. Still, in the spirit of being geeks, we here at RepairLabs thought it would be fun to work up a mock image of what a 4.3” iPhone5S would look like in comparison to the last iPhone model, the iPhone 5.
One of the biggest complaints about the iPhone 5 was that, yes, they made the screen bigger, but the shape of the phone was just off. Some people loved it, but just as many disliked it. If Apple really is set on moving up to a 4.3” Display, their best bet would be to expand out at an angle, making the phone wider, and less oblong shaped.
Whether the resolution would increase or not, is still up for debate. With the iPhone line already boasting the extremely sharp Retina Displays, Apple may be able to get away from boosting up the pixel count, while still offering a beautiful display. Ideally they would offer us a true HD screen this time around, possibly at 720P or even 1080P, but that’s not likely to happen, and if it will, it will most likely be on the iPhone 6 that will undoubtedly be out next year.
Posted on December 31, 2012
Here at RepairLabs, we like to lean back and take stock of everything that we do throughout the year and our analysis of tech innovations has abounded.. We thought there would be no better time than the last day of the year to remember the most influential tech events of the year, and to think about what they may mean for us next year. Here is the list of our top 10 favorite tech events of the year.
Apple abandons their near-religious devotion to the 4-inch iPhone screen format in favor of a 5-inch screen. Apple chose to go with totally expanded device (pictured on the right) rather than just expanding the screen. Ahhhhhh real –estate.
What this means for 2013: With Apple finally willing to innovate again, rather than rigidly sticking to a (now) arbitrary design, we can expect great changes to come: NFC chips, wireless charging, waterproofing, and better cameras could all be in the works.
The way that we interact with technology is changing, now we’re more likely than ever to be multi-tasking and using multiple screens. We’ll watch TV and surf the web, or play a game on our smartphone and keep one eye on social media on a tablet as well. Enter new devices such as the Wii U, a tablet/remote control to augment what’s happening on our screens. This screen device can be used as a controller or as a supplementary piece, think DVD on TV, except all the extra info is on your Will U.
What this means for 2013: Your tablet is gonna become the supplementary device to your TV. Conan’s doing it already with Team Coco for the iPhone, and there are just going to be more and more shows, movies and games jumping on the bandwagon. Expect a mild case of information overload around June.
So what is a light field camera? Lytro is. And? It lets you focus anywhere, even after the picture has been taken. It’s essentially a camera that focuses on everything. Word is that Toshiba is now developing a lens with this capacity that’s approaching being able to fit into the slim profile of the iPhone. So between Toshiba and Apple, Lytro may be able to put this technology into your smartphone. Though the technology is not perfect just yet, it has endless potential to change the way we photograph with our phones.
What this means for 2013: Expect the camera phone competition to get HOT. Really really hot. And the democratization of photography: everybody will be able to take beautiful photos, with just your phone.
How about a nifty little attachment for your iPhone or iPad that allows you to accept credit cards? How about doing business anywhere you can get a WiFi signal or cellular connection? Though introduced in 2010, the Square card reader has grown in 2012 and allowed businesses to take their credit card payments anywhere. And it’s not just for craft fairs any more. Think food trucks and mobile diagnostic centers, just to name a couple. Square brings payments to the common folk with a 2.75% charge per swipe with no additional fees or prohibitive overhead in costs or setup. Business owners can simply sign up and the Square Reader is free.
What this means for 2013: Maybe your barber will come to you, or you can have your Thin Mints the second the Girl Scouts come around, if their Scout Mom happens to have a Square reader on her phone. Square giftcards are also up and coming in the future, along with Square Wallet, an app which purports to replace and upgrade your traditional physical wallet, cash, and credit card system.
The Microsoft Surface was what the world was waiting for: a PC/ Windows compatible tablet. It also fused the purposes of the laptop computer (mostly work) and the touch tablet (mostly play) into one neat, clicky, keyboardy, kickstandy little package. Offering a competitive price point, size, weight, portability, hard drives, keyboard AND touch screens, and Wifi connectivity, it seems to beautifully marry purposes of the ultrabook and the tablet.
What this means for 2013: Though the Surface’s OS, Windows 8, has debuted to much criticism, expect this device to only grow in popularty as it will feature full Office functionality. Business travelers, rejoice!
Just like Thelma and Louise. We guess they’ve never heard the expression “Dance with the one one that brought you,” because both organizations seem to be forgetting the root cause of their success: their users. Both have disregarded the needs and wants of their users in favor of seemingly endless tweaks and policy changes designed to enhance profitability. We have no beef with making a profit (we all aspire to be profitable) – but not at the expense of the users. Every little tweak seems to a little piece of the joy out of using the thing and adds to the complexity of life. Take FB’s IPO and Timeline updates, and Instagram’s disasterously bad (in the PR world at least) acquisition by Facebook: neither designed to enhance user experience.
What to expect in 2013: Users are a fickle bunch, who won’t fail to punish hubris in companies. We wouldn’t be surprised if the new MySpace experienced a resurgence, along with social aggregator services that blend all of your profiles into one feed. Also Facebook might just shock us all and revolutionize web advertising and develop its own Pandora-like add free subscription option. What we hope this means: social will pivot back to focusing on the users and take a tip or two from Twitter, who manages not to ruin the user experience with ads, and still runs promoted stories.
By angry kids with internet connections, and Vendetta masks. And hundreds of legit site owners who took their sites dark in protest. SOPA, Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, Protect IP Act, would have served to censor the internet, under vague pretenses of preventing intellectual theft.
The public spoke out, and refused to allow media companies to use legislation to cudgel their way out of what really amounts to a business model problem, that can be addressed through innovations like Spotify and Netflix. Though hardly innocuous, Anonymous does use their network to preserve online freedom, and the bills are stopped, for now.
What this means for 2013: With acts such as these being stopped, and innovations like the $40 Aakash tablet, information becomes more free. Affordable tablets being air- dropped over no-no zones like North Korea and Kenya in much the same way as the Allied Berlin chocolate bar drop. Education expands exponentially, people solve their own problems, and the world becomes a better place. Censorship is dying. Also: You can’t beat the Geeks. Ever.
Steve Jobs (the apotheosis of geek and ultimate arbiter of things tech, in the eyes of many) was wrong. He believed that the 7-inch tablet size was the red-headed step child of the tablet market, too small to be really useful, and too large to be really portable. However with the advent of the Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7, and now, in the absence of Jobs, the iPad mini, this sizing format has experienced a remarkable boom. Portability plus phenomenal pixel displays plus affordability make these the personal devices to have.
What this means for 2013: Everybody and their grandma is going to have one of these cute little tablets, in a pocket, a purse, or on the plane, and companies will find more and more uses for them. Expect to be able to use tablets for anything you can dream up.
Gone are the days of Star Trek Replicators (“Tea, Earl Grey, hot”) being sheer science fiction. Though a 3D printer can’t make you a cup of tea from thin air (YET), they can carve objects from Styrofoam and plastics. The products are usually smaller than a breadbox, but they’re only limited by your imagination and by your 3D computer modeling skills. Commonly printed items now include jewelry, sculpture and even working guns (though they tend to only be good for a few shots, dangerous and inaccurate.) Heck, now you can even build your own 3D printer out of Leggos.
What this means for 2013: your imagination is the only limit. Do-it-yourselfers will reign supreme, and will be making startups, innovations, and all the money, IF they can keep the lawyers out of their hair.
On August 5, 2012 NASA did the impossible and safely landed an exploration vehicle, the Curiosity, on Mars to cheers of triumph at Mission Control. Despite budget slashes, and Space Shuttle retirements, NASA still managed to triumph over adversity and innovate a one-in-a-million safe landing on a planet millions of miles away from our own. It would have taken a person over a year to get to the Red Planet, and once there, ostensibly, he would have no way to return. But our virtual presence there has already even uncovered evidence of organic matter.
What this means for 2013: things are going to start happening virtually. Patients will be able to make a virtual visit to their doctor’s office, Skyping with the doc, or IMing him photos of that spider bite. Unmanned vehicles and even tiny drones will be taking care of our recon for us. We’ll send image-transmitting submarines into heretofore unknown depths of the oceans! We may finally get that elusive photo of Bigfoot! More people will work from home! The possibilities are endless.
So what have we garnered from all of these events combined for 2012? The internet, and the way we use it is changing. The more personally we can use our devices, the more we can connect with others, and the more we can learn. The more we share and learn, the greater the trend of democratization around the globe. We can reach heights never before imagined, through collaboration, as we did with Rover. Then we can tweet about it sarcastically! 2012 was one heckuva year for tech events and innovations, and 2013 is likely to send our heads spinning even more.
Also. Higgs boson was pretty cool.
by Curtis Taylor, Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.
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Posted on June 13, 2012
We’ve compiled a list of the Coolest Gifts for Dads this year. We asked all the dads at RepairLabs what’s on their wish list for this Father’s Day, and here are some of the ideas that they gave us.
DIY Gadget Card - Free
A fantastic tutorial and a really creative idea for a card for dad that you can make yourself, with the kids. Look inside each of the “apps” to find a cute personalized message. From Charlottes Fancy.com
A Gadget Grip Mat - $11
Grippy Pad holds all sorts of things in place with an advanced silicone material. (I.e., stolen from aliens.)
BioLite CampStove- $129
This little beauty also charges devices. If Dad’s a camper, this will be on his list. (It’s good to keep a phone around even when you’re unplugging-- in case of emergencies.)
Mouse Armrest -$30
This is an ergonomic attachment for Dad’s office chair or desk. It will help reduce the possibiltes of bad posture and repetitive stress injuries from using a mouse.
Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit - $52
Camping survival kit. Because Tech Dads can MacGyver anything.
iKoa Phone Case- $179
This beautiful case also holds Dad’s credit card and ID.
igrill thermometer and app $79
Just insert the probe thermometer of this device into the meat and use your iPhone or iPad to monitor the temp while you’re off relaxing with a beer.
LawnBott Robotic Lawn Mower $1199
It’s not cheap, but if Dad hates mowing, this gift may be worth it.
Laptop Desk - $25
A Lap desk designed to keep you cool with special insulation that blocks 95% of laptop heat.
Custom Housing Color for his iPhone 4S $249
Custom iPhone housing color change. Choose Dad’s favorite team’s colors.
We <3 Daddy DIV Photo –Free
We think it would be relatively simple to take some posterboard and an iPhone and shoot this picture on a sunny afternoon. If my calculations are correct, the kids need to hold the signs upside down. You stand facing them. Print it on photo stock pop it in a frame for his desk at work ~and best part, it’s Dad’s favorite gift of all. Laurie, the fantastic blogger at Tip Junkie , provided this great picture, but was unable to find the source of this beautiful image.
Hope these ideas get you going to show Dad how great he really is.
Sources and Links
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Posted on June 8, 2012
Here at RepairLabs, we love the new Avengers Movie, so we thought we’d create a little fan art. You know, merge two things we like: technology and SUPERHEROES! Can you name each logo’s inspiration? Bonus points if you can say why.
Did you get them all?
Here are the answers.
Captain America : Macintosh
Thanks for playing, kids tune in next time for more good clean fun from the fine folks at the RepairLabs at Fix-iPhones.