Do Androids fail more than iPhones?

According to a report from Blancco Technology Group – a mobile device diagnostics firm, the failure rate for Android devices was 44 percent, compared to 25 percent for iOS devices. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 had the highest rates of failure among Androids, while the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s models failed the most out of all the iOS devices that failed in this specific test.Androids

Are these fail rates surprising to you considering how much Android and iOS devices dominate the market? Some might say that the high rate of failure occurs because of the lack of competition in the market. Whatever the reason – the bottom line is that as great as modern smartphones and tablets are, they aren’t the most durable technology and they certainly aren’t cheap to replace or fix.

At Cellular Repair & Exchange we don’t want your device to break or fail. But considering the fail rate of the two biggest smartphone platforms in the world, we realize the importance of providing affordable and efficient solutions. If you’re having device trouble, call us for a quote, stop in to one of our stores, or ship us your device for repair.

Android and iOS Share of Smartphone Market Continues to Increase

Smartphones and Politics have one thing in common in the United States – there are only two major players that dominate the market! Like Republicans and Democrats, Android and iOS are the two main options for most people. The Windows Phone may be comparable to Libertarians and Green Party supporters and the BlackBerry represents a political trend of the past. One that continues to die out quickly.

According to eMarketer, Android has a 52.0% share of the market in 2016 and iOS holds a 43.5% share. Windows, BlackBerry and Other possess 2.6%, 0.8% and 1.1% respectively. See the chart below for the full statistics from 2014-16.

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Although Android Operating Systems still lead the way, iOS has gained a full percentage point of the market share in the last 2 years. We’ll see if this trend continues throughout the year after Apple recently unveiled smaller devices that they hope will snatch up Android users.

Where will the market go from here? It probably won’t change much in the next couple of years. It would take drastic change for Windows and BlackBerry to start seeing an upward trend in market share. You can count on Apple and iOS continuing to release updates that improve their Operating Systems in an attempt to dominate the market even more. At this point, it might be more realistic to see a third political party make a run sometime soon than a third smartphone OS.

Apple Unveils Smaller Devices at Event

Apple Event

We are used to seeing Apple make some pretty major announcements at their keynote speeches. However, some people were calling yesterday’s Apple keynote boring and according to CNBC, stock Shares in the company actually fell during the event. What had everyone so unimpressed?

The iPhone SE

Apple launched their most affordable phone yet, starting at just $399. The 4-inch screen makes it look like an older model or a mid-range Android device, but the SE comes equipped with the latest operating system and all the capabilities and power of the iPhone 6s.

The Smaller iPad Pro

With the same name as the 12.9-inch model, Apple released an iPad Pro that is only 9.7 inches. This is the same size as the original iPad, but it weighs less, features better specs than the 12.9-inch iPad and has an adaptive new four-speaker system. It starts at $599 for 32GB of storage, with the most powerful models capable of holding up to 256GB.

iOS 9.3

The newest operating system has everyone discussing Night Shift. This feature removes the blue light emitted from the screen that can apparently strain your eyes in the dark and cause sleeping problems. We’ve heard over and over that looking at your phone right before you fall asleep isn’t the best way to get the most restful z’s. Now, Apple has a solution for that. They also announced new 3D Touch shortcuts, new health apps and new abilities in Live Photos.

While Apple didn’t make the biggest splash in their March, 2016 keynote, they still released some fairly significant new devices and features. Perhaps in going back to a smaller iPhone and iPad, Apple is trying to reach users it missed out on the first time around. Will it help their stock prices, which fell 15 percent over the last year? Time will tell.

Most Common Tablet Problems and Solutions

Tablet Problems

Is your tablet not working properly? Don’t stress about it, you’re not alone! You can always bring it into our offices in Tulsa or Little Rock for a same-day fix and turnaround. However, maybe it’s a simple issue that you can fix on your own. Here are a few common problems and easy solutions:

“My tablet keeps locking up”

This happens sometimes and you can fix the problem by holding down the power/lock key for 8-15 seconds. After that, your tablet should reset by turning itself on or off.

“My battery won’t charge”

Start with the obvious – is the socket providing power? Is your charger damaged? Is your tablet able to charge with a standard USB cable or does it need a specific one? Try using different chargers, if it still doesn’t work, bring it into us.

“My touchscreen isn’t responding properly”

If your tablet doesn’t have a lot of memory space, its touchscreen may be slower to respond. Try closing out all of your apps and deleting items you no longer use.

At Cellular Repair & Exchange, we fix anything from Samsung tablets to Toshiba tablets to iPads. If you’re experiencing any issues and cannot find the right solution – call us, ship or drop-off your device, or stop into one of our stores.

The Number of Smartphone Users Increasing Significantly

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According to a survey by Chinese language Internet search provider, Baidu Inc., there will be 6.1 billion smartphone users worldwide by 2020.

That’s billion, with a B! According to the 2012 United States Census Bureau, world population is over 7 billion. It’s amazing to think that roughly 85% of the world could possess a smartphone within the next 5 years.

While people in emerging and secondary markets have had cell phones for years, smartphones are a different animal. The ability for the majority of the world’s population to connect via social media, take pictures or video, access their email, skype, and find information with ease is becoming a reality.

How will this change the world? What apps and technology developments will we see to cater to this smartphone-hungry world population? Only time will tell, but two things are certain: First, the world is changing rapidly. Second, it looks like we’ll be in business for a while at Cellular Repair & Exchange! If your smartphone needs repaired for any reason, give us a call.

New LG Smartphones Have Great Cameras, Low Price

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LG Electronics (LG) has announced the release of the X Cam and X Screen, their first two models in their X Series, which are aimed to debut on February 22.

According to a press release, these phones, “are designed for customers who do not want or need all the bells and whistles that come with today’s high-end phones but still desire a great camera or advanced display.”

The X Cam features a 5.2-inch display with two rear 13MP and 5MP cameras along with an 8MP front camera. The X Screen will have a 4.93-inch display with a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. Both smartphones will feature Android’s 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

The president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company Juno Cho is seeking to offer more choices to consumers at competitive prices. How will they do this? “At LG, we think there’s room for devices that do one thing very well and that customers shouldn’t have to pay for features that they don’t want,” according to Cho.

The X Series is expected to arrive in Asia, Europe and Latin America within the next few weeks. Although there are no plans yet to offer these smartphones in the U.S., expect LG’s strategy of focusing on one or two key features to become mainstream if consumers like these phones.

Smartphone Repair Misconceptions

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One of the most common reasons why people buy a new cellphone is because it has become damaged and/or has lost some functionality. People need access to their apps, and if a button doesn’t work or something is not sliding correctly, the phone becomes nothing more than…a phone. Gross. It’s 2016.

Here’s a quick list of popular smartphone problems that can be fixed easily and affordably:

Broken Screen—the misconception lies in the fact that users either think the screen will cost too much to replace, or they believe a broken screen means you have to get a new phone, regardless. Cellular Repair & Exchange can repair your broken screen so you don’t have to purchase a completely new phone.

Touch problems—smartphones need to be able to sense your finger in order to function. The operating system can become corrupted and the sensitivity can change. Sometimes it’s an easy fix to get you swiping and sliding how you used to be.

Speaker Issues—a lot of what we do with cell phones has become hands-free. It therefore becomes imperative that the speakers work. If you are having speaker issues, Cellular Repair & Exchange can provide the quick and affordable fix you need.

Repair Your Cell Phone with Ease

Repair Your Cell Phone

It’s no secret that cell phones, especially smartphones, are expensive. The only way a lot of consumers could afford them was to sign up for a two-year deal with a mobile carrier. With the contract, the carrier would offer the smartphone for free or at an extremely discounted rate.

When customers sign up for that type of plan, they are hoping that their phone makes it through the whole two years. Unfortunately, that plan doesn’t always work out.

There are hundreds of different ways a phone can be damaged—from drops and screen cracks to moisture and impact. The good news is that you don’t have to be out $600 bucks for a new phone. The key is to find a reputable, affordable cellar repair technician.

Cellular Repair & Exchange is just the solution for your broken cellphones and damaged smartphones.

And it’s not just phones that can be serviced. Cellar Repair has your iPad and tablet repair needs covered as well. There’s no need to break the bank on a new phone when the one you have can be fixed quickly and at less of a cost.

Get started at http://www.cellularrepairandexchange.com/cell-phone-repair-services/ or by calling (918) 551-6550 in Tulsa or (501) 771-5566 in North Little Rock.

Holiday Tech Gift Guide 2015

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The Hottest Tech Gifts to Give, Plus Other Deals and Shopping Advice

2015 was a big year in the tech world. From new iPhones to Hoverboards and Drones, there is no shortage of technology to give (or receive) this holiday season. Whether you’re shopping for a kid’s first phone, looking for something more advanced, or anything in between, hopefully you find our first holiday tech gift guide beneficial!

The Best New Toys

This was the year of the hoverboard (no they don’t actually hover) and if this item makes its way onto your teenager’s Christmas list but you don’t know where to start looking, let this article guide you. Drones are another hot item on the market and this article gives you several budget options, depending on how fancy you want to go.

When it comes to smartphones – the iPhone 6S, OnePlus X, Nexus 6P and Galaxy S6 Edge, among others were all released in 2015. Consult our Smartphone Comparison Guide and if you’re looking for the latest tablet, check out our review of the iPad Pro.

For the Kids

Let’s face it, in today’s world many kids are getting their first smartphone before they hit puberty. How much you want to give them is up to you, but it’s not always necessary to hand over the latest, greatest mobile device to a pre-teen when these 5 smartphones will do just fine.

Also, you don’t have to go through an expensive carrier like Verizon in order to fulfill your child’s wish of a new smartphone. You can buy them a brand new device and get them set up on our Prepaid Services saving you money and keeping you in control.

For the Gamer

Keyboards, headsets, microphones and other accessories make great gifts for the video game enthusiast in your life. The gaming industry is bigger than ever and with that comes the constant release of new gadgets and accessories. Here are 7 ideas to get you started.

Accessories

If the person you’re shopping for already has all the latest technology, how about some extra accessories? You can shop for phone cases, external battery chargers, cables, screen protectors and more at our locations in Tulsa and North Little Rock. In addition, new tablet and laptop accessories, such as the Apple Pencil, generally come separate from the devices themselves. You can make someone very happy this year with an enticing add-on to their already-top-of-the-line device.

Happy shopping!

iPad Pro Review: Is Apple’s Most Expensive iPad Ever Worth It?

Starting at the small price of $799, you can have yourself one of Apple’s latest and most impressive innovations, the iPad Pro. Of course, the $799 price is for the 32GB Wi-Fi-only model. You’ll have to pay $949 for the 128GB Wi-Fi-only model and $1,079 for the 128GB model with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. So what’s all the fuss about? Is the iPad Pro really worth spending as much as you would on a quality laptop? We investigate below.

 

 

iPad Pro

Tablet Features, Notebook Performance

A big draw to the iPad Pro and something Apple certainly bragged about, is the tablet’s A9X processor, a chip built by Apple that they claimed had almost double the CPU performance of the iPad Air 2. Not only is it better than previous generations of iPads, but one study rates the performance even better than the 12-inch Retina MacBook.

For such a powerful device, the iPad Pro is still relatively lightweight. With a 12.9-inch Retina display, the device is only 6.9 mm thin and weighs only 1.57 lbs. On the downside, some have complained that the tablet is too big. A bigger screen is nice for multi-media, especially considering the iPad Pro’s 5.6 million pixels (the highest resolution of any iOS device), but the increased screen size has caused an awkward display in some iOS apps and let’s face it, people want to be mobile with their tablet and some prefer a smaller device.

Keyboard and Pencil

Apple wanted to make sure that the iPad Pro was not only as powerful as some notebooks, but also had similar, if not better, capabilities. Enter the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

The keyboard is waterproof, provides a good typing experience and actually sits flat on your lap. The Apple Pencil is weighted and feels very natural in your hand. Its accuracy is impressive too, as Lauren Goode mentioned in her review on The Verge:

“The Pencil’s greatest feature, then, is its precision. In my experience there was almost no latency between the Pencil and the screen it really felt like I was using a pencil or pen. Unlike styluses that rely on Bluetooth connectivity, the iPad Pro senses when a stylus is near the display and scans for a “tip signal” 240 times per second, Apple says. There are also sensors in the tip of the stylus that detect pressure and tilt, for stuff like shading.”

The bad news about these features? Apple charges extra, rather than including them with an already-expensive iPad Pro.

Other Pros and Cons

The front and rear-facing cameras have been improved, there are 4 built-speakers and iOS 9’s multi-tasking capabilities allow you to use multiple apps at once. However, the multi-tasking feature is still limited and users have claimed frustration with it.

Here’s the bottom line: the iPad Pro is not taking over laptops anytime soon. But it is indeed a step in that direction. It has closed the gap, and as third-party developers implement more technology and features, expect the gap to close even more.