This video shows you how to upgrade and replace your Macbook Hard Drive. It’s not too hard either. Whether you need to upgrade or your old one failed you, this is the video you need to watch.
An excellent iPhone 4S disassembly and teardown, when attempting a screen repair. Overall, it’s very much like the iPhone 4 but there are differences, so make sure you phone is the iPhone 4!
Excellent video for all of you newbies. Kind of goes through the process for beginners and is helpful.
The iPad 4 was released with minimal fanfare, since it was on the heels of the much anticipated iPad 3. As such, not much changed in terms of repair. It still uses a ton of glue underneath the glass, making thing difficult. It still can be a messy job if you are not prepared. But what else?
One big difference with the 3rd and 4th generation iPads is the connector. The 3rd gen has a 30-pin dock connector and the 4th gen has the Lightning connector. It also comes with the Apple A6 Processor, 1.2MP Facetime HD camera lurking inside, with the ability to shoot 720p HD video and some other minor upgrades. All-in-all, much like the iPad 3 repair and teardown.
Phillips 00 Screwdriver
Plastic Opening Tools
Pry tools, guitar pics
Everyone offering Apple repairs should be covering this, likely with parts in stock. It’s the same LCD and Digitizer as the iPad 3 so they should have it in stock and if the do not, call them slackers.
The Google Nexus 4 is an amazing phone. If you have broke it, good news, it’s not too difficult to repair either. Outside of some pesky adhesive, the Nexus 4 is and easy teardown, with all parts and screws popping out with relative ease.
iFixit scored this repair a 7 out of 10. That may be fair. There have been reports that the screen is prone to breaking. It is a fairly heavy phones so this is no exactly shocking. A replacement LCD/Digitizer is expensive, so buy a protective case as an accessory and it will likely pay off. The glass is fused to the display and frame. So unless you are good with the heat gun, it is best not to break the glass or replacement of all of that will be expensive.
Only 15 total screws are used, all common.
No video yet. Coming soon!
The Nexus 4?s spec sheet is nearly identical to the Optimus G’s, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s powered by the benchmark-busting Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core SoC, clocking-in at 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM. For storage options you get 8 or 16GB flash with no expandable storage options. For cellular data, there’s pentaband UMTS (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz) with HSPA+ support, ans hidden support of LTE band 4 for Canada (and T-Mobile’s LTE in the future) if you flip-on LTE through the service menu. The LCD display is 4.7? and has a 1280×768 resolution, providing a pixel density of 320PPI. Powering the device is a non-removeable 2100mAh battery which can be charged wirelessly with a Qi-capable charging mat.
- Phillips 00 Screwdriver
- Plastic Opening Tools
- T5 Torx Screwdriver
Any smartphone repair service who offers Droid repairs should cover this. Although, they likely won’t have parts in stock. Our suggestion is to get a price quote after first checking out the prices of parts. If their quote is more than $50 higher, tell them you already have the parts and will send them with the phone and get another quote. Someone will do it for $50 and maybe less if you have the part. As far as quality of repair, there are many repair techs, so always proceed with caution.
The GoPro Hero 3 looks pretty great in all colors: white, silver and black. It is no wonder that sales have been awesome, given the sexy specs and small size. A full review will be provided soon, as our order of the Go Pro 3 will be coming soon.
To date, I’ve yet to disassemble or repair a GoPro Hero 3. But looking over at at iFixit and you can see that disassembling the GoPro 2 is fairly straight forward (easy, for the experienced). With water damage this can be crucial in order to clean off the motherboard or simply allow to dry as quickly as possible. For anything else though, plan on having a tough time finding a part or service to help out.
The GoPro 3 should have a lens available for sale and LCD touchscreen replacement. The cost could be high and options limited but they should be able to be found. After that, searching around for broken GoPro’s or finding others who have accumulated working parts from broken GoPro’s could be your best bet. If you got the GoPro 3 white version, why bother? Buy new, it’s probably best.
If you bought the silver or black version, exploring the possibilities of repair may be worth it. It’s hard to say for sure but that’s how it looks right now.
I’ve seen it said that these awesome camera toys are not meant to be fixed. That is not true but the demand for part is not strong enough to make it untrue. They can be fixed. The problem is in finding parts.
Every new Apple product generates mass hysteria as excitement builds up and then when something like iPad repair has to be done, the excitement turns to confusion. Contrary to the professional marketing work of Apple, the iPad and other Apple gadgets do get damaged at one point or another. It isn’t meant to last a lifetime for two reasons: a new model will be released soon after and technology continues to get better every day.
The iPad repair confusion also stems from the fact that there are so many self-proclaimed Apple geniuses online that it becomes hard to distinguish the authentic technical support from the guys who want to mess with your iPad.
The general first rule with any device is to have the unit serviced before the warranty wears off. Get it cleaned or spruced up by the accredited Apple center closest to you. If the warranty period is over, then the real work starts.
Choosing an iPad Repair Company
Look for recommendations from people you know and trust. They don’t have to be people you know personally. It could be a trusted website, some random guy you have befriended online and have grown to trust, or a friend who has gone through similar problems. With the iPad, you can expect this not to be the only problem you will encounter. It’s almost 80% sure that there will be other concerns about the gadget as it ages. It isn’t an Apple issue but something that we all understand with these kinds of gadgets.
You should also consider browsing through the Internet for online solutions. There are a number of highly recommended websites with impeccable reputation for not steering you the wrong direction. You can check feedback from the website or just look up the website’s rating with Better Business Bureau or something akin to this organization.
One of the advantages of using a business online is that the turn-around-time is generally really quick. Like most computers shops, if you bring your iPad to a land-based shop, the chances of it sitting there for days without being worked is very high. On top of the prolonged and often frustrating service is the high cost of repairs.
To understand why online iPad repair shops are able to provide better service is because it’s easy to contact them, they usually have drop-off points in convenient areas, they are licensed and certified by Apple, and they do excellent work. Before you get confused about online repair shops, these are Apple-accredited shops that have land-based service centers. The website is used as an alternative to getting in touch with the center but you don’t get serviced over the Internet.
The online iPad repair shop will require you to mail in your damaged unit and when the unit is in back to fine form; it is mailed back to you. Furthermore, since these online offers are savings on certain overhead expenses, they are able to pass on the savings to their clients. The legitimate ones also offer Live Chat and even free diagnostics.
One last note on the iPad repair, double check that the website is Apple certified and can be contacted by phone. Once you cannot verify the business details of a website, start doubting its offer after all, you will be trusting them with your precious iPad.
The Google Nexus 7 is an oversized smartphone repair, just as the tablet is an oversized smartphone. Makes sense, right? Good.
The guys at direct fix put together and excellent video detailing how to disassemble the Nexus 7.
First you remove the back case with a pry tool. Simple enough.
Watch the video to see exactly how it is done. There is not point in writing it out. It is not a hard repair but it is important to follow each step carefully. If you have never repaired a device like this before, it may be best to consult a professional.
If you have water damage issues, walk-in or mail-in services at a repair shop is likely the best way to go.
I like working with tablets because there is more space to work with. If you are an older person whose eyes are betraying you, you may know what I mean.
Digitizers and LCD combos cost over $100 so a mistake can be costly. This is the best of the smaller tablets so once it is repaired, enjoy!
If you have any questions call a repair shop and they will tell you the best route to take. Most services will charge $50 for labor. If you see their final price is more that $50 greater than the cost of a part, ask them if you can mail the part in and and get charged $50 extra. There is no point in paying more than $50 in what should take about an hour to fix. Water damage can be trickier but that should be the general cost.
The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is a great phone. Like most Samsung phones though, the value in getting the digitizer/lcd replaced may not be worth it. Like other Samsung phones though, water damage repair will work the majority of the time, as the water damaged Blaze phones do clean up nicely.
The price of the digiter/lcd combo is around $140 and right now on eBay you can buy a used Blaze 4G phone for a little over $200. So realistically, if you wanted to fix the phone yourself it may be worth it. If you wanted to send into a repair shop, the final cost would likely hover around $190 so it may not be worth it. That’s up to the consumer obviously but you should know going in that a used phone is about the same price.
This is nothing new, as most Samsung smartphones come with very expensive glass. With quality parts though comes and easier to repair water damage probability, so it’s hard to complain.
You can expect most repair services to not offer this repair when it comes to screen repair. This is not always true and some will fix it, but don’t expect anyone to have the parts in stock. If you mail it in you might as well not pay extra for express shipping. If they have to order the part anyways, what is the point?
Overall this is a great phone. It’s not the top-of-the-line as far as Samsung Galaxy phones are concerned but they are solid and I’d take it over most if not all HTC and Motorola phones. The 5mp camera is a bit of a bummer but it’s fast and looks great, with prices looking very nice for the holidays.
If you have any questions regarding the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G phone let one of our affiliated smartphone repair services know.
The HTC Droid DNA is a very large, fast and one of the best smartphones on the market as 2012 comes to a close. A 5-inch screen with a ultra-high resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels is something worth getting interested in. The 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor also helps. The only complaints over time may be battery power (up to 10 hours) and the fact you can’t add a MicroSD card, which is disappointing.
With a large screen comes a decent chance of cracking it. As of now the Droid DNA is backordered through most repair companies that offer DNA repair services. The price is hefty too, ranging from $250 and higher, which is substantially lower than getting a new one at $700. If you screen is tolerable even if a bit cracked, you may want to wait a bit for prices and availability to get better because they almost always do.
The rest of the phone is solid and may show scuff marks, but the hard plastic back should be tough to crack.
If you want to attempt a DIY, waiting for screen/LCD assemblies to be available at an affordable price is a good idea as well. If looking for a service, again, waiting can save dollars. If you want or need it fixed as quickly as possible, most services won’t be carrying the part, so you will likely have to pre-order so they can order it.