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iPhone 6 Plus Battery Life

How to Retain the Battery

The iPhone 6 Plus has a battery life that claims to offer up to 80 hours of audio, 12 hours of WiFi browsing, and up to 14 hours of video streaming time. Likely, you’ll be able to charge your phone in between doing all of these things, but for those who frequently forget to put their smartphone on a charger, they will appreciate that the 6 Plus has a killer battery life. No one really needs to talk for 80 hours, but if they want to, they certainly are able to chat away for as long as they please. Not only is this phone great for people who like to read a lot and need a larger screen, but its long-lasting battery makes it a good bet for a chatty teenager.

If the battery life isn’t quite long enough for you, there are ways to retain it:

1.) Make sure any apps that are not in use are closed out of. Double click the home button and swipe upwards when the apps pop up to close them.
2.) Make sure the brightness of the screen is turned down whenever possible. If you are out in the sun lounging around by the pool enjoying a nice spring or summer day, you might have the brightness level turned up. But this usually isn’t necessary once indoors, and it can preserve the battery life.
3.) Don’t have it on vibrate when you don’t need to, as this uses up more power than regular ringtones.
4.) Keep WiFi turned off.

These are just some ways to make the battery of the iPhone 6 Plus last a bit longer. Talk away!

Difference Between iPad Air and iPad Mini

What are the real differences?

Major sources such as the New York Times have covered smart devices and their similarities and differences, specifically, the iPad mini and iPad Air, because the debate just goes on and on. It used to be an easier choice. If you wanted something you could more simply carry around and bring places, then you opted for the smaller device. If you wanted better clarity and visuals, you went for a device with a bigger screen, usually being larger in size overall. But now, you can have the level of clarity you want with even the smallest screen. Smartphones and tablets truly have a level of intelligence in their design that can’t be debated.

The iPad mini (Retina Display) and iPad Air have identical screen resolution. The iPad Air is slightly larger, but to some users, the larger screen is a bit annoying. Say you like reading on your iPad late at night. When the screen is bigger like this, it can actually make the user experience more tiring. You’d be surprised at how much effort actually goes into perusing around a screen. There are little movements in terms of your arms, fingers and hands that add up when you are trying to do something otherwise relaxing, such as playing around on a tablet screen.

Those who have limited vision might find that the iPad Mini, on the other hand, is just too small and that it is almost strenuous to read the screen. What it really comes down to is personal preference. There are benefits to both the iPad Mini and iPad Air, but it is best to pick the one that best suits your needs. Maybe you simply can’t afford the more expensive one, so that makes your decision a lot easier. If you have flexibility with finances, then look into the details of each. Remember there are different model numbers, such as the Air (A1566, A1567, A1474, A1475) and mini (A1599, A1600, A1489), etc.

The iPhone 6 versus the Samsung S5

Key Similarities and Differences

The iPhone 6 is an absolutely fantastic smartphone. The Samsung S5 is also a force to be reckoned with. If you have the option to buy either one, then you should know how similar the two actually are before making your decision. There are pros and cons to both, and if you are picky with the devices you use daily, then consider the notions outlined below.

What is so great about these devices?
To put it simply: Large screen size, great battery life, matchless camera and robustness. These are key features that they both have in common and people absolutely love.

Now what are some differences?

  • You can fit the iPhone 6 (A1549) in your pocket – the Samsung S5…not so much. The 6 is more compact.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a camera with approximately double the megapixels that the iPhone 6 camera has.
  • The design of the iPhone 6 is said to be better in terms of appearance and quality. Some think the Samsung Galaxy S5 actually has more of a cheaper feel.
  • The Galaxy S5 is waterproof, the iPhone 6 is not. However, it is not recommended that one drops their device in a tub of water either way.
  • In terms of the overall general opinion of the public based off trends, the iPhone models tend to stay popular for approximately 2 years. Samsung devices stay “in style” for a bit longer, usually not slowing down in terms of popularity for about 3 years. So if you are looking to be “in the loop” and have a tendency to follow trends, you might want to consider the Samsung S5.

It is almost uncanny how much the Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 6 have in common, but there are definitely some differences. Talk to your carrier about which would be best for you if you aren’t sold on either quite yet.

Which Smartphone Is For Me?

It can be a challenge to make a decision when it comes to buying a new smartphone. Many people jump up and run to the store the second a new one is released, but others hold on to the device that they took the time to get used to. Everyone has different preferences, but there is a smartphone for you. Have a look at some of the tips provided below if you are about to begin shopping around for a brand new phone.

How Do I Know What To Get?

  • iPhone devices are great for those who appreciate simplicity while still enjoying being up to date. They are incredibly easy and self-explanatory to figure out and offer tons of apps to suit everyone’s needs.
  • Android devices are a great bet for the person who likes to customize. From the Samsung Galaxy S4 (SGH-I337, SGH-M919, SCH-I545, SPH-L720, SCH-R970) to the HTC One models, there is so much to appreciate about Android phones. Some have a great stylus while others offer unparalleled speed.
  • Larger screens are great for those who have limited vision. Some of the Samsung Galaxy devices offer very large screens, as do the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. With features such as Siri, a person who is blind could actually use these phones by taking advantage of voice activated services, such as texting, checking the weather, making calls and so much more.
  • If you have smaller hands, then you might do very well with a smaller screen, or if you just appreciate something that is smaller to carry around.

It’s always a good idea to do research online. The smartphone you purchase might be mostly dependent on price, or it could largely revolve around its features. See what’s available by talking with your provider or looking around the internet.

Why you should use the original Apple or Samsung charger with your device

With each new device you purchase you’ll find that it always comes with its own specific charger. It may even resemble a charger you already own for other devices. Maybe you’ve lost the original charger and are needing a replacement. One of the big questions is: Is it safe to use chargers besides the one that came with your Apple or Samsung device? The answer is, yes and no.

If you take you and your family’s safety seriously then you should stick with the name brand chargers. While the off brands may charge your phone or tablet there have been serious injuries caused by them and it probably isn’t worth the risk. In fact, several people in Asia actually died from the use of an off brand charger that exploded, and there have been others around the world that have suffered burns from overheating. To help with this misuse Apple has actually begun to build in a safety features that lets you know when the item you are using is a counterfeit.

Alternately, when purchasing a non-Apple or Samsung charger you may not be getting what you bargained for. These chargers are unregulated and are not guaranteed to charge your phone properly. You could end up spending money and going through a whole slew of these chargers before finding one that works as it should. This money would be better spent on the actual original product instead of on a bunch of knock-offs.

Many users will opt for an off brand charger because they can be the cheaper option. While this may be true, the savings are usually fairly insignificant and hardly seem worth the risk. If you can’t afford the actual Apple or Samsung product there are companies that work with them to design compatible products and they can often be found within these companies online stores so that you know they are reputable.

As a last note, it is important to understand that occasionally official chargers can have problems too. While it has been extremely rare, official chargers have overheated, and can be a shock hazard as well. Most of these problems arise when a product has become damaged and shouldn’t be used any longer. If you notice that your charger looks worn, if you can see wires or there seems to be a short, then it’s the opportune time to switch out the old charger for a new one.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

As the iPhone 6 has come out, one of the most common questions is, “Is the iPhone 6 Plus worth the extra money?” Both phones are great and will work for nearly everyone but the iPhone 6 Plus does have some key advantages.

The iPhone 6 plus has better “retina display”. Due to the larger screen you’ll automatically hold the phone further from your face but even so, holding the phone up close the density is harder to see. Its higher resolution allows for full HD video and when placed beside the iPhone 6 the difference is extremely obvious. The graphics just look nicer. However, when not set side-by-side, the iPhone 6 still looks great on its own.

Size is all the rage in phones these days and the iPhone 6 Plus is no exception. The Plus dwarfs the iPhone 6. The phone measures a full 6.22 inches tall by 3.03 inches wide. Its large screen is perfect for stylus use and makes the iPhone closer to a phablet than a regular cell phone.

One of the nicest benefits of the iPhone 6 Plus is its ability to function seamlessly in both landscape and portrait. Being able to use the phone in landscape mode means that apps have been able to include additional functionality. In this way the phone is capable of acting similarly to an iPad.

With all the extra bells and whistles one would expect the battery life of the iPhone 6 Plus to drain away but in fact it is even better than the iPhone 6. There are modes on the iPhone 6 to drag the battery life out for a full 2 days but on the Plus you can set it for 3. A whole additional day is a pretty big increase.

Both phones still carry the trademark metal backing which can make the phones difficult to hold and prone to damage from dropping. While the construction itself is high quality, it is still suggested to get a case. The slippery back can be particularly detrimental on the iPhone 6 Plus as a larger screen can often mean a higher likelihood for breakage.

The cameras on both phones leave a bit to be desired. They are both high end and will take good quality photos from either the front or the rear facing camera but they protrude in a bothersome manner. With a protruding camera the phone will not sit flat on surfaces and it is expected that the camera will take a lot of extra impact and will become bumped and scuffed over time.

iPhone 5 Battery Issues

If you’re one of the many that bought the iPhone 5 at its launch in September 2012 you may find that your phone suffers from intermittent battery issues. In fact, if you bought the phone anywhere between the first launch date and January 2013 you may be one of the few with a faulty battery. The first phones put out on the market are known to have this problem.

Apple itself has owned up to the faulty phones and claims that they are a “very small percentage”. If your iPhone 5 is one with a battery issue you will experience sudden changes in battery charge and will need to charge more often than most phone owners. If you’re still uncertain if this sounds like your phone or not there is a tool that can be used online. Simply enter your serial number to see if it checks out as one of the faulty iPhones.

Once you know that your phone is suffering the battery malfunction you can take steps to have it fixed. Make sure you carefully back up your data, turn off the “Find my iPhone” function, and erase everything before taking your phone in to have the battery replace. A small caveat to the battery replacement is that Apple will not replace the batteries in phones with other serious damage such as a cracked screen.

If you’re one of the many that spent your own money to replace the battery prior to the recall you may be eligible for a refund. Check online for further details on those that qualify, and how to claim the refund should you be eligible.

This is unfortunately not the first battery issue that Apple has faced. The iPhone 5s also had battery life, and other button issues. While battery life may seem like a small inconvenience it can actually add up to a big hassle and can interfere with your ability to use your phone when and how you would like. Many phone users don’t get around to charging their phone daily but still rely on at least a small charge to get them through the day. With constant battery issues it can be necessary to carry a charger with you at all times. If this sounds like you, make sure you check to see if you’re eligible for a replacement. Your iPhone should not be having these problems and the sooner you get it fixed, the better.

How to Fix a Broken Samsung Galaxy S4 Screen

If the screen of your Samsung Galaxy S4 broke (oh no!) don’t worry, because there are ways to fix it. You do not have to go out and buy a new smartphone. You don’t have to assume that you are going to have to shell out a bunch of cash, taking away money from other purchases you want to make or things that you want to do. Here is a quick guide that goes over the basics of how to fix a broken Samsung Galaxy S4 screen. Remember, you always have the option of having a professional do the job. But if you are interested in doing it yourself, have a look at these quick tips!

  • Turn off the Samsung Galaxy S4. Make sure that the power is completely off, then remove the back cover and the battery.
  • Take off the screws which are on the rear housing (there should be 9 of them). This task can be accomplished by utilizing a small Phillips screwdriver.
  • The loud speaker assembly needs to be detached, so do this next.
  • At this point, you are going to need a case opening tool. You will use this to ultimately remove the S4 middle frame. You will need tweezers in order to pick open the clip which is in the battery compartment. There is really no other away to grab onto this.
  • With your case opening tool, make sure that the 9 connectors are no longer attached. Take the antenna out.
  • The USB board needs to have its adhesive undone so that you can take out the port metal shield.
  • Remove the USB cable and port board.
  • Detach the motherboard where it is attached by 2 screws.
  • Ultimately, you want to only have the S4 screen and frame in front of you. So, you are going to have to use something like tweezers to take out the camera, vibrating motor, headphone jack and any other parts which are otherwise in the way.
  • You are now able to put the new parts into the appropriate places.

As you can see, there are a lot of details that go into screen removal and replacement when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S4, but it is certainly feasible. Give it a try or simply have a pro do it!