Friday, February 25th, 2011
Its amazing how quickly devices can get broken once they are released. Since the Verizon iPhone 4 was released, we have been seeing more and more of them come in for screen replacements to the point that they are equaling AT&T iPhones in our facility for repair. To commemorate this momentous occasion, we decided to share some cool before and after pics of a Verizon iPhone Screen repair/replacement.
Check out our Verizon iPhone 4 repair page here. We are just about ready to launch the full line of repairs for this iPhone in addition to the screen replacement service we currently offer, so keep on checking in.
One more thing before I leave. For all of you Apple and tech lovers out there, Gizmodo.com is a fantastic, must visit site. After perusing through their site this morning, I stumbled on this article for what is probably THE BEST iPhone 4 case out on the market, the iPhone 4 LifeProof Case. I’m definitely going to get one before I go on vacation. Check out LifeProof’s video about the case here and tell me this thing is not the coolest iPhone 4 case ever.
Until next time folks.
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
Well, it hasn’t been long since Apple’s iPhone 4 was released to the Verizon Network. We were able to get one in the shop and take a closer look at the insides comparing it to AT&T’s version. We saw a significant amount of differences between the two. Below you will see a side by side image of Verizon’s iPhone 4 and AT&T’s. We noted some of the differences seen from simply popping open the back case and removing a cover over part of the internal components on each device.
A. Frame- If you compare both versions of the iPhone, you will notice that the frame on Verizon’s version is different. I don’t want to make too many assumptions, but maybe this change in the frame is due in part to fixing the notorious antenna issues.
B. Cables- Inside AT&T’s version of the iPhone, a good amount of cables (including cables for the forward facing camera, headphone jack, and power button among others) were connected to the logic board on the top-right of the phone. These cables are missing in Verizon’s phone and are connected to the left side instead. Again, is this to solve the antenna issue of the older iPhone 4?
C. Docking port flex tail cable is slightly different in each version. It connects a bit higher on the Logic board than on the AT&T version.
D. The vibrating mechanism on the top right corner of AT&T’s iPhone 4 seemed to take a journey to the bottom left of Verizon’s iteration of the phone.
We have just scratched the surface here. This is just a few of the more obvious differences between the two devices. We have already confirmed that an unmodified AT&T iPhone 4 backplate can not be installed on Verizon’s due to the new form factor of the frame. Parts on each of these devices will more than likely NOT be interchangeable. In response, we have created a Verizon iPhone 4 repair page in addition to our original AT&T iPhone 4 repair page. As of now, we are finalizing our stock on Verizon iPhone 4 repair parts and will be ready to roll out the full line of Verizon iPhone repairs VERY shortly. In the mean time, if your Verizon iPhone 4 is broken, cracked, or not working, give us a call. We’ll be happy to give you some info on the repair options available to you.
Man, it is COLD OUTSIDE!!!! Wow. I don’t think I’ve been colder in my life. I’ll just have to remember not to run to my car after work so I don’t slip, fall, and break my precious iPhone!!!!
Until next time folks.
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
And the reviews are in. Take a look at this article from Gizmodo that is chock full of reviews of Verizon’s new beauty. Overall, the reviews seemed in favor of the Verizon iPhone. Reviewers seemed to love the fact that the reliability of the calls made from the phone are an improvement, while accessing data over Verizon’s network was not quite up to par with what AT&T offers (as far as speed goes).
One thing that kind of took me by surprise was the fact that MG Siegler of TechCrunch stated that he could not reproduce the antenna problem using the famous iPhone 4 “death grip” issue. Apple is yet to comment on this, but it seems like the “death grip” issue is resolved. I wonder how all of you AT&T iPhone 4 users feel about this.
Here is what I take out of the whole thing. AT&T has been under the gun from the very beginning for being the exclusive carrier for Apple’s iPhone. This immediately alienated masses of potential iPhone customers that have existing contracts with other carriers. And with tons of people flocking to and switching to AT&T just for an iPhone, the network clearly seemed to suffer. Add this to the supposedly spotty coverage of AT&T’s existing 3G network and you get a steaming pot of ambivalence all aimed towards AT&T. The release of the iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network will act as a pressure release for AT&T. People are going to flock towards Verizon from AT&T and new iPhone users will most likely choose Verizon. And what are we left with? Two versions of the iPhone 4!! And which one is better? Well, that is hard to say isn’t it? I think a consumer’s decision to go with one network or the other would be justified either way. Whether you choose to go with either carrier is totally dependent on what situation you are in. Verizon doesn’t have perfect coverage and neither does AT&T. Do you want to be able to use your iPhone as a mobile hotspot? Do you want to be able to talk on the phone while surfing the web at the same time or is that not important to you? What works for you may not work for someone else. Me, I’m extremely satisfied with my iPhone 4 on the AT&T network (I personally have never experienced spotty coverage on any of my AT&T phones. Maybe I’m just lucky!).
One way or the other, competition is good for business and ultimately good for the consumer. One thing is for sure, the iPhone is here to stay, and more and more people are going to own one. This means that there’s going to be an increased amount of accidents, drops, and spills resulting in broken iPhone 4’s. And you know when this happens that we are prepared and ready to get your broken iPhone fixed whether it is a Verizon or AT&T iPhone. Take a look at our iPhone 4 repair page to see what repair services we offer. If harm shall befall your iPhone 4, then you’ll know exactly where to go.
Until next time, folks.
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