To Repair Or Not Repair?

Hello M:R Nation – That is the question of the week. With every September, comes an Apple media event. With an Apple media event, comes newly released products and with newly released products comes that question… Should I repair this broken Smartphone screen? Some of you might be looking to switch from an Android or Windows phone, some of you might be limping along, for as long as you can, to get a glimpse of the new products before you make your decision. And some of you might be just like my friend John, his iPhone 5 is perfectly fine, but he just wants the newest product that Apple has to offer! For those of you that are saying that, this post might not be for you :-). So lets talk for a moment on what Apple is expected to release. We are anticipating two new iPhone products. The iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C.

The iPhone 5S should bring the following features: 

  • No change to outer design
  • Revamped rear camera and dual -LED flash
  • 128GB internal capacity option
  • Biometric home button (fingerprint scanner)
  • Gold and Graphite backcase option
Tempting, but i'll wait one more year!

Tempting, but i’ll wait one more year!

The iPhone 5C should bring: 

  • Lower cost to consumers
  • Plastic housing
  • Five color option (White, Black, Yellow, Pink and Green)
  • 4″ Retina display
  • Same functionality as iPhone 5S
So pretty!

So pretty!

So with those features in mind, the question becomes, can I live without the latest and greatest from Apple? My personal opinion is YES! If I was faced with the same dilemma, it is easy to see from the information provided, that Apple is not going to release a game changer tomorrow. We will not see  the same jump as we saw from the original iPhone to the iPhone 3G. Nor, will we see the same quality of jump that was the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 4. Why is that? I believe as far as hardware goes, its going to be hard to beat what Apple already produces. Granted, we usually never see a true hardware redesign until after the “S” is released.

Alright, so I know my “OPINION” is not that convincing. but let me shed some light on the facts of repairing over replacing:

  • It is usually cheaper to repair your Smartphone, than replace (Consider the new 2 year agreement you are about to sign up for)
  • It’s green (Meaning you don’t have to contribute to a growing worldwide e-waste problem)
  • You don’t have to deal with the hassle of moving over all of your data over (I recently had to do this…not fun)
  • It most cases, you are supporting a local business

Ok, so if you are dead tired of your old iPhone 3GS or Samsung GS3 and are just ready for something new , let me make a case for you. Did you know that you could sell that old Smartphone? You can find many business that will buy your old device from you. You could also sell them yourself on eBay or Craigslist and Apple has even started their own trade in program so you can use that against the purchase of new products in their retail stores. In every case, you will make substantially more with a fully functioning Smartphone than a broken one. Just take a look at the example below:

Price with a broken Screen

Price with a broken Screen

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Price with a non-broken screen!

This is just one example where if you have your iPhone 5 repaired before you try to sell it, you can make an extra $40.00 – $50.00! Now, this is the very low end of what you can get for a used iPhone 5, but the same applies with craigslist, eBay or the slew of other trade-in programs out there.

So, I hope this sheds some light on why its a good thing to repair instead of completely replace your smartphone when an event like tomorrow is upon us. If you choose to repair and keep, repair and replace or repair and give away as a gift, the common denominator here is REPAIR! Don’t let that smartphone end up in the garbage or in your bottom drawer for years to come!

Cheers, Troy

Case Of The Mondays (Screen Protector Edition)!

Hello M:R Nation… and happy Monday?

Happy or not, we are going to discuss a product today that  I have been testing for the better part of 2 weeks. While it is not a case, I hope you will let me stretch the rules here for just today.

The Spigen GLAS.tR SLIM Premium Tempered Glass has been an interesting accessory to have on my phone to say the least… It is a piece of precision cut, 0.4mm glass that adheres to the screen of your iPhone. The purpose is 2 fold in my opinion… #1. It’s oleophobic coating really reduces the finger prints that is usually left on phone screens and #2. It absorbs the shock if you happen to drop your phone.

Here is a shot of the packaging

Here is a shot of the packaging

When I opened the package to start my install for my iPhone 5, I found a few different items that impressed me to my core. First, the instructions are very simple to follow. It seems like a hard concept nowadays for companies to make easy to follow instructions, but Spigen has passed this test with flying colors (granted, its a pretty easy task to install this piece of glass). Second, Included is all of the components you need to actually install the piece of glass (you’d be surprised by how many screen protectors require outside tools to install). Last, they include a choice of 6 raised home button stickers that will accommodate the 0.4mm that you just added to your screens thickness.

Here are the insides all laid out

Here are the insides all laid out

The install was very simple and took about 5 minutes. I chose black for my home button and started to live my life. The first thing I noticed about this product is the lack of finger prints that it picked up and how nice it felt to the touch. It attracted 100% less prints than the original iPhone 5 glass that is on it. In fact, the only time a print was left on this glass is when I intentionally tried to leave one on it. I did have  a smudge here and there, but for the most part, it remained clean and clear!

An attempt at a close up to see the thickness when applied

An attempt at a close up to see the thickness when applied

I accompanied my Spigen screen protector with the Spigen SGP iPhone 5 Case Ultra Thin Air that I reviewed last week and the extra thickness was not very noticeable. Even when I took the case off, the extra thickness was manageable. Take a look at the (not so great) image above! After having this screen protector on for 2 weeks, I really got used to it. It became a part of my iPhone 5 and I really miss it. Why do I miss it? Because it did what it was born to do and protected my iPhone 5 screen after I dropped it!

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Ouch!

There I was, walking out to my garage to grab my son a juice box and I suddenly received a text message. When I went to respond to said text message, I tripped slightly over a broom that was placed unceremoniously in front of the door. My iPhone slipped right out of my hand I just knew this wasn’t going to be good. Fearing the worst, I picked my iPhone and sure enough, a nice large crack was staring me in the face… Lesson of the day “Never text and walk to your garage for a juice box”.

As I started to assess the damage, I remembered that I had this screen protector on my iPhone. I started to swell with hope that it did its job and protected my screen. I slowly peeled the protector off (which came off cleanly and not a shard of glass to be had) and sure enough, it worked!  My iPhone screen was as flawless as ever and my mind was at ease.

If I had to rate this product from 1-10 I would most certainly give it a 10! I am confident in its ability and I am confident to offer it to our customers. So with that, you can place your order for your very own Spigen SGP iPhone 5 Screen Protector GLAS.tR SLIM Premium Tempered Glass right here with Mission:Repair or walk-in to our location and let us install it for you. There is no possible way to completely protect yourself from breaking your Smartphone, but this will give you a fighting chance!

Cheers, Troy