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Samsung Galaxy S10 Rumours


Samsung has announced its upcoming Galaxy S10 launch date (i.e., 20th Feb 2019) during the CES 2019 show. Samsung will organize a separate event to Mobile World Congress, in San Francisco (in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium). Samsung will also launch its much-anticipated 7.3” Foldable OLED device during that event.

Currently, Samsung is the largest phone brand company by sales volume (https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS44188018) followed by Huawei (2nd), Apple (3rd), Xiaomi (4th) and Oppo (5th).


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Well the rumour says that this smartphone may have the following features:

Sizes

  • Infinity O Display
  • There will be three versions of S10.
  • 5.8” (Lite Model)         – Rear-facing Camera and LTE            – Beyond 0 (SM-G970F)
  • 6.1” (Regular Model) – Dual Rear-facing Camera and LTE    – Beyond 1 (SM-G973F)
  • 6.4” (Plus Version)      – Triple camera set                             – Beyond 2 (SM-G975F)
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Storage

12GB RAM and 1TB of internal storage.

  • S10 (Lite)         –          Comes only with 128GB storage option
  • S10 (Regular) –          Comes with both 128GB and 512GB storage option
  • S10 (Plus)        –          Comes with 128GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options

Specs

  • Ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner (3D Sonic Sensor) that can read the ridges of a finger in 3D.
  • IC – Exynos 9820 chipset or Snapdragon 855
  • Improved Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that handles on-device Artificial Intelligence (AI) processes, as well as an improved LTE modem capable of downlink speeds of up to 2.0 Gbps.
  • The Exynos 9820’s advanced Image Signal Processor (ISP) support up to five sensors. The improved silicon will also improve the speed of the autofocus.

Camera

  • Three lenses on the back, two on the front.
  • Could include a 16MP wide-angle, 13MP telephoto and 12MP standard lens.
  • Could have up to six cameras.
  • Resolution of 600 pixels-per-inch
  • The new chipset supports encoding and decoding of 8K videos at 30fps.
  • 12MP f/1.5-2.4 paired with a super-wide angle 123-degree lens with 16MP sensor and f/1.9 aperture.
  • 13MP f/2.4 aperture sensor.

Battery

40% improved power efficiency

  • 4000 mAh (Plus version)
  • 3500 mAh (Regular Version)
  • 3100 mAh (Lite Version)

Price

Likely at least AU $1,349

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10 Tips to keep your Phone safe

In this blog, you can read how to keep smartphones safe and secure from spams and viruses. Here are the top 10 tips that you can use to keep the phone safe and secure.

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4 TIPS FOR BUYING A USED SMARTPHONE

FOLLOW THESE 4 TIPS FOR BUYING A USED SMARTPHONE AND YOU CAN’T GO WRONG.

 

1. If Possible, Meet Face to Face

When buying a used phone, we strongly advise against buying it online and insist on an in-person meeting.
Take it from us (we do this for a living): you don’t want to buy a used smartphone on the internet and have it sent to you, without checking it out first. Whatever images your see, even if the other person is willing to do a video call, they are no guarantee of what you are going to receive in the mail.
Technology Traders stores can be located here and are staffed by expert technicians for your piece of mind.
 

2. Bring These Items with You

At the meeting (or when you get the phone in the mail), you need to bring a few things with you:

• Your own charging cable (if you don’t have a compatible one, borrow from a friend)
• A laptop
• Your SIM card or a friend’s, which can fit into the phone. Read up what type of SIM the used phone needs so you aren’t stuck with a microSIM card when the phone uses a nanoSIM.
• Headphones
• A microSD card (if the phone has a slot for it)
 
 

3. Inspecting A Used Smartphone

Once you have the phone in your hand, you should run a minimum of 5 checks:

 

i. Note The Phones Overall Condition.

The phone’s screen should be your primary concern when you’re examining a used phone. Any chips or cracks are an immediate deal breaker, as replacing a screen is costly ($70 and up) and can indicate other problems with the device. And check for scratches on the camera lens for the same reason.
Watch for damage to the body, like dents and scratches, it indicates a device has been dropped repeatedly. That could start to cause separation in the body of the phone or damage to the internal components.
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If the phone you are purchasing is a model where the battery can’t be removed and you want to check for water damage, the water damage indicator is usually placed in the SIM card slot. But every model is different so you are best off to Google it.
 
 ii. Check Everything That Opens and Closes.
Any flap, cover, port that can be opened needs to be tested, so open it and check that it that it works as intended. 
 

iii. Check all the ports.

Check that your head phones work.
Connect the charger cable you got to your laptop and see if it’s charging by that port. If it charges by laptop, it’s going to charge by wall socket. Also run these checks with other accessories too. 
 

iv. Insert your SIM card.

Make a call, send a text, and Google something. It’s the easiest way to check that these things work. This check will also tell you if the phone is locked to a carrier that your SIM isn’t from. Simples! 
 

v. Run the service code test.

If you want to test the phone to make sure every sensor, camera and every colour is working correctly, you can. Each smartphone has a service code that you can use to access a special menu to check whether different parts of the phone are running. Google it to find the one for your device.
 
 

4. Check For a Warranty

Since this is a used phone, you should be looking for a warranty and the longer the better for hassle free usage.
Ideally you want a warranty that you do not have to pay extra for. Trusted used phone retailers like Technology Traders (who offer an industry leading 6 months warranty on used phones) will offer a warranty on both parts and labour.
 

Most often if your device needs to be assessed under warranty the device will need to be returned to the phone retailer you bought it from. Ensure you are aware what the process for a warranty claim is and how long it will take to resolve. Being without a device for 30-45 days while the refund or replacement is arranged can make life very difficult.

Remember if all this seems to be a bit more willing than your willing to do, we at Technology Traders have done all this for you.
Each pre-owned device we sell has passed a rigorous 20 point check-list to ensure our quality guarantee. They are all unlocked, so our pre-loved mobile devices aren’t restricted to any one service provider, and so neither are you. Best of all, our pre-loved phone come with an industry leading 6 months warranty on both labour and parts, so if the part should stop functioning properly, we will repair it again at no additional cost for you (excludes user abuse and user damage).
 

And we offer ZIPMONEY as a better way to pay. Buy now and pay later with no deposit, no interest and low monthly repayments. Check out our range of pre-loved devices here.

 

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LCDs and AMOLEDs DISPLAYS: WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

Even though they’re not usually the main specification phone manufacturers like to showcase, smartphone displays play a large part in the quality of user experience. There are heaps of display types used in smartphones today- all of which seem to go by confusing acronyms like TFT-LCD and Super-AMOLED. So, what does it all mean?

 

LCDs

LCD, short for Liquid Crystal Display, is a display panel where a layer of liquid crystals is illuminated by a backlight. These panels are a popular choice because they’re relatively cheap and perform well in direct sunlight. However, they’re not the best at colour representation, especially in comparison to other panel types which are not illuminated by a backlight- but more on that later.

 

The LCD displays in smartphones are either TFT or IPS liquid crystal displays. TFT (Thin Film Transistor) is a little more complex than a basic LCD, with each pixel being attached to a transistor and capacitor individually. When each pixel has its own transistor and capacitor, it’s referred to as an Active Matrix. TFTs are cheap to produce and have enhanced contrast compared to standard LCD displays. However, they chew through battery power due to being constantly illuminated by a backlight, and still fall behind other alternatives in showing color and contrast. 

 

IPS (In-Plane Switching) LCDs is the next step up from TFT panels, with improved color representation and viewing angles, made possible with the use of two transistors per pixel and a stronger backlight. The downside is IPS LCDs also consume a fair bit of power like other LCD panels.

 

AMOLEDs

Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode displays, otherwise known as AMOLED displays (thank goodness), sound a lot more complicated than they really are. Active Matrix refers to each individual pixel having its own transistor and capacitor, which we’ve seen before in some LCD panels, whereas “OLED” is just a different approach to thin-film display tech. OLED (or Organic Light-Emitting Diode) refers to an organic material that emits light when a current is passed through it. This means that there is no need for a backlight (unlike LCDs), which has several benefits. For example, it lowers energy consumption and enhances contrast and colour representation because black pixels are technically “off”. AMOLED displays also have faster refresh rates and better viewing angles. However, they’re not as good as LCDs when it comes to visibility in direct sunlight. 

 

Samsung is notably one the largest manufacturers and users of AMOLED displays in their smartphones and devices, including popular flagship handsets like the Galaxy series, and it shows in display repair prices. Samsung phones and other AMOLED devices are typically a lot more expensive than LCD devices (like the iPhone) to repair. Some tech repair stores are even known for replacing broken AMOLED screens with duller, less efficient LCD displays because they’re cheaper to source. However, if you damage your Samsung screen, Technology Traders offers genuine Samsung AMOLED display repairs at an even lower cost, ensuring those deeper blacks, vibrant colour, and authentic AMOLED experience. 

 

In short, AMOLEDs are pretty much the next step up from LCD displays in all regards except performance in direct sunlight and, being newer technology, cost- and if you damage your AMOLED display, get it repaired at your nearest Technology Traders to ensure you’re getting the real deal.

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Keeping up: how and when to buy a new smartphone

It can be daunting when you’re in the market for a new smartphone. There are new models being released constantly, and depending on your lifestyle or what you do for work, keeping up with and having access to their new features may be a necessity. However, having to update your handset regularly can be expensive, but there are smarter and cheaper ways to shop for new tech. Here are our tips on getting the timing just right, so you can buy without breaking the bank.

1) Shop with the seasons

Like most industries, technology has seasons. New releases and brand new tech from various phone manufacturers are released in clusters. As always, it’s handy to keep tabs on various manufacturer’s release schedules and what they mean for tech prices.
For example, Apple tends to release new iPhones predictably around mid-to-late September, whereas Samsung has a history of releasing new Galaxy models yearly at the start of April. So what does this mean for you?

Well whether you’re looking to buy an older iPhone or the newest model, the best time to buy is in September at release. While the newest models around release are expensive, they will most likely just increase in value until their successors are released the following year. What’s more is that prices for the previous iPhones will be at their lowest around the debut of the new models.

It’s a slightly different story for those in the market for Androids, as flagships from manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei slightly decrease in value from release each year instead of increasing like Apple’s handsets. However, the beginning of April is often said to be the best time to purchase older models for cheap.

2) Do you really need to buy?

Another thing to consider when you’re looking for a new phone is actually whether you really need one. Holding off for a little longer might end up better for you and your pockets.

A cracked screen or sub-par battery performance might not warrant a brand new model. Instead a screen or battery replacement by the expert technicians at Technology Traders could lengthen your smartphone’s life for a fraction of the cost of a new one.

However, the most important thing to determine is whether your current smartphone can keep up with operating system updates. If not, you leave yourself without cool new software features and with bugs that are fixed with the updates. These bugs and other flaws in older versions of your phone’s operating system may also compromise the security of your data.

3) As good as new

A smart way to stay on top of the latest smartphone technology while staying money savvy is to buy secondhand. Even though you can get great deals all year round with traded-in and refurbished smartphones here at Technology Traders, a great way to maximise value is to tie this in with our first point: timing is key. Shopping with the seasons and keeping an eye out around major tech releases ensures finding the best value secondhand handsets, as others trade in their recent models for the newest renditions.

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Preventing Infection: How To Steer Clear Of Viruses And Malware

For most of us, the internet is essential for keeping up with everyday life. But, with our never ending use of the web, we’ve made our computers far more vulnerable to infection by viruses and malware (shortened from “malicious software programs”). So, we can assume a lot of us have also experienced what it’s like trying to use a computer ridden with malware. It’s annoying, frustrating and a very true test of patience. 

Although some instances of malware are merely annoying, others may put you at risk of data loss or identity theft. And like a real virus, when it comes to computer viruses and malware, prevention is definitely better than cure. Here’s a few tips on how to avoid infection:
 

1) Use your common sense

Common sense can save you a lot of strife, especially when it comes to avoiding malware on your PC. This basically means going with your gut feeling as well as being a bit more vigilant with a few things.

Click carefully! It might seem daunting, but it’s important to know what and what not to click. It’s best not to open attachments or links from emails you don’t recognise or cannot verify. Also, avoid web pages that have downloadable pirated material, or clicking on suspicious ads. If a website or email looks dodgy (spelling or grammar errors, no contact information etc.), skip it.

The right website. Another common trap is downloading from, or uploading personal information to the wrong website. For example, if you were to download Google Chrome, make sure the site you’re downloading it from is Google.com, without any typos. So, before downloading or giving your information to a website, make sure to check its URL first.

SSL certificate? An extra security measure being utilised by web pages is having an SSL certificate (or Security Sockets Layer). This ensures that the information you submit is encrypted, and thus more difficult for a third party to gain access to. You can spot if a site has one by checking if there is a small lock icon next to it’s name.

 

2) Antivirus software

Even with all the common sense in the world, you would still probably need antivirus software. Luckily Windows Defender- the antivirus software available to download for every Windows computer and pre-installed on all with Windows 8 onward – is a good and free alternative to most expensive antivirus software. It runs in the background and has surprisingly non-intrusive notifications. Bulky paid software, although perhaps being more thorough and protective of your personal information, could potentially slow down your computer.

 

3) Keep your OS up to date

Your operating system, whether it’s Windows or Mac OS X or another OS, needs to be up to date. Keeping up with the routine updates makes sure all the security leaks are being plugged with each patch.

 

4) Back up your stuff

In order to prevent the blow from getting a virus, it’s important to back up your data. You should aim to have your data backed up in at least three places: the device you use them on, and on two separate storage devices kept at two different locations. This way, your files are super secure, and you’re likely to suffer little to no data loss if your computer is hit with malware.

 

Even with these tips, there’s no 100% surefire way to keep viruses and malware at bay, simply due to the fact that they’re constantly evolving, but these tips will give you a fighting chance. 

Getting rid of a computer virus is just as frustrating as having one. If your computer comes down with one, pop down to your nearest Technology Traders for help!
 

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HOW TO LEVEL-UP YOUR PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

Nostalgia is a powerful feeling, and you’re bound to feel it when you take a virtual stroll (or scroll) down memory lane through your camera roll. We’re obsessed with using our camera smartphones to try and capture our best moments, whether we end up sharing them on social media or just saving them for later. By now, most of us have our phones within arm’s reach, poised for just the right second to tap the capture button. But if you want to get the most out of your smartphone camera, there’s more to it than just point-and-shoot. 

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your smartphone camera:
 

1) Prepare yourself and your phone for photo taking

 

  • Get to know your phone’s camera

Before you get serious about smartphone photography, it’s important to know what you’re working with. Take a look at your phone’s camera settings. Chances are, your phone has a preset resolution and various default options for controlling focus, exposure and so on. Even though it might seem daunting, the more you can control with your phone’s camera, the better.

  • Clean your lens

This one might seem like a no-brainier, but making sure your lens is clean is a must. Our phones are constantly being handled and often kept in lint-ridden handbags and pockets, so fingerprints and flecks of dust on phone camera lenses is common. Both of these things can ruin your shot, so be sure to keep a microfiber cloth handy (a sunglasses cloth or face tissue also work).

  • Get comfy

Having a steady hand is essential for taking a crisp photo with your phone. If you know you’re going to be taking heaps of photos, make sure you can hold still without getting too tired. Using both arms to hold your phone, or resting your arm on a sturdy piece of furniture might help you do this. It might also be worth considering investing in a tripod with a smartphone attachment or- dare I say it- a selfie stick, for steady wide-shot selfies that won’t make your arms burn.

 

2) Photography basics

 

  • Learn about composition

The very backbone of a good photo lies in its composition, or how you balance the elements of your picture. There are various “rules” about the positioning of your subject, background, foreground that are definitely worth scratching up on. For example, the rule of thirds, where instead of placing your subject in the centre, you place them towards one of the outer thirds. Another is the rule of odds, which is where odd groupings of objects appear more satisfying than even groupings due to our nature to look for symmetry and consistency.

However, rules are made to be broken. After you’ve gotten the hang of the different aspects of composition, being creative with your compositions makes for equally as, if not more eye-catching photos.
 
  • Lighting, lighting, lighting

Where there’s leeway in how you might play with composition, lighting can make or break your smartphone photography game. If photographers could control the weather, we’d have bright, diffused light like that on an overcast summer day all the time. But we can’t always be so lucky. Smartphones are becoming more and more capable of taking pictures in less-than-ideal light, with many having night photography features. When in doubt, try to take your photos in daylight or at least have your subjects facing a light source.

 

3) Don’t zoom!

 

Using your camera app to zoom instead of moving closer with your feet is the first step towards taking bad smartphone photos. Unless your smartphone happens to have optical zoom (most don’t), using the digital zoom feature, which works by enlarging pixels, will result in noisier, more pixelated pictures. It’s best just to walk closer if possible, or do some clever cropping when you edit the photo later.
 

Hopefully these tips come in handy next time you want to take a really good photo of your brunch for Instagram, or the view from your hike for Facebook. Whether your path to camera phone skill nirvana is through acquiring some smartphone photography accessories, or upgrading phone models altogether, hop down to Technology Traders where we offer a great range of both!

 

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Four essential Apps that Don’t cost a cent

Humans are the great toolmakers- and with the invention of the smartphone, it feels like we can fit a million different tools in our back pocket. We already use them for so much, like listening to music, talking to each other and watching cat videos, but when you think about it, the possibilities are endless! And that’s all thanks to the plethora of apps at your fingertips, just waiting to be downloaded. What’s more is you don’t even need to spend a single cent of your hard-earned cash to fill your device with useful apps. Yep, zero dollars. Naught. Nada. Zilch. The Google Play store and Apple’s App store are stocked to the brim with a tonne of free apps at your disposal that could change your life for the better.

Here are just a few of our favourites:

 

1) Sleep as Android

We all need sleep. This app by Urbandroid is a smart alarm clock that tracks your sleep cycles and aims to “wake you gently” at the optimal time so you’re up on the right side of the bed every morning. Sleep as Android is also packed with features that allow it to play you a soothing nature lullaby, record sleep talking as well as detect and prevent snoring. It can also prevent oversleeping with CAPTCHA wake-up verification, which makes you unable to turn off the alarm without completing a task first (i.e. solving a math problem, or scanning a QR code in your bathroom).
Since Sleep as Android is only offered in the Google Play store, an alternative for iPhone is Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock by Northcube.

2) Shazam

Have you ever felt like you’ve missed out on a new favourite song because you couldn’t catch the name of the song or the artist who made it? Maybe you took too long to scratch down some lyrics to Google search later. Well, Shazam is a handy app which allows you to identify a huge variety of media, including songs, T.V. shows, movies and advertisements, by providing a small audio sample. It’s an easy-to-use, free and available from on both Android and Apple devices!

3) SwiftKey

If you’ve ever felt like your smartphone’s keyboard is too fiddly, or you’ve recently made the swap from Android to Apple and you miss swipe-to-text, this might be the app for you. SwiftKey allows you to type by dragging your finger along the keyboard, customise your keyboard’s design, as well as easily transition between languages- which is a huge step up from the standard Apple and some Android keyboards which aim for simplicity. The app is available in the Google Play and App store, and they recently made every keyboard theme free!

4) Seconds

Sometimes it can be hard to keep on top of our fitness goals, but this free app can help you take the stress out of planning your workouts. Seconds is an advanced and intuitive interval training timer which allows you to make and save your own custom workout timers, and works seamlessly with music being played simultaneously on your device.

 

Now you can hurry along to your app store and help your smartphone become the ultimate tool without breaking the bank, starting with these amazing free apps! If you just so happen to need a smartphone to fill with these apps, head down to your closest Technology Traders!

 

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Repair or replace your broken tech: How to decide ?

Many of us rely on our phones, tablets and computers everyday. These delicate bits of tech have revolutionised the way we work and play, so much that sometimes it’s hard to go without them. And with brand new tech constantly refreshing the shelves, sometimes it’s also hard to keep up. So what do you do when one of your trusty can’t-live-without devices is broken or becomes too sluggish? Well then, you’re faced with a dilemma: repair your device or replace it. 

Here are some points to consider when you reach that fork in the road:

  •  How broken is it? A little or a lot? While some may see a crack in a phone screen and immediately jump on the latest iPhone, it’s best to resist the urge. Minor problems like a broken screen on your phone, tablet or laptop are almost always worth repairing. Same goes for other small issues like dodgy charging ports and battery issues, which can often be fixed quickly and painlessly for a lot cheaper than replacing your device altogether. However, fixing your device might not be the way to go. Although very little is beyond repair at Technology Traders, it might not be worth your money or time if it your device’s issue is complex, or if it requires multiple repairs.
 
  • Can you cop the downtime? If you decide to repair your device, it’s good to ask your Technology Traders technician how long your repair will take, especially if you don’t have backup devices. For example, if your laptop needs to be fixed, you could be without a computer for as long as the repair takes. And unless you take advantage of cloud storage, a phone repair might momentarily keep you out-of-reach. Replacing your tech, although it might be more costly, would eliminate the downtime caused by repairs. 
 
  • But when it comes to replacing tech, transitioning from your old device to a new one comes with its own downtime. The clumsy set-up phase when you’re still sorting out your settings and figuring out the bells and whistles can really hinder productivity. If the repair is quick or convenient, replacing your device might not be worth the hassle.
 

Feeling sentimental? What does your tech mean to you?

The personal value of a broken device should also come into consideration when deciding whether to repair or replace it. Even though some people might not give a flying hoot about their tech, there’s no shame in becoming attached to your devices. Considering useful they can be, you might not want to lose that feeling of familiarity and efficiency once you’ve settled. If your device holds sentimental value and you believe it’s still got more to give, you might be more inclined to repair it even if the problem is dire and that’s okay. 
 

How recent is your device? 

When it comes to what to consider when deciding to replace or repair a device, this is a big one. If your broken device is a recent model, a repair is most logical. Replacing a newer device would very likely be more expensive than a repair, especially if it’s a simple fix like a cracked screen. On the other hand, if your device is older, replacing is probably the better option. With older devices, the cost of the repair might be more than the device itself is objectively worth, making it smarter and more economical to replace. 
 
Levelling up! It’s also worth keeping in mind that if you end up deciding to replace your broken device, it could be the perfect opportunity to upgrade. This might be as easy as entering the market for a brand-new device, but it might be smarter for you and your wallet to consider buying second-hand. It turns out, purchasing a refurbished smartphone, tablet or computer is a good alternative to both a costly repair as well as buying a brand new device. At Technology Traders, there is a great range of expertly-repaired smartphones, tablets and computers for sale that won’t break the bank and work (and look) as good as new! 
 
In the end, whether you repair or replace your poor, broken tech is completely, 100% up to you. Repairing can be painless and easy, or it could simply take too long and cost too much- and the same goes for replacing a device. It’s best to think carefully and weigh your options before deciding, and if your fondness of a particular keyboard’s clicky-ness or the feel of a specific shaped phone in your hand tips the scales, then so be it. If after reading this you’re still up in the air about what to do, pop down to your nearest Technology Traders today and have a chat with one of our technicians about your options!
 

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Common Smartphone Repairs: What to expect?

Owning a smartphone comes with a whole suite of new experiences, and one of those is the how much it stings when it’s broken. Whether you knocked your phone off the countertop, left it on the roof of your car, or went swimming with it in your pocket- unless it’s made out of one of those crazy indestructible metals from the comic books- it’s going to need a repair. Even if you’re lucky enough to still have a phone in tip-top condition, it’s always helpful to know what to expect. Here are the most common smartphone repair issues you might stumble across: 

Screen repairs

Ah, screen repairs- the bread and butter of the smartphone repair industry, if you will. Screen repairs are the most common fix, and it’s not hard to see why. After all if you take away all the cool tech or even just remove the battery, a smartphone is really just a tiny bad mirror we constantly pick up, put down, and swipe at. A cracked screen is practically inevitable, not to mention an eyesore and potential finger-sore (if you happen to cut yourself on the shattered glass). Luckily screen repairs are one of the most simple and inexpensive, often involving a simple screen replacement. Once fixed, future damage to the screen can be avoided by protecting your phone with a suitable case and screen protector (preferably tempered glass). 

 

Home button repairs

Another common issue you might run into during your time as a humble smartphone owner is a broken home button. This problem is just as unsurprising. In the words of Technology Traders technician John Benham, “The parts a user touches are always the most likely to fail!” A sticky or completely unresponsive home button can often render multiple functions useless, making opening or closing apps and simple navigation nightmarish at best. Fortunately, the fix for a problematic home button is often simple and usually involves a button clean or replacement. It’s also worth keeping in mind that replacing a faulty home button might affect fingerprint-scanning for smartphones with that feature like iPhone’s Touch iD. 

 

Charging port repairs

Smartphone charging ports are also a part often in need of repair. They’re in constant use and if you’re not meticulous about plugging and unplugging your cable gently, it can be hard to avoid charging port damage. Charging port damage can’t always be simple to fix, but unlike a sticky home button or barely-broken screen, you can’t just power through it. Your phone will eventually lose charge, so it’s essential to seek out a repair quicksmart!
 

Battery failure

Battery repairs are yet another common repair made by Technology Traders technicians. It can be frustrating when your smartphone has a battery that charges too slowly, loses charge too quickly or unexpectedly dies. All of these symptoms scream loud and clear that your battery itself probably needs replacing, which can be done quickly and painlessly by a trained technician.
 

Water damage

 
Whether you spilt a drink on your phone or accidentally dropped it in the toilet, water damage is sure to trigger chaos, but for goodness’ sake DO NOT try to turn it on. If you do, you might damage your phone’s motherboard beyond repair. The best course of action is to throw it in a snaplock bag full of rice and take it to a qualified technician at Technology Traders ASAP to see if it’s salvageable. 
Just as breaking your smartphone is part of the experience, so is getting it fixed. There’s no doubt your device is important to you, so to keep it in the best possible condition it’s smartest to have it taken care of by qualified and experienced technicians. If you experience any of these common smartphone breaks, you can find help at your nearest Technology Traders.
 

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CABLE CONUNDRUM: Basic vs. Flat vs. Braided

We all adore the seamless elegance of the charging cable you get straight out of the box. But odds are your smartphone or tablet will long outlive the charging cable it came with, and repurchasing the official brand-name cable may not be the best value. 

So should you ditch your basic round rubber cable for something more? Here, we break down the pros and cons: 
 

Round plastic cables:

The majority of the cables we own and use everyday are of the round plastic variety, including most of the charging cables round plastic cables may lack in durability and ease-of-use. These cables can be easily tangled, and the flexible rubber coating on the round cable lead are prone to kinks and tearing, especially in points of weakness (like where the lead meets the USB or charging heads).
 

Flat cables:

A flat cable is probably the first step up from your run-of-the-mill round one and has a few key benefits. First of all, a flat cable is more resistant to kinks or lengthwise tearing when compared to round cables. Flat cables are also more readily folded or rolled up, and are far less prone to tangles, making them more practical in terms of staying organised. These also come in a wide range of colours and lengths. 

A purely cosmetic downside to the flat cable is that it often looks bulkier against sleekly designed smartphones and tablets.

 

Nylon-braided cables:

The next alternative is a nylon-braided cable. This cable type is often much more durable than both round and flat plastic cables, including the ones offered by major phone manufacturers. The tightly woven nylon exterior means the cable itself is more resistant to damage from pulling and twisting. Furthermore, the USB and charging heads are usually cased in metal, which unlike plastic, is less likely crack or even melt during use. The nylon material can also be easily dyed, and so this option also comes in a wide array of colours and lengths.
 

One thing to keep in mind is that the nylon braiding, although practical for everyday charging purposes, is prone to fraying if rubbed repeatedly against textured surfaces like carpet, brick or concrete. 

All in all, if you ever feel tired of the monotony of everyday life and want to let go of both your inhibitions and your pedestrian, mundane charging cable (or you just need a replacement), hop on down to your nearest Technology Traders, where we stock a great range of round, flat and braided cables!
 

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5 BATTERY MYTHS: BUSTED

Let’s face it: everyone who has ever owned a smartphone has had it die on them right in the middle of something important. Either that, or it dies pretty much every day around lunchtime when you could’ve sworn it had at least 30% left. Yeah, an unreliable or too-short battery life can be scaring, and you’re not alone. A recent survey conducted by LG found a whopping 9 out of 10 users experienced some form of anxiety when their phone was running low. 

It’s no surprise then that from this almost universal experience have sprung heaps of hot tips and tricks that promise to be the secret to increasing battery life, lifelong happiness and eternal youth. Sadly, most of these just aren’t true. 

Here are 5 common battery saving myths: busted.

Myth #1: Letting your phone run flat before charging increases its battery life

FACTIt’s actually better to charge your lithium-ion battery before it dies completely. 

The modern smartphone’s lithium-ion battery is smarter when counting charge cycles compared to older nickel type batteries, which would often “forget” their full capacity if you didn’t drain them before recharging. Still, battery capacity diminishes with every charge cycle, but the effect is way too small to warrant this habit. 
 

Myth #2: Leaving your phone plugged in overnight shortens battery life

FACT: Your phone is smart enough to stop charging when the battery is fully charged.

Even if you’re using your phone while it’s plugged in, it only begins charging again once it has dropped below a certain point. In the end, your phone is only being charged when necessary.
 

Myth #3: Never use your phone while it’s charging

FACT: There’s no danger in using your device while it’s charging. 

Although it might take longer to get a full charge, it’s not harmful to you or your phone.
 

Myth #4: Closing apps will save battery power

FACT: Closing apps or using an app-killer doesn’t help, and might make things worse. 

The truth is, killing off apps you aren’t using and relaunching them again chews up more battery than you think you’re saving by having them run in the background. Also, the biggest consumer of battery power is your phone’s display, and the screen time spent closing apps really takes a toll. 
 

Myth #5: Only use the official brand charger of your phone

FACT: It’s okay to use any charger of good quality to charge your device.
 
Of course manufacturers want you to purchase their accessories, and branded ones may be better in terms of holding up their marketed charging speeds, but any reputable charger will do you just fine.
In reality, most of these battery myths are lingering practices from long-outdated battery technology (that could now do your device more harm than good). So, smartphones just might be smarter than you give them credit for and you can rest assured that these habits barely affect the longevity of your charge- if at all.
If you’re experiencing crippling battery issues (i.e. if you feel your battery is losing charge too quickly or your device is dying unexpectedly) or simply if you have any questions, visit an expert technician at your nearest Technology Traders today! 
 

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How To Get Your Money’s worth Out Of Your Devices?

Keeping up with the latest technology can be expensive; before your contract is even out the next hottest thing has hit the market. Some savvy shoppers try to get around this by skipping a release and upgrading every 2 years but this is still an expensive hobby.

Contracts for new devices are often massively inflated and it would be much more cost effective to, say, buy a new phone outright and go on to a SIM only contract for a fraction of the monthly outlay. The problem with that is finding the $600-700+ to buy the device outright.

Built to break

New technology is only really built to last around 2 years because of the absolute bashing the average user gives them each day. Often the phone will break down, buttons will stop working, touch screens become less responsive, the phone gets sluggish or you get the grey screen of death! This is usually the signal to get a new phone but if this happens 6 months after the last release you’re going to be stuck behind the trends as a better, newer model will be out in another 6 months.

Make do and mend

The way to get around this is to keep your phone for around a year after the contract has ended but on a cheaper rate. This way you can save up the difference and put it towards buying the best device on the market outright and unlocked. It just requires a little make do and mend mentality and the knowledge of where to go to fix your device if it starts to break down.

Technology Traders

So where do you go to extend the life of your device and get your money’s worth? Technology Traders of course!
With over 5 years’ experience and three stores in convenient locations across Brisbane open 7 days a week Technology Traders is the only partner you’ll need to squeeze every drop of value out of your devices. Best of all you can just walk in – no booking is required!

The benefits

We stock most parts needed for the most common technological maladies but if your local store doesn’t have it on hand it’s likely one of our other stores will. We only use quality parts – usually original parts – and we always aim to be cheaper than the competition.

You’ll be dealt with face-to-face by experienced technicians and all of our repairs come with a 6 months warranty. Our average fix time is just 60 minutes with iPhone screen repairs and battery replacements often done in 15 minutes!

When disaster strikes!

The worst thing that can happen to an Android or Apple phone, iPad or table is a motherboard failure. With most repair stores this would be the last you see of your precious photos, videos and data if you aren’t backing up to the cloud but Technology Traders is perhaps the only stores with skilled motherboard specialists.

We can replace almost all components on the phone’s motherboard to get the phone working again and save the photos you were scared you lost forever. (We can help permanently delete any embarrassing photos you’d be secretly glad to be rid of though!)

Excellent reputation

We’ve build a solid reputation as technology repair experts across Brisbane over the past 5 years. If you want to extend the life of your devices or bring an old phone back from the dead head over to Technology Traders where you go to buy, sell, repair and trade phones, tablets, laptops and computers if you value reliability and convenience.

 

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How Not To Get Ripped Off Buying Tech Online

Internet shopping is easy; at the click of a button you can have what you want shipped right to your door, often arriving the next day too. You also get decent consumer protection when buying online. What’s not to like?

Well, consumer protection for one. Sure, it’s great if you buy from a reputable business but what about when you buy from an auction or listings site like Gumtree, eBay or Facebook? That’s a different business altogether.

Every day there are stories about people getting ripped off buying from these sites. Buying a phone or other piece of modern technology from eBay, Facebook or Gumtree can be good value but there’s always a risk attached to it. Often the tech is locked to a network, doesn’t work in your country, is blocked, still registered to someone else’s iCloud, Google or Samsung account, not as described, jailbroken, disabled or faulty in some way…the list goes on.

Defenceless

What protection do you have if this happens to you? Sure, the seller might cop to sending you what amounts to an incredible expensive paperweight and refund you but it’s rare to hear of such amicable endings. More often than not the seller denies responsibility, gives you bad feedback or just blocks you. You’re practically defenceless when this happens.

So how do you protect yourself against unscrupulous sellers? You buy your tech from Technology Traders of course!

The benefits

First off, you’ll be dealing with someone face to face. Someone will help set up your new device, give you a user tutorial – not that handbook nonsense that takes you weeks to work out – a proper, intuitive explanation of how it works and even transfer your data so you’re ready to go. You can’t put a price on great service like that…although you’ll still get a great discount off the ‘new’ price with Technology Traders.

Something else you won’t get from an eBay seller is support or a warranty. You get both with Technology Traders. You’ll get support for your new device and a 6 months warranty on all items or up to 12 months on some new items, plus a team of experienced technicians on hand to repair your device on the spot if anything goes wrong.

What about older models?

Okay, so you’ve had your device for a while. It’s familiar and you’ve got it set up just the way you like it. You don’t want to upgrade just yet or perhaps you’ve got a family member who takes forever to get used to something new and they’ve just about got to grips with their current device. What do you do if it breaks down? You could buy a new one but what if it’s discontinued?

Technology Traders can help with that. We have heaps of older models available and we can easily set them up just the way you like them.

Excellent reputation

It’s important to have peace of mind when buying new technology and at Technology Traders we want you to buy with confidence. Don’t get ripped off by dodgy sellers on the internet; come see for yourself the benefits of buying technology from Technology Traders.

 

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