Last year, Apple released their brand new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to the public. As with each annual release of the iPhone, a question of “is it worth upgrading?” comes about. In 2017, apple released the iPhone X, with its edge to edge curved screens like those seen on Android devices, even dating back to the Galaxy S6 Edge from 2015. This was the first major device redesign since the iPhone 6 was launched and it appears they’re sticking with it moving forward.
The iPhone XS and XS Max aren’t terribly different from their predecessor in terms of actual technology within the device itself. Of course, there’s the highly boasted A12 Bionic chip, new antenna lines (located towards the bottom of the phone near the charging port), a better camera for the rear facing side of the phone and a few other minor changes here and there. The new iPhone XS has 30 minutes more battery life compared to the previous iPhone X, but actually has a smaller battery than the latter. The iPhone X’s battery clocked in at 2,716 mAh, whereas the iPhone XS’ battery is smaller at 2,649. The new iPhone XS Max’s battery sits at 3,179 mAh, which makes sense given its larger size and larger display. In fact, while Apple is reporting an increase in battery life between the iPhone X and XS specs listed on their website, the iPhone XS has the exact same estimated time for uses such as internet usage, video playback and audio playback. The only exception is the call time which has gone down by one full hour compared (at 20 hours) to the iPhone X (which has a reported 21 hours).
However, it’s not all doom and gloom on the horizon for the newest iPhones. The yet to be released iPhone XR has an increased battery life compared to both as well as a notably cheaper price point. Additionally, newer hardware in the devices mean that they can do more for less energy, new software made for these newer phones allows for more high quality pictures to be taken and edited, better videos to be made and so on. In the end, it’s up to each consumer to make an informed decision on whether they think it’s worth their time and money to upgrade to one of these newer devices.
A lot of people, ourselves included, get swept up in the marketing hype whenever a new phone comes out. New features like beveled glass edges, 4k cameras, and all-glass bodies seem innovative and attractive… until you drop the phone.
Suddenly an all-glass body or a beveled edge is much less appealing when it means spending upwards of $400 or more just to fix the screen! This information isn’t common knowledge for a lot of people until they break the phone and can be quite an unwelcome surprise.
We here at the Fix Hut feel your pain, and want to help you make an educated choice regarding what phone is not only a good blend of features, but also fast and cheap to repair.
Our friends over at iFixit have put together a handy chart to help you choose what phone is the best. Their Smartphone Repairability Scores list a number of popular Apple and Android phones with a 10-point rating system to separate the best and worst. A perfect 10 is always going to be our top recommendation to the consumer, but any device that is a 7 or up, would also stand to be a solid choice.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give any of our four shops a call. Repairing phones is our passion, and sharing the knowledge of what is possible helps make the world a better place for everyone.
Does this sound familiar?
You’re texting a friend in the bathroom, your fingers slip, and suddenly…. *plunk* your phone falls into the toilet.
Or how about this?
You’re getting out of the car, it’s raining cats and dogs, and *plunk* your phone slips out of your pocket into the gutter.
Or this oldy-but-a-goldy…
You’re having a blast at the river/lake with your friends, things get a little rowdy, and… *plunk* your phone falls into the water.
We here at Fix Hut have heard it all, and although everyone can universally agree what can happen that leads to a phone getting wet…. not that many people seem to know what the best steps are after you’ve pulled your phone from it’s watery grave. Fret not, and follow these three important steps to ensure the best chances of us recovering your phone from it’s water damage.
Assume water is in the device, even if it’s a “water proof” or “water resistant” device. Water wicks into small electronics surprisingly fast, and even if the phone doesn’t appear to have water in it, you don’t know what’s going on inside. You’d be surprised how many phones we’ve opened up where the owners have snatched it out in seconds, and it’s soaked on the inside.
Try and turn the device off. Water and electricity do not mix, and the sooner you can prevent power from circulating in your device, the less damage will be done to your phone. Can’t turn it off? Don’t fret…. the next best thing you can do is to let the battery drain naturally. This means not plugging it in. Remember: electricity = bad.
Do not put it in rice. DO NOT PUT IT IN RICE. Putting it in rice is an old wives remedy that is just as ineffective as wrapping your phone in toilet paper, or sticking it in a drawer for a few days. Corrosion happens as soon as the water hits the device, and rice is not going to remove that corrosion and in fact the longer your device is sitting in a bag of rice the more that corrosion is going to spread within the phone. Do yourself a favor, avoid the hassle, and save the rice for a meal. 😀
There you have it. Three things that will turn the tide of any water damaged phone. All you have to do now is find the closest Fix Hut to your location and drop off your phone. Using our special water damage service, we meticulously take apart and clean your phone of any and all corrosion. Three passes in a sonic cleaning bath and a battery of tests give your phone the greatest chance of bouncing back from it’s dip.
We are thrilled to announce we’ve just opened our 4th phone and tablet repair shop in historic downtown Milwaukie, Oregon. Like our other Portland-area shops, this one in Milwaukie also specializes in iPhone and iPad broken glass repair and water damage services. Located right at the trimet MAX orange line stop for Main St./Milwaukie, we are directly across the street from the new Milwaukie Station food cart pods and beer garden. Next door, we have local Rohst coffee shop, owned by the grandson of the man who built the building (how cool is that?)!
Our grand opening party was a blast, with lots of balloons, high fives, food cart meals, and little kids passing out free cookies and coloring in broken iPhone glass drawings! It’s always fun to get our team of repair techs together, who all specialize in iPhone and iPad repair!
We are excited to be in this neighborhood, right by Sellwood Portland, offering iPhone repair Milwaukie!
We’re excited to announce our new Instagram account for The Fix Hut!
We kicked things off with some behind the scenes photos of the team painting our new little mural at the NE store on Alberta St. after hours one night. We’ll be posting photos of iPhone repair, iPad repair, fun promotions, contests, Portland themed goodness, and more! Be sure to follow along for the latest from the Fix Hut family!
Don’t you worry, your favorite iPhone repair shop is still here in Portland! We’re the same owners, we’ve just taken on a fresh new name and an updated look. Welcome to The Fix Hut! You can still bring us your toddler-smashed iPads, broken glass smartphones, and water damaged devices with the same confidence in quality of care.
Why the change?
Back in 2009, when we decided to open our first store front, the space was a coffee shop on Burnside. The landlords accepted us, but with the stipulations that we remain a coffee shop and we keep the named “Wired”. We developed a concept in which we would serve coffee while you waited for your repairs to be done, and thus the coffee-cup resemblance of our logo. The name Wired iRepair was born, but as it turned out, we switched gears and opened in the ActiveSpace building on NW Lovejoy St. instead. We already had our name and logo, so we ran with it.
Fast forward 7 years and today we have two additional shops in town, none of which serve coffee, and our own parents never get our name right. “How are things at iWired going?” they’ll ask and we’ll cringe. Also, we’ve accepted that we’re better at repairing iPhones then brewing a perfect espresso, so the logo needed to go.
The Fix Hut is our fresh name and we’re kicking off some new ideas for ways to make your experience an even better one. Swing by one of the shops or connect with us on Facebook to see all the new things we’re working on to serve our community better. Thank you for all your support, PDX. Keep Being Awesome!
We offer a huge variety of repairs at all of our Portland locations, specializing in the Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and even the classic iPhone 3G and iPhone 3Gs. We also work on iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, and the original iPad. We also enjoy working on iPods, other Apple devices, Android, Samsung, other smart phone models, and tablets. We handle these on a case-by-case basis, so swing by a shop or give us a call for more info.
- Broken Glass – If you have cracked the front glass, busted the LCD below it, or have problems with the touch screen, this is something we specialize in.
- Water Damage – Whether you’re blaming a powder day, a river day, or a laundry day, The Fix Hut can save the day with our liquid damage services.
- Battery – Is your charge just not what it used to be? We can replace that too.
- Home Button – When there is only one big button on the face of your phone, it’s nice for it to work properly!
- Buttons – Power buttons, volume buttons, vibrate buttons… well, it’s actually more like a vibrate switch. Sometimes they stop working. We can fix them.
- Camera – Is your camera out of film again? Or are all the photos fuzzy? We can get you back to capturing those moments!
For questions, directions, current pricing, iDevice advice, or some jammin’ reggae, feel free to call any of our shops. You don’t need an appointment; we handle customers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you want to see how busy the shop is before you walk in, feel free to call.
NW Portland, the Pearl/Nob Hill: 503- 317-9977
SW Portland, Tualatin: 503-442-8593
NE Alberta : 502-442-2885
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