Like a doctor's office for personal devices, Cosmo Repair keeps gadgets in good health. The company's team replaces the front glass and batteries on today's most popular contraptions, including iPhones, iPads, and iPods as well as devices from other major brands such as Blackberry, HTC, Droid, LG and Samsung. Cosmo Repair's techs can also dive into devices to retrieve data, and they can create personalized cases so you no longer have to carry your phone around in the safety of a baseball mitt.
The committed technicians at uBreakiFix restore fragile pocket appliances and entertainment consoles with an arsenal of original manufacturers' OEM parts and 15-minute service times. The repair team reunites customers with fresh new screens for HTC Evo 4G, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3G smartphones along with 90-day warranties. While waiting for trusty telephones, customers can enjoy lounging in a comfortable waiting area with TV screens and friendly staff members who serve caviar and wear tuxedo T-shirts. In addition to screen replacement, the circuit surgeons can provide water-damage diagnostics for iPads, game consoles, and Apple computers that have been waterlogged after haphazardly trying to surf the web.
From replacing glass to fixing headphone jacks, the technicians at Star Wireless and Repair are well versed in the ins and outs of the latest technology. That encompasses not only the Apple trinity?iPhones, iPads, and iPods?but also Android gadgets by such lauded brands such as Samsung, Motorola, and HTC. Thanks to their appointment-only policy, the team can patch up an iPhone in 30 minutes, an Android device in 45?90 minutes, and, in many cases, a computer in two hours. On the retail end of the spectrum, patrons can listen to tunes on earbuds in customized colors and shield products in personalized cases, including some studded with rhinestones or glitter bombed by a passing tooth fairy.
Gravity is the mortal enemy of technology. A phone slips from the fingers. A laptop gets knocked off a table. A tablet is tossed carelessly during a game of impromptu frisbee. In those seconds, everything freezes, until the telltale sound of cracking glass fills the room. Terrifying?at least for anyone who isn't an employee of iCrackRepair.com. The certified repair technicians deal with broken electronics on a daily basis, and they work on all types of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.
A smartphone's tiny screen relies on the strange properties of liquid crystals. Check out Groupon's study of LCDs to learn how they create the vivid pictures in your pocket.
The term liquid crystal seems a contradiction, but a liquid crystal is actually neither a liquid nor a solid?it's both, stuck in a sort of chemical limbo with its molecules somewhere between the liquid and solid phases. When an electrical current passes through a liquid crystal, its molecular orientation changes, and so does the direction of light that passes through it. By sandwiching these crystals between polarized glass and manipulating the current passing through them, your phone is able to control the light they channel, resulting in the high-contrast images that appear on screen. Although our brains only see each pixel as a single dot, each consists of red, blue, and green subpixels that, when lit at various intensities, can emit more than 16 million colors.
Despite their advanced applications, liquid crystals are not a recent discovery. They were first identified in the late 19th century by a scientist studying cholesterol extracted from carrots?a natural source of liquid crystals, as are human beings and most other living things, which tend to have them in their cell membranes. Liquid crystals and LCDs were the subject of research and patent applications throughout the early 20th century?including one filed by Marconi?s Wireless Telegraph Company in 1936?and finally hit consumer electronics in the early 1970s, when they were introduced in wristwatches.