What You'll Get
Touchscreens eliminate the need for buttons, just like zippers or TVs powered by yelling. Touch the future with this Groupon.
Choose from Nine Options
- $69 for repairs for an iPhone 4 (up to $129 value)
- $89 for repairs for an iPhone 5 (up to$160 value)
- $95 for repairs for an iPhone 5c or 5s (up to $190 value)
- $159 for repairs for an iPad Air (up to $235 value)
- $159 for repairs for an iPad mini (up to $235 value)
- $89 for glass repairs for a Galaxy S3 or S4 ($180 value)
- $139 for glass repairs for a Galaxy S5 ($199 value)
- $89 for glass repairs for a Galaxy Note 2 ($190 value)
- $139 for glass repairs for a Galaxy Note 3 ($199 value)
Gorilla Glass: A Screen's Shining Armor
The glass on a smartphone is engineered to withstand the stresses of your day-to-day life. Read on to learn about the particular brand behind many products—Corning's Gorilla Glass.
In order for the glass in your smartphone, tablet, or computer to incorporate a touchscreen, it has to be extremely thin. But thin glass doesn’t hold up against the wear and tear of daily use, so manufacturers of these mobile devices started using glass that’s been chemically treated to be both thin and strong. This is the basic concept behind Corning Inc.'s ultra-resilient Gorilla Glass, named after a gorilla’s inherent toughness and beauty.
As with any glass, the process of making Gorilla Glass begins by melting down a mixture of sand and other chemicals in a furnace. After that, however, automated robotic arms form the molten mixture into 0.5-mm-thick sheets, called aluminosilicate because they contain aluminum, silicon, oxygen, and sodium ions. These ultra-thin sheets can't resist damage quite yet; to become Gorilla Glass, they have to undergo a chemical process called an ion exchange. Each sheet is dipped into a 752-degree Fahrenheit electrolyte solution, which breaks the bonds of all sodium ions and replaces them with larger potassium ions. The larger ions cause the glass to compress, packing larger atoms into the same space to give a boost of strength akin to Popeye's biceps after a few cans of spinach.
Gorilla Glass is a relatively new product—it’s only been used in mobile devices since 2009—but Corning has been developing the concept for years. The company began experimenting with chemically strengthened glass way back in 1960. Nowadays, Corning is on its third iteration of the product, Gorilla Glass 3, which is said to be up to three times more damage resistant than Gorilla Glass 2. Gorilla Glass in all its iterations can be found in hundreds of devices, including those made by Apple, Dell, and Motorola.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Appointment required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Backed by relationships with repair centers throughout the United States and Canada, Mio-Tech has a team of technicians who understand how to expertly and efficiently repair electronic devices. Not only can they replace screens and other parts, but their repairs include a thorough scrap process that ensures responsible disposal and reuse of parts when possible. The technicians rehabilitate phones and tablets from top brands, including Apple, Samsung, and Bob's Thingamabobs Unlimited.