side view of apples new ipad air
/ By Jonathan Hawkins / iPadTablets / 0 Comments

Hot on the heels of Apple’s iPhone 5c and 5s release, the iPad Air races in the day after Halloween. Possibly Apple’s biggest design overhaul this year, the iPad Air is slimmer, lighter, and faster than previous generations, featuring an updated, iPad mini-esque body style. Prices start at $499.

Aesthetics

Mirroring the body style of the iPad mini, and weighing only 1/4 lb. more at 1 lb., the iPad Air is 20% thinner than the iPad 4, with a bezel that’s 43% narrower. Much of the weight was lost by switching from the standard 43 WHz, three-cell battery for a 33WHr, two-cell battery.

Losing almost half a pound has made the iPad Air much easier to operate single-handedly, and the unibody aluminum shell facilitates this with its textured feel, a la the iPad mini, allowing for a better grip than its smooth-backed predecessors. Available in either grey/black or silver/white, there was no mention of a much-discussed gold option.

Operation

Running iOS 7, the iPad Air was born with Apple’s A7 dual-core CPU, just like the iPhone 5s, but the iPad Air runs at 1.4 GHz, which is 100 MHz faster than the 5S. The A7 chip has the iPad Air clocking speeds that are twice as fast as the iPad 4, and five times faster than the iPad 2

Equipped with dual microphones for enhanced audio capture for videos and Siri, the iPad Air has also been stuffed with 4G LTE-compatible antennas, capable of supporting wifi speeds of 300 mbps.

Disasters

Life subjects our portable electronic devices (i.e. tablets, laptops, cell phones, MP3 players, handheld gaming systems) to a ton of wear, tear, oops, and uh-ohs on a daily basis. Being drowned, dropped, or stepped on,  are the most common accidents impacting our iPads, but even the slightest impact in the right (or wrong) place can lead to shattered screens, busted LCDs, broken buttons, and can disconnect charging ports and interior components.

Should disaster befall your new iPad Air (or any other iPad model/generation), the professionals at RockIT Repairs are ready to provide you with honest, caring, and cost-effective relief. Call us at (540) 412-8824, or visit our Fredericksburg, Va. location at 1319 Lafayette Blvd. to speak with one of our knowledgeable, experienced technicians today!

samsung note 2 model number on back of phone
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Samsung

Before calling our repair techs, you’ll want to find your Samsung’s model number. Located under the battery on the phone itself will be a white sticker with various data identifiers that are specific to your phone. Samsung model numbers tend to follow the same format, beginning with three letters, followed by one letter and three numbers, like this:

  • SGH-x###
  • SCH-x###
  • SCH-x###

To get to your model number, you’ll first need to turn your phone off. Once it’s powered down, remove the back plate and battery, and you’ll see the data sticker right on the phone.

You can also find it by going to Settings>About Device>Model Number, so long as your phone powers on and the images are able to be seen.

Here’s a list of some of the more common Samsung smartphones we repair:

Samsung Galaxy S3 Repair

Samsung Galaxy S3 Pebble Blue Front Glass Only

  • SGH-T999 (T-Mobile)
  • SGH-i747 (AT&T)
  • SCH-R530 (Cricket, U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS)
  • SCH-i535 (Verizon)
  • SPH-L710 (Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Repair

Samsung Galaxy S4 Front Cracked Glass Replacement

 

  • SGH-M919 (T-Mobile)
  • SGH-i337 (AT&T)
  • SCH-R970 (Cricket, U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS)
  • SCH-i545 (Verizon)
  • SPH-L720 (Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile)

Samsung Note II Repair

  • SGH-T899 (T-Mobile)
  • SGH-i317 (AT&T)
  • SCH-R950 (Cricket, U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS)
  • SCH-i605 (Verizon)
  • SPH-L900 (Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile)
nokia cell phone
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If you need your Nokia smartphone repaired, one of the first things our repair techs will ask for is your phone’s model number. There are a couple of ways to find it, but they often require the phone not to be in use, so before giving us a call, try these tips to locate your Nokia model number.

If your phone is functional:

The Lumia series model numbers can be found in the Settings menu. From there choose About, then Phone Information. Your model number will look something like this : Nokia Lumia 920.

On other Nokia phones, access your keypad and type *#0000#. This will display your phone’s model number.

If your phone is not powering on or the display is not visible:

The Lumia series data sticker is located underneath the phone’s SIM tray. Using a SIM key, eject the SIM card and tray. Now, use the SIM key to pull the tray out by inserting it into the hole on the tray’s side and gently pulling it out. Your phone’s model number is on the data label underneath the SIM tray.

On older Nokia phones, the data label is located underneath the battery, on the phone itself. After powering down your phone, remove the back battery cover and take out the battery. The white label should be visible now, as should your phone’s model number.

iphone 5c back cover repalcement parts
/ By Jonathan Hawkins / iPhone 5C / 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again! Apple is ready to roll out their newest models on September 10th, with their most-gossiped and guessed-about device being the iPhone 5C. The “C” is rumored to stand for “color”, or possibly “cheaper”, because the iPhone 5C will be offered in 5 different colors, at a fraction of the price as the original iPhone 5. If you need iPhone 5C front glass replacement parts, iPhone 5C batteries and other iPhone 5C parts, you have come to the right place.

iphone 5c back cover repalcement parts
iPhone 5C back cover colored shell {Photo Rights: Youtube/iCrackUriDevice}

Colors? And Did You Say Cheaper?!

That’s right- the iPhone will finally be available in something other than black or white! In fact, the iPhone 5C doesn’t appear to be offered in black; instead, consumers will get to choose between blue, green, red, yellow, and white. It’s body will be slightly different, with rounded edges where the original iPhone 5 is flat.

The biggest difference between the iPhone 5C and previous models is not color, but material. The reason this model will be cheaper has to do with the plastic housing it will feature on the back, a big change from the metal and glass casing that we have become used to from Apple products. Supposedly thinner and lighter than its other plastic-backed competitors, the integration of glass fibers into its ultra-thin plastic shell should also grant it more strength and durability than other similarly-constructed smartphones. (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/15/lower-cost-iphone-said-to-use-super-thin-plastic-and-fiberglass-shell-in-4-6-colors/)

Does the iPhone 5C Compromise on Capability?

When I heard the rumors of a cheaper, plastic-backed iPhone, I figured that it would simply be a brightly-tinted downgrade to a 4/4S-type technology, but it seems that the innards of the iPhone 5C are very similar to the original iPhone 5. Like the 5, the new 5C is said to be equipped with a dual-core CPU and tri-core GPU; other parallels to the original 5 are the new iOS7, and the 8 MP rear camera and 1.2 MP front camera.

Whether the iPhone 5C will feature the iPhone 5’s 4-inch Retina display is still under debate (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/22/apples-lower-cost-iphone-to-lack-retina-display/), and there have been rumblings that the 5C will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor instead of the Apple-crafted A6 the original 5 has. (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/25/apple-to-use-qualcomm-processors-for-low-cost-iphone-for-emerging-markets/)

A Cheap, Unbreakable iPhone? In Colors?!

What? That is not at all what I said. Except for the colors part- It definitely comes in colors.

I don’t know that I’d call the iPhone 5C cheap, either. Cheaper, maybe, but the lowest lowest estimate still runs at $350, and the highest at $550. Its price may align with the current iPhone 4/4S subsidized price of $99 w/ a two-year contract. (http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/iphone-5c/)

And unbreakable? Personally, I’m very optimistic about every “new-and-improved” model , but I’m never very surprised when technology breaks, either. So, should you acquire an iPhone 5C (they are expected to be released to the general public around September 20th!), and somehow manage to crack the screen, call RockIT Repairs at (540) 412-8824! Our competent, knowledgeable techs can easily take care of your iPhone 5C front glass replacement, quickly and at reasonable, honest prices!

customized xbox 360 controller in chrome color
/ By Jonathan Hawkins / Xbox / 0 Comments
There are a couple of different ways to customize your X-Box 360 controller.
Cosmetic Xbox 360 Controller Customization
There are endless options when it comes to personalizing the appearance of your X-Box 360 controller. Every visible piece is available in an endless variety of colors, designs, and finishes. You can even add custom LED lights! We can build a custom controller for you, changing any of the following parts:
  • controller shells
  • bumper assembly (LB & RB) and triggers (LT & RT)
  • thumbsticks and D-pad
  • ABXY buttons
  • LED ring

xbox 360 purple and green customized controllerGold and Red Chrome Customized Controllers

Gameplay Xbox 360 Controller Customization Modifications
modding- custom modifications made to the controller’s programming, allowing for “enhanced” gameplay
Yep, we can mod your X-Box 360 controller! There are lots of options available here- some of the more popular ones include:
  • rapid fire- turns every weapon fully-auto; customizable
  • burst mode- set # of shots and rate of fire per trigger pull
  • fast reload- duh
  • jump shot- enable to avoid enemy fire
  • quick scope- auto-fire upon target lock
  • jitter- fires even faster than rapid fire, but you can’t aim
  • akimbo- dual rapid fire for two-handed weapons
Call RockIT Repairs Today for Custom, Modded X-Box 360 Controllers!
Call us today at (540) 412-8824! We’ll work with you to build the X-Box 360 controller you’ve been dreaming of!