/ By Jonathan Hawkins / Samsung / 0 Comments

In ‘things that make you go hmm’ news, Samsung stock is as high as it’s ever been even though Note 7s are still exploding. I don’t mean in sales, I mean actually exploding.

This is one of the most interesting financial based posts you may ever read. The majority of them involve zero fires, after all.

What’s the deal with the persistent surge in Samsung’s market value? Is it in spite of the Note 7s? Are they literally so hot they’re blowing up?

Let’s take a closer look at what we know about the Note 7 and Samsung’s success in the market.

It Isn’t All About The Note 7

Basically, the reason for the stock success comes down to diversification. Phone sales are important, but Samsung has other irons in the tech fire. Two that are helping them out significantly right now are display and semiconductors.

Samsung leads the market in OLED display screens. This tech is more advanced than LCD screens and appears to be the wave of the future. In the first quarter of 2016, Samsung controlled 95% of the OLED screen market. Demand is expected to increase, and that’s something investors like to hear.

Additionally, Samsung leads the pack in the flash memory department as well. Flash memory comes into play when the power to the device is cut. It conserves data.

This is a pretty attractive feature to mobile device users. Battery life and data conservation are two of the most crucial components of a top selling smartphone.

Samsung released the first 3D NAND chip in 2013 and established themselves in the area ahead of Intel and Micron.

The future looks so bright for Samsung based on these components that investors believe Samsung’s market cap is lower than it ought to be. Figures speculated are a 30 to 70 percent undervaluing.

The Tale of the Exploding Phones- Note 7s Blow Up

The Note 7 was supposed to be a big hit for Samsung. Instead, reports of battery issues that cause the units to catch fire are rampant. There are also safety issues with some of the replacement phones.

The company has confirmed that they’ve made production changes. They are actively trying to reassure consumers that the Note 7 is safe. Samsung did not comment, however, on reports of replacement phones catching fire.

There is a lot of bad PR associated with these defective devices. Videos and news reports of Note 7s blowing up or catching fire have gone viral. Samsung has issued assurances along the way but they’re far less sensational than images of combusting phones.

Market Shares Dropped Before Recovering

It isn’t true that exploding phones had no impact on Samsung’s market performance, however. Initially, there was a dip. The company was able to recover because of their hands in other technological pies.

Those who are involved in the stock market will obviously find all of this news interesting, but regular consumes have a dog in the fight as well. Not only is Samsung’s success driving new competitive innovations, but their strength is evidence that the company is here to stay in the mobile market.

Lovers of Samsung phones can rejoice, but may want to wait until the Note 7s are officially declared safe before running out to get one. That should be fairly easy to do, since all of the major news sources are keeping up to date on the story.

Samsung’s Future And What It Means For Consumers

There appears to be a lot to look forward to for fans of the Samsung product line. This is especially encouraging since there is a new iPad Pro and maybe even an iPad Mini Pro coming in Spring of 2017.

Samsung is ready to compete.

Additionally, Samsung’s acquisition of Viv Labs opens new doors in AI functionality for their product line. The company is innovating and looking to stand alone in the mobile device market

completed ipad mini charging port repair
/ By Jonathan Hawkins / iPad Mini / 0 Comments

Is your iPad mini charging port not working? We are here to help solve your problem! As a repair shop that replaces over 1,000 ipad mini screens and other various replacement parts a year, we have seen first hand our fair share of charging port issues with the ipad mini. Most ipad charging port problems are due to using cheap non apple certified charging cables that put out the wrong voltage and end up frying your port. Although it seems like a great deal when you get yourself a $5 lightning cable from Five Below, it’s really not in your best interest long term.

The charging port on an iPad mini is actually soldered to the board and requires the proper soldering and rework equipment to remove and replace the part. Utilizing a microscope is a necessity when replacing the charging port as the pads/traces that hold the flex cable to the logic board are extremely hard to see with the naked eye. We do not recommend attempting this repair unless you are comfortable with micro soldering.

ipad mini charging port repair closeup
closeup of the ipad mini charging port traces and solder pads after the charging port flex has been removed

At RockIT Repairs we do offer a ipad mini charging port replacement service and turnaround is generally 24-48 hours for mail in customers and same day for walk-ins at our locations.

iPad Mini Models We Fix: (Charging Port Replacement Service)

(Model numbers are located on the back of the device near the bottom) 
  • IPAD MINI (Original Version)
    • A1432
    • A1454
    • A1455
    • A1489
    • A1490
    • A1491  (LTE Model)
    • A1599
    • A1600
    • A1538
    • A1550

The cost to replace the charging port on the above models is $99 and that includes return shipping via USPS priority at no extra cost to you. If you have any questions about our ipad mini charging port repair services, please call us at 540-412-8824. We are open Mon-Sat (10-7pm) and Sun (12-5pm).


Yuneec Typhoon ActionCam
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Review: Yuneec Typhoon Action Cam with 4K Video Recording

Today we received and reviewed the Typhoon Action Cam with 4K video recording by a company named Yuneec. I have to say this 4k video camera is amazing! The action cam has handheld integrated 3-axis gimbal powered by the CGO3 camera built by Yuneec that they also use with their Q500 4K Drone.  The camera can shoot in 4k ultra high definition resolution at 30 frames per second or up to 120 frames per second in 1080p HD. The video recording is controlled through your smartphone using the CGO3 smartphone app for (Android) or (iPhone) and can handle up to a 6.4″ phone. The action cam will also shoot still images at 12 megapixels using their no distortion lens and gives you a 115 degree field of viewing. Read more “Review: Yuneec Typhoon Action Cam with 4K Video Recording”

FRP Removal Services
/ By Jonathan Hawkins / Factory Reset Protection / / 0 Comments

Google has recently come out with FRP, also known as Factory Reset Protection which is a new security feature that Google has developed and put on many Android devices from Manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony and more. This feature is only on devices that are currently running Android OS 5.1 or greater. This feature will allow you to stop other people from using your device after it was factory reset, however many have been locked out and are looking to bypass the factory reset protection to get back in their phone. For example if your phone was stolen and you had FRP on the device and the device was reset, just like Apple you will not be able to use the device until the original Google account login information has been entered Read more “FRP Factory Reset Protection Lock Removal Services Review”

Gear VR S6 Edition Review
/ By Jonathan Hawkins / VR Headsets / 0 Comments

Today we had the opportunity to test out and review the new Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for the S6 and S6 Edge. These are very well made and most certainly an upgrade to  Google Cardboard. The first thing I notice out of the box that separates this from the cheap cardboard vr headsets is the around the head and over the head straps. One of the biggest issues I had with the lower end models was that you had to hold the VR box to your face. This can be very exhausting for long periods of time. The second thing I noticed is the build quality from Samsung. These are a very hard plastic with a shiny finish that gives you a modern looking headset for Virtual Reality viewing. They are very comfortable thanks to the pads on the top strap and the rear strap. The foam Read more “Samsung Gear VR Innovator S6 Edition | Unboxing and Review”