iPad Cases – Form and Function All in One

Apple SmartCase for iPad Air
Apple SmartCase for iPad Air

UPDATED:  More iPad case ideas and more iPad Models

There are various types of iPad covers available in the market today, all of them offering different levels of protection. Probably the most popular type of protective case for the iPad these days is the Apple Smart cover, this is so popular in fact that it almost rivals the popularity of the iPad itself. The Apple iPad Smart Cover automatically snaps onto the side of the iPad by the use of magnets and securely stays in place on the screen of the device. It can also roll up to serve as a stand for the iPad or to raise it slightly so as to make typing on the on-screen keyboard easier.

Other Aftermarket iPad Cases

The only problem with the original iPad 2 Smart Cover is that it only protected the screen of the iPad and not its shiny case on the back. Fortunately there are also iPad covers that can protect the front as well as the back of the iPad. You can choose from a lot of different vendors, designs, and materials used. For instance, there are leather cases that will give your iPad a touch of elegance (as if it needs more), and it also prevents the entire tablet from getting any scratches, both at the back and at the front.

Some covers also have a built-in stand so that you can place it on a table and view it upright.  We love some of the cases offered by Speck iPad Cases which have a lot of style as well as function and protection.  And if you have kids, there are now many choices out there providing iPad Cases for kids.

You can also find cases with hard-plastic back covers that provide a different type of substantial levels of protection. There are iPad cases that can protect the device even if it falls from a desk or your lap. There are also some cases that prevent dust and water from getting into contact with the device, perfect for active people who just cannot leave their gadgets behind.

Show Your Personality

Besides preventing any kind of damage, iPad cases also serve another purpose, and that is for customizing the look of the iPad. Though the iPad is a stylish piece of technology, it originally only came in two colors, black and white.  Now it comes in a variety of color schemes with a gold, silver, and space-gray back cases, along with black and white front glass.  And in addition, there are only so much that consumers can do to further personalize their iPads.  We are not just talking about changing the on-screen wallpaper.

If you want to give your iPad an entirely new look, then putting a protective case on it is the best course of action you can take. You can choose from different designs of iPad cases, there are cases that have a lot of brilliant colors and trendy designs on them, you only need to choose the one that suits your personality.

Your iPad may be the most expensive electronic gadget that you own, so it’s only natural that you will want to protect it using protective and stylish iPad cases.

How to Repair an iPad LCD Screen

The Apple iPad is hands down, the most popular tablet computer in the world today, and their owners just love them and would do anything to keep any harm from happening to them. But even the most careful person slips up occasionally, so it is inevitable that the iPad will get damaged in one form or another. And one of the worst things that could ever happen to an iPad is to have a severely damaged touch screen; I’m not talking about scratched or nicks, but a cracked and useless LCD screen, which is why a lot of people want to know how to fix an iPad LCD screen.

Where Should You Take Your Broken iPad for Repairs?

Because the primary feature of the iPad is its huge touch screen, if it gets broken it renders the tablet computer useless unless you can get it fixed. A lot of people mistakenly believe that it is expensive to get the touch screen of the iPad fixed, but in retrospect it is actually more practical than buying a brand new unit to replace the broken one.

There are a couple of ways to learn how to fix an iPad LCD screen, most people would try to send it back to Apple to get it fixed but unfortunately, if you read the warranty agreement replacing or repairing a broken LCD screen is not covered. This is because broken LCD screens are commonly caused by the user, either they dropped the iPad or they placed a heavy object on top of it. So the only option you have on fixing your iPad’s LCD screen is to take it to a third-party iPad repair service.

What to Look for in an iPad Repair Company?

There is a distinct possibility that there are no independent iPad repair companies that are near your location, so the best place to find them is online. When looking for a company to send in your iPad for repairs, you need to first make sure that they have a solid reputation and they also need to have a reliable and easy to reach customer support, and most importantly they should give at least 30 days warranty.

Besides their reputation and the assurance that they do know how to fix an iPad LCD, another thing you need to make sure of is that they only use genuine Apple iPad replacement parts. The repair company you choose should have a healthy stock of all the most commonly used parts; if they only order the parts in an “as needed” basis then you can be sure that it will take a long time before your iPad gets repaired.

Though you can source out the necessary parts and try to repair your iPad’s broken screen by yourself, you should ask yourself, and do you really want to risk making the situation worse? The iPad is not a simple gadget, one wrong move and you could end up wrecking it entirely. The most practical choice is definitely to send it to a reliable repair company that have technicians how really known how to fix an iPad LCD screen.

iPhone Cracked Screen Repair – Fix your own iPhone?

iPhone Cracked Screen Repair - iPhone 6 cracked screen:  Credit RepairZoom
iPhone 6 Cracked Screen Repair: Credit RepairZoom

Updated:  iPhone Cracked Screen Repair for newer iPhone models:  iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

These days, there are MANY options in the market to solve a cracked screen problem on an iPhone.  This article is intended to give you some ideas of how to fix your cracked iPhone Screen quickly, inexpensively, and properly.

The first thing you are likely asking yourself is… Should I fix it myself or not?  There are many companies on the Internet selling parts and supplies for do-it-yourself repairs.  These videos and parts-sellers certainly make it look easy too.  The truth is… some repairs ARE easy, while others are NOT.  On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being most difficult), we would rate fixing your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus a “6” on a scale of difficulty.  The iPhone 5 would rate a 7 on scale of difficulty.  And an iPad, in ANY version is a 9 or 10 on scale of difficulty.

If you are not a Broadcom engineer or an electronics hobbyist, fixing electronics is just not easy.  The parts are tiny, numerous, and not easy to work with.  And if you mix up the parts and screws during your iPhone cracked screen repair, you can really get into trouble.  At a cracked iPhone repair Irvine store, we get people all the time who have botched their home repairs and come in (sometimes in tears) asking for us to try and fix their issues.  Sometimes, they can’t be fixed.  And even when they can, the customers end up paying more (sometimes much more) than if they had just come to see us first.

The overall challenge with do-it-yourself is… what do you do if the repair is not successful?  Usually, you must take it to a reliable repair shop, where you will need to pay again to complete the repair properly.  The other risk is, what do you do if you make a mistake doing your own iPhone cracked screen repair and render the iPhone useless?  Unfortunately, this happens more that you think, and when it does it it very unfortunate.

Other thoughts and comments are welcomed.

iPhones Do Not Like Water

Oh no! Did your iPhone take a swim with you in a pool? Did you wash it with your laundry? Here are some helpful tips to fix a water damaged iPhone.

Do not attempt to turn on a water damaged iPhone. This is hard to resist, but your iPhone logic board will immediately short-out and die after doing this.

Do NOT use a hair dryer, microwave, or stove to dry the iPhone! If you use a blowdryer, the water will spread around and evaporate, which will cause the corrosion to grow faster. You can also “fry” your logic board with the excessive heat.

Remove your SIM card and shake out any excess water inside your iPhone. Next, put the iPhone in a bag of dry rice for the next 2-7 days to soak up the excess water. After the waiting process, plug the phone into a charger. If the charging symbol comes on, then there’s a good chance that the phone will likely boot itself back on when enough of a charge has been reached. Congrats – you did it!

If the screen remained blank after 3 minutes of plugging-in the iPhone, return it to the bag of rice and wait 2 more days.  Then repeat the plug-in process again.  If it will not turn on, you most likely have a permanent water damaged iPhone.  Your best hope is to try a professional repair shop at this point.

Good luck!

Green Electronic Recycling for iPhone and iPad Devices

iPhone and iPad Recycling
iPhone and iPad Recycling

Electronic Recycling is here.  And thank goodness.  That is a relief of many environmentalists and organizations today.

Many companies today are taking care of the planet by working to ensure a minimal environmental impact. By using 100% recycled cardboard for domestic and international shipping, companies can contribute to waste and deforestation.  But avoiding styrofoam, fewer sea animals will die from ingestion of this slow to biodegrade waste.  And for electronics firms, disposing of broken-beyond-repair parts and devices in an environmentally responsible way means taking pride in being an eco-friendly business.

The US Small Business Association even promotes green friendly business practices.  Let us face it, technology moves at a fast pace.  It is frequently out with the “old and in with the new”. This is why providing iPhone recycling services for all iPhone, iPod, or iPad users – even if you are not one of our repair customers is a great idea.  If you already know that your device is broken-beyond-repair, outdated, or if you choose not to repair it, then we strongly encourage you to learn more about iPhone recycling services.  You can either sell your used iPhone for a low fee, or some companies can even email you a prepaid shipping label for free. Apple offers great recycling for iPhones and other devices.  All you have to do is box it (recycled boxes please) and ship it.  You even get an Apple credit for your device!

Slo do your research with your manufacturer and be assured that harmful materials from your old iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung device, or other electronics will be properly disposed. This includes checking to be sure they have a guarantee that your electronic waste will not be sent overseas to developing nations where they will be disposed of carelessly.

So think GREEN.  Don’t throw your old cell phone away.  Recycle it!

Advice to Protect your iPhone

We hear stories.  Today we had a customer who dropped his iPhone from the second story of a construction site.  It survived!  It seemed as good as new after he blew the sand out of the phone and called his wife.  Two minutes later, while jumping into his truck, the iPhone slipped out of his pocket, hitting the pavement below the truck.  The screen cracked.  It was toast.

Every day at customers come in with their iPhones bashed, scratched, run over, and just plain thrashed.  We are often amazed (and amused) with their stories of how their iPhones became so damaged.  How exactly does a car run over an iPhone?

Not all damage can be avoided.  But many minor accidents CAN be avoided by simply protecting your iPhone.  The need to replace iPhone glass is a case in point.  The best way to prevent accidental screen damage is to keep a high quality cover on your iPhone.  An extra rugged case makes sense if you are especially clumsy.  A screen protector is also a good idea, they really do help protect against the need to replace iPhone glass or fix ugly scratches.

Some other advice from RepairZoom — Keep your iPhone away from water and direct sun.  Avoid giving your iPhone to babies too — they seem to be the most damaging of all!

We hope this advice is helpful. The best time to heed these warnings is before, not after you visit us at to replace iPhone glass or seek any other damage related repair.

Do not let your iPhone be the next victim.   Protect it!