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Configuring A Smart Home Ecosystem: First Stage

At HiTech Handymen, we are experts in all matters electronic devices. We are the first store in the Chapel Hill area to offer Smart Home services as an addition to typical cell phone and computer repairs. We have been dabbling with the Smart Home devices since it's first inception; we were among the first adapters of Amazon's now ubiquitous Echo devices. And today, we'd like to share with all you wonderful people an ongoing project who've been working on.
     We were contacted by the wonderful Chapel Hill family to set the stage for making their home smarter. Indeed, one of the things that they've already had implemented was Ring, the smart door alarm that can see the activity outside your home and send alerts to your smartphones. But that's only the outside of their home; there was no smart devices inside. That's where we come in, armed with the following materials to enhance their home: 1 x Google Home in Grey3 x Google Home Mini (Charcoal, Grey and…

What is the Difference Between Cracked Glass and LCD Repair?

For most types of phone repairs, there is no distinction between an cracked glass and LCD repair. This misconception among customers is largely due to what they perceive as a procedure that involves the complex removal of broken glass from the LCD and replacing it with a new glass. However, that procedure does exist, just not in the form that we typically service your broken screens.            You see, thanks to our handy manufacturers, we are able to receive complete screen assemblies for most devices! That cuts out a lot of tedious work! For example, for all intents and purposes the repair procedure for iPhones is exactly the same but the pricing is different. Why is that?  You see, a glass repair is always cheaper because the underlying LCD (the valuable part) is untouched and working. In that case, the glass layer is the only part broken. The criteria for LCD repair versus glass only repair is that all touch works and no visible screen deformity is observed in an glass repa…

What's Behind Our Name?

We are the kind of people that do. We do electronics repairs and participate in the smart homes revolution. We are the kind of handymen that caters to smart devices, from smartphones, to computers and the AI driven technologies that are behind things like the Echo. Indeed, we pride ourselves on being able to perform a wide variety of electronics work, and so we are Hi-Technology. Hence, our namesake - HiTech Handymen. We are different from most cell phone repair shops; we are dedicated to providing only the best customer experience at very affordable price. We are community driven, we actively listen to our customers and we want to help restore your devices back to the way it was designed to run. Our mission is simple; provide quality repair service at affordable prices.

Most iPhone Repairs are done in under 30 minutes or less. That's fast service. We meticulously perform our repairs with extra time to ensure no problems arise with your repairs. After all, we stand by our com…

Understanding iPhone Home Buttons

Today, i'd like to discuss the sometimes confusing intricacies of various iPhone home buttons. Since the inception of the iPhone in 2007, Apple has made various innovations when it comes to the signature way to go back with their iPhones - the home button that brings you back no matter where you are. In particular, we can see two points of evolution in iPhone buttons; with the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 7. To simply state, all iPhones after iPhone 5S sport a TouchID sensor into it's button. Any previous model iPhones before iPhone 5S (includes 5C) can have their home buttons replaced with full functionality. However, starting from the iPhone 5S, the inclusion of the TouchID sensor means that any replacement buttons by anybody not named Apple will lose the TouchID functionality. However, the home button itself will work. A notable exception to this where the second point of evolution begins with the introduction of the iPhone 7 series, where the "button" itself is…

Why Samsung Screen Repairs Are So Expensive

Hi! This is HiTech Handymen here! Today we are going to discuss a topic that is important to discuss because we all love our smartphones. We will dispense with the good news first. If you have a recent flagship Samsung Galaxy device, congratulations! The display on recent flagship Galaxy phones are the best in the entire smartphone market due to a technology called OLED. They produce perfectly pitch blacks and vibrant colors, giving your eyes a treat every time you use them. As beautiful as these screens are, they have two shortcomings associated with the technology; cost and display uniformity. Of particular interest right now is the cost of these displays. OLED-type displays are still very expensive to manufacture, even as Samsung have used these types of displays for a long time. While it may be expensive, there's also no other ways to get them as nobody else can replicate the quality of Samsung OLED, of which they often marketed as Super AMOLED©. So, every single third-p…

Identifying Parts of Your Phone

Hello! This is HiTech Handymen here again with another informative post about your smartphones, specifically focusing on the older generation iPhones. Because oftentimes technical jargon can be very confusing, we've made it very simple for you to understand the various parts of your iPhone. Take, for instance this image of an iPhone 6 body. This is what an iPhone 6 looks like after you remove the screen. Over here you can see the various components that may be helpful to familiarize yourself when we repair your iPhones (most of what is shown here applies to most models of iPhones). In particular, you can notice some interesting design aspects, such as the relative size of the battery, or where the sound is coming from when you blast music from the speakers. The following parts are more readily replaceable in an iPhone 6S and under:

LoudspeakerCharge Port / Headphone Jack (Together as one unit)BatteryScreenBack CameraFront CameraHome Button (replacement ones won't have TouchID)…

We Can Fix Your iPhone Battery Problems!

Hello, this is HiTech Handymen here with our first blog post! If you aren't in the loop, Apple itself offers $29 battery replacements due to the miscommunication of how iPhones are throttling speeds due to degraded batteries. Essentially, Apple did not do well to communicate that the reason behind this change was to prevent phones from suddenly shutting down. In particular, the iPhone 6S line has had known problems suddenly shutting down. Basically, the iPhones 6S shuts down because the degraded battery is attempting to deliver more voltage than it is capable of, thus shutting down the phone. So, to alleviate this problem without preemptively offering battery replacements, Apple has decided to simply throttling the speed of the CPU (the brains in your phone) to reduce the required voltage levels so that the phone can stay on with a degraded battery. This, incidentally is very similar to how Samsung reacted to their own battery debacle with the Note 7. Though, with Samsung, t…