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Smartphones Won. We Can Ignore Them.

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So hooray for the smartphone corporations that hold perfecting their merchandise. That doesn’t imply that we have to care a jot about Google’s odd wanting new Pixel telephones — they actually do look bizarre, although — or Apple’s coming iPhone 13? 12S? Whatever.

The newest telephones will probably be lighter, sooner, higher and possibly dearer than the outdated ones. The cool new options will probably be there whenever you’re prepared. You don’t need to care till then.

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Don’t surrender if a tech shop can’t repair your cellphone

Not prepared for a brand-new smartphone? Brian X. Chen, a shopper tech columnist for The New York Times, has a story of dogged dedication to maintain an outdated gadget alive and kicking:

Several weeks in the past, a reader named Marianne despatched me this e-mail:

Last 12 months I attempted to get a brand new battery for my Samsung Galaxy S7 cellphone. I took it to Verizon, the place I had bought it. They informed me they couldn’t open the cellphone to interchange the battery and prompt I take it to a restore store. I referred to as Samsung, and it took so many tries to communicate with a human.

The individual I lastly spoke to mentioned I must ship $75 for Samsung to even agree to look at the cellphone, and if they might set up a battery, they’d contact me. I approved my bank card for $75 and waited for the required mail authorization solely to get an e-mail the next day saying Samsung wished to cancel the whole transaction. I gave up. I’d be happy with my S7 if it may maintain a cost.

I responded to Marianne, encouraging her to strive once more — however, this time, contact a couple of native impartial restore retailers to ask if they might do the job. Days later, she replied that she had discovered somebody, and we restored her cellphone to its former glory!

The ethical of the story: Don’t surrender if a model like Apple or Samsung says it mightiest enable you to repair a cellphone. There is a trade of impartial fixers whose enterprise is to maintain your cellphone working, not promote you a brand new one.

More typically than not, the indie technicians can doing repairs that the producers should not keen to do, like changing a faulty charging port on an iPhone. Do an internet search on Yelp or Google and name round to discover a good, trustworthy fixer.

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