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Glass or Plastic: Which Screen Protector is Better?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever dropped your phone 🙋🏽 Don’t worry you’re not alone and chances are that you’ve done it at least once and went through the mini panic of revealing a shattered screen.



Luckily someone designed a solution to prevent cracks and scratches in the form of a screen protector. It won’t save your phone from every drop but it will add an extra layer of protection that is cheaper to replace than an actual screen. Currently, there are only 2 categories of screen protectors: glass and plastic but which one is better?


Our research shows that one of the main differences is durability. Glass screen protectors will crack a lot faster than plastic ones meaning their lifespans are shorter if you’re like me and drop your phone all the time. Glass screen protectors look better however since they are virtually invisible and are available in numerous finishes. Users of the glass protector claim that they sometimes forget that it is there since it has the same appearance of the iPhone screen.


This doesn’t mean that plastic screen protectors can’t hold up to the job. They will still protect your screen from scratches and are available in numerous finishes as well. The advantage to plastic screen protectors is that once damaged, the damage will not spread to the rest of the screen protector. The scratch will stay put on the screen protector and won’t need to be changed until it is unusable. These screen protectors may also be reusable but they will not work with all cases so it is important to check your case details before buying.


Plastic screen protectors are also magnets for oils and grease. By simply using your phone to make a phone call, the screen protector will pull natural oils from your skin and fingers reducing the clarity of the screen unless disinfected every time you use your phone. A quick search on google will lead you to “anti fingerprint hd quality” plastic screen protectors. Don’t be fooled, they will still need to be wiped consistently and they won’t be as clear as having a glass screen protector. These screen protectors will also not cover your entire screen as the newer curved models make adhering to the sides a challenge not solved by plastic screen protector companies as yet.


This article isn’t meant to turn you away from plastic screen protectors completely. Glass screen protectors are not the perfect solution either. If you’ve ever tried to remove a glass screen protector from a phone, you’ll see more cracks forming than the Grand Canyon. Similar to having a cracked screen, there’s the possibility that pieces may chip off after a few drops but luckily it’s cheaper to buy a new screen protector versus a new phone or repairing the screen.


Thankfully, they are durable and do not subtract from your phone clarity. You won’t see fingerprints or bubbles easily with a glass screen protector. There are different hardness levels so the higher the number, the more durable the screen protector will be, in theory. These are also available in full-screen coverage so even the sides of the screen will be covered. This may mean that your favorite case may not fit so make sure you check the compatibility of your screen protector and case.


If you’ve made it this far, I think it’s safe to assume that you know which screen protector will best suit your needs. To sum it all up, glass can give your phone an extra layer of protection without subtracting from the appearance but will shatter easier. Plastic lasts longer but will require constant cleaning to give it an invisible look.


Screen already cracked and beyond repair? 


Avoid the long lines and sell your device to us instead! We buy devices from all major carriers including but not limited to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon as well as unlocked phones. If you have the original box and charger we will pay you more for your device!


We make the process easy and convenient with our calculator program that gives you an accurate price and takes care of the shipping label as well. Sell My Mac offers top dollar for used or broken electronic equipment with a quick and simple transaction. Turn your old apparatus into cash towards your upgrade. It doesn’t get any simpler than this!


Interested? Simply visit our website, answer a few questions about your device and we will send you a free kit to ship us your product. You will also receive a quote from our site notifying you of your device’s value. Once we receive your item, we will be in contact to verify some details about your device and process your payment. It’s that easy!


Remember the quote is good for 10 days after the shipping label is printed out, so time is of the essence when selling your products to us in shipping them to our location as soon as possible.


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Apple’s Q3 Growth Spurt

Apple sales are on the rise according to their latest stock reportings. Setting a record high on Wednesday, Apple stocks rose 5% to $157.14 per share. With the highly anticipated new product release later this year, Apple stocks are expected to increase again before their Q4 reports are released.
This news comes one year after the quarterly revenue fell for the first time in 13 years due to decreased sale in the Chinese markets. This year, Apple reports 2% increase in phone sales in the Chinese markets, but iPhone sales are not the only Apple product on the rise. The number of iPad sales increased 15% which can be accredited to changes in features as well as price ranges. By lowering the base price, consumers were inclined to purchase upgrades to the base model furthering sales. The newly redesigned iMac and MacBook Pros are also reportedly gaining interest in the declining personal computer industry. Sales in iTunes and the app store have increased 22% since the last quarter.

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Even with Apple’s growth in sales, other companies such as Google and Youtube are competing for the final quarter to see which Silicon Valley company prevails.

Google launched the Google Pixel earlier this year rivaling the iPhone and seems to be the solution to storage limits that iPhones often have. By using the Google cloud and allowing users free access to store millions of pictures rather than charging for storage increases, Google may be on top at the end of the year. Alphabet, the parent company to Google and Youtube successfully allocate funds that allow Youtube to grow as an advertising service and move into the autonomous car realm.

Facebook balances its earnings by limiting the amount of advertisements in news feeds by increasing the number of ads on their other platforms, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. Since it’s acquisition of Oculus, Facebook has taken a small loss as it struggles to come out on top on the virtual reality business.
Apple generally experiences cyclical sales, increasing rapidly as the new product drops in the Fall every two years. The holiday season also aids sales as consumers rush to buy their loved ones the newest technology on the market. Investors are hopeful to see the effect on sales this year, as the newest products come 3 years following the last big release.

The iPhone 8 is rumored to cost $1,000 which is an increase over the standard $800 predecessors. Will the sharp increase in price turn consumers away or will it further increase Apple’s net worth? As new information and specifications are leaked, consumers will be the ultimate deciding factor in how Apple performs in the final quarter. By the end of the third quarter, Apple has $45 billion in revenue and $262 billion in cash and marketable securities. Safe to say, they are expected to do well in the last quarter once initial excitement ends.

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Get A Head Start On Upgrading Your iPhone

Since the first iPhone release in 2007, Apple continues to create unique smartphone products favorable for any person of any age, or gender. Apple is now in its 7th generation of iPhones, as well as the “s” and “c” series of the iPhone 5 and 6. Each generation and series is an upgraded version, with better-improved camera quality, speaker clarity and loudness, brightness, touch screen, sensitivity, and more. The release of iPhone 7 may have turned Apple lovers off due to the new headphone set, but as a 7 owner, I can honestly say it is a great phone. It’s stronger, the camera quality is fantastic. As with all iPhones, it comes with headphones adapted to the new port as well as a removable piece, so you can still use your old headphones.

sell iphoneThis isn’t to convince you to buy the 7. Instead, this is to explain why selling your current iPhone is beneficial prior to the release of the next generation. If you know that you plan to get the iPhone 8, or if you have a box full of old iPhones, selling your products can give you a pocket full of cash. Depending on the generation, accessories, and condition of your iPhone, you are looking at a decent amount of cash for your personal spending or to put toward the newest Apple product you’ve been desiring. You can make anything from $98 with a 16G Phone 6 with its charger and USB in “very good” condition. See how much your series is worth at SellMyMac. 

SellMyMac sells all Apple products from phones, MacBooks, iMacs, Apple Watches, Mac Minis, and other products. Surf their sale page to see which products they will buy from you.

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 Although there are many other sites such as eBay and competitor sites, SellMyMac is a much simpler and quicker process and offers competitor prices. The process includes filling out the form and receiving a quote, wipe and delete personal data and iCloud, and printing the shipping label. You will receive your payment in either check form or through PayPal one day after it is received. Avoid long lines and seeking out buyers, sell iPhone(s) at SellMyMac for fast and efficient service.

Contact us by phone at 212 840-0415 or fill out the form provided by clicking on the link for any and all questions!

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Should I Upgrade to the iPhone 7?

It seems as soon as you get used to your iPhone, Apple releases a new one. As technology advances, Apple is constantly under pressure to release a better device that can compete with other top brands such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Google. While we await the next iPhone release, let’s compare the iPhone 6, 6s and iPhone 7. What makes them different and should you consider upgrading your device or should you just wait for the iPhone 8?

The iPhone 7 (left) and iPhone 6 (right) show how little the iPhone has changed externally in three generations. Image credit: Apple

 

 

 

The iPhone 7 (left) and iPhone 6 (right) show how little the iPhone has changed externally in three generations. Image credit: Apple

 

 

 

 

Appearance:

It’s easy to mix up these three phones with a quick glance as they all use the same core design Apple introduced with the iPhone 6 in 2014:

  • iPhone 6 – 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 in) and 129 g (4.55 oz)
  • iPhone 6S – 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in) and 143 g (5.04 oz)
  • iPhone 7 – 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in) and 138 g (4.87 oz)

The iPhone 6 uses Series 6000 aluminum, which is prone to bending, but this is fixed by the iPhone 6S which uses much stronger Series 7000 aluminum. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 retains this stronger chassis while adding water resistance (allow 30 minutes full submersion at depths of up to one meter) and a fixed home button with haptic (vibration) feedback which eliminates an infamous point of failure.

The iPhone 7 has external dual stereo speakers after Apple beefed up the earpiece speaker. This makes a dramatic difference to audio and is ideal for listening to audiobooks and podcasts.

But you also pay a price for the iPhone 7 as Apple has removed the headphone jack. If you use wireless headphones this won’t matter, but if you prefer wired you will need adapters and you can’t listen to music and charge your phone at the same time without an additional adapter. Apple says its removal allowed it to add water resistance, but Samsung achieved this while keeping the jack (at least for now).

The iPhone 7 also drops the iPhone 6S’s Space Grey color option leaving Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black and (for just 128GB and 256GB options) introducing the truly dreadful Jet Black – avoid it like the plague!

Display:

Apple’s inability to source OLED panels in large enough quantities for its iPhone range has long given rivals a welcome advantage. As such on paper, the iPhones’ screens look rather pathetic, but there is more to these raw specifications than meets the eye:

  • iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 – 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% screen-to-body ratio

Firstly Apple has been making these panels brighter and more color accurate with each generation. For example, the iPhone 7 is 25% brighter than the iPhone 6S (which was already brighter than the iPhone 6) and has support for a wide (P3) color gamut. It’s not OLED and the resolutions are low by today’s standards but iPhones represent the best LCD panels you’ll find.

In addition to this the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 offer 3D Touch which gives users pressure sensitive ‘peek and pop’ shortcuts. It’s hard to tell what is and isn’t 3D Touch enabled which stops the system being intuitive, but where it does work (notably previewing emails and URLs and shortcuts on app icons) there are signs of its undoubted potential.

Performance:

Apple keeps setting new records:

  • iPhone 6 – Apple A8 chipset: Dual-core CPU,  Quad core GPU, 1GB of RAM
  • iPhone 6S – Apple A9 chipset: Dual-core CPU, GPU: Six Core GPU, 2GB of RAM
  • iPhone 7 – Apple A10 Fusion chipset: Quad Core CPU, Six Core GPU, 2GB of RAM

What do these changes mean? In short, the iPhone 6S CPU and GPU are 70% and 90% faster respectively than the iPhone 6, while the iPhone 7 has a 40% faster CPU and 50% faster GPU than the iPhone 6S. It’s a tremendous change in two generations. That said speed is relative to your needs and an iPhone 6S will still deliver top notch performance for the next few years.

Lastly, the iPhone 6S introduced a second generation Touch ID fingerprint sensor which is twice as fast and accurate as the iPhone 6, but it is unchanged in the iPhone 7.

Camera Quality:

But what if you’re committed to Apple’s ecosystem? Looking at the specifications alone, a lot has changed:

  • iPhone 6 – Rear: 8-megapixel sensor, f2.4 aperture, Focus Pixels, EIS, dual-LED flash, 4K video recording. Front: 1.2MP Front Camera, f2.4 aperture, 720p video recording
  • iPhone 6S – Rear: 12-megapixel sensor, f2.2 aperture, Focus Pixels, Software Image Stabilisation, dual-LED flash, 4K video recording. Front: 5MP Front Camera, f2.2 aperture, 720p video recording
  • iPhone 7 – Rear: 12-megapixel sensor, f/1.8 aperture, Focus Pixels, Optical Image Stabilisation, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, 4K video recording. Front: 7MP sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p recording

Elsewhere the iPhone 7 also adds ‘Raise to Wake’ (pick up the phone to preview notifications), which isn’t available on the other two models while ‘Tap to View’ (double tap the screen for the same effect) is coming but set to be an iPhone 8 exclusive.

Battery Life: 

While the Plus models remain stamina kings, the 4.7-inch models fall way behind both them and iPhone rivals with minimal capacity changes:

  • iPhone 6 – 1810 mAh
  • iPhone 6S – 1715 mAh
  • iPhone 7 – 1960 mAh

Yes, the iPhone 6S actually took a step backwards so Apple could squeeze in the haptic vibration motor for 3D Touch and the iPhone 7 doesn’t improve much over the iPhone 6 despite removing the headphone jack as Apple used most of the space to enlarge the haptic motor so it also could power the fixed home button.

One still relatively unknown hack is you can speed up iPhone charge times by using an iPad charger, but Apple still provides a low power charger in the box. Even then there remains no comparison to the mature quick charging technologies in Android rivals which can deliver a 30% charge in 15 minutes. What about wireless charging? Again that’s off the list, though yet again the iPhone 8 offers hope.

Storage and Pricing:

Apple doubled storage for both the iPhone 7 and (retrospectively) the iPhone 6S:

  • iPhone 6 – 16GB, 64GB, 128GB (no longer available to buy new)
  • iPhone 6S – 32GB ($549) and 128GB ($649) – no 256GB option available
  • iPhone 7 – 32GB ($649), 128GB ($749) and 256GB ($849)

 

A quick glance between the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 would suggest Apple has been standing still for the last three generations, but there have been consistent improvements each year. Given their price differences, choosing between the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 is more difficult than it should be but the iPhone 6 is a model that is now starting to show its age. Or you could hold onto your device until the release of the iPhone 8, which is meant to dramatically change the look of iPhones after the initial release 10 years ago.

Thinking of trading your phone into the Apple store? Avoid the long lines and sell your device to us instead! We buy devices from all major carriers including but not limited to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon as well as unlocked phones. If you have the original box and charger we will pay you more for your device! We make the process easy and convenient with our calculator program that gives you an accurate price and takes care of the shipping label as well. Sell My Mac offers top dollar for used or broken electronic equipment with a quick and simple transaction. Turn your old apparatus into cash towards your upgrade. It doesn’t get any simpler than this!

Interested? Simply visit our website, answer a few questions about your device and we will send you a free kit to ship us your product. You will also receive a quote from our site notifying you of your device’s value. Once we receive your item, we will be in contact to verify some details about your device and process your payment. It’s that easy!

Remember the quote is good for 10 days after the shipping label is printed out, so time is of the essence when selling your products to us in shipping them to our location as soon as possible.

Questions? Send us an email and we will be in contact soon.