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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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Our Top iPhone 7 Cases August 2017

You’ve got the phone but now you need a case that fits your personality and protects your investment without breaking the bank. We’ve created a list of our top picks of iPhone 7 cases sure to impress your friends or co workers. From charging cases to ultimate protection, these cases are worth checking out.

1. Ranvoo Aluminum Bumper Case

Made from high-quality aluminum, this bumper can protect the edges of your phone from scratches and chips. Available in a variety of colors, these bumpers leave the back of your phone exposed but are equipped with raised edges that are designed to protect the back of your phone should it fall on a flat surface.

2. OtterBox Defender Series

These cases are designed to take more than a few falls without a scratch on your device or the case itself. A bit bulky compared to the other cases on this list but you will definitely get your money’s worth if you find yourself dropping your phone more times than you can count.

3. Speck Candyshell

These cases are worth every penny as they are stylish, functional and well priced! Slim fitting and offered in a variety of styles and features, these cases are truly versatile.

4. Trianium Atomic Pro

The powerful 3200mAh Li-polymer rechargeable Atomic Pro battery can effectively provide 100%+ extra battery life to your iPhone 7, which is equivalent to add 14 + hours talk time or 10+ hours web browsing time and equipped with power level indicator LED lights. 360° comprehensive bumper design and hard-shell backplate, the Trianium Portable Charger will protect your iPhone from scratches and other daily wear and tear, yet small and convenient enough to fit easily in your hand or in your pocket. Unfortunately, this case is only compatible with Apple Air Pods or bluetooth headphones but we still think it’s a quality alternative to a separate portable charger.

5. Apple Silicon Case

On the outside, the silky, soft-touch finish of the silicone exterior feels great in your hand. Fits snugly over the volume buttons, sleep/wake button, and curves of your device without adding bulk.

6. Carryberry Wallet Case

Featuring a slim, refined design, vibrant colors and long lasting protection, these cases make traveling simpler eliminating the need for an additional bag just to hold a few credit cards. These cases also allow the user to prop up the phone in kickstand mode for easy viewing while still allowing complete access to the ports and buttons. Made from premium synthetic leather, these cases are sure to last a long time.

 

Thinking of trading your device to 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.

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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.