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Your Next Laptop: Our Latest Roundup

With your stimulus check in hand (or “in the mail), you might be tempted to shop laptop upgrades. Purchasing a new MacBook cover sleeve or buying a USB C converter for your laptop may both be good “upgrade” options, but you should consider buying a completely different laptop. Whether it’s outdated, has run out of storage, or simply no longer fits your pace, your laptop might be ready to throw in the towel. We took a look at some of the most recent laptop models, and each of the four contestants comes ready to impress us with their different specs. Maybe you’re debating between the MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air, or you’re ready to go beyond Apple products. We could compare every little detail of the computers we’ll be looking at, but today we’ll stick with the basics: price, portability, screen size, and battery life. 

Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020)

First up we have the Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020).

 

Price: $999.99. Of the Apple and Lenovo computers we will be looking at, the Macbook Air takes the cake with the best price. For $1000 you buy yourself a long lasting, high performing laptop. Plus, you don’t have to worry about making ends meet after purchasing it. 

 

Portability: 2.8 pounds. Very portable. Coming at only 2.8 pounds, the Apple MacBook Air is ideal for anyone looking for an easily portable, lightweight laptop. Take it on a trip or, if you’re working in the office, take it with you to work. 

 

Screen size: 13.3 inches. You want a laptop you can work on easily, not one that either requires a magnifying glass or takes up too much space in your bag. The 13.3 inch screen is the perfect size to work on, watch a movie, and fit in your bag. 

 

Battery life: about 29 hours. You read that right. The Macbook Air beats our other three laptops by several hours when it comes to battery life. 

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020)

Our next contestant is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8. Coming in as the lightest computer in our group, this laptop is here to make a statement. 

 

Price: $1,184.99 

Be ready to spend “a few” more dollars with this one than with the Apple MacBook Air, but again, you won’t have to break the bank to afford it. 

 

Portability: 2.4 pounds

Here is where the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 comes in on top. Weighing in at only 2.4 pounds, this laptop takes the cake for the lightest laptop. You can certainly take this laptop wherever you go without breaking your back. 

 

Screen Size: 14 inches

The laptop screen here is a tad larger than that MacBook Air. You may have to be a little more clever fitting this laptop in your backpack or bag, so keep that in mind.

 

Battery life: about 13 hours 49 minutes. Battery life is admittedly the biggest dropoff here. Now will you be on your computer for 13 straight hours? Maybe not, but you will have to make sure your charger is on hand for any road trips or plane rides you may be taking this year.

 

Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch

Next up we have the Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch. This laptop comes in swinging with a larger screen that many love. 

 

Price: $2,399.00. You may read that price and be a little shocked. While this Apple laptop is more expensive (even compared to other Apple products), it will last you for many years. If you’re looking for a long term investment, this is the laptop to consider. You get what you pay for, and this MacBook agrees.

 

Portability: 4.3 pounds. The MacBook Pro is on the heavier end for laptops. You won’t want to walk very far with this in your bag, but it will be a trusty pal for work and travel. 

 

Screen Size:16 inches. Here we have the biggest screen in our roundup. If you’re doing any type of design or just want a nice screen for movies, this should be one of your top choices. This will require a spacious bag if you plan to take this laptop with you to work or on vacation. 

 

Battery life: about 18 hours 40 minutes. This laptop beats the Lenovo for battery life but cannot quite compete with the MacBook Air. You’ll be able to get a lot of work done without having to be plugged in 24/7. 

 

Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (M1, Late 2020)

Last but not least we have the MacBook Pro 13-Inch (M1, Late 2020). If you’re looking for a computer between the MacBook Pro 16-inch and the Macbook Air, this or the Lenovo should be your choice. 

 

Price: $1,199.00. A little more expensive than the MacBook Air but not quite as expensive as the MacBook Pro 16-inch, this computer is a great price. A little clever budgeting and you can get this great laptop.

 

Portability: 3 pounds. This MacBook Pro is a nice middleweight in our laptop lineup. You can take it with you and not have to worry about an aching back or sore arms. 

 

Screen Size: 13.3 inches. Same screen size as the MacBook Air, the screen is large enough for movies, designing, and more while also being small enough to stick into your backpack. 

 

Battery life: about 22 hours 27 minutes. This laptop comes the closest to matching up with the MacBook Air. A long battery life that won’t have you attached to a plug all day long and is dependable. 

 

Whatever laptop you go with, hopefully the above breakdown provided some insightful reference points in your search. If you’re still struggling to narrow down your options, don’t worry – Quik Fix has a convenient location near you and is ready to offer tech advice! You may also decide to stick with the laptop you currently have. We can offer expert, professional repairs for that as well. Whether it’s a keyboard repair or a new screen, our quality repair services have you covered.

Selling Your Phone

Selling Your Phone: the Prep Work

Have you thought about selling your phone? Maybe you’re looking to upgrade to that shiny iPhone X everyone is talking about, or maybe you’re ready to downsize on the screen with a model like the iPhone 12 Mini. Or perhaps you’re just ready for something different (Google Pixel 5, anyone?). No matter the reason why you’re selling your phone, you need to make sure you know how to sell it as well.

In this blog, we’ll cover all the steps we recommend taking before your phone is ready to sell. You’re on your way to that new Samsung Galaxy S21, or whatever new phone your heart desires!

Step 1: Clean Your Phone

No one wants to buy a phone covered in fingerprints and smudges, even if it’s an iPhone 12 Pro! Cleaning your phone should come first and foremost, no matter how old or new the model is. Use disinfectant wipes or spray to clean your screen, the back of your phone, and your phone case if you have one.

Step 2: Backup Your Data

This step is mostly for you as the seller. You’re going to want to backup all of your important data before resetting your phone, erasing that data, and selling your phone. Most phones come with automatic backup; all you have to do is turn it on. But you can also use services like Google Drive or iCloud.

Step 3: Do a Factory Reset

Unless you want your phone’s next user to see all of your pictures, documents, and other data, make sure you perform a factory reset on your phone before attempting to sell it. Most phones, including iPhones and Samsungs, allow you to reset them through the Settings app. A factory reset will erase all of your data from your phone so its next user can have a fresh start.

Step 4: Use a Phone Case and Screen Protector 

Before you sell your phone, treat it as if it were brand new and protect it with a phone case and screen protector. Your phone will have more market value if it is in excellent condition, which means you’ll make more money off of it! Besides, even you would be hesitant to purchase a used iPhone 11 or Samsung Galaxy Note 20 with a cracked screen or missing/broken button. It pays off to treat your devices well.

Step 5: Consider Getting a Repair

This step might not be necessary for everyone, but if you have a minor issue with your phone like a cracked screen or broken front/rear camera, you might want to have those issues repaired before selling. That way, you have a higher chance of getting your asking price for the phone and therefore more money to put towards a new phone like an iPhone XR!

Bottom line? If you decide to sell your phone, make sure you’re doing it the right way, both for yourself and your phone’s future user. And if you need any assistance cleaning your phone, performing a factory reset, getting a repair, or purchasing any accessories, just give Quik Fix a call!

swiping features

Newer iPhone models have eliminated the Home button and replaced it with gesture-based navigation via swiping and touching, and the iPhone 12 is no exception. The new swiping features are—we have to admit—extremely efficient, time-saving, and most importantly fun! In this blog, we’ll dive into each feature and discuss how it will make your iPhone experience better, faster, and more enjoyable.

 

1. Getting to the Home Screen Without a Home Button

 

There is no Home button on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, so how do you get back to your Home screen? It’s as easy as a touch and a flick! Just 1) tap the gesture area at the bottom of your screen display and 2) quickly swipe up. The more you do it, the more natural the motion will feel.

 

2. Accessing the Control Center

 

In the iPhone 12, the Control Center is accessed at the top of the screen instead of the bottom (swiping up from the bottom will allow you to view all of your open apps). To get there, just 1) tap the top right corner of your screen where your cell signal and battery indicator are and 2) swipe down.

 

Additionally, if you have Reachability turned on, you can swipe down from the top right of Reachability to get to the Control Center.

 

3. Swiping Back and Forth Between Apps

 

Most smartphones today can swipe through multiple open apps at once, and so can the iPhone 12. The trick to getting there is quite different from previous iPhone models. First, tap the gesture area at the bottom of your screen display, then swipe up gently to view all of your currently open apps. This swipe can be a little tricky at first, but you’ll get the hang of it!

 

4. Immediately Swiping to Another App

 

So you know how to view all of your open apps, but how do you quickly switch between apps? This is perhaps the iPhone 12’s coolest and fastest feature. While you’re using an app, simply swipe left to switch to an app you were previously using. But if you return to your most recently used app, you won’t be able to swipe right to a new app; you’ll only be able to swipe backwards to previous apps. 

 

5. Force Quitting Apps

 

Whether you need to force quit just one app or all of them at once, it’s super easy with the iPhone 12. Touch the gesture area at the bottom of the screen, swipe up slightly, and hold your finger there for a moment (if you don’t, you’ll be taken to the Home screen). After pausing, lift your finger to see all of your open apps. From here, just swipe up on any app you want to close. 

 

With these swiping features tips in hand, you’ll be an iPhone 12 professional before you know it! And if you have any questions about the iPhone 12, don’t forget that QuikFix has iPhone experts that would be happy to help. Just give us a call!

top 5 messagings apps

Top 5 Messaging Apps in 2021

The want and need for messaging platforms has significantly increased in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented friends and family from seeing each other, making phone calls, video calls, and text messages some of the only ways people can communicate. With countless messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram to choose from, how do you decide which one is best for you? In this blog, we’ll (hopefully) help you determine just that! Aside from your phone’s default chat apps and apps like Facebook Messenger, here are some of the top 5 messaging apps to consider downloading this year.

1. Duo

Google Duo made it to our top 5 messaging apps for what it’s worth. It works on both Android and iOS devices, and it’s also free! Google Duo is primarily a video calling app, but it also offers a “video messages” feature. This feature allows you to record a quick video message and send it to your contacts.

 

Additionally, the interface is user-friendly and simple. In the opening screen, you can either make a video call by dialing a number or select a specific contact in the contact lists to call. So there’s no need to be tech-savvy with this app!

2. Signal

If privacy and security are a must-have for you, the Signal app might be the best choice. Signal, unlike other messaging platforms, doesn’t track you or your connections to your contacts. It also doesn’t encrypt your messages and keeps all of your metadata hidden.

 

Other benefits the Signal app offers? Free use, encrypted texts, images, audios, and videos, and the ability to send to both individuals and groups. Signal is also available for iOS, Android, and PC computers.

3. GroupMe

GroupMe is one of the more popular and made it to our top 5 messaging apps, because it has an app on every platform (iOS, Android, Blackberry, etc.). You also have the option to send messages via your cell phone carrier’s SMS or through the GroupMe app. If you don’t have an unlimited text/call plan, the in-app messaging option comes in handy.

 

Despite what its name implies, GroupMe offers both group and direct messaging. Also, a unique feature GroupMe offers is GPS location tagging.

4. Threema

Threema is one of the few messaging apps that costs money, but that is actually one of the app’s greatest strengths. Because Threema is a paid app, it is owned by its users and not its investors. This makes its encrypted messaging feature extra secure, and you can rest easy knowing your data isn’t being exploited.

 

Threema also doesn’t require you to enter a phone number, email address, or any other personal information to set up an account. 

5. Wickr

Lastly, Wickr finishes off our top 5 messaging apps you need to consider downloading. It has both a free version and a paid version; with the free version, you can communicate with up to 10 users, and with the paid version, you can communicate with an unlimited number of users.

 

Its security features are impressive as well, including self-destructing messages, content shredding, and screenshot detection.

 

Not all messaging platforms are the same, but we hope this list of top 5 messaging apps has made your decision a little easier! Remember that if you’re considering a paid app, you can try out a free trial first to see if it’s the best fit. 

 

Have questions about mobile messaging apps? One of our technicians would be happy to help! Contact us now.

razer blade 15

Remember what gaming used to be like? Text-based games, still images, plain colors, and a blocky, basic design? Nowadays, rapidly evolving technology has made games nearly lifelike. Old games like The Oregon Trail, Zoo Tycoon, and Tomb Raider have all been updated for contemporary eyes. Many nostalgic gamers, however, still play the original versions. Others attempt to play the updated games on a far too outdated gaming computer (hint—this Razer Blade 15 blog is for you!).

Whether you’re seeking to play the games of your childhood or the latest games of 2021, the new Razer Blade 15 Base Edition Small Gaming Laptop will enhance your gaming experience tenfold. In this blog, we’ll discuss several reasons why you need this laptop!

Size Doesn’t Matter

The Razer Blade 15 might be the world’s smallest gaming laptop at just 15.6 inches and 0.66 inches thin, but don’t let its size fool you! Its design is solid and durable, but not so heavy that it makes mobility difficult. Its compact enhances its performance as well, so it can take on even the most demanding games.

In fact, its exterior design resembles everything but a stereotypical gaming laptop. It boasts straight, clean lines, water-resistant material, and a slim profile. It’s a contemporary spin on the blocky design of most gaming laptops.

A 10th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor

It’s a mouthful—we know. But dedicated gamers know how important the processor is for a smooth gaming experience. The Razer Blade 15 Base Edition has a 10th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor with 16 GB of RAM, which makes multitasking, streaming, working, and most importantly gaming absolutely seamless with minimal interruptions.

Razer Blade 15’s Large Speakers

No speakers will likely ever top those of the Macbook Pros, but the Razer Blade 15 features top mounted speakers on both sides of the keyboard. For those who wish to forego the gaming headset for the day, the speaker’s advanced audio quality will definitely suffice.

Smooth, User-Friendly Keys

The keys on the Razer Blade 15 are perfectly spaced apart, making key travel simple and easy for those who choose to play their PC games without a mechanical keyboard. The touchpad is equally as wonderful; it’s large enough to game with and sensitive to touch.

Razer Blade 15 Has Exceptional Display

As previously mentioned, most contemporary PC games have incredibly lifelike visuals and graphics, and playing them on an outdated laptop can really slow you down. With its iCore 7 processor, you can hit up to 300 fps (frames per second) with virtually any PC game. The animations are impressive and will do nothing but enhance your overall gaming experience!

The Razer Blade 15 Base Edition is perfect for the modern gamer—durable, portable, long-lasting, and powerful. So whether you’re a novice gamer or a pro, the Razer Blade 15 might be your next gaming laptop of choice. Or maybe happy to keep gaming on your mobile phone – whatever your preferred choice, we’re happy to help with any phone and computer repairs should you need them!  Questions? Feel free to give our expert technicians at Quik Fix AZ a call! We love sharing our tech knowledge.