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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.

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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.

buy a used phone

Shopping for a new phone? Everyone knows how stressful the phone buying process can be. These days, there are so many brands, sizes, and features to choose from. Most phone buyers will immediately choose to purchase a brand new phone without considering the other option—a certified pre-owned phone. In this blog, we’ll discuss the top 3 reasons why you should buy a used phone that could be more beneficial than purchasing a new one.

1. Buy a used phone to save up to 20% off the retail cost but get the same phone

Yes—you read that number correctly! Pre-owned phones are much more inexpensive than brand new phones, and they also allow you to avoid signing any strict contracts or upgrade policies (which can be pricey). The even better news, though, is that you can get the same exact phone you would have purchased new. Many phone repair shops (like us!) offer the latest and greatest phone models at affordable prices.

Saving money is probably the most obvious reason to buy a used phone, but it is certainly not the only one. Keep reading to learn more!

2. Keep devices in circulation and out of the landfills

Purchasing a pre-owned phone also helps save energy, water, and other resources required to make brand new devices. Most unwanted technology just ends up in a landfill, which is incredibly toxic to the environment. At landfills, cell phones are either thrown into the soil or burnt, both of which pollute the environment. When they are burnt, the toxic metals are released into the air, and when they are just buried into the soil, those same metals will eventually contaminate local water and the local landfill.

The good news? When you buy a used phone, you’re giving that phone a second chance and taking one small step toward reducing the toxic impact of electronic waste.

3. Support the right to repair movement & local businesses.

Have you ever heard of ‘The Right to Repair’ movement? According to this New York Times article, the ‘Right to Repair’ movement seeks to “require companies to make their parts, tools and information available to consumers and repair shops in order to keep devices from ending up in the scrap heap,” arguing that such rules “contribute to wasted natural resources and energy use.”

Many large manufacturers restrict who can and can’t repair their products. Apple, for example, only gives specific repair tools and parts to Apple-authorized service providers. The ‘Right to Repair’ movement changes all of that, advocating for less restrictive laws that will allow local repair shops—and even product owners—to fix these products. This not only benefits and supports local business owners (who will be able to expand their services), but it also benefits the product owner. The majority of these large manufacturers charge much more to service your device, and they also attempt to persuade you to buy a new one instead of repairing the one you have.

But when you choose to buy a used phone from a local business, you become a participant in the ‘Right to Repair’ movement and an advocate for local businesses! It’s just one more reason to consider buying a pre-owned phone.

Did you know? Quik Fix AZ offers a variety of device sales. Stop by our store and let us know what kind of pre-owned phone you’re looking for.

We’re happy to help!

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Laptop Water Damage – How to Fix It Fast!

Spill water, coffee, or another liquid on your laptop and have no idea what to do? Well, first things first—don’t panic! That being said, time is of the essence if your laptop has water damage, no matter what kind it is (Macbook, Lenovo, or desktop).

 

In this blog, we’ll discuss quick, step by step, at-home solutions to take when your computer has water damage. But don’t forget that Quik Fix AZ offers the best and most affordable water damage repair if you feel uncertain about tackling the repair on your own!

1. Turn the Power Off

The first step is turning your computer off immediately and removing any cables. Again, time is of the essence, so the quicker you turn off your computer, the higher chance you have of recovering it from water damage.

2. Remove the Battery (If Possible)

Not all laptops have removable batteries, but if yours does, take the battery out as soon as possible and dry it off. In doing so, you might be able to break the circuit that could lead to damage in your laptop.

3. Open Up Your Laptop (If Possible)

Some laptops are extremely difficult to get into (especially Apple computers like the Macbook Pro and Macbook Air as well as Microsoft laptops), so this step might not be possible for you. If, however, you are able to open up the chassis of your laptop, you will be able to see the extent of the water damage firsthand. Once you’ve determined which components are water-damaged, you can gently remove them and dry them with a cloth or towel.

4. Let It Dry

To dry your laptop and any of its components, use a clean cloth or towel. To soak up as much moisture as possible, make sure you dab the cloth instead of wiping it across the components. Wiping can leave behind quite a bit of moisture.

Once you have dried your laptop and its components, place everything aside for 48 hours minimum to continue to dry. Do not attempt to speed up the drying process by using a hair dryer or heater, as this could further damage your computer. After the 48 hours is up, you can attempt to restart your computer.

5. Take It to a Repair Shop

If you don’t feel comfortable opening up your computer on your own (or if your attempt is unsuccessful), find a local repair shop (like us!) as quickly as you can. Repair shop experts will be familiar with water damage, and they will have the specific tools necessary to get the job done (tools you probably don’t have at home).

Worst case scenario? Your laptop is too damaged to fix, and you have to purchase a new one. If that is the case, here’s a fantastic guide to some of the top laptops for 2021 by PC Mag.

 

If you have any questions about water damage repair or need to bring your computer in for water damage repair, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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New Year, New…Phone?

Just a few more days and it’s 2021 and with it comes the old adage ‘New year, New me’. So does this mean a phone upgrade is imminent? Well, newer isn’t always better. And with a barrage of new smartphones hitting the market, there are almost too many options to consider.

 

With flagship phone brands getting bigger and better, sleeker and sportier, more elegant and shinier, it’s no wonder people are queueing up to get the latest model of iPhone or Android. But just because these smartphones are hot off the press with all the latest and greatest tech features, it’s not always the smartest idea to go ahead and get one. Despite some of the downsides you might be experiencing with your current handset, which let’s say is just a few years old, your best option might actually be to seek expert technician advice rather than straining your budget by replacing your phone. 

Why phone repair is better than phone replacement

First of all, if it’s just a want – not an urgent need – and you’re tempted to upgrade simply because there’s a new model of your favorite phone brand in store, then it’s best to resist the unnecessary urge. If you have a perfectly working device, the best option is to upgrade on ‘accessories’ to get the most of your phone’s features. Buy that perfect pair of headphones for a great sound experience, or try choosing a new phone case to give your gadget a new look – both options at a cheaper cost than a new phone. Visit a repair service center or head over to Quik Fix AZ to get your phone checked over. While you’re there, look into a variety of handy accessories to amp up your phone.

 

But how about if the battery is quickly draining and requires frequent charging? “Do I need a new phone,” you might be asking. Well, maybe a new battery is a better solution. Seek out trained repair technicians at Quik Fix AZ to give you the best battery troubleshooting and replacement options with guaranteed quality parts – more cost-efficient compared to buying a new device.

 

Now draining batteries are one thing, but what if you run out of storage? Again, simply purchasing more data might be a more cost-effective option here. Or you can just simply make room on your phone to store music, apps, and videos, by transferring some of the files you don’t often use to your computer or cloud drive. This will save you more bucks in the long run!

 

“But wait, my screen is cracked!” a very common problem most device users have. Get your phone back in shape by considering screen replacement offered by Quik Fix AZ . See how happy your wallet will be with this financially better alternative to a new phone! And what’s more, you can use the money you saved on phone essentials like a high-quality, durable case screen protector to keep your screen safe.

 

Phone upgrades can look really appealing, but given the current state of affairs, it’s better to save money by opting for ‘upgrading’ your current phone with excellent repair services. Resist the urge to splurge that unnecessary amount for a new device that will soon be replaced by a newer model in just a span of months.

 

Visit Quik Fix AZ today, and get the best out of your mobile device!