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How to get your phone fixed at home

05 Jun 2016
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If you’re living in Sydney you can now get your phone fixed at home.

We’ve all been there, it’s the day before a big event and disaster strikes. Your phone breaks and now you’re without a camera, Google maps, instant banking application and worst of all no one can find you.

There's no doubt that Apple has an amazing support service for their products. From the Genius Bar in retail stores to their over the phone support, they can sort out repairing your phone with ease. However, sometimes you may need your phone repaired immediately and cost effectively, particularly if you’re out of warranty with Apple or if they need to replace your phone instead of repairing it. If you’re living in Sydney, a brand new, fix your phone at home service has recently launched – a first for the city.

This service delivers technicians to your house, office or even the pub to fix your phone while you lounge around in your PJs, have a meeting or enjoy a beverage. It’s pretty cool.

What you need to be aware of – The important parts

The whole process sounds pretty dreamy, doesn't it? However, there are a few things that you need to be aware of before using them. First up, if you use this service it’s possible that you could void your phone warranty. If your phone is currently out of warranty then this shouldn’t be an issue – but if you’ve got a phone that’s less than a year old then you should definitely speak to Apple first. Fix2U do provide you with a five-year warranty with any repair for peace of mind, though.

Secondly, Fix2U only do iPhone repairs at the moment but they will be fixing Android phones soon. Lastly, this service is only available if you live in Sydney. However, they will be launching Australia wide in the future.

Hopefully, there'll be more services offering this soon, and it'd be even better if Apple gets on board too! In the meantime, here are a few of the cool things that Fix2U in particular offer:

They quote online

There are no surprises when you get your phone fixed by Fix2U. Before you book a repair, you will be asked to fill out an online form that will help determine what the problem is and how they can fix it. You’ll be provided with an estimated cost so you know just how much money you’re going to have to take out of your fun-fund to get your phone back on.

They can fix (almost) anything

Don’t stress and put your mini screwdriver down, Fix2U will fix most of the common problems that occur when you own an iPhone. They can fix cracked screens, problems with the back camera, problems with the front camera, problems with charging, problems with your battery, sound or microphone problems, problems with your buttons and problems that arise from water damage. Phew!

They are super-fast

Most mobile phone repairs will take 30-minutes so you can even get your phone fixed during your lunch break. Some repairs will take longer or be completed faster depending on the model and the extent of the damage. Regardless of how long your repair takes you’ll definitely save travel time and that’s got to be a win.

Quality repairs and quality technicians

Each repair is done with high-quality parts that they've sourced from around the world. Hopefully, after one visit your phone will keep working for a long time.

It’s not just the parts they use that are good. Their technicians are pretty on point too. They all receive certified and comprehensive training so they know how to fix your phone properly. Plus, Fix2U has a rigorous recruitment program so you can trust each and every technician – always good to know when you’re not going using your manufacturer’s technicians.

My advice for when you’ve got a broken phone? Visit or contact Apple first. If they can’t help you or if you’re out of warranty then why not order a pizza, order an iPhone repair then sit back and relax while all the things you need come right to your doorstep. It’s the way of the future and we can’t wait to see how it evolves!

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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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