OEM vs. Generic Cell Phone Replacement Accessory- Which should you Buy?

When the unfortunate happens and your cell phone slips from your hands to come in contact with a hard surface, the damages could be a variety of things. You could encounter a damaged charging port or the LCD gets punctured or the glass simply snaps, crackles and pops on you. This will result in you having to fix it. When you take your broken cell phone to a repair shop, you will have the option of replacing the broken part with either an OEM piece or a generic replacement piece. Before you make a decision, its best to know what you will be paying for and what the results will be.

An OEM cell phone accessory is the authentic manufacturer’s product that made your cell phone. It stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, which means it’s the real deal and not a copycat. OEM replacement parts tend to be more expensive than their generic counterparts. The pros of buying an OEM part is they come with a manufacturer’s warranty, the quality and performance is greater than the generic brands, as well as being best suited for your phones repair.

Then you have your copycat option, these are called either Generic or Aftermarket. These are the same thing but cheaper, because they are not produced by the big brand name manufacturer’s that created your cell phone. These generic cell phone parts are like the grocery stores version of generic food products, they are similar to the original food item but the quality is not same.  These Aftermarket parts don’t come with a warranty and the performance won’t be as good as the OEM accessories.

Next time you are shopping to replace your cell phone accessories, whether it’s a power cord, a battery, LCD, Camera, or charging port, know that you can either choose OEM or generic versions. When you go to a cell phone repair shop to fix your broken phone, ask the technician what type of replacement parts they provide so you know what you are getting. Both OEM and Generic replacement parts will do the job, but in the end you will see the best results with the OEM parts. Cell phones are an expensive investment, might as well pay the extra money to keep it in top shape.

At Heroes and Geeks Cell phone repair in Los Angeles, we use OEM LCD’s when we replace broken LCDs. Using OEM LCD’s is very important because the functionality and performance of a cell phone can be altered if using a generic brand LCD. The LCD is the control map for all of your cell phones functions, so it is wise to use quality replacement parts when fixing it. For other replacement accessories, you can make do with generic versions without complications.

Stay tech savvy, my friends

How to Prevent Cell Phone Damage

The latest smart phones are sleek and fancy and are a portable computer in the palm of your hands, all these great things aside, you have a fragile slippery and expensive phone that keeps falling out of your hands. So far the slipperiest phone I’ve come across is the iPhone 5c and Samsung Galaxy s3 and s4 are a close 2nd. The 5c is polished with a shiny lacquered coating, Which makes the device very slippery. The 5c is just the 5 with a paint job, it’s really not an upgrade but actually a downgrade due to the slippery factor and plastic coating.

The best way to prevent a cracked cell phone is to invest in protection. LCD repairs are not cheap especially for the latest cell phones on the market.

Don’t be fooled by the cute and stylized cell phone cases that are flimsy and sold for $5 to $15. These cases usually tend to be designed just for accessorizing your phone and not protecting it from hard impact falls. Most people tend to buy them because they are cheap and add style and they forget that it doesn’t do anything to protect the cell phone. They only help with preventing scratches and scuffs. The best cases that keep your phone alive even from the biggest fall on a hard surface are the sturdy cases that cover all four corners.

If you want to avoid repairing or replacing your cell phones LCD screen, power button, microphone, motherboard, battery, or charging port, then you will want to invest in a quality case that costs between $30 to $75. Shop for a cell phone case by choosing a cell phone case company, they have invested in research to best design a case for optimum protection. Some of these companies include: Belkin, Speck, Trident, Tuff-Luv, Case-Mate, Ballistic, and Life Proof Case. These companies have the top of line in cell phone cases, providing durability, style, and multiple layers of protection.

If you tend to be very clumsy and everything slips through your fingers, then we recommend the Life Proof Case which has been tested to drop from 6 feet and is waterproof up to 2 meters. This case was created to be shockproof, dirtproof and snowproof. The CEO of the company stated that they spent 2 million in developing this cell phone case that protects from all natural disasters mentioned above.

Cosmetic damages such as scuffed and scratched screens from regular use can be prevented by a screen protector. This is an easy preventative and cheap step to take so your cell phones screen stays brand new. Cell Phones have a big price tag, save yourself time and money by protecting your phones with a case. In the end the cost of the cell phone case is cheaper than a cell phone repair.

Heroes and Geeks in Los Angeles specializes in cell phone repair, in everything from a cracked LCD replacement to a broken microphone replacement. We make cell phone repairs hassle free and affordable. If you won’t follow the preventative measure of using a tough cell phone case, then you might eventually need to repair your phone with us, fortunately you and your phone will be in good hands.

stay tech savvy, my friends…