Spring Break Preparedness 101: Don’t Forget Your Apps

Spring Break is just around the corner — and not a moment too soon. It’s usually right about now that you’re stuck in an academic maelstrom of assignments, essays, and midterms, and to top it all off you haven’t seen the sun in days. Any longer spent on campus and you might just lose your mind.

Thankfully, you’ve got your holiday in the sun or on the slopes on the horizon. As you get your travel documents in order and triple check your passport is valid, don’t forget about an essential globetrotting tool: your phone. Though you usually never second guess adding this device into your pocket, your smartphone is a vacation gadget no Spring Breaker should go without. Equipped with a few essential apps and accessories, it can take your holiday to a whole new level. Keep reading to learn the best apps for your upcoming trip — wherever it may be!

Google Translate

 

Resort life isn’t for everyone. For those of us who want to go off script and experience something unique on our travels, Google Translate may just be the most important app of them all. Google’s translation service has come a long way since its inception 10 years ago, with the most recent update to the app allowing for translations of real-time conversations. Just choose the language you wish you were fluent in and tap the microphone — that’s all there is to it. Imagine how handy this will be when you want to converse with local residents beyond the typical, “excuse me—where am I?”s.

Hotel Tonight

 

Hotel Tonight is one of those apps you hope you never have to use but should never get caught without. We don’t want to jinx your upcoming holiday, but sometimes our vacations don’t quite go according to plan. You can miss a connecting flight, get stuck somewhere, and need a place to stay; the Airbnb host can catfish you; your 5-star hostel ends up being invested with bedbugs. Whatever causes you to look for last-minute accommodations, Hotel Tonight’s got you. With a few swipes of your thumb, you can search through their deals on nearby hotels and find an affordable, clean, and reliable room in as little as 10 seconds.

Vinyl Skins

 

Taking that perfect selfie can take some work, especially when you’re trying to get the whole squad in the frame. You’ll need something to give you extra grip on your device, so you don’t accidentally take the last photo on that particular phone before dropping it to its death. Vinyl skins from a manufacturer like dbrand can add considerable traction to your phone. Whether it’s an iPhone, Pixel, or Samsung Galaxy S7, their vinyl skins will cover your device accurately with a snug fit—as long as you attach them properly. Be sure to learn how to apply dbrand skins before you attempt to put them on, and it’ll hug every curve and corner perfectly. As an added bonus, these Android and iPhone skins help prevent scratches and scrapes from taking a bite out of your smartphone, so it can survive your whole vacation damage-free.

Find My Friends

When the buddy system doesn’t work, Find My Friends will help you track down your lost travellers. This app is a great addition if you plan on breaking off from the main group throughout the vacation, or if your Spring Break takes you to an incredibly crowded beach. FMF links to everyone’s GPS, so you can always see their real-time location on a map. It may seem a little overboard, but you can never be too safe on a holiday abroad.

Trail Wallet

Sure, you may be able to escape campus for a week, but you’re still on a student’s budget. That means you have to be careful with the way you spend your money. Trail Wallet helps you stick under your spending limits by tracking your daily expenses. All you have to do is input your allowance and the app deducts your purchases from your total and sends you notifications when you get close to your max. We know, we know — you could very easily keep track of this on your own, but you’re on vacation! You don’t do math on vacation.

Back Up Battery

If you expect to use Google Translate and Find My Friends all day and all night, you can’t rely on your phone’s built-in battery. You’ll see the dreaded low battery message well before you plan on calling it a night. Without a backup, you’ll miss out on prime Snapchat opportunities, and your Trail Wallet budget will go right out the window. Do yourself a favour by getting an EasyAcc Power Bank. It’s a slim, relatively powerful external battery that can fit into most pockets, purses, or bags. Just plug in your phone as soon as you lose power, and you’ll never miss a shot.

Any kind of vacation that takes you far away from campus is going to be great, but you can make your Spring Break is even better with a few choice selections regarding your smartphone. Make sure you’re ready for the best vacation yet by investing in the above apps and accessories.

Of course, don’t feel left out if your broke student life means you’re making it a staycation this year. There’s always Netflix to binge, and now that you can download all of Iron Fist or the Santa Clarita Diet, you can even watch it while riding the bus to your parents’ house. And just like that, your phone is the MVP of your Spring Break — however you decide to celebrate it.

How to Choose a Shop to Repair Your iPhone

Owning an iPhone is so glamorous! However, it is also a lot of responsibility, because those devices literally hold your life in their memory. If it breaks down, you will need to find a place that can perform iPhone repair in Tampa FL, or you will end up with a useless device and no way to essentially access your entire life.

Having an iPhone Repaired

If your iPhone is broken, there are two main things you can do:

  1. Try a DIY option to fix it yourself, using iPhone repair kits available on eBayand a tutorial video on YouTube.
  2. Visit a licensed repair shop near your home.

It will come as no surprise that you should always go for option 2 if you can. IPhones are filled with tiny, intricate little circuits, and simply touching the wrong one can mean that your iPhone will be completely broken. It is very important, however, that you choose the right iPhone repair shop as well.

Choosing an iPhone Repair Shop

One of the key things to look into is that the professionals at the store are trained in repairing your particular model. Just because they have fixed every iPhone 4 that has ever come into their shop, does not mean that they know what to do with an iPhone 7s. It is very important, therefore, that the store is committed to keeping their staff training up to date. Do make sure, as well, that you look into the reviews and testimonials about the store that you are considering, so you know that they do a good job.

Start by creating a shortlist of the companies that are available near you that offer iPhone repair services. You need to go from that entire list to just one company, that you will eventually work with. This may seem like a lot of work, particularly since you just want your phone back, but it is vital that you do this research.

No matter what the problem with your phone is, you should have it back within 24 hours. If there is a chance that it will be longer than that, then the store should have told you about it straight away. You should also receive excellent customer service every step of the way. Furthermore, the store should ask you about the phone and how the damage occurred, not to judge you for how you treat your phone, but rather so that they know what types of problems they are likely to encounter while trying to fix it.

When you own an iPhone, you own a piece of history and you will have a strong status symbol in your hands. At the same time, this means that you have to act accordingly. You cannot be one of those people that everybody knows, who perpetually walks around with a cracked iPhone screen. Doing so looks terrible, so your status symbol will be down the drain. But more importantly, your iPhone won’t work properly anymore, as some of the touch screen functions will be broken.