About Michael H.

Michael Harting enjoys spending time with his wife, competitive PC gaming and spoiling his cats.

7 Important Facts about iOS 11

By | 2018-01-22T03:18:33+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Design, iPhone 5 Repair, iPhone 6, iPhone Screen Repair|

iOS 11 was unveiled at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference earlier this month. With the next version of iOS out in the hands of developers, I was able to get my hands on it early before it is released to the public. These are my impressions. The device I am using, is a 64GB iPhone SE which features Apple’s A9 cpu, and 2 GB of ram, which is only 1 generation behind the A10 Fusion Quad Core cpu in the iPhone 7. The new lock screen. The lock screen in iOS 11 changes things up from the slightly confusing [...]

Tech Review – iPad 9.7(2017)

By | 2018-01-22T03:18:38+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: Education iPad Repair, Glass Repair, iPad Repair, iPad Screen Repair|

In the world of technology we like to focus on the super expensive devices, the ones that push the envelope in every direction. People love to "ooh" and "ahh" over every new feature, quirk or change that it brings to the table. In doing so, sometimes we can overlook the simpler things, the less expensive gadgets that a recent college graduate(me) can afford. I'm a sucker for finding affordable technology. I built my computer using parts from one if not two generations behind the latest iterations, and my current phone is the modest if unassuming iPhone SE. My wife was in [...]

Flagship Roundup – The Best of the Best

By | 2018-01-22T03:18:44+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Galaxy S8 is looking to recapture the magic of the Galaxy S7, and regain customer confidence after the Note 7 Battery disaster. Photo by: Samsung Mobile With Samsung's Galaxy S8 launching before the month is out, I wanted to take a look to see what it was up against in the smartphone space. Rivals Apple and LG have their phones already to market, while others like HTC and Google quietly carve their niche in the flagship arena. Maybe you're waiting to see how the S8 behaves in public, or you're not interested in the latest Samsung offering [...]

Dual Camera Roundup – The Best in Pocket Photography

By | 2018-01-22T03:18:49+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Categories: iPhone Repair, LG G Repair, Uncategorized|

Starting with the HTC Evo 3D as a gimmick, to today with the iPhone 7 Plus, companies have been trying to fit dual camera systems intotheir smartphones. Many have done so with varying degrees of success. In the case of the Evo 3D, it sold poorly compared to the iPhone 7 Plus which has been a commercial success. The HTC EVO 3D was one of the first smartphones to feature a dual camera system. Its success was marginal to negligible however. Photo by: GSMArena Today, we are surrounded by a plethora of devices that feature a dual camera setup. [...]

Tech Talk – Corey H.

By | 2018-01-22T03:03:42+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Tech Talk is a series highlighting a member of the Gophermods Family. We presented each of our technicians, managers and employees with a series of questions. These are their answers. Today our guest is Corey Hoeve, an Assistant Manager at Gophermods. 1. Where are you from? I’m from Albert Lea, MN. 2. What is your Job at Gophermods? Assistant Store manager at Gophermods Plymouth. Corey Hoeve is the Assistant Store Manager at Gophermods Plymouth. 3. What is your favorite phone to repair and why? The iPhone 6 is my favorite. They put it together really well and made it easy [...]

Cases and Screen Protectors – Protect Your Device.

By | 2018-01-22T03:03:42+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Your phone is precious to you. Lets be real here, we love our phones. They are the portal to an outside world, our windows into our friend’s lives and the place where memories are saved. So why wouldn’t you protect your phone? Here some accessories we at Gophermods feel are essential in protecting your phone, and keeping your device safe.   Tempered Glass Screen Protectors Cell Patriot Screen Protectors keep your screen looking great while providing serious protection. These are simply another layer of glass that goes on top of your phone. Similar to the screen protectors of [...]

Tech Talk – John M

By | 2018-01-22T03:03:43+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Creative, Design, Gophermods Minneapolis, Uncategorized|

Tech Talk is a series highlighting a member of the Gophermods Family. We presented each of our technicians, managers and employees with a series of questions. These are their answers. Today our guest is John McDonough, our very own MacGuyver. 1.Where are you from? Born and raised in Apple Valley, MN currently live in St. Paul, MN 2.What do you do at Gophermods? I'm the Inventory Manager and Hardware Development Lead at Gophermods. 3. What is your favorite phone to repair and why? The Galaxy S5 is one of my favorite phones to repair. Let me rephrase that, “My favorite screen to replace” [...]

This One Simple Trick Will Charge Your iPhone Faster!

By | 2018-01-22T03:03:43+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Using your iPad's 12W wall adapter(Left) can charge your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus faster than the included 5W wall adapter(right). You own an iPhone 6 or a 6 Plus, or even an iPhone 7, and you can never seem to charge your phone fast enough. Well, there's a solution and you didn't even know it. On devices from the iPhone 6 line and forward, Apple enabled these phones to charge faster when plugged into a beefier wall adapter. The power brick included with your iPhone in the box, is the familiar 5 watt power connector. Included with [...]

LG G6 – Top 5 RUMORED Features

By | 2018-01-22T03:03:43+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Categories: LG G Repair, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Ahead of the reveal of LG's next flagship phone, we've already been given a glimpse of what to expect at Mobile World Congress. However there are alot of questions that remain to be answered. Based on reports from various sources, we've listed some of the main rumors regarding the LG G6. The LG G6 looks to make a splash at MWC later this month. Photo by: LG 1. New Display Size. The LG G6 will feature a 5.7 inch Quad HD Ultra Wide(2880x1440 resolution) display, with small bezels. With an emphasis on your content, there will be more [...]

Tech Talk – Allen H

By | 2018-01-22T03:03:43+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Tech Talk is a series highlighting a member of the Gophermods Family. We presented each of our technicians, managers and employees with a series of questions. These are their answers. Today our guest is Allen Hansen: globetrotter and technician extraordinaire. Allen Hansen is a Technician at Gophermods and is one of the multiple UM students Gophermods is proud to employ. 1. Where are you from? I currently live in Minneapolis; however, I was born and raised in central Michigan. 2. What do you do at Gophermods? I am a technician at Gophermods. Working at both the IDS and St. Anthony [...]