5 Insider Tricks To Maximize The Value Of Your iPhone Trade In

by Bruce Friedman on November 25, 2014

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iPhone Einstein Has Partnered with Technollo To Help You Responsibly Sell Your Used iPhone (and Other Smartphones) This Holiday Season.

2014 has seen a big jump in consumer attitudes around selling their existing phone to partially, and in some cases totally, cover the cost of an upgrade. But maximizing the value of your trade-in phone can be tricky so iPhone Einstein has partnered up with Technollo.com to help with some insider tips on how to be safe and get the most value from your once loved smartphone this holiday season.

Buy The Right Phone.  When purchasing a cell phone you should consider what it might be worth when you sell it. A recent survey conducted by Technollo of over 300 models shows that what you buy, and what carrier you buy it from, has a big impact on how much it will be worth when you sell it.

Resource Guide: 5 Phones That Will Retain Value in 2015 (And The Carrier to Buy Them From)

iCloud Unlock Your iPhone. Probably the biggest impact to value is selling an iCloud locked versus unlocked phone. Since iOS 7 Apple has made resetting phones by third parties expensive. iCloud unlocking your phone is easy, only takes a few minutes and can increase the value of your iPhone by more than $100. If you don’t know if your item is locked or not you can check it through the Apple website.

You can unlock your iPhone or any other IOS device by:

  • Signing into your iCloud account 
  • Click “All Devices” to open a list of devices linked to your account, then select the device to be removed. It should show a gray dot or the word “Offline” next to the device name.
  • Click “Remove from Account” to remove the device from your account.

Do A Hard Reset & Erase.  According to Technollo President Armando Filoteo, up to 60% of phones arrive with personal data still intact.

“We take careful steps to remove the data on the items that come to us, but other vendors may not be so cautious.” Says Filoteo. “When you hand your precious iPhone to a clerk at Best Buy or at a carrier store, do you really know where it is going?”

Take a few minutes to back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes and then hit the reset. You can find the reset in your iOS device under “Settings->General->Reset-> Erase All Content and Settings.”

Send Multiple Phones. One of the easiest and least know insider tips to bump up the value of your iPhone is to sell more than one at a time. Processors like Technollo incur a cost for every package that comes in. Most return kits will accommodate multiple phones, so when you send more than one phone at a time ask for a better deal. You will be pleasantly surprised how accommodating they can be for this simple change.

Get a Promo Code. During the Christmas season iPhone buyback programs are competing for your business. Most processors are running promotions and all you have to do is ask. The awesome folks at Technollo have sent us a promo code for those of you considering selling your iPhone or other smartphone this season. At checkout enter EMC2 for your bonus!

Have a great holiday and be safe out there!

Resource Guide: 5 Phones That Will Retain Value in 2015 (And The Carrier to Buy Them From)



IN DEPTH: Creative much? How Surface Pro 3, not iPad, is Adobe’s best canvas

by JR Bookwalter on March 27, 2015

IN DEPTH: Creative much? How Surface Pro 3, not iPad, is Adobe's best canvas

Already five years old, Apple’s innovative iPad is often dismissed as a device more focused on consumption than creation, despite the wide variety of apps available for photographers, designers, musicians, writers and other creative types.

For all the things iPad may be capable of, the tablet isn’t running a robust, desktop-class operating system like Mac OS X or Windows, meaning developers are often forced to reinvent the wheel when existing software launches on the device.

That gives Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 a major advantage for those who prefer fewer compromises, since it’s already running a full version of Windows 8.1 powered by the same fourth-generation Intel Core processors found inside desktop and notebook computers – but with the convenience and all-day battery life of a tablet.

However, what works great with a keyboard and mouse doesn’t always necessarily translate to the best experience on a tablet, which is why Adobe recently introduced touch-friendly updates for two of its classic design applications, offering designers the best of both worlds in a single hardware package.

Adobe Touch Workspace gestures

Touch me, babe

Adobe calls this initiative Touch Workspace, available now free of charge to existing Creative Cloud subscribers and Surface Pro 3 owners with the latest versions of Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 and Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 installed. (Adobe also offers a free 30-day trial prior to committing to a monthly or annual subscription.)

Designed for multi-touch gestures and pressure-sensitive stylus pen input alike, Touch Workspace streamlines the design user interface, making it more responsive to fingertips, while optimizing a number of new or existing software tools with touch interaction in mind.

Adobe has also implemented support for touch gestures already familiar on other tablet devices. Using two fingers, artists can pinch and zoom or pan around the digital canvas, rotating or scaling objects without a mouse or touchpad; one or more elements can be selected simply by dragging a finger around them.

For now, Adobe offers a more fully immersive Touch Workspace experience on Illustrator CC 2014, merely dipping their toes into the touch waters with Photoshop CC 2014, as well as recent updates to motion graphics and video editing solutions After Effects CC 2014 and Premiere Pro CC 2014.

Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 Touch workflow

Born to draw

To activate Touch Workspace on Illustrator CC 2014, tap the icon at the top of the screen, or select Window > Workspace > Touch. The user is presented with a streamlined UI that doesn’t stray too far from the application’s familiar look and feel, but pushes lesser-used tools out of sight to keep the focus on drawing and editing.

An exit button in the upper right corner switches back to the classic UI, while the adjacent Touch pull-down menu can be used to jump directly into any of Illustrator’s other full-featured workspaces.

Adobe Touch Workspace pan-zoom

Longtime iPad users will want to remember to use two fingers (instead of just one) while panning around the artboard – in Adobe’s new workspace, a single finger gesture is used for drawing and selection tools, which takes a little getting used to at first.

Despite Adobe’s best intentions, some traditional tools lend themselves to pen input rather than touch, which lacks the precision of a stylus. But in general, Touch Workspace does a good job of making Illustrator more finger-friendly.

Adobe Touch Workspace Curvature tool

The right tools

Among the new drawing tools Adobe introduced for Illustrator CC 2014 is Curvature, which allows artists to create smooth curves by tapping once, or corner points and straight lines with two taps instead. (The same trick can also be used on Windows or Mac desktop systems.)

Likewise, the new Join tool makes it insanely easy to connect paths that failed to intersect or overlap while drawing. In addition to adding the necessary connections, Join is also capable of removing overlapping segments as well – tasks that previously required more advanced skills on the desktop.

Adobe Touch Workspace Join tool

Adobe also incorporated a couple of new features that first debuted on the company’s iPad apps, and they’re quite cool. Using the Shapes Ruler and Stencil tool, artists can make short work of straight and parallel lines, angles or even complex French curves by controlling a virtual ruler on-screen with two fingers.

Going one step further, the Shape Builder tool allows artists to combine or remove shapes from an object with ease, turning a cluster of seemingly random lines into a much cooler lightning bolt, for example.

Adobe MAX 2014

Baby steps

By comparison to Adobe Illustrator CC 2014, legendary image editor Photoshop CC 2014 takes a somewhat smaller step into the future. Rather than introducing a dedicated Touch Workspace for the legacy application, Adobe has instead introduced little enhancements all over the existing UI, making it easier to use on touch or pen-equipped devices like Surface Pro 3.

One of the bigger improvements involved increasing the size of icons and touch targets by 200 percent over the previous version, which makes tools and buttons far easier to tap on. Drawing lines or strokes with a pen is also more accurate and natural, thanks to a combination of higher frequency sampling on hardware and software alike.

Of course, the biggest advantage of the Touch Workspace and Surface Pro 3 combo is the ability to place a crisp, colorful 12-inch display right into your hands or lap. Designers are no longer chained to the desktop or encumbered by a notebook keyboard and trackpad separating them from the work.

Adobe Touch Workspace guide

A few caveats

Unfortunately, the Touch Workspace experience hasn’t been totally streamlined with this initial release. For starters, opening an existing Illustrator document throws the user straight back into the Desktop’s trusty old open and save dialog box, rather than the more Modern (formerly "Metro") environment found on Windows 8.

Other niceties like Save As are also missing from Illustrator CC’s Touch Workspace mode, so artists will need to temporarily switch back to the classic user interface whenever they want to save alternate versions of the currently open document.

Despite these few UI nitpicks, Touch Workspace makes for a compelling addition to Adobe Creative Cloud, and makes Surface Pro 3 a must-have for anyone who spends time drawing or painting with Illustrator CC. (For the moment, Photoshop CC users have less reason to cheer, but the additional features do make the application easier to use while disengaged from a keyboard and mouse.)

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