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Damn tech-dependence.... Anyone ever fixed a smartphone?
« on: December 31, 2013, 10:02:09 PM »
Dammit. Not 5 days after Xmas and my phone/lifeline/precious decided to quit answering my commands. Works just fine, except for the little detail of the touch screen declining to function. Research says that the 'digitizer' has gone bad (and isn't terribly abnormal),  and a repair kit available via eBay for 15-35 bucks.

Anyone here ever performed this kind of surgery? I'm not inept, and its broken now so its not like I can make it not work more,  Brut I've never gone this deep in micro-electronics. I'd also have to purchase at least 2 tiny torx drivers just to do the repair per online instructions. I'm just considering buying a used phone off craigslist instead of messing with it just for the cost/frustration minimization...

For completeness sake,  busted unit is a Motorola Droid4 w/slideout keyboard. 9 months left before upgrade eligible via Verizon. I've liked the phone ok, but its more of a tool than a status symbol. I'm more worried about cost and time without communications.

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Re: Damn tech-dependence.... Anyone ever fixed a smartphone?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2013, 10:10:51 PM »
Dangit ... should have been in EOE.
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Re: Damn tech-dependence.... Anyone ever fixed a smartphone?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2013, 10:16:10 PM »
I have bought many phones of craigslist....just get one that works and had a clean esn and you'll be good to go
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Re: Damn tech-dependence.... Anyone ever fixed a smartphone?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2013, 11:41:08 PM »
Or try swappa.com
Lots of good phones there.

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Re: Damn tech-dependence.... Anyone ever fixed a smartphone?
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013, 11:44:20 PM »
If you go the repair route...
1) YouTube often has good repair vids for the exact phone and issue you're having. Search & review some vids before deciding to repair.
2) Guitar picks (I believe you have a selection) of various thicknesses are good for prying apart cases w/o damage.
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Re: Damn tech-dependence.... Anyone ever fixed a smartphone?
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2014, 12:44:32 AM »
If you go the repair route...
1) YouTube often has good repair vids for the exact phone and issue you're having. Search & review some vids before deciding to repair.
2) Guitar picks (I believe you have a selection) of various thicknesses are good for prying apart cases w/o damage.

This.

I did a screen/digitizer replacement on an IPhone 4S

Following the YouTube tutorial and having an ice cube tray for the various screws was the ticket.

A  bright desk lamp and my trusty spectacles helped too.

I watched the video right through 1x, then began again, pausing at the various steps while I competed them, then resume.
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Re: Damn tech-dependence.... Anyone ever fixed a smartphone?
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2014, 07:09:20 AM »
Depending on the phone it's pretty straight forward.  It may help to have a heat gun on hand since most things are glued together these days. Spudgers are also handy.

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Re: Damn tech-dependence.... Anyone ever fixed a smartphone?
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2014, 07:41:23 AM »
So... (happy new years!) For those of you who have done this kind of repair,  was there any issue with reassembly? Like you've said,  a lot of these critters need pried apart due to adhesive construction. What is reassembly like? A dot of shoe goo here and there mixed with some thin 3m tape and viola?
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Re: Damn tech-dependence.... Anyone ever fixed a smartphone?
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2014, 07:44:43 AM »
The new piece will have the adhesive on it.

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Re: Damn tech-dependence.... Anyone ever fixed a smartphone?
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2014, 08:39:20 AM »
If you go the repair route...
1) YouTube often has good repair vids for the exact phone and issue you're having. Search & review some vids before deciding to repair.
2) Guitar picks (I believe you have a selection) of various thicknesses are good for prying apart cases w/o damage.

This.

I did a screen/digitizer replacement on an IPhone 4S

Following the YouTube tutorial and having an ice cube tray for the various screws was the ticket.

A  bright desk lamp and my trusty spectacles helped too.

I watched the video right through 1x, then began again, pausing at the various steps while I competed them, then resume.

Exactly all that.  Find a video of your model and it's really quite simple.
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Re: Damn tech-dependence.... Anyone ever fixed a smartphone?
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2014, 09:06:08 AM »
If you go the repair route...
1) YouTube often has good repair vids for the exact phone and issue you're having. Search & review some vids before deciding to repair.
2) Guitar picks (I believe you have a selection) of various thicknesses are good for prying apart cases w/o damage.

This.

I did a screen/digitizer replacement on an IPhone 4S

Following the YouTube tutorial and having an ice cube tray for the various screws was the ticket.

A  bright desk lamp and my trusty spectacles helped too.

I watched the video right through 1x, then began again, pausing at the various steps while I competed them, then resume.

Order the little tool kit with the parts.
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Re: Damn tech-dependence.... Anyone ever fixed a smartphone?
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2014, 02:36:47 PM »
Huh... now it started working again (for how long is the question of course). Wonder if the digitizer connection is just loose? I may just have to prep for the repair, and maybe look towards a spare phone on tap too...
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