We are always getting the latest and greatest cell phones to come through. Here is a brief rundown to help with whatever phone you have recently broken.
The iPhone line was as simple in the fact that everything was built for AT&T. Most Verizon parts are compatible with the iPhone but the screen and LCD are different. Aside from that, the iPhone 4 can easily get confusing if you don’t organize properly. Draw an outline o the iPhone 4 and poke holes where the screws go. As you take them out, put them on the markings or holes. If you do this the iPhone 4 will be tedious but overall the disassembly process in manageable.
There have been a ton of Incredible phones sold, mostly because it’s a solid Droid phone that is sold for cheap, with a mobile plan. Of the phones released in the last couple years, it may be the easiest to repair. One big sore spot is the LCD, which was changed midstream of the production process. If people have some of the models sold in the first 6 months, and LCD replacement is expensive or impossible to find. The makes the ordering process difficult and chasing around parts can be taxing. The HTC Incredible 2 is very simple to teardown, much in the same way the original was. Hopefully for Incredible 2 owners and their repair techs the LCD does not switch up again.
The HTC Thunder’DOLT’ is a sweet, big phone. It is not the hardest to teardown but not the easiest at all either. The glass can be removed from the LCD but it involves a heat gun and the LCD is very easy to break. I recommend buying the LCD and glass preassembled, even though it can drive up the price. In terms of DIY repair, it is the way to go. It is a solid phone but if it breaks, finding the right repair tech can prove difficult and DIY repair is easy to screw up.
HTC Desire HD and HTC Inspire 4G
These phones look identical and with the exception to a couple logos and parts the A9192 phone models are literally the same. This lack of originality is irritated more by the fact that these phone are an absolute mess to repair. If you are new to the game, avoid at all costs. These phones are not fun at all.
Motorola Atrix & Droid X
The Atrix is a clean design and a simple repair. It kind of reminds me of the Droid X, which is also not too challenging. I’ve run into some Motorola phones that are no treat, but these two are among the most popular and are relatively easy. The parts of the Atrix are typically as low as you can expect for a newer phone.
Tools, organization and patience are the keys to any repair. If you are looking down the barrel of a cell phone repair and want to try it yourself, research thoroughly because one misstep can break the unit or cost time and resources.