Excellent video for all of you newbies. Kind of goes through the process for beginners and is helpful.
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.
This may be the easiest DIY iPhone repair and you can save a bunch of money by watching this video. It is important to not that this will not void your warranty. One of the few repairs that can claim that.
If you go to the Apple store they will charge at least $100 but I’m not positive. The average Cell phone repair shop will charge in the $60-$100 range. It is literally a 2 minute repair if you have the correct pentalobe screwdriver.
The back cover replacement parts generally runs about $20. So you are looking at saving a minimum of $40 and even save yourself time…honestly…then take 5 minutes to learn how.
This is a difficult repair, unless you are skilled in SMD re-work. Water damage is a common cause for the Mic going bad, so often times an ultrasonic bath will do the trick. If your microphone does not work I assure you that the majority of repair shops in the United States are not this skilled. Just check out their site over at celmetro.com and you can see that they really mean business. Talk about professional! Compare that to the fly-by-night, sandal wearing, consumer crazed techs that exist in America…well you get the point. That is not to say that people in the States don’t have these skills, just that you should ask around to be sure.
One time I screwed up an iPod Touch 4G repair. The fix required micro-soldering so instead of experimenting on someones device, I called around and found a services that assured me they were skilled at this and had done it several times (I later learned to do it myself). Long story short, they completely screwed it up, much worse than before. I was shocked and after that day decided that if something was to be done correctly, I’d have to figure it out myself.
This may be the most badass repair shop I’ve ever seen.
Here is a video by BadGizmoRepair. I had never heard of them before but they now how to make an easy-to-follow tutorial. But kudos to them for that.
They outline how to replace the iPhone 4S external speaker (antenna, ect.). It is the same process as a screen repair, excpept you don’t have to take out the ridiculous amount of screws on the border, so it’s half the time as it normally would be for a screen repair, maybe less.
The iPhone 4S speaker can go bad for a number of reasons and it’s common with water damage. Often times people never actually get the phone wet, but condensation and/or dirt can still penetrate the device causing the speaker to ‘act up’.
The video below was brought to us by the good folks at United iPhone Repair. Now, obviously this iRevive spray will not repair your water damaged iPhone 4 100% of the time. The suggestion that it can is false. If corrosion is the issue, then yes it can the majority of time assuming the motherboard is the issue and not another part. iPhone repair services all over the place claim higher percentages of water damage fixing than possible, simply because 20% of water damaged phones are fried. So anything over 80% is, for lack of a better word, a lie.
Still, this spray could be good for those wanting to try at home. If you are an aspiring iPhone repair tech I would not suggest it. There are better methods and a soft brush simply cant clean everything. So a good video that shows how to expose the motherboard internals and knock off corrosion. I just don’t get why everyone has to exaggerate everything. 100%….come on at least lie by saying 95%!
Article originally posted here.
The iPhone 4 is a great phone and a good choice for those not looking to spend as much for what really are just common upgrades (iPhone 4S). Like mentioned in the iPhone 4S teardown article, I’m a big fan of the iPhone 4 repair because it’s not messy. All you need to do for the most part is remove a zillion screws and know where to put them back in.
TechRestore makes some awesome videos. But the questions is: are they useful or just cool? They tend to lean toward being more cool than anything. My videos of choice, if feeling the need to reference youtube, generally involve someone talking and moving a bit slower. But regardless, here is their trendy disassembly.
GlobalRepairSolution gives excellent commentary and not so great camera angle.
As always, DirectFix delivers a great video.
If you are about to embark on an iPhone screen repair or anything involving a iPhone 4 replacement part, organization is key. It is not the most difficult device but the iPhone 4 repair can be a real pain if you mix up the screws. Here is a quick map of sorts we threw together. It is informal and all but it gets the job done. As you go through the iPhone 4 repair, remember to place the screws over the red dots. There are additional screws that will need to be removed for the glass and LCD to be removed but those are easy to identify for reassembly.
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How many times have you thought it would be a good idea to password protect your iPhone lock screen for security reasons, but then turned it off because putting in a passcode everytime is annoying? I’m one of those peoples. I don’t necessarily like the idea of anyone being able to get into my phone and mess around if I leave it sitting on the table unattended, but I also hate putting in a code everytime I want to use my phone. Now there seems to be a solution, but you have to be jailbroken to use it.
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Developer “Apocolipse” has developed a brilliant app that utilizes iPhone 4’s front facing camera to scan and recognize certain unique aspects of the users face, and allow or deny access based on the result. In short, the phone looks at you, and will unlock if it recognizes you. The app is called RecognizeMe and it is available in Cydia for $6.99.
The way the app works is pretty neat. Upon enabling RecognizeMe, you will also have to enable your password protection for your lock screen. When you unlock your phone, it will ask you for the password, but in the top right hand corner, there is a button to press for RecognizeMe. After you press that button, the front-facing camera will activate and you will see yourself on the screen. The program will analyze your face, looking for certain unique features, then once it verifies you, it will unlock the phone to the home screen.
In the application’s settings, there are options to train your face, which will take multiple pictures of your face to use for comparison, and options to adjust the seneitivity and detail the program is looking for. When I set the sensitivity too low, it let pretty much any face pass, but when I set it to the highest value, I couldn’t even get my own face to recognize. So, playing around with the picture sets and sensitivity for a while should get it to the point where it works seamlessly.
There are only a few cons I would give to this app. Its pretty hard to find the right level of sensitivity or tolerance in the facial recognition. First, you don’t want just anyone to gain access, that is the whole reason for installing this, however when you turn the sensitivity up, it A) takes longer to scan your face, and B) may not recognize your face at all. At that point you’d be better off quickly typing the password in. Once I played around with it for an hour or so, I got it to a point in which it was functional, and worth it.
Whether or not this app is perfect doesn’t matter. What is great about it is that it shows us something like this can be done. The process of facial recognition can only be refined from here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this ended up being a security feature on all phones in years to come.