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Today’s mobile devices are sleek, sophisticated, and all-capable. What they often aren’t, however, is durable. Whether or not you’ve invested in a protective case, smartphones and tablets are ultimately little more than delicate screens powered by fragile, intricate chips and processors. All it takes is a bad fall or a spilled drink to render an essential device little more than an expensive paperweight. Moreover, few warranties cover damage sustained in personal accidents, so if your phone needs replacing, the whole burden of an out-of-contract replacement may fall on you and you alone.
Don’t despair just yet. Many of the most common damages sustained by mobile devices can be repaired at home at a fraction of the cost of replacement or factory repair. Broken screen? A new digitizer (a fancy term for touchscreen) can be installed with a little patience and care. Cracked battery door? Simply slip a new one into place. Chipped or scratched housing? Undo a few screws and swap out the offending shell.
Depending on your device, these repairs can range from a quick swap out to a relatively time-intensive deconstruction, but none of them are out of the reach of anyone with a little ambition, particularly if cost is a big motivator. If you’re afraid the work might be too complicated, consider purchasing the part yourself and bringing it to a technician; the repair cost will still likely dwarf that of any work done at the OEM factory.
Don’t despair just yet. Many of the most common damages sustained by mobile devices can be repaired at home at a fraction of the cost of replacement or factory repair. Depending on your device, these repairs can range from a quick swap out to a relatively time-intensive deconstruction, but none of them are out of the reach of anyone with a little ambition, particularly if cost is a big motivator. If you’re afraid the work might be too complicated, consider purchasing the part yourself and bringing it to a technician; the repair cost will still likely dwarf that of any work done at the OEM factory.
Some of the most common do-it-yourself replacements are listed below:
- Cracked or Broken Digitizer: The digitizer (also known as the touchscreen or glass lens) is the medium through which we communicate with our touchscreen devices. Broadly speaking, digitizers work by converting analog signals to digital ones; touch screen digitizers recognize changes in their surface conditions, which, depending on the device, can include changes in light, pressure, or electrical current. If you're out of warranty and you've damaged your digitizer, you're one cost-effective option is to purchase a replacement. Replacement digitizers are affordable and can, for the ambitious, be installed at home, or taken to a professional. While a professional installation won't necessarily be cheap, it'll likely be significantly lower than what your device's manufacturer would charge for an out of warranty replacement.
- Damaged Housing: This one is pretty self-explanatory. Many of today’s most sought-after devices emphasize elegance and beauty. There are two downsides to this otherwise happy development: 1) That beauty often makes us want to show our phones off, and, in turn, skip out on protective cases. 2) The materials chosen for outer construction are, increasingly, highly susceptible to wear and tear. It may seem likely the only solution would be to simply replace your phone altogether, but thankfully that’s not the case. Replacement housings are often simple to install, provided you have the appropriate tools (which themselves often included with the replacement part). Depending on the device, replacement may be as simple as removing a few screws, or it may entail some vigorous prying. Either way, it beats shelling out for a new phone.
- Damaged or Lost Battery Doors: The battery door is a simple but essential component of most cell phones. Its function is straightforward: protect the battery from the elements while nonetheless allowing for easy removal and replacement. Because battery doors are removable, however, and because they cover much of the back of a phone, they can be particularly susceptible to damage and loss. Replacement is almost always incredibly simple: simply purchase a new door for your phone, and slide it into place.
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