My sad but heartwarming HTC one death and revival
I bought this phone exactly thirty days ago, and it has been a turbulent experience. A majority of my summer has had me using the remains of cellphones past as daily drivers, and it all started with an angry phone call.
Me and my girlfriend were having an argument whilst I was away on business. The call left me angry and frustrated and impeded my judgment, so much as to miss a step on the stairs to my hotel room. Now testament to the phones glass... It was unphased, but somewhere on the way back down the stairs, the aluminum was bent out of shape. Salt in the wound
I then spent the rest of my trip distracted and unable to follow up. Although my phone had an ottetbox commuter on, the soft corner where the power button lies was too bashed in to turn it on. For a few days I was solely able to accept calls, but after the battery died, I was unable to turn it on.
A few days later I decided I was going to give it the good old college try at rooting it and installing a sweep to wake kernel. Great plan, till I hit the brick wall of a soft brick.
I was so excited about my plan that I didn't realize when I went to flash a new Rom I didn't actually...press...flash,but proceeded to flash an aosp kernel.......
So till about two days ago I couldn't access recover or hboot, and having gone through an Xperia ion, HTC desire, aria, lumia 520 and an infuse, I thought I should try and send it in to repair.
HTC quoted 1200$....
For out of warranty repair that was Kinda riddiculous, so next place I looked? Ifixit and it's 1/10 rating.
I swore if eBay had parts someone had to know how to fix it.
So I decided to heat gun it and stab my guitar pick as deep into the bend from the fall down the stairs as I could.
And it creaked....
With fervor I ran upstairs in a daze and grabbed my heat gun and soon I could smell melting plastic. A few clicks later I had the entire motherboard bent at a 10 degree angle... Enough to find that there are clip points on the frame.
I pulled the back apart and disconnected as many cables as I could see without taking the phone completely apart. I learned I had broken my ribbon cable from the power button in the original incident.
But I got it to boot. I let the battery drain then leaned on the volume down button. The screen flickered to light, and I installed venom Rom.
I am now just waiting for a new frame, power button assembly and top speaker grille, but I would honestly say that I doubt I would give this phone a 1/10 repairability. The plastic siding is anything but mangled....except fir where it got dented of course, that parts effed. If you want close up shots or the case mount points I can find time after my next business trip to grab em... But I have my phone again... So I'm probably not gonna flashoholic till I get my power button in. Till then xda... It's not that hard to tear down
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