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Fix for build quality issues.

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By timeToy, Senior Member on 25th April 2013, 06:04 PM
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I just received my HTC One developer edition, and like others, there are some build quality issues, most notably the screen is not lined up with the rest of the front of the phone (ie, you can feel the screen glass grabbing your finger when you swipe down to pull the notifications panel)

It was not too bad of an issue when comparing to others from YouTube, also I bought the phone from HTC, so there is no way for me to exchange it at AT&T.

So I decided to fix it.

- Heat up the screen with a heat gun on low or a hair dryer on high. Make sure you keep on moving the heat source in figure 8 and keep the heat source around 10 inches away from the screen. Do this for around 5 minutes, the phone needs to be hot, uncomfortable to hold, but still you should be able to hold it with your bare hands.
- Protect the screen and back of the phone. Clamp the top of the screen. Wait for the phone to cool. Release the clamps.

This worked wonderfully for me, the screen is now flush with the body, I can't feel it when I run my finger on the edge between the screen and the body.

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26th April 2013, 01:42 AM |#2  
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I'm going to have to try this--I didn't want to send my phone back to AT&T because that would be a hassle but at the same time I really hated how i could feel the little lip every time I pulled down the notification shade.
26th April 2013, 02:02 AM |#3  
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Thank god I don't have this issue, this is way too crazy of a fix for me O_O
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26th April 2013, 02:15 AM |#4  
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Good fix thanks for posting. This is what ifixit actually does to remove the screen. Hot air melts the glue so you can take off the screen or adjust it.

A sidenote: If you heat the phone up too much the battery degrades so be careful.
26th April 2013, 03:38 AM |#5  
Too bad there wasn't an easy fix like yours to my dev edition defect. No way to solve bleed issues apart from sending it back for a replacement.

Good for you. Self-help never hurts. Cheers!

26th April 2013, 03:44 AM |#6  
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This isn't a fix for all build quality issues.. one fix for the gap inbetween bezel and speaker grills is put a TPU case on it. It will squeeze it together and make the gap go away.

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26th April 2013, 05:02 AM |#7  
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well im on my second one right now you can feel the screen glass grabbing your finger when you swipe down to pull the notifications panel on both of them i don't even know if i should exchange again, but it feel like the screen is about to cut my finger, when swiping down its really anoying
26th April 2013, 05:06 AM |#8  
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I take it hose clamps are pretty strong? seems like they'd have to be to squish that glass back down. Dont know if my walmart plastic clamp kit will do it Thanks for sharing
26th April 2013, 06:08 AM |#9  
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...This is a rather extreme fix.
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26th April 2013, 08:36 AM |#10  
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i just pressed mine in really hard with my hands
26th April 2013, 11:12 AM |#11  
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This is similar to how we fixed the early Nexus 7s. Asus had issues with the left hand side of the screen being proud of the bezel. The fix was to warm the periphery of the screen to re-soften the adhesive and then place heavy books on the screen and leave for a few hours... worked a treat.

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