Who wants to use there iPad to control a helicopter? Certainly not me! I have noticed over recent years technology is advancing at a strange pace and there are so many areas you can waste your money on tech. Imagine spending £100 of your hard earned cash on a helicopter only to crash it on your first flight and then its for the bin…well thats not for me thank you very much. However there are clearly many people who do want helicopters or model helicopter companies would not exist. Some claim to supply all spare parts so if you crash it you can fix it but i do remain un persuaded. However feel free to prove me wrong, if you have had a positive experience with a rc helicopter please let me know.
When it comes to buying a mobile phone many people do not think about what it might be like if you have to repair it. However if one day you drop your phone and smash the screen then suddenly you need to start thinking about how much it will cost, if you can do it your self or if you need to send it off to a repair company. Today we are going to look at the Google Nexus 5 mobile phone and the Apple iPhone 5.
Both phones feature a screen which is bonded to the LCD, this unfortunately makes the repair very expensive as you can not replace just the external screen, but also makes them very easy to repair because you do not need to worry about getting dust or finger prints under the screen – you are simply swapping out the complete unit.
In regards to changing the screen, the iPhone 5 is the easiest to replace as you just need to remove two screws from the base of the phone and the screen lifts out. With the Nexus 5 you need to remove the rear case, circuit board, battery and then melt the glue which holds the screen to the frame.
There are many video guides online to help you through a repair process but with many UK iPhone repairs and nexus repairs companies offering the service cheaply and within 24 hours one must really wonder if its worth the time and potential of further damage to your device.
Most of us will at some point dropped our phone in water, on the pavement or scratched the screen or casing. It’s so easy to damage a mobile phone because it travels everywhere with you and spends so much time in your pocket or in your hand.
The Nexus 5 is a lot more ‘repair friendly’ than the Nexus 4 and you should be able to fix a lot of the problems yourself using ‘how to’ guides or simple ‘how to’ videos. Before you try and take out any repairs yourself or use a third party remember these repairs will more than likely void your warranty.
Here are some simple tips for repairing a Nexus 5;
The glass, digitizer and LCD are all connected together so the entire thing will need replacing, not just the glass.
Here is a simple step by step guide for replacing the front screen:
1. Turn the phone off and remove the SIM.
2. Open the case using a small screwdriver, plectrum or a tool specially designed for the job, then use the clips on the back cover to release it, allowing you to remove it completely.
3. Use a small screwdriver to take out the six screws, taking care not to strip them.
4. Remove rear plastic housing.
5. Transfer over the battery and the motherboard to your new screen then attach the new screen following the previous steps in reverse order.
If your new Nexus 5 Screen has come with all the small parts attached, the above instructions will apply. However if all the small parts are not attached you will need to follow a much more complex set of instructions. Here are some simple how to videos to help you;
The way you deal with water damage on the majority of phones is the same. If you’ve exposed your Nexus 5 to a splash of water or worse – dropped it in the bath – you’ll want to turn it off as quickly as possible. You then need to use a soft cloth to get as much water off it as possible. Then use a cotton bud to absorb water that has gone into headphone jacks etc and remove the back of the phone. The battery should have a water exposure indicator on it – remove the battery and keep it safe if it has not been damaged by the water and place it separately next to the phone in the next step if it has received damage. The next step is placing both parts (or just one depending on battery damage) in a bag full of dry rice for a few days. After they have thoroughly dried out you’ll want to reattach the battery and try to turn the device on. If it does not turn on you will then want to seek professional help from a nexus 4 repairs company.
If you have broken and repaired your Nexus 5 we want to hear from you and to see you photographs and videos, please get in contact and we would be happy to share them on our blog.