The Many Levels of Cell Phone Destruction

By July 6, 2016 December 6th, 2019 Blog

The Many Levels of Cell Phone Destruction

Cracked iPhone 5G Screen and LCD

Cracked iPhone 5G Screen and LCD

Smart phones are part of everyday life, which means they undergo everyday wear and tear.  Eventually a device will become damaged and will need a repair or a replacement.  Cell phone damage comes in three levels, surface wear, screen (LCD) wear, and housing wear.  Each level has different methods for repair, and varies in the degree in which they can be repaired before a full replacement is necessary.  It’s best to get phones repaired by professionals, like at iTech Cellular in New Jersey, to prolong the life and avoid a full replacement.

 

Surface Wear (Scuffed Housing/Scratched Glass)

Daily cell phone use can lead to wear and tear on the phone’s screen and housing, especially on unprotected phones.  Exposed housings can be scratched from handling and may even bend or crack over time. A bent frame on an iPhone 6 is very common, and iPhone screens are notorious for getting cracked after being dropped, but most still function well enough to continue using the phone.  Buttons may break or get stuck over time as well.  If you have gotten corrosion in the charging port from moisture or steam you may need to replace the charging port.

Most of these issues don’t greatly affect the overall function of the phone, but it’s good to get things repaired early, or add a protective case to avoid further damage.

 

Screen Wear (Cracked Glass/Broken LCD)

This phone has seen better days!

This phone has seen better days!

A cell phone’s screen, especially with so many models using a touch screen, deals with a lot of wear over time.  Screens are very fragile, and can have two components,  a glass outer layer and touch screen digitizer surface with an LCD screen below.  Screens are very prone to cracking, and many users without a tempered glass or case will eventually experience a crack, from a small drop, or a full on smash.

Screen damage can come with a variety of issues from a functioning cracked iPhone screen, to a cracked and not functioning iPad Air screen. With Samsung phones a large issue is the LCD screen cracks rendering the whole screen black for no apparent reason. It’s tough to see the crack in a Samsung Galaxy LCD screen when the glass isn’t broken, iPhone screens on the other hand tend to malfunction, resulting in ghost touching, touch not working, or colored bands or lines on the lit screen.

Many screens can be replaced and can save you from having to get a replacement phone.  It’s best to have these done at a reputable repair store. Parts are available online but with so many makes and models it’s best to spend your money on quality parts and service instead of estimated guessing and doing it yourself.

 

Housing Wear (Bent Housing/Frame)

This housing is BENT!

This housing is BENT!

Damage to the cell phone’s housing can seem like surface damage but can quickly lead to interior issues and even a cracked motherboard.  The metal casing of a cell phone stands up to everyday use, but things like sitting on it or bending it can lead to micro-cracks on the motherboard.  Over time this can cause software and daily use issues, and when the user tries to repair it, the opening of the housing can lead to the motherboard cracking, resulting in permanent damage.

With housing damage it’s best to take the phone to a repair shop before the damage is too far along.  Housings can be replaced but once the motherboard is damaged the repairs can be costly and may even be beyond repair, resulting in a full replacement.  If you’d like to schedule an iPhone or Samsung repair today, then visit us here and schedule your repair appointment today.