A bit of DIY a customer had attempted. This was soon resolved with a complete rebuild into a new case.
He was lucky the circuit board wasn't damaged. The way the case has been separated from the screen via the bezel
normally results in circuit board damage around the antenna connection, especially if the phone is a 3G.
This damage usually requires careful soldering to regain antenna connectivity and hence signal.
Ever wondered why your home button has stopped working? Here is one of the key reasons: the bottom spring contact has dropped off the home button assembly. Well,
press the home button a few thousand times and the fatigue on the metal contact is too much for it.
Here is everybody's worst nightmare: a phone damaged by sea water. As you can see, both water sensors (red with black circles around them) are tripped and there is considerable damage
to Connectors 4 and 5. I also found the sound and power integrated circuits very badly corroded. In this instance, the phone
was a write off. Amazingly, the LCD and digitiser still worked in another phone! But let's look at some positive stories. Recently I have fixed two Blackberrys, a Samsung Galaxy S and an iPhone all with water damage. The iPhone had been in a toilet but with new techniques,
I fixed it.
Here is my latest project: an iPad holder with swinging arm. Took quite a bit of work but the results are great and I am very happy. At last I can watch TV
This is where the magic happens; left to right are shown my toolkit, magnifying lamp, microscope, digital multimeter and soldering iron (tip is 1/128"). The microscope is a
good investment and it allows me to do previously impossible soldering jobs. Typical repairs are Connector 3 on the iPhone, iPhone aerial issues and Blackberry charging block
replacements. I am sure there will be many more to come.