My boy was beside himself 2 days ago - he has a OnePlus 3T phone (purchased new for $250 from Aliexpress) and it stopped taking charge, and the mike failed... turns out he'd dropped it. He was despondent, and was trying to work out how he'd pay for a replacement... we found videos of disassembling that phone model, got our our $10 spudger kit, and got to work. In 5 min, we had the case off. Saw that the drop had cause a wee connector to pop off. Pushed it back on. Phone works as new. Boy elated.
@alpinefolk yes. Very satisfying. And we need people to get over that pervasive feeling of learnt helplessness that's increasingly prevalent when face with any tech-related problems or even home repairs... I'm lucky that my dad always seemed to know how to fix everything that broke. Perhaps that's what convinced me I could do it, too.
@lightweight Absolutely agree with the feeling of helplessness. Of course we have been trained to have those beliefs.
I really hate the attitude of 'ah it's only x dollars to buy a new one'. Some of the most satisfying items I've fixed are only worth $10 or so.
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