Repair or Replace my HTC One.
I’ve started to get bored with my barely-able-to-do-anything backup phone, having not been able to use my HTC One M7 for a number of months now. The top few cm of the touchscreen didn’t work, battery lasted under an hour and was tempermental, and the main camera had melted so barely worked and tinted everything purple. It wasn’t something I could rely on at the best of times, let alone when it wasn’t plugged in, and recently I’ve been working long days not at home. Thankfully the phone that struggles with literally anything else if it’s also playing a song on Spotify (including changing the song, it can’t always manage that) can last a good couple of days per charge. That’s probably because it’s doing next to nothing, though.
The phone has now been thoroughly broken as a result of an accident involving cats and the corrosive liquid that sometimes comes out of them. There has been corrosion around the top and especially bottom which has popped one of the face plates off, and caused the charging port to be pushed out of line with the hole. Until the screen, camera, and battery broke, the phone was very good and kept me going for a good few years. It could handle anything I threw at it, including (and especially) Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. My current phone genuinely struggles with making phone calls.
I can replace it, with a brand new phone, for £100.
New HTC One eBay
Screen assembly: £18
HTC One Screen Assembly
HTC One Battery
HTC One Camera
This manages it in 15 minutes to demonstrate, but has lots of bits edited out. Assume an hour at least, that’s £20 of lost earnings.
How to fix HTC One Video
Since the state of the motherboard isn’t perfect, having been peed on, and since the case isn’t in a great state either, spending more than half the cost of a brand new phone with a 6 month guarantee on something that might not even work, and relies on my fine motor skills doesn’t sound like the best of ideas. I’m far too busy right now to sort out getting a new phone and setting it up with all the apps I’ll be able to use again, so I’m going to wait until after the new year, when things get a bit quieter (yeah, right, I’ll believe that when it happens). Then I should have a shiny new phone, and I’ll be a bit more careful with it than I was my original HTC One… maybe.
PS: If you’re wondering what happened to my “Morning Person” posts, well, the last one mentions me failing, and it looks like I have. I’m trying something else involving a string of alarms, which is also why I thought I’d see whether there was any life left in the HTC One. I got up early today, and wrote this, so I’m not doing too badly.