Well, they finally did it. They killed my ****ing car (Droid).
January 12, 2011 8:18 AM Subscribe
Help! My beloved Droid's screen is blank after a fall, and I need last-ditch repair / replacement ideas.
posted by Tehhund to technology (3 answers total)
My poor original Droid has suffered more than its share of falls. This time, it fell from about waist height onto a hard tile floor, landed flat on its screen, and the battery popped out. I can't see any new physical damage (there's a crack that has been there for months and hasn't caused problems). When I power on my phone now, the backlight comes on dimly and the lighted icons (back, menu, hone, search) at the bottom of the screen light up, but the screen itself is completely blank. When I get an email the phone makes the usual sound and its indicator light flashes. So:
1) I realize it sounds like my phone is bricked. But I always try to fix these things first. What are my last-ditch options for attempting a fix? Can Verizon help me? I have tried removing the battery for a long period of time and then booting, and I've tried booting without the SD card installed.
2) Unfortunately, Verizon's 4G phones aren't out yet, so I'd really rather not buy an expensive phone now - I live and work in an area that should get some 4G coverage so if I'm going to upgrade, I'm going to wait for 4G. What are your thoughts on a temporary solution that either a) allows me to do maps, web browsing, and apps better than a Blackberry or b) saves me money? I have a work phone that I can forward my calls to, but it's a Blackberry and really doesn't do any of the smarphone-y things that I want. Can I get a beater used smartphone for $100? Everything on eBay seems to be going for $250+. Or are there other, more creative options that I'm missing?