Can I fix this, or do I need to suck it up and get a new phone?
September 16, 2013 9:37 AM Subscribe
I've had my phone (a Samsung Galaxy S Blaze) for about a year and a half, and it is no longer under warranty. Recently, it has developed two problems relating to aspects of the hardware. I need to determine if I (a person with little to no experience with fixing electronics) can fix these problems inexpensively, or if I should just bite the bullet and buy a new phone. (I'm a student, so buying a new phone after less than two years is not something that makes my wallet happy.)
posted by ocherdraco to technology (5 answers total)
Problem one: the external speaker stopped working suddenly. In other words, the speaker used for speakerphone, playing audio, or for the phone's ringer and notification tones, is out of commission. (The speaker used during phone calls that are not on speakerphone still works.)
Problem two: I use headphones with my phone constantly (even more so now that the external speaker is broken). Within the past couple days, the headphone jack on my phone is working only erratically, and seems to have started damaging any headphones I plug into it. When I get any sound at all, it's only the right channel, and often the phone seems to flip back and forth rapidly between thinking the jack is in use or empty. Any headphones I use in the jack will, after a small amount of use in the jack, only transmit through the right channel.
Is it worth trying to fix these (and is it even possible for someone with no experience in this stuff), or am I better off jumping ship?