iPhone Speck Clear Case

IMG_8726, originally uploaded by minhi.

I’m reviewing case options for my iPhone 2G rehab project. This is a Speck Crystal plastic case that i found at Marshalls for $7! I like the protection it provides, despite the lack of grip from the smooth finish.

It includes a holster that works as a stand (but only in portrait mode, in landscape it will tilt over).

The holster allows you to insert the phone with the screen facing in, which protects the screen if you’re wearing it on your hip or have it loose in your bag. The holster sits securely on your belt if you like that thing.
The case comes in two parts that clip together, the fit is great and the two parts come together securely. There are cut-outs for all the buttons and the dock connector but you do have to separate the case to remove the sim.
The back is completely clear and smooth. I’ve already put a number of micro-fine scratches in the back of the case. This is a minor annoyance to me, i know it’s a case but the scratches are really noticeable because it’s so clear and shiny.

In summary, great fit, looks good if you like the plastic aesthetic. It was cheap (obviously i got it on discount) and the holster is secure. It scratches easily which is the only big criticism that i can make of it.

For anyone looking for iPhone cases i saw quite a few at Marshalls for the iPhone 2G and 3G all for under $10.

iPhone Project Step 2!

IMG_8732, originally uploaded by minhi.

The next step of my iPhone project. I received the first set of parts, the new front glass works fine. It’s currently held in with electrical tape on the edges, i’m still looking for rubber cement that’s thin enough to glue down the glass. I’m also hesitant as the electrical tape is holding it in fine and it gives me the option of replacing the front glass easily if i break it again.

The antenna wire was replaced (it’s under the silver back, no pictures) it was a simple task a little tight with the connections but it uses a pin/socket connector so you just press them together. The gold sticker at the bottom is the antenna, there are two connections from the antenna wire, one for the cell radio and one for the wifi. It looks like a simple part (and only about $6) but that sticker (!) was the reason the phone was not picking up a signal, i now have 3-4 bars in good coverage areas. The second picture is with the antenna cover.

iPhone Project Step 1 Complete!

IMG_0086, originally uploaded by minhi.

My hints/notes/suggestions? Don’t do it! While this wasn’t rocket science it’s still a pain in the butt, and from the pictures you can see i used too much pressure in a few spots and now i have more dead pixels then before, well it wasn’t useable before and now it’s only mostly useable. I have to wait until the new glass arrives to see if i broken the digitizer.

Getting the old glass off is tedious as the entire thing is glued down, so removing it involves breaking little slivers of it off, it’s actually a little dangerous with all the bits of glass.  Take into account the time involved and it’s not worth doing unless you think of your time as free.  To put it in perspective a new digitizer + glass assembly is around $130 on ebay, just the lens is $10 but then you have to get the glass out.  You decide which makes more sense (i never claimed i always do what makes sense…)



IMG_0081, originally uploaded by minhi.

What have i got myself into, there’s a reason something is “free.”  So far i can tell that it needs a new front glass (it’s not worth replacing the glass + digitizer which is the right way but cost wise you might as well buy another 2g iphone).  The missing antenna cover, the missing antenna(!) and possibly the antenna wire.  At the moment the cell phone is not working, though it barely comes in and out so i’m hoping that’s due to the antenna issue.  The wifi does work if i hold it just so, using myself as a giant antenna :).  Getting it to accept ‘my’ sim card was the easiest part of this project.  

Surprisingly, even with all the cracks on the glass the touchscreen still works, and i tested Skype (to test the mic and speaker) and those are working too.  The headphone is no good though, i might just live with that since fixing it is a little too involved.