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    Default Used HTC One with a bad battery - worth it?

    Currently bidding on a cheap used HTC One listed as having unusually short battery life. It's from a reputable seller (same people I got my keyboard defective Q10 from) so I expect they'd have done a fairly thorough inspection to discount user error.

    Now, replacement battery on etradesupply is under $20 before shipping. I can completely strip down my Q10 and have it back running again in under half an hour, but ifixit has the One on the opposite end of the repairability scale, and I'll be honest: it looks pretty daunting.

    So what I want to know: is the HTC One worth the hassle? I'm not looking to spend a lot of money, but actually enjoy tearing apart and fixing phones(and this just looks like a final boss levelled version of what I've already done). If I can get it and the replacement parts on the cheap, is it worth it?
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    Default Re: Used HTC One with a bad battery - worth it?

    How much is it going for?

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    Default Re: Used HTC One with a bad battery - worth it?

    I'll let you know. It's only at $2.50 now but there's still two days left for bidding. My Q10 was under $50 until the last few hours when it shot up to $150.
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    I'll let you know. It's only at $2.50 now but there's still two days left for bidding. My Q10 was under $50 until the last few hours when it shot up to $150.
    I just looked at a Teardown guide and the One has a 1 out of 10 for repairability. You'll need a few tools to replace it, including an i opener, metal spudger, Phillips #00 screwdriver, plastic opening tools, a small suction cup and tweezers. That said, it can be done.

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    Here's the guide:



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    Quote Originally Posted by TechNashville View Post
    I just looked at a Teardown guide and the One has a 1 out of 10 for repairability. You'll need a few tools to replace it, including an i opener, metal spudger, Phillips #00 screwdriver, plastic opening tools, a small suction cup and tweezers. That said, it can be done.

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    The only things I'm missing are the suction cup and spudgers, which I've already got on order. I've read that a thin, flat putty knife could be helpful too. Kinda want to pop open an iPhone 5 some day too, and that could come in handy.

    Truth be told, I'll probably do it if I can get the phone inexpensively enough.
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    Heck man. Give it a try. Why not?
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    Default Re: Used HTC One with a bad battery - worth it?

    Oh, I don't have an iOpener, that is clever. I just have a heat gun...

    I wonder if any old heated beanbag would work. You can make those super easily, and I've already been planning on doing some up for household use anyways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baconwich View Post
    Oh, I don't have an iOpener, that is clever. I just have a heat gun...

    I wonder if any old heated beanbag would work. You can make those super easily, and I've already been planning on doing some up for household use anyways.
    I bet it probably would. I think the advantage to this thing is that it heats more uniformly than something like a heat gun. Right?
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    You need this tool:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Elliott View Post
    You need this tool:
    I might actually have one of those lying around...
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    Default Re: Used HTC One with a bad battery - worth it?

    13 hours to go, looks like it's jumped to ~$150. I'll have to try again later when I'm a bit richer.
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    Default Re: Used HTC One with a bad battery - worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baconwich View Post
    I'll let you know. It's only at $2.50 now but there's still two days left for bidding. My Q10 was under $50 until the last few hours when it shot up to $150.
    For that price, why not? I am not the best person to repair a phone, but for that price I would probably give it a shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by likeag8 View Post
    For that price, why not? I am not the best person to repair a phone, but for that price I would probably give it a shot.
    Final selling price: $233.50. Looks like I'm not the only one who thinks the thing might actually be repairable. Hope the buyer knows what they're getting into. =P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baconwich View Post
    Final selling price: $233.50. Looks like I'm not the only one who thinks the thing might actually be repairable. Hope the buyer knows what they're getting into. =P
    at that price I'd almost settle for a lightly used one from ebay. I believe that they go for around $300 there.

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