Friday, June 8, 2012

NTT Docomo water damage checks are thorough

Remember the SC-04D Galaxy Nexus that was sent in for repair? There was a concern that the owner would be given a different handset because of the lack of parts. Well, the phone is back and the results are in. The phone is not being repaired, and the owner is not receiving a new device.

Water damage.

Turns out that water got into the the USB connector and fried it. There have been concerns in the past that the typical moisture indicators are too sensitive, and people have tried to fool the makers by tampering with the indicators.

Well, indicators are irrelevant with the phone is returned to you with photomicrographs documenting the damage. Runners be warned; sweat and open USB ports are not a good combination. The former owner of this phone is now using a water-resistant galapagos smartphone.

For comparison, here are photomicrographs that I took of a broken iPod Touch. It stopped charging about 3 months out of warranty. The connector below is comparatively clean. When I get a chance, I'll update this post with my own photos of the Galaxy Nexus, which is still usable with a dock, by the way.

Broken iPod Touch connector port.

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