are refurbished droids risky??


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  1. russlia1

    russlia1 Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    so verizon is sending me a refurbished droid. should I keep it or send it back. do you think since it went through there '100' poitn check test thing its safe or do you think it will crfap out again ha. thanks in advance
     

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  2. gonzoguy24

    gonzoguy24 Well-Known Member

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    No. Not at all. Keep it. If anything a refurb is better than a new one because it has been inspected more vigorously. Most times these "refurbs" they send out are actually brand spankin new.
     
  3. Hegemony

    Hegemony Well-Known Member

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    You don't really have a choice anyway. I assume you're getting a replacement. They will only send refurbs.
     
  4. carfixer420

    carfixer420 Member

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    my first droid just went blank and the lights stayed on out of no where. i removed and installed battery and it was completely dead wouldnt do anything, it had no mods whatsoever. i got a replacement from verizon, modded it and beat the crap out of it and have had no issues. knock on wood!
     
  5. bigdroid

    bigdroid Well-Known Member

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    Refurbs are ok and are just as good if not better than new. :)
     
  6. QrafTee

    QrafTee Well-Known Member

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    I don't like refurbed touch screens... too risky, but if Verizon and your insurance (if applicable) can back it up then it's all good.
     
  7. pkpmoa1536

    pkpmoa1536 Well-Known Member

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    I, personally am a hugh fan of refurbs. My ipod, 42-inch TV, DVD player are all refurbs. I had a Blackberry 8700 a couple years ago that was refurbished, and haven't had a single problem with any of them. That's just one person's experience, but I've not had a single problem personally.
     
  8. tebower

    tebower Well-Known Member

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    No.
     
  9. Tim K

    Tim K Well-Known Member Contributor

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    From someone who just got 2 refurbs....no.

    First refurb was fedexed to me. Had a non-functioning proximity sensor. As soon as a call was placed the screen would go black and could only be activated by opening the slider (and sometimes not at all without a battery pull).

    Had to take that one to the store....when the tech swapped in another refurb and activated it, he found out it had a busted speaker.

    #3 SEEMED to be ok. Just noticed that there are 3 chips in the case, and the trim ring around the phone is loose. Argh.

    I'll let you know about #4.
    So, no, refurbs aren't that closely inspected and are just as likely to be bad as new ones.
     
  10. yasuro

    yasuro Active Member

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    my wife went through 3 refurbs. all had various problems. the latest had a dead camera. i don't know what's in the 100 pt inspection, but you'd think they'd at least turn on the camera.
     
  11. AndroidsOfTara

    AndroidsOfTara Well-Known Member

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    I also think refurbs are generally fine. My wife bought a refurbed Mac PowerBook directly from Apple in 2006 and has had zero issues with the machine.

    I think Motorola has some serious quality control issues.

    My first droid had frequent random reboots and shutdowns. It also had the issue of a line of bright light appearing on the screen directly above the capacitive buttons. This could be seen at *normal* viewing angles.

    My second droid came in a white refurb box without battery or battery cover. The screen on this Droid is perfect and the phone itself functions perfectly. However, the keyboard part of the phone is very slightly warped and will wobble back and forth if touched while on a desk. I considered taking it back to appease my extreme phone OCD, but didn't want to risk getting an inferior screen or dealing with other issues.

    The first Droid my wife had started shutting down and rebooting on the second day she had it. She had it replaced and the new one seems fine. The first one also had capacitive button light that could be seen at normal viewing angles. The new one is much better, but not as good as mine.
     
  12. G.Armour

    G.Armour You know you want to. VIP Member

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    I got a refurbished Droid and it works perfectly.
     
  13. Phases

    Phases Community Manager Administrator

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    Refurb > New ..in my personal experiences.
     
  14. Tim K

    Tim K Well-Known Member Contributor

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    While in my usual experience there is nothing wrong with refurbs, clearly whoever is certifying Motorola Droids is not doing a good job. Perhaps the problem is that Verizon doesn't provide much guidance as to what was wrong with the original? They just stick it in a box and send it back as far as I can tell. Unless maybe there is something in the system??? Though I doubt that info is provided to whoever is doing the refurbs and being matched with the units.
     
  15. monsterenergy22

    monsterenergy22 Well-Known Member

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    I've always had problems with refurbished phones in general, mainly from LG though. Can't say anything about Motorola yet.
     
  16. Fabolous

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    My first Droid was perfect for a month, but then the headphone jack got loose. I got a "refurbished" unit in December, and it's been flawless since (even a strong overclocker, heh).

    Anyways, if it's been 30 days, you've got no choice but a refurb. Not so sure if they are actually refurb units yet, or if they're still new. Mine was new. If you have a sticker in your battery compartment, then it's a refurb.

    Either way, there'll be bad ones and good ones. Just gotta keep your fingers crossed, I guess.
     
  17. Coogi

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    I am on my 4th phone. first one was fine, nothing wrong with it, except for the loose 3.5mm headjack, then second one, the speaker when talking was dead, so I had to have it on speakerphone, then the third one was crackling, and paint was chipped off it when I got it, and speaker grill was dented in.

    Finally got this one, which is okay, back to like the first one, so. Eh, I will live with the phone now.
     
  18. Meticode

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    Keep the refurb. I recently exchanged my Droid for a refurb'd one because my brand new one had a problem reading files of the SDcard. And the SDcard wasn't the problem. Got the refurb'd one and it works perfect.
     
  19. itype2slo

    itype2slo Well-Known Member

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    Unless anyone has any scientific proof to prove that a new phone is any better than a refurb then how would you or anyone else know the difference. In the case of the Droid, it seems like people have better luck with refurbs, but I am guessing that if you looked at statistics you would find that there is a pretty even number of refurbs versus new phones that have issues.
     
  20. evilquik

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    My first droid went lame after about a week, it would get really weird after plugging it in my PC. The replacement was a brand new unit, it has worked great. Although the few times I have connected it to my PC it has acted different. So I just don't connect it to my PC. I think there might be issues with the phone when connecting it to a PC.
     

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