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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by writhum, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. writhum

    writhum Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    There is a visible gap between the screen and keyboard on the lower left half portion of the phone. I know a good amount of people have complained about this. Anyway, the gap was pissing me off (you could feel it give when pressing down on the lower left of the screen) so I decided to try something:

    -Black electrical tape

    -3 small cut strips, applied on top of each other to where the lower left part of the screen meets the bottom half of the phone

    -Bridges the gap

    -When closed, the tape is almost invisible.

    ---The tape is less visible in person than it is in the picture...the flash brought out the tape a bit. The gap is gone, and when pressing on the bottom left part of the screen, there is no give. Easy fix, worked for me, hope this helps.

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  2. TheGr81

    TheGr81 Well-Known Member

    Does this by any chance make the screen a little harder to slide? Mine keeps coming open in my pocket.
  3. Kev50027

    Kev50027 Newbie

    I too would like a way to keep the screen from sliding open so easily in my pocket. I don't wear tight pants, but I often find the phone opened enough in my pocket that it turned on the screen.
  4. lemodular

    lemodular Well-Known Member

    will this mod void my warranty?
  5. Kev50027

    Kev50027 Newbie

    It's a piece of tape. If you have to bring it back in, just take off the tape if you're worried about them noticing and voiding your warranty. Electrical tape (the black kind) usually leaves no residue, so there would be no way for them to tell it was ever there.
  6. lemodular

    lemodular Well-Known Member

    .....I was kidding
  7. GrandMasterB

    GrandMasterB Go Go Gadget Flow!

    Thank God, lol. :D
  8. gcroberson

    gcroberson Member

    I'm not trying to be a d1ck...but are you serious? It's a piece of tape...take it off before you take it to VZ if you're that worried about it. Sorry I am not trying to be a jerk I just couldn't resist.

    Sorry...seems someone got to it before me. I am glad you were kidding BTW
  9. writhum

    writhum Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Even though I never had a problem with my phone sliding out easily, I do think this adds a little friction.
  10. dcorn

    dcorn Well-Known Member

    My entire screen was moving up and down and clicking, not just one corner. Took it back and got a new phone after 3 weeks. This one is solid after a week. Might try this mod anyway just to prevent the movement from happening in the future, plus I never open my phone so I won't see the tape.
  11. writhum

    writhum Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    My local verizon store is horrid in terms of customer relations. They refused to exchange my phone due to the screen instability. Now that I know i can dispute this, my 30 day period is up =(
  12. CatsTide

    CatsTide Android Expert

    ....i take back my f'in idiot thought...
  13. esmith818

    esmith818 Android Enthusiast

    Apparently it takes a sarcastic jackass like myself to see the sarcasm in your original post. :rolleyes:
  14. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

  15. lemodular

    lemodular Well-Known Member

    yes, I am cursed.

    back to the matter, those with loose screens, did you by any chance take off the thin plastic film behind the screen? There is a huge debate whether if that film should be taken off.
  16. writhum

    writhum Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I never took mine off
  17. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    mine is still on too.. i didn't even notice it was there for the first week or so.
  18. TheGr81

    TheGr81 Well-Known Member

    I took mine off. It is supposed to be off from what I can tell.
  19. marcfogel

    marcfogel Newbie

    Great idea. I may use a piece of Zagg or another screeen protector and cut to fit
  20. marcfogel

    marcfogel Newbie

    Also, while we are at it. We should probably tape the battery cover on :)

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  21. gonzoguy24

    gonzoguy24 Android Expert

    it doesnt matter your 30 days is up...you can still return bro
  22. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert

    Going to have to do this, too. The phone slides open a bit when it's in my pocket. It doesn't slide open enough to activate the screen or become a serious problem, but the annoyance is enough to throw a little piece of tape on there.

    I'm glad to hear it won't void my warranty, though!

    (^ Kidding disclaimer)
  23. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    I don't have this problem, but I just might have a better idea for those that do. While the tape may be a temporary fix, it will most definitely want to come off sooner or later, meanwhile leaving goo behind.

    What you may want to try is applying a few coats of clear fingernail polish*. Keep applying thin layers and letting it dry until you achieve just the right thickness. Sure it will wear off, then you just add some more. If you are neat about it, it will be practically invisible and surely less messy than when that tape peels off.

    * Caution: You would want to test just a small dab to make sure the fingernail polish you have won't chemically react to the DROID's plastic and melt it.
  24. holmgren

    holmgren Well-Known Member

    just did the electrical tape trick with some super 33 and it works AWESOME! I did it at both ends so it is super hard to open and so that the top doesnt wiggle. I dont ever use the keyboard so I dont really care.
  25. writhum

    writhum Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Good to hear this is working for some people!
    However, I ended up taking off the tape and purchasing the Seidio Innocase. It's a great case, I love it, and it got rid of the screen's wiggle.

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