Refurbished iPods might break more easily

After performing a few iPod Touch (4th Generation) screen replacements recently, I’ve come to realize the refurbished models may often break more easily than factory-fresh units. This is only based on a small sample of new and refurbished models I’ve seen, but the reasons for refurbished models being of lower quality make me think it could be systemic.

The first few replacements I did, I noticed a few things out of place:

  1. The copper tape covering the rear-facing camera was ripped.
    1. If you’re in a hurry, this is easy to rip.
    2. This tape helps cut down on interference and improve Wi-Fi reception.
  2. The metal shield covering the rear-facing camera was gone.
    1. This appears to hold the rear-facing camera more steady than when it is not in place.
    2. Later, I discovered this piece is a bugger to get back on correctly, so I’m not surprised it got left out of a refurb by some hasty tech.
  3. The top bracket securing the touchscreen to the iPod body on the top side (by the camera) was gone.
    1. The seems to provide more stability for the touch screen when properly installed.
    2. As with the other small part, I found this was a bugger to deal with, and again could see it getting left out intentionally.

It was only after I did a replacement on a factory-fresh iPod that I realized all the missing pieces and the challenge of getting them reinstalled correctly. I did these repairs for family–there is no way I would try doing this to make money, as it is painstaking work.

Anyway, my point was supposed to be that even though the units work without these parts installed, I’ve found them to be less reliable (the Wi-Fi) and easier to break the touch screen the next time around (the mounting bracket.)


Excellent quick start for Meteor.js

Today I’m finishing the book “Discover Meteor,” and I couldn’t be more grateful and excited. By practical example, this book runs you through the paces of building a Meteor application. In my opinion, it does a great job of explaining what is going on and why. I’m using this week of vacation to get through a few new technical books and–hopefully–get a first beta of TreasureTeams built for demonstration.