Replace iPhone 3G for light leak?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thadoggfather, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. thadoggfather macrumors 603

    thadoggfather

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2007
    #1
    What do you think? Do it/don't?

    I don't have any issues otherwise and I know quite a few, if not most of them, have light leak. I know there are some that don't, for example my father's doesn't have it. But i'm wondering if it's worth replacing or not.

    I've already done a few swaps with 3G and I did a million with the first gen when I had the most intense electronic OCD.
     
  2. theDUB macrumors 6502a

    theDUB

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Location:
    SLT, CA
  3. eye.surgeon macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2007
    Location:
    California
    #3
    Does it make calls? If it does why don't you keep it.
     
  4. Lexoticstylez02 macrumors 6502a

    Lexoticstylez02

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Location:
    Orlando, Florida
    #4
    Go for it if it bothers you, it's a known defect.
     
  5. Untaken macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2009
    #5
    If everything else is perfect on your current iPhone then you would be making a big mistake. Light leakage has occurred on 100% of the iPhone 3G's I've inspected. However, it's possible if you replace it that you'll get more issues on top of that.
     
  6. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 603

    thadoggfather

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2007
    #7
    is there any way they'll test it in a dark room before giving me another potential light leak iphone?

    if not, i dunno if i want to take the gamble.
     
  7. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2008
    #8
    No son, Apple have not added a dark room for OCD customers such as yourself...although I begin to think they should.
     
  8. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 603

    thadoggfather

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2007
    #9
    So then maybe it's not worth the hassle and i'll just stick with mine
     
  9. Dr. Cabrera macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2008
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    #10
    every iphone 3g i've seen has some kind of light leakage ( its the rubber seal0

    IF everything else works just keep it. Its not worth the hassle of driving/waiting/arguing your cases/restorign your old iPhone... all just to get a phone that might have light leakage aswell


    try using your nail to "spread the rubber seal"
     
  10. uiop. macrumors 68020

    uiop.

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
    #11
    You can try it, but you risk looking like a complete fool depending on the genius you get.
     
  11. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

    acfusion29

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2007
    Location:
    Toronto
    #12
    When I had my black 16gb iPhone, it didn't have any lightleak whatsoever.

    My white one now has it, but I could care less to be honest.
     
  12. gumball981 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    #13
    I really don't think it's necessary. light leakage is so common that you risk getting another phone with the same problem. If everything else works fine there is no reason to get a new one.
     
  13. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

    Knowlege Bomb

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Location:
    Madison, WI
    #14
    The last two 3Gs I've had have been free of light leak because I simply asked to inspect the phone before accepting it. They're not going to tell you no. Trust me.
     
  14. Stiss macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2009
    Location:
    England
    #15
    how do i know if my iphone has light leakage, ive never noticed it on mine but then i don't know where it would occur!

    Help!
     
  15. uiop. macrumors 68020

    uiop.

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
    #16
    They let you open the boxes before you bought it? I'll have to be sure to do that for my next iPhone.

    I love your signature, btw.
     
  16. gibbz macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    May 31, 2007
    #17
    I've had mine replaced for light leak with no hassle.
     
  17. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    Location:
    5045 feet above sea level
    #18
    so you could care less? so you care now? lol just messin with ya
     
  18. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

    Knowlege Bomb

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Location:
    Madison, WI
    #19

    Well they always replace with refurbs so they're coming in the white boxes. No accessories/cables/anything, just the phone. If you inspect it and find something wrong with it, it gets marked to be sent back for refurbishing right along with the one you brought in with you.

    The first time I did this I weeded out four of their defective phones before finding one I was satisfied with.

    Thanks. I've kind of eased back on the sarcasm. I should probably get around to changing it.
     
  19. Stiss macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2009
    Location:
    England
    #20
    Got my replacement iPhone from Apple on friday, as the case cracked.

    I've just been inspecting it now, its the first time i've had cause of a busy weekend, and low and behold theres a light leak, top to bottom on the left hand side.

    Looks like im making another trip to the Apple store!
     
  20. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    Location:
    5045 feet above sea level
    #21
    seriosuly? do you not value your time more than that?

    light leak doesnt even show unless in a way dark room with brihtness all the way up
     
  21. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

    Knowlege Bomb

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Location:
    Madison, WI
    #22
    Not always the case. My last light leak was so serious I could actually see into the phone through the gap.
     
  22. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    Location:
    5045 feet above sea level
    #23
    ok my point is there are always defects if you look hard enough
     
  23. Stiss macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2009
    Location:
    England
    #24
    Thats what mines like, i'm here in a well lit room, curtains open light on and i can see two leaks down the left hand side, when i go under my duvet :p i the whole side lights up like a christmas tree
     
  24. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    Location:
    5045 feet above sea level
    #25
    lol how did you not notice that when they gave you it last time while still in the store? surely you were specifically looking for any defects right?
     

Share This Page