Tuesday was a sad day indeed, for that was the day that my Nexus 4 was broken. I was out walking the dogs with the phone in my pocket. I don’t think that there was anything else in my pocket. When I returned home I noticed that the back of the phone was literally shattered.
The phone was in a bumper but not otherwise protected. I suppose it’s possible that something struck my pocket, possibly the one of the dogs leashes. We use the fairly common retractable leashes that have a hard plastic handle.
The damage is only the glass back of the phone. Initially it was limited to the area just around the the slot where the speaker is located. Over time the cracks spread across most of the back of the phone.
I did a little Googling around to see if this was commonplace, and scope out possible solutions. I know that Karl Fife had to perform a repair on his Nexus 4.
I discovered a thread over at Nexus 4 Forum where a number of people were sharing their experience with this kind of breakage. It seems that LG will repair the phone. It’s an out-of-warranty repair and costs around $150.
Others have elected to try different things, most typically adding some kind of protective skin to the back. Some people report good results with a vinyl skin from dbrand.
I had a Techskin carbon fiber kit for my old G2. I didn’t really like how it fit that phone. The handset was all curvy so the Techskin fit poorly. Actually, it fit well enough but I thought that it would peel away from the curved edges of the handset.
Since the Nexus 4 is already in a bumper I’ll probably just apply the carbon fiber skin to the back as a means to hold it together. It’s a simple, flat plane. The bumper will protect the edge of the Techskin.
I actually carry T-Mobile’s insurance on the phone. Just for kicks I should check and see what they might do about it. Somehow I don’t expect much, but perhaps they might surprise me?
I’ll post a picture once the Techskin kit arrives later in the week.