My poor old phone…

I have a 3-year-old Galaxy S8 phone that I’m replacing with a new Galaxy S20. It has seen better days. It’s been dropped a number of times and I had to replace the screen on it once. It’s always worked just fine. It was a good phone.

I have an Otterbox case on it and over the weekend I discovered that the case is the only thing holding the phone together. The battery is expanding inside the phone and pushing the phone apart. I also discovered that the back of the phone is cracked, probably from one of the drops before I got the Otterbox case.

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The battery is not designed to be user-replaceable. I just need it to last several more days until the S20 is released at the end of this week. I really don’t want to pay $80 to have the battery replaced.

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15 thoughts on “My poor old phone…”

  1. Be careful with it. Expanding is what lithium batteries do before they get to “rapid self-disassembly”, aka ‘explode’. I wouldn’t leave it in a car or anything, and charge it as little as you need to. Maybe keep it in an explosion-containment pie dish at night, just in case. Try to carry it somewhere you can get to it quickly in case it gets angry…

    • HP thinks that battery swelling is completely harrmless:

      “Swollen batteries should be replaced and disposed of properly for functional reasons but they do not present a safety issue. ”

      source is linked on my name

      (that said: everyone else, including me, thinks the same as you…)

  2. Galaxy S20? I thought we were on version 11…

    But also with everyone here. That thing is gonna blow soon.

    • They decided to switch to a year designation instead of just a number with the new one that would have been the S11 if they had kept the old naming scheme.

  3. Jon …. You are paying attention to the warnings above, right…???? Seriously! Fried fingers, hands, body, whatever, are not very productive bloggers!! πŸ™‚

  4. I still have my iPhone 3gs from 2009. Original battery still holds a good charge, original screen with no cracks. Can make calls, but that’s what my other phone is for… iPhone 4s from 2011, original battery, original screen no cracks, etc. Everyone laughs, but as long as they work, I don’t care.

    • ALOL. I will admit, I saw no sign of swollen batteries with that one. Unfortunately, I sold that phone for $10 at a garage sale. I regret the decision to do that.

    • I watched a video on how to replace the battery on my phone. It looked rather complicated, but I’m hoping I don’t have to do that. It just has to survive 3 more days!

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