Introduction

Here we are with a broken, water damaged/bricked Samsung Galaxy S.

I've taken it apart before, so why not now.

Lets go!

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Samsung Galaxy S, use our service manual.

Image 1/1: Notice the bad lighting, dirty phone etc. just proves how hi-tec i am.
  • The phone itself!

  • Notice the bad lighting, dirty phone etc. just proves how hi-tec i am.

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  • Removing the boring stuff. Back cover, battery etc.

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Image 1/2: It shows 1500mAh, decent. Image 2/2: also the manufacturing date is shown.
  • The battery!

  • It shows 1500mAh, decent.

  • also the manufacturing date is shown.

  • I added a piece of sticky tack, to cover up the IMEI code, again showing how hi-tec i am!

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Image 1/2: But that's okay, i'm using this phone for spares anyways. Image 2/2: Sticky tack
  • This is the point of no return when it comes to warranty.

  • But that's okay, i'm using this phone for spares anyways.

  • Sticky tack

  • Screws, 7 to be exact!

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Image 1/2: Be extremely careful if you are using metal tools like i am. it will easily damage components if you accidentally jam it in. Image 2/2: And it's off!
  • Here comes the first tricky part. it's easiest to start right under the volume button, and work your way from there.

  • Be extremely careful if you are using metal tools like i am. it will easily damage components if you accidentally jam it in.

  • And it's off!

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Image 1/3: The back camera. Image 2/3: And the front facing camera Image 3/3: The speaker, actually quite large.
  • Lets see the innards of this thing.

  • The back camera.

  • And the front facing camera

  • The speaker, actually quite large.

  • Water detector on the plastic cover, as you can see, this is a water damaged phone. normally you would see a purple pattern.

  • Contacts, probably for antennas.

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Image 1/2: Vibration motor Image 2/2: Vibration motor
  • Better close ups of the components.

  • Vibration motor

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Image 1/3: Remember to lift the tab on me! Image 2/3: And it's off! Image 3/3: And it's off!
  • Taking off the speaker.

  • Remember to lift the tab on me!

  • And it's off!

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Image 1/3: Both the rear and front camera are a single component. Image 2/3: Lift the connector in picture 2 carefully! lots of components under it. Image 3/3: Lift the connector in picture 2 carefully! lots of components under it.
  • Now for the camera!

  • Both the rear and front camera are a single component.

  • Lift the connector in picture 2 carefully! lots of components under it.

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Image 1/2: Detach all (4) of these to get the motherboard out. Image 2/2: Done! (do not try to remove yet)
  • Now for the motherboard!

  • Detach all (4) of these to get the motherboard out.

  • Done! (do not try to remove yet)

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Image 1/2: Lift it carefully, making sure no connectors are stuck on. Especially the one marked red. Image 2/2: Lift it carefully, making sure no connectors are stuck on. Especially the one marked red.
  • Now detach the power button, its held down by a little bit of glue, not a big deal.

  • Lift it carefully, making sure no connectors are stuck on. Especially the one marked red.

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Image 1/2: Flash memory. Image 2/2: CPU running at 1Ghz, but can be overclocked.
  • Front/back

  • Flash memory.

  • CPU running at 1Ghz, but can be overclocked.

  • Volume buttons.

  • Ill add more specific specs when i get around to it.

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Image 1/3: And it's off. Image 2/3: Bad white balance, sorry! Image 3/3: Bad white balance, sorry!
  • Removing the cable for sim/sd card slot..

  • And it's off.

  • Bad white balance, sorry!

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Image 1/2: And the stuff underneath. Image 2/2: And the stuff underneath.
  • The simcard/sd card slot.

  • And the stuff underneath.

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  • Now for the metal Shielding on the back! again, more specs coming (hopefully) soon.

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Image 1/1: And a bad white balance..
  • Parts parts parts!

  • And a bad white balance..

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Image 1/3: There is a cool app "androsensor" that lets you access all the sensors in your phone! Image 2/3: This thing quite literally just pulls off. you can remove it without any special tools! Image 3/3: Be careful not to tug on the cables too hard! there is some glue, but it peels right off.
  • Now for the component that holds the headphone jack, earpiece and both proximity and light sensor.

  • There is a cool app "androsensor" that lets you access all the sensors in your phone!

  • This thing quite literally just pulls off. you can remove it without any special tools!

  • Be careful not to tug on the cables too hard! there is some glue, but it peels right off.

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Image 1/2: I couldn't get it off completely, but i can give you a good picture of what it looks, lets see.. Image 2/2: We seem to be connected together!
  • Now for the bottom portion, including the Mic, vibrating engine and the antenna board.

  • I couldn't get it off completely, but i can give you a good picture of what it looks, lets see..

  • We seem to be connected together!

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  • Disconnect, unplug, take off..

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  • Be extremely careful when taking off these little boards, they're on tight! and they like to bend around.

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Image 1/3: Can't go farther than this without a heat gun that I don't have. I tried removing the bezel, but with no luck. Image 2/3: That's about it! Thank you for reading, and please give me feedback! Image 3/3: This is my first teardown, and pictures were taken with a functional Galaxy s phone.
  • see that? the AMOLED display is actually transparent!

  • Can't go farther than this without a heat gun that I don't have. I tried removing the bezel, but with no luck.

  • That's about it! Thank you for reading, and please give me feedback!

  • This is my first teardown, and pictures were taken with a functional Galaxy s phone.

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valtteri

Member since: 11/18/2011

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I would like to replace just the front lens of the phone , cuz the old one got cracked, can you do a tutorial on that , do I have to teardown the hole phone to replace the front panel without the digitizer.

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Kasavin Drago - Reply

You have come a long way from this tear down to the ones done now!

Shreyas Bharadwaj - Reply

thank you. my son broke his Galaxy S sim card pins(third smart phone in five months!!!) and I am hoping to repair it myself with the help of your fix-it.Will let you know if I succeed.Margaret, April 2014.

margaret - Reply

Hi I dropped my phone and it the glasses shattered and totally shutdown when dead on me. Wondering any hope for repairs?

Nabikaly - Reply

What is the part number of the Bluetooth Chip here?Manufacturer?

Raul Piper - Reply

My phone has problem about on off

When it plug in to charger battery shows charging but it didn't on please tell the solution

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