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Samsung Galaxy S II water damage indicator

Is there any way I can check my Samsung Galaxy S II's water damage indicator myself?

Most Useful Answer matt101101  Jun. 18, 2012 at 15:56

This is a picture of my S2, no square...odd.

http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/5755/dscn2962b.jpg

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matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 15:35

Not without opening the case and therefore voiding the warranty anyway. Lose, lose situation I'm afraid.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 15:44

Matt o_O

http://support.t-mobile.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/102-3367-9-2589/254-384/a4.jpg

Red square = you're f*cked. No red square.... you get it? :p

http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-3367

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 15:49

I'm sure my S2 doesn't have a square there...

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 15:55

I'm sure my S2 doesn't have a square there...
I just peeked at my colleague's O2 branded one - that has a little white square. Could be a network thing?

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 15:56

This is a picture of my S2, no square...odd.

http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/5755/dscn2962b.jpg

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 15:58

Just realised something, that picture you posted isn't of an S2.

EDIT: Scratch that, it is an S2, but it's the T-Mobile US version with a Qualcomm processor and a different size screen. Basically an entirely different phone to the GT-i9100 we have over here.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 15:59

This is a picture of my S2, no square...odd.

http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/5755/dscn2962b.jpg


Obviously, yours is a cheap Chinese copy :p

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 16:02

Just realised something, that picture you posted isn't of an S2.

How odd. Seems you're right. Yet it's from the SGS2 support page. And XDA describe the same sticker. But Sim and SD slot are all wrong.
Nevertheless, I've seen it. Maybe a tad bigger. White quare. No writing on it.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 16:11

Yeah, I bought my S2 from DealExtreme.com, not the O2 shop in Loughborough :p.

Maybe it's an age thing, my S2 is from the very first production batch, it was such a new to the market device that O2 hadn't had time to SIM lock it even though it was a PAYG purchase. Maybe the user viewable water damage sticker is a feature of an updated production process. Probably makes Samsung's repair technician's jobs easier too, as they don't have to spend time taking the phone apart before they can see if it's water damaged or not.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 16:12

Do you know when your colleague got her/his S2?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 16:18

Do you know when your colleague got her/his S2?

She got the SGS2 only last month.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 16:22

Could explain it then, as the US Galaxy S2s didn't come out until sometime last Autumn, the i9100 had already been for sale if the UK for months before that.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 16:25

Not on this teardown... Oh the mystery :p

http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/6991/samsunggalaxysiiteardow.jpg

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 16:26

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 16:43

Not one here either (this is the reference video I have bookmarked for repairs I may need to do to my S2):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65pvAINg2ME&feature=related (00:51 for a clear view).

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 16:56

Just asked in CPW next door - manager there reckons it's a branding/network 'extra...
Some batches he saw only had the hidden ones, while others have the one in the battery compartment.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 16:59

How do you get any work done next door to a CPW :p? Well, at least that's cleared up then, it's basically a case of "some do, some don't". Sounds about as sensible as most things in the world of smartphones.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 17:01

How do you get any work done next door to a CPW :p? Well, at least that's cleared up then, it's basically a case of "some do, some don't". Sounds about as sensible as most things in the world of smartphones.
Yeah hahaha well, you can buy the stickers.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 17:04

Why on earth would you want to buy the stickers? I'm not big on helping companies wriggle out of their warranty duties...

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 17:13

LOL yeah, well... apparently some folks want to keep an eye on it - they work outdoors...
What do I know? :p (ask Treab - he's a wetting** expert)




** sorry - wedding ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 18, 2012 at 17:21

Not sure the S2 is the phone for you if you work in the great outdoors, I think a Nokia 3310 would be much better ;).

angela778  Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:05

argg .-. my samsung galaxy S2 got wet while i was working yesterday. It was only in the water for about 5 seconds before i pulled it out. i turned it on and it was working fine. i should have taken it aprt tho i know that now -.- i turned it off today and it won't turn back on. someone sugested that drying it in a chinese container full of white rice would help it dry and it did....until the batry went flat and now it won't turn on or charge. . is there anything i can do to fix it? how do i know if its the batry thats f**king up or the phone?

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2013 at 21:00

Try the phone with another battery or the battery with another phone?
This won't help much, but the Samsung Galaxy Camera uses the same battery - Samsung EB-F1A2GBU

Also: if the phone fried your battery, there's a chance the next one you insert will fare similarly...

Emaile  Apr. 12, 2013 at 20:21

argg .-. my samsung galaxy S2 got wet while i was working yesterday. It was only in the water for about 5 seconds before i pulled it out. i turned it on and it was working fine. i should have taken it aprt tho i know that now -.- i turned it off today and it won't turn back on. someone sugested that drying it in a chinese container full of white rice would help it dry and it did....until the batry went flat and now it won't turn on or charge. . is there anything i can do to fix it? how do i know if its the batry thats f**king up or the phone?

The battery needs to be dried too, as it is an intricate electronic device.. It may be too late but stick the battery in rice for 24 hours and put it in a warm (not hot) place. Perhaps it is shorted out internally. There is a good chance it is just the battery. It is also possible that it is the phone charging circuit, or that the phone is not completely dry. To be sure, take the phone apart as much as you can again and dry it again in rice or 24 hours along with the battery. if none of that helps, I would try a new battery. In any event, regarding your last statement about f..g.. it is neither the phone nor the battery, but you!! :) I suggest getting a waterproof smartphone case (kind of like ziplock bag on steroids) if you suspect you will be using the phone in wet conditions. These smartphones cannot take much.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 12, 2013 at 21:49

sound advice, Emaile ;)

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