The second part of this Used iPhone Buying Guide, we are going to expand the checklist with a couple of other iPhone hardware tests and performance measures. This checklist includes iPhone screen dead pixel check, iPhone water damage, iPhone sensor and screen functions. Most of these tests can perform manually, or you can depend on dedicated apps built to perform these tests.
Let us go through few of iPhone hardware tests that you should perform when you buy used iPhone.
Check iPhone for visible Scratch/Screen Damage
This is the first check you can do once you get iPhone in your hand. You can perform a visual inspection on iPhone case, back panel and iPhone screen for any visible damage. Please be aware that you have a used iPhone in your hand and few minor dent and scratch on iPhone body is acceptable. But if you see any scratch or break on iPhone screen, better to stay away from that iPhone. Since iPhone screen damage may affect the function of the screen and iPhone screen replacement is expensive.
Check for Visible Water/Liquid Damage on iPhone
Water damaged iPhone may function properly as expected for few hours or days. Eventually iPhone may shut off sensors and functions one by one. Be aware that none of the manufactures cover warranty for liquid damaged phones. There is no need to buy a water damaged phone with your hard earned money.
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Fortunately, all smart phone manufactures are implemented very simple but smart solution to identify a water damaged phone. Almost all smart phones are coming with water damage indicators placed in certain locations of the phone. Apple placed these LCI (Liquid Contact Indicators) detectors that is easily visible from outside. For iPhone, these LCIs are coming in White or Silver and turn into red when it contacts liquid (As per Apple, These LCI won’t activate with humidity or temperature changes).
Check iPhone Call Quality, Speaker and Headphone
When you get iPhone in handy, replace your own SIM and call to a known number. Please make sure iPhone call quality, speaker sound and headphone sound and Microphone is performing well.
Perform iPhone Display & Display Dead Pixel Test
This is a simple test that can perform with the help of a free website iPhone Dead Pixel Test. Load this site on your phone and tap on each color buttons to fill iPhone screen with Black, Blue, Red, Green and Yellow colors. iPhone Screen Tests also include iPhone screen brightness test, Multi-touch test, Pinch test etc. You can visually inspect iPhone screen on each color to make sure screen is free from dead pixels.
Perform iPhone Sensor Test& Button Test
There are few more tests can be performed if you have your iPhone in handy. These tests include,
- iPhone Sensor Tests: There are couple of sensors built in with your iPhone like Proximity, Accelerometer, GPS, Home button touch sensor etc.
- iPhone Button Test: iPhone has volume up/down, power, home and vibrator mode buttons, make sure all these buttons are funtional.
The app from iTunes store called Test & Check for iPhone by Prasomsak Khunmuen can also perform all these tests in one shot.
Perform iPhone Multimedia, Connectivity& 3D Touch Functions.
There is a free app come in handy to perform all these sensor and camera tests that is available in app store called Test & Check for iPhone by Prasomsak Khunmuen. This app can check iPhone Wi-Fi, 3G/4G and Bluetooth sensor.
- iPhone Multimedia Test: This can include the iPhone headphone and speaker sound, iPhone camera photo and video test etc.
- iPhone Connectivity Test: You can check iPhone’s Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, Bluetooth connectivity.
We mentioned about couple of other iOS apps in our previous article that you can read from here.
Be wise While Selecting the iPhone Model for you
Used iPhone models are expensive compared to other Android or Windows used phones. If you are planning to use the phone at least for 2 years, do not buy any older version than two previous models. When we publish this article, Apple launched iPhone SE, and your best bet on used phone will be iPhone 6S or iPhone 6 models to perform well with Apple’s latest OS. Old iPhone models perform and respond slowly with latest iOS updates. There is a nice iPhone model comparison list from Apple website that you can refer for the latest model iPhones.
Make sure Seller performed iPhone Factory Reset
Make sure that you are buying a phone with clean storage, means in a factory reset condition, to make sure you are not carrying your seller’s personal junks. If not, please instruct your seller to perform a factory reset from iOS > Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Setting.
Check iPhone Battery Life and Battery Safe Limit
New iPhones are capable to stay more than one and half day long with normal usage. iPhone battery will maintain this performance for the first 1-2 years and eventually degrade the battery life and backup time. Since iPhone battery is not easily replaceable like other Android phone models, repair cost is going to be expensive if you end up with a bad battery. To be safe, do not buy iPhone older than 2 years.
When you get an iPhone in handy, charge your phone battery in a range of 80%-90%. Now startt to make a short call, record couple of videos, turn on 4G/ WiFi and watch a video from Youtube. Please perform these activities at least for 3-5 minutes and make sure iPhone battery not dropped more than 2%. If the battery dropped more than 2%, you can assume that baatery is not good. If you already stuck with a low backup iPhone, there are plenty of cheap iPhone gadgets available in the market to extend the battery life of iPhone.
Check for iPhone Charger and Lightning Cable
Connect your phone into wall charger with the lightning cable and make sure the phone start to charge battery. You can see the battery symbol on the phone is changing to charging (lightning) symbol. Please connect iPhone through lightning cable to your PC and make sure iPhone is detecting by iTunes software on your computer.
Make sure you have all accessories with iPhone box
Apple is selling iPhone within a cute box with Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic, Lightning to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, SIM Eject pin and Documentation. Please make sure you are getting all these original accessories and box with used iPhone.
Please make sure you select the right model and damage free iPhone when you buy the used iPhone. Better to have a face to face deal and get iPhone in hand before you pay rather than choosing an unknown seller who is sitting on the other side of the world. So you chose to buy one, Welcome to Apple world!