A little over three years ago I bought a new Samsung Galaxy Note II. When I started looking I remember commenting that it was rather pricey, and the salesmen replied, "Well we're talking about the best phone on the market." He wasn't wrong. It was debatably the best.
I bought it online much cheaper, but with no warranty. I liked it a lot, but I had to replace the headphone jack after only a few months. But I could, and the part was cheap. A year later other small problems arose, and the headphone jack was going out again. Then I broke the screen.
I do computer support for a living. It's phone support, often called software support. People do call me about hardware, software, and usage issues. I just don't solve hardware issues for I living, just diagnose them, and pass them on to technicians with physical access.
This is to say, I have a little knowledge about computer hardware. I tried to fix it up again, and failed. When I replaced it, I bought a used Iphone. I thought the one thing I could trust Apple to do was to make a robust product. Whatever else they did wrong, durability was something they had always done right by me.
Well, a year after I bought it the headphone jack broke. I admit I do use the headphone jack on phones more than most. But I have a little bit of knowledge, right? I replaced it, and it worked. Then I dropped it, and the screen broke.
But I learned a thing or two from my galaxy, a little bit of knowledge you might say. Instead of replacing the screen, which is next to impossible without a heated vacuum tube, I was able to replace the whole digitizer assembly for $22. Which worked fine for two days. Then it started coming apart. After talking it apart again to see what I did wrong, I saw that the place it was coming apart is not a place that is attached with screws. It wasn't me, just a faulty digitizer.
Having taken my phone apart three times now, and never being able to put it back together exactly flush, it felt ruined. I could have exchanged my screen in a few days, but I was done. I did some research and found some good deals on the LG Stylo II for $170. The crazy thing is, the Stylo II is very comparable to my Note II, which was top of the line just three years ago. And I was able to pick this one up for a great deal, without a warranty. I told you I have a little bit of knowledge.