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(YouTube)   Some people will go to huge lengths to save a few bucks on their next smartphone. Meet the man who built his own iPhone from individual parts bought shopping in Chinese marketplaces   ( youtube.com) divider line
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2017-04-18 10:06:21 PM  
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2017-04-18 10:17:00 PM  
About 6 weeks ago I got an LG X Power for $80 from Virgin Mobile.  Does everything I want, may be a bit too big but on the other hand I enjoy the large screen.

/ whatev
 
2017-04-18 10:19:37 PM  
Sounds like he spent far more money to do it the hipster way than to just by the thing.  Like a hipster.

"Why spend six hundred dollars on a fully assembled phone, when you can spend six thousand dollars and assemble it yourself?"

Because we value our time more than you value yours?
 
2017-04-18 10:22:45 PM  

Cpl.D: Sounds like he spent far more money to do it the hipster way than to just by the thing.  Like a hipster.

"Why spend six hundred dollars on a fully assembled phone, when you can spend six thousand dollars and assemble it yourself?"

Because we value our time more than you value yours?


I can walk into most cell phone shops in other countries and buy refuse parts and put together a phone.
 
2017-04-18 10:34:09 PM  

theflatline: Cpl.D: Sounds like he spent far more money to do it the hipster way than to just by the thing.  Like a hipster.

"Why spend six hundred dollars on a fully assembled phone, when you can spend six thousand dollars and assemble it yourself?"

Because we value our time more than you value yours?

I can walk into most cell phone shops in other countries and buy refuse parts and put together a phone.


Can you travel from the united states, arrive there, assemble the phone, travel back, and have it all be cheaper than just buying the phone?  Taking in to account the time you burn?
 
2017-04-18 10:41:44 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Approves:

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He built a kitten out of Chinese parts?
 
2017-04-18 10:45:31 PM  

Cpl.D: theflatline: Cpl.D: Sounds like he spent far more money to do it the hipster way than to just by the thing.  Like a hipster.

"Why spend six hundred dollars on a fully assembled phone, when you can spend six thousand dollars and assemble it yourself?"

Because we value our time more than you value yours?

I can walk into most cell phone shops in other countries and buy refuse parts and put together a phone.

Can you travel from the united states, arrive there, assemble the phone, travel back, and have it all be cheaper than just buying the phone?  Taking in to account the time you burn?


I guess my point was agreeing with you.  Who has the time to do all that shiat?  I would have spent that time sight seeing around.  And you can buy amazing android phones for next to nothing there.

/and I work for Apple
 
2017-04-18 10:53:31 PM  

stevetherobot: Mad_Radhu: Approves:

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He built a kitten out of Chinese parts?


math checks out
 
2017-04-18 10:55:47 PM  
Probably pointing out the obvious here or falling for a troll but this was just an exercise to see if he could. A challenge if you will...
 
2017-04-18 11:10:11 PM  

kvinesknows: stevetherobot: Mad_Radhu: Approves:

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He built a kitten out of Chinese parts?

math checks out


Yeah, but how many pages did it take to get the license?
 
2017-04-18 11:44:53 PM  
Instead of going all the way to China, why not just build it from Amazon. Replaced my daughter's screen and digitizer for $50 two weeks ago. Ifixit has the tools  and videos you need.
 
2017-04-19 12:09:44 AM  
Anyone know what the food item being made at 9m47s is called?
 
2017-04-19 03:31:27 AM  

Cpl.D: Sounds like he spent far more money to do it the hipster way than to just by the thing.  Like a hipster.

"Why spend six hundred dollars on a fully assembled phone, when you can spend six thousand dollars and assemble it yourself?"

Because we value our time more than you value yours?


Jesus, get over yourself.  He wasn't trying to save money, he was trying to see if he could do it.
 
2017-04-19 04:25:56 AM  

theflatline: I guess my point was agreeing with you.  Who has the time to do all that shiat?  I would have spent that time sight seeing around.  And you can buy amazing android phones for next to nothing there.

/and I work for Apple


Ah, I see.  Right on, brother.

rga184: Jesus, get over yourself.  He wasn't trying to save money, he was trying to see if he could do it.


Pretty sure you can have the parts shipped and then do it quicker.  So no, I think he was fishing for attention.  This is like doing a handstand on the beach in a bikini and yelling "look at me, take a picture."  It's like the case where the guy spent a year and ten thousand dollars to make and eat a chicken sandwich from scratch.  It proved nothing but the level of desire for attention.
 
2017-04-19 06:48:44 AM  

Cpl.D: Pretty sure you can have the parts shipped and then do it quicker.


But then he couldn't be a Hipster's (Nerd's (Poor Man's (Anthony Bourdain))).
 
2017-04-19 06:59:32 AM  
He does realize all those parts he bought are fakes, right? He technically didn't build an iPhone.
 
2017-04-19 09:24:42 AM  

Smashed Hat: He does realize all those parts he bought are fakes, right? He technically didn't build an iPhone.


iFauxne.
 
2017-04-19 10:10:44 AM  

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Done in one.

Also, you suck.
 
2017-04-19 10:16:56 AM  

Cpl.D: theflatline: Cpl.D: Sounds like he spent far more money to do it the hipster way than to just by the thing.  Like a hipster.

"Why spend six hundred dollars on a fully assembled phone, when you can spend six thousand dollars and assemble it yourself?"

Because we value our time more than you value yours?

I can walk into most cell phone shops in other countries and buy refuse parts and put together a phone.

Can you travel from the united states, arrive there, assemble the phone, travel back, and have it all be cheaper than just buying the phone?  Taking in to account the time you burn?


Hire a local (through a VA firm) to do all the purchasing work for you, pay them a really good local wage to do it, and have them ship it all overnight back to you.
Only plane ticket you need is a cargo airbill, unless the traveling is part of the fun.
 
2017-04-19 10:21:33 AM  

Smashed Hat: He does realize all those parts he bought are fakes, right? He technically didn't build an iPhone.


Logic board(which includes pretty much everything) has to be genuine.  He had to source an official one.  And then he sourced the rest of the parts(which the majority probably came form the same factories) he more than likely got pretty close.
 
2017-04-20 01:12:20 AM  

Cpl.D: theflatline: I guess my point was agreeing with you.  Who has the time to do all that shiat?  I would have spent that time sight seeing around.  And you can buy amazing android phones for next to nothing there.

/and I work for Apple

Ah, I see.  Right on, brother.

rga184: Jesus, get over yourself.  He wasn't trying to save money, he was trying to see if he could do it.

Pretty sure you can have the parts shipped and then do it quicker.  So no, I think he was fishing for attention.  This is like doing a handstand on the beach in a bikini and yelling "look at me, take a picture."  It's like the case where the guy spent a year and ten thousand dollars to make and eat a chicken sandwich from scratch.  It proved nothing but the level of desire for attention.


I guess that guy at work that took up wood turning and posts videos of his mistakes and victories is just an idiot since you can go to any Saturday market and find people selling wood salad bowls all over the place.

Look, he did it to see if he could do it.  I took up the ukulele to see if I could ay it even though there's some great CDs of better ukulele players.  What a waste of my time!

He could have bought the parts out of the internet but he wanted to try it this way because he simply did.  He documented it and it was actually a fairly interesting video beyond the innards of a phone.  It speaks to a whole industry that exists there that thrives outside of apple Inc. despite being centered on iPhones.  From a business and culture perspective, showing what it takes to build a phone like that was actually a nice segway to other aspects of that economy.

I'm glad you're so practical.  But you know, art and knowledge in the world doesn't develop because people are practical.  Movies and art and documentaries and books are often flights of fancy that are decidedly impractical, and yes, even self absorbed.

It's sad that you can't find value in somebody's labor of love.  I rather enjoyed the video, even if the production quality wasn't great, it showed me places I knew existed but had never seen on video.
 
2017-04-20 01:17:21 AM  

theflatline: Cpl.D: theflatline: Cpl.D: Sounds like he spent far more money to do it the hipster way than to just by the thing.  Like a hipster.

"Why spend six hundred dollars on a fully assembled phone, when you can spend six thousand dollars and assemble it yourself?"

Because we value our time more than you value yours?

I can walk into most cell phone shops in other countries and buy refuse parts and put together a phone.

Can you travel from the united states, arrive there, assemble the phone, travel back, and have it all be cheaper than just buying the phone?  Taking in to account the time you burn?

I guess my point was agreeing with you.  Who has the time to do all that shiat?  I would have spent that time sight seeing around.  And you can buy amazing android phones for next to nothing there.

/and I work for Apple


I once spent about three hours in Istanbul shopping for and haggling on the price of a rug.  I could have bought it in the US for a few dollars more, but I remember that day as clearly, if not more so, than the days I spent in the touristy spots.

With the exception of course, of the two or three hours I spent sitting on the sidewalk across from the blue mosque making a pencil drawing of it.  Didn't get to finish it before we had to leave, I also can't find where the drawing is.  So I literally have nothing tangible to show for that afternoon.  Yet somehow, it's a great memory.  Imagine that.
 
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