I got my phone back from Motorola (for the second time in a year) and the left bevel was missing. I told my cell company that bevel was missing and rather than send it back since motorola has had it more than me, I got a broken phone for parts. Lucky me. The bevel went in the sound went out. So I took the front screen thingy (<< so technical) off, the cover part and tried plugging the flex in. Both screens are black. Am I that dumb? I think I need a new flex cable (death by bevel?) ... please tell me I dont.
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I also thought the Pantech Ease had a front camera but what has been
call a front facing camera by some is actually a sensor that detects
when you have the phone up to your ear.
The sensor is that small round hole you see under the glass just to the
left of the ATT logo and the ear speaker. Try making a phone call to
your voice mail. You may not have noticed that the screen goes black
when you place the phone next to your ear during a call. (this helps
save battery life) During the phone call take the phone away from your
ear an in 1 or 2 seconds the screen will come back on with menu options
for features you can use during a call.
Now test the sensor by placing your finger tip over the sensor hole.
The screen will instantly go blank. Remove your finger and the screen
comes back on. Put your finger on the glass to the Right side of the
ATT logo and the screen will stay on because that hole on the Left side
is the sensor.
Like I said before, some sources describe that sensor as a camera which is only half true. Unfortunately I was also fooled by this misinformation. I was hoping to have a front facing camera to use with Skype. I was a fool to believe their hype.
I personally own the Jabra Halo, Altec Lansing Backbeat, and the Motorola MotoRokr S9HD
The Jabra Halo is about 50 bucks and goes over the ear with flat speakers.
The Backbeats are about 100, and provide channeling audio via in ear plugs, but not sound isolation.
the Motorola headset is about 100 dollars, but has issues with skipping, especially if the phone is in your back pocket.
The screen on the droid shuts off to conserve battery power. The amount of time that it remains on can be adjusted in the settings menu, under sound and display, screen timeout. The screen can be turned back on after a timeout by pressing the power button on top of the phone momentarily (quickly, dont hold down). Also, the screen will go black when you hold the phone up to your ear, and then light back up when you remove it from your ear. Hope this solves your problem, if not just let me know.
Just becausae the cable size is the same doesn't mean that the pin-out is the same. The display needs to be the correct one. It is quite possible that the displays are similar, but the pin assignments are different. This can be confirmed if you look at the numbers on the actual displays. You will most likely find that many of the numbers are the same. It is common for "upgraded" products to also contain upgraded parts. In other words, the display has been slightly modified to provide some slight new feature that the old one couldn't handle. This new pin-out forces the use of the new displays.
This exact issue happened to me: I left my phone off for 2 days (unplugged), turned it back on and the internal speaker started working normally again. The phone worked normally for over a month after this.
Yesterday, the earpiece speaker stopped working again after the phone fell out of my pocket. I suspect a loose connection or something similar, but I've had my phone off for the last day and will let you know whether or not it starts working again.