N900: Shipping Out

In preparation for my N900, I've ordered and received - not one, but 2 PhantomSkinz screen protectors, for the ridiculous price of $9.42. Shipped. Yup. Can’t beat that with a stick.

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I’ve used ZAGG before, and while their customer service is just plain old amazing, I didn’t like the rubbery feel, the higher price point and more importantly - the time it took for fulfillment. 3 weeks and 2 orders to fill a warranty for a friend of mine who wrecked her invisibleshield beyond repair? I also had to pay for shipping, but no big deal. I decided to try PhantomSkinz out after looking at these pictures. I also ordered myself a nice faux-leather holster for times that I am rock-crawling (in my Jeep) or rock-climbing (with my hands, I nick named them Johnny Moss and the Jester) so to keep it secure from certain death.

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Kinda bulky looking, but I don’t plan on clipping it on all that often.

After reading some “horror” stories with the daughterboard on the N900 lacking solder-through points and the microUSB module simply sliding out the housing, I decided to file a spare USB to microUSB cable I had.

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I grabbed a set of metal files from my toolbox and worked on the ridges of the “claspers” on the cable until they were flush.

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Tested the pins for proper voltage and polarity using an ohm-meter, cleaned the metal shavings out using some rubbing alcohol and plugged my old Zaurus in. Success. Plugged it into my E71, detected and mounted it. Great.

Now I just need an N900 in my hands.

C’MONNNN.

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