The iPhone X has been met with rave reviews, but that doesn’t mean you should get one. There are many factors to consider before you make your purchase. This article will cover the 9 steps I take to gauge the quality of a used & refurbished iPhone X.
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Verify Apple Certification:
The first thing you should do is verify that the care procedure followed by the seller was successful. There are no signs of water damage or replacements parts being used in the device. This can be done via a quick Google search for “iPhone X service repair center near me” to find out if it’s been repurchased by Apple. You can also search for the iPhone serial number to verify that it hasn’t been blocked on Apple’s website. If the phone was successfully serviced, then you’re good to go!
Inspect for Physical Damage:
The second thing you should do to ensure that your iPhone X is in good condition has physically inspected the phone. Please turn on the device and make sure it powers on properly, then turn it off. Check the back of the screen for scratches with a bright flashlight (this will help you see small marks). To check if the phone was previously dropped, use the flashlight again with a low angle to see grooves or cracks in the frame.
After you have confirmed that your iPhone X hasn’t been damaged during servicing and you’ve inspected it for physical damage, set up Apple’s free extended warranty service called “Pick-a-Warranty.” This will extend your warranty to 2 years after you purchase the phone and let you have peace of mind if something goes wrong.
Test Your Camera and Face ID:
One of the most important features of an iPhone X is the camera. To test its functionality, go to Apple’s website. After you have downloaded the app, point your phone at a black card with “iPhone” written on it, then tap the screen with your finger to take a photo. This will let you see if your phone has any hardware issues that affect its cameras, such as focusing problems or poor image quality. This is also a good way to test Face ID because it uses the same camera for facial recognition.
Check for Touch Issues:
Make sure that the touch screen is fully functional. Make sure to tap multiple places on display to check for responsiveness and accuracy. To test further, you can try drawing little circles or lines with your finger. If there are any problems, replace the iPhone X screen here.
Check Carriers Compatibility:
Verifying the quality of a used phone is to verify that it’s compatible with your carrier. Just like AppleCare+, this will also protect you in case there are carrier-related problems (like Verizon locking phones).
Check if Charging Port Works:
To check whether a charging port still works, use an external charger to charge the phone, and turn it on in the middle of charging. If there are any issues and it starts to restart, there’s a problem with that component.
Check for Software & Hardware Problems:
Now that you’ve verified all components check for software and hardware problems by trying out a few different apps and seeing if they crash or regularly freeze (you should also do this with games). If your apps and games are freezing, I recommend uninstalling some to see if that fixes the issues.
Check Battery Health:
The last step is checking the battery health by running a few different tests to see how fast it drains in real-world use. First, fully charge your iPhone X to test for battery health, then go to Settings > Battery and run the Battery Life Test. Afterward, use the phone normally with a few different apps running in the background (like Pokemon Go, for example). When you get back home, check if the battery life is at around 80-90%. If it gets below 50%, then there’s a problem with the battery, and you should get a new one.