10 smartphone hacks and mods
1. HTC Sensation Blue Fire mod
Markus wasn't entirely satisfied by the stock looks of his HTC Sensation, so he decided to treat the anodized aluminum part of its shell to a new coat of color. That's how the Blue Fire modification came to be, transforming his ordinary smartphone into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of DIY craftsmanship.
via: HTC Inside
2. Make your Apple iPhone logo glow
Another fun hack that will definitely make you get noticed is the logo light-up mod for the iPhone. Too bad that it voids your warranty along the way.
3. A shinier HTC EVO 4G LTE
XDA Developers member Sullivan7221 sanded and polished the metal back of his HTC EVO 4G LTE. As a result, his phone is now a lot shinier than before.
via: XDA Developers
4. Dip your iPhone 5 in pink paint
For about $150, Mendmyi will give your iPhone 5 a colorful makeover. The company offers 12 hues to choose from, including yellow, blue, pink, and red. Check them out at the Mendmyi web page.
5. Make any phone water resistant
It is really cool how HzO's technology can make any smartphone resistant to water. You just give them your smartphone and they apply a special liquid-repelling coating to it, so your handset is protected even if it is fully dunked in water.
6. Wireless charging for the iPhone 4S
We've seen hacks adding wireless charging to a number of phones, including the iPhone 4S. This particular hack requires the use of a Powermat, a spare iPhone back, thin wire, and a steady hand. Check out Tanveer's video tutorial in case you're feeling adventurous.
7. Custom etched iPhone back plate
Jake von Slatt used the toner transfer method to etch these beautiful glass back plates for his iPhone. His other hack attempts involved a CNC-milled brass plate instead of glass, but despite the awesome look, that mod caused him to lose 2 bars of signal strength.
via: Steampunk Workshop
8. LG Optimus V gets notification lights
XDA Developers member mmarz wanted to add notification lights to his LG Optimus V, so he made the backlight of the phone's buttons glow when an event was triggered. The mod involved tweaking the smartphone's software and drilling additional holes for the LEDs.
via: XDA Developers
9. iPhone 5 conversion kit
No, this isn't the iPhone 5 you're looking at. In fact, those are two iPhone 4 handsets modified to look like the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 conversion kit is being sold at iphone5mod for about $23.
10. Restoring an old, scratched iPhone
MacRumors member Shenaniganz08 bought a badly scratched iPhone on eBay and brought it back to its former glory with about $20 worth of materials. The Apple logo on the back got lost along the way, but we think the sacrifice was worth it.
via: Mac Rumors