When a Good Nexus 4 Goes Bad

I accidentally dropped my Nexus 4 off a cliff, and now its touch screen does not respond. I can see that I am getting calls/texts/etc, but I cannot interact with the phone in any meaningful way.

The touchscreen has also become unglued, so I started pulling it away as far as it could go. This resulted in a snap, and some pretty cool glitch patterns.

When a good Nexus 4 goes bad...
Here you see the touchscreen being removed from the rest of the phone (while the phone is still on, of course).

Luckily I was able to get everything off of the phone, because everything is working perfectly… except the touch screen. It figures that the first phone I have ever destroyed also happens to be my first keyboardless phone.

When a good Nexus 4 goes bad...
Here you see the glitch effects I caused by not caring about the phone anymore, since the touchscreen wouldn’t work anyway.

Since the peeling off glitch screen is such a thing of beauty, Doc and I decided to photograph it and make smartphone wallpapers from it. The resulting glitch wallpaper looks absolutely beautiful on my Nexus 5.

Glitch Android Desktop
Here is the Nexus 5 with its glitchy Nexus 4 wallpaper. This is how it appears in its “locked” mode.

Glitch Android Desktop
Here is the Nexus 5 with its glitchy Nexus 4 wallpaper. This is how it appears in its “unlocked” mode.

I gave some of the photos to Doc for him to touch up, and we plan on making the wallpapers available for anybody who wants to make their phones look like a Nexus 4 that got dropped off a cliff. Doc suggested taking an Android icon, and glitching it out as part of the wallpaper. I told him “That would be too confusing, unless you used an icon that I would never ever click on… like the Google+ icon.”

Author: Steen

Steen is a nerdy biologist who spends a lot of time trying to cultivate Chloroflexi, who also likes to draw comics, play video games, and climb.

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