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The Blackberry Storm 9530


Entry ID #: 3930
Created: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 8:19 PM

Hello esteemed readers, our team, #9791E, The Oxen Squad, have selected the prestigious Verizon Blackberry storm 9530 to deconstruct, as it is one of the things we have in our bin of old electronics. This choice was influenced by the list of recommended items on the online challenge page and actual popularity in its time. Here are the components we found inside and what they really are (none were Texas Instruments made): (1) Verizon Vodaphone SIM card and holder. This is put into the phone and makes it work. It is what holds the phone’s identification, or phone number, and uses an ID code to connect to the cell providers’ cell towers (Verizon). (1) Middle metal chassis board. This is the inner structure of the phone. It is there to hold everything in place and give the phone extra strength, so it protects the inner components of the phone from damage or extreme movement. (1) Digitizer. This is definitely the coolest and most innovative part of smartphones. This part was first created by Elisha Grey, inventor of the telautograph. It was like a drawn text; you write or draw something, and then the computer code for your message is sent somewhere else and recreated using a motorized pen. The original invention used potentiometers to measure what the pen you used would do, and a digitizer works in the same way. When you tap on your phone, it collects that information in analog signals and sends it to the LCD to create digital images. (1) motherboard. This is the heart of the phone, where all the processing happens. Analog signals get transferred to digital, and vice versa. This is what runs apps on your phone. It also contains the storage that you use to download apps, music, and pictures. (1) Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). This display is made of liquid crystals. It’s really cool because although it’s a liquid, its molecules stay in place. There are not only liquid crystals, but there are three things behind it and three ahead of it to make it work. Before it comes the mirror, glass filter, and negative electrode. The mirror reflects the outside light when it’s off, which is why you see black. The glass is grooved for the crystals, which untwist the light waves when they hit the polarized film, one of the next pieces. The positive and negative electrodes sandwich the crystals, giving it some electrical charge which changes their molecular structure, and therefore what you see. The polarized film, as described earlier, helps untwist the light coming in from the outside and create the screen you see. To sum this all up, this experiment taught us all a few things. One of them is the dependence of different components on each other. Nothing can function unless all the pieces work the right way. We also learned that phones are hard to deconstruct and that the components are well built and protected to keep pieces from moving around a lot.  


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