Soft Brick vs Hard bricked vs Broken Android device.
The basic thing to know if your phone isn’t booting any more is to find out whether your mobile is Hard Bricked, Soft Bricked or Broken.
The word “brick“, when used in reference to consumer electronics describes an electronic device such as a smart phones, game router or tablet computer that, due to a serious misconfiguration, corrupted firmware or a hardware problem, can no longer function.
The term derives from the vaguely cuboid shape of many electronic devices (and their detachable power supply) and the suggestion that the device can function only as a lifeless, square object or paperweight.
The term is also commonly used as a verb. For example, “I bricked my MP3 Player when I tried to modify its firmware.”
In the common usage of the term, “bricking” suggests that the damage is so serious as to have rendered the device permanently unusable.
There is no better example of a risk-versus-reward scenario than jailbreaking your iPhone or rooting your Android phone. While both jailbreaking and rooting undoubtedly has its advantages, this possibility of something going wrong and you ending up with a 500-dollar doorstop is never too far out of mind.
Few days, I jailbroke my iPhone 4 and succeeded with no visible damage. But as I was riding high on overconfidence, I went ahead and tried to downgrade iOS 6 to iOS 5.1 (without a backup of the old iOS on my computer) and ended up having to restore my phone to its factory settings. For you guys that tried to root your Samsung Galaxy S III and failed, you probably got “bricked”…
How to Know if Your Phone Is Bricked?
We are saying following points taking Samsung Phone as example
- Phone boots and shows the Samsung screen and then it automatically turns off.
- Phone won’t turn on but shows the third-party root program’s download screen.
- The phone keeps on restarting (with vibrations) after the Samsung logo appears.
- The phone is totally dead, unresponsive or no visible signs of life.
If you have a bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 and you’re able to at least get into Download mode, you may still be able to save your device.
Soft brick is the state of android device which occur due to some software problems like boot loops or phone freezing at some point during boot. This only occurs if some software problem occurred in the device mainly during OS upgrade or ROM flashing.
If your device is in such state then you are luck there are 99% chances that you can recover your beloved device without needing any professional help or spending hundred of dollars. Just search your device in this website, there must be a post for you, if not present, then you can request me and I will post a tutorial just for you.
Hard brick is the state of android device that occurs when your device won’t boot at all i.e. no boot loop, etc. This occurs due to trying to install ROM not made for your device or using ROM Manager incorrectly. This is more difficult to resolve and often require professional help.
During hard brick, the device’s kernel gets messed up, mainly due to incorrect ROM or kernel installation. (Kernel being the base which interact with the hardware). You can recover from hard brick by using JTAG or send your phone to JTAG service center to get it repaired.
Broken is a state of android device that occurs when any hardware component of device break down. This may occur due to electrical over charge, device dropped, water spilled etc. This require the electrical component being repaired or replace and does not occur due to any non supported software installation.