I quite enjoyed my PinePhone. The operative word there being "enjoyed". But all good things must come to an end.
Depending on the distro, the experience was anywhere between horrible and needing some spit and polish. I was using Manjaro Phosh because it was in the best condition out of the ones that I tried. I was close to using it as my daily driver and abandoning my old Android, but it was not to be.
A few months ago, I ordered an upgrade board and only just got around to installing it. Things went downhill quick when I stripped two screws. In desperation, I decided to try to cut the plastic away from the stubborn screws to get the old board out.
This worked just as well as you would expect. Through a combination of cutting and prying, I managed to get most of the way through the process before the fatal point of no return. While trying to remove a cable, I broke part of the connector to the main board. I also broke part of the cable that attached to the board. The cable's permanently attached to another board, which is attached to another, which is attached to anoth....OH FUCK THIS!
I looked up how much it'd cost for the spare parts to fix my mistake, which were $40 if I hadn't ruined anything associated with the touch screen and far more if I did, so I'm just going to leave the rest for spare parts and buy another one that has it already installed.
On the plus side, I never messed with the upgrade board, so if you're in the US or Canada and are looking for one at a discount, let me know.