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Galaxy S3 cracked screen

abstraqt 14 September 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Hey guys,

So I was lucky enough to drop my phone and crack the screen. I wanted to know what the cheapest way of fixing it is.

This is kind of what it looks like;



I know the screen is around $30 on ebay, but do I need the digitizer to be replaced as well? That would run me about $250.... Frown

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http://galaxys3root.com/galaxy-s3...galaxy-s3/

According to that it looks like you can separate the gorilla glass from the digitizer, so you may be able to get away with just replacing the gorilla glass. Although if the guy in that link just broke the glass I'm not sure why he is replacing the digitizer unless that also got damaged.

EDIT: One thing to think about, if the guy uses a hair dryer to remove the glass, how in the hell are you going to get it to stay in when you put the new glass on?
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If I had to guess your LCD is fine and its the digitizer that is broken (It's the glass that's on top of the LCD screen). On some phones the LCD and Digitizer is fused as one piece on others it's two pieces. According to iFixit it's a fused piece http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Sa...own/9391/2

That being said there might be someone who has figured out how to unfuse and refuse them. I do see just the glass being sold online for $30. I complete one piece parts outthere for a bit less too. I would look around on some of the android forums to see if anyone has attempted this.
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If you choose to replace the glass yourself, don't be shocked if it ends up being a wasted $30 or so. Removing that glass is no easy business. You risk damaging the digitizer, and, because touch screen work by transferring static electricity, charging the digitizer screen by accident can affect the accuracy of touch input (sometimes completely ruining it).

If you want to give it a god anyway, don't worry about "making it stick." The digitizer mentioned in that video comes with an adhesive. The back of the digitizer is sandwiched between the front of the phone's case and the motherboard (it's why you remove the motherboard). If you do take your phone apart, take care to discharge all static electricity of all tools and your hands by touching a grounded piece of metal. There are anti-static wristbands designed for working with sensitive electronics that work wonders, but remember if you're using screwdrivers with rubber or plastic handles, it's a good idea to discharge the metal part of the screwdriver separately. Also, when you remove the motherboard from the phone, store it in an anti-static bag (like the kind computer cards come in) while you're working the blowdryer, and be careful to keep the removed parts out of the flow of heat. The fact that you can remove the existing glass with a heat gun is good evidence that the digitizer and glass are not fused. If they were, it's very unlikely heat would affect the bond.

If you decide to go through with this, consider recording the process to benefit others. Honestly, the guy in the video is taking a lot of risks for working with microelectronic parts. Also be aware that trying this at home could irreversibly brick your phone (if the motherboard or processor is damaged). Your alternatives, though, are simply replacing the phone or ignoring the crack in the screen. The screen still works, right? You can reduce the discomfort of using it by applying a screen protector, though obviously this will not improve the aesthetic. Wink
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Sell yours on fleabay or CL for as much as you can get for it, and get a new one.
The risks are too great, trying to do it yourself, not to mention the time and frustration, and you'd be lucky if it worked properly after that, even if you were successful in changing the broken glass.
If you like your phone and use it a fair bit, there's no sense in having one for a year or two or more, that doesn't work like it should, pizzing you off every single day.
Sell it to some expert Mr. Fixit who can deal with it.
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Thanks guys, fixing it does seem a bit challenging for me. I called the local places and they gave me quotes of around $250 to $300. Samsung itself will fix it for $180. So that seems to be my best option. I'm going to sprint right now and will see if they can help me in anyway.
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I would do the send back to Samsung option. If this is something you commonly do, think about buying insurance of some kind. Although, $5 - $10 a month with a $50 deductible may not make it worthwhile.
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squaretrade is a great place for cell phone warranties
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isn't that supposed to have gorilla glass?
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Quote from slapshot136 View Post :
isn't that supposed to have gorilla glass?
Gorilla Glass will still break. I have seen many, many phones with Gorilla glass that has broken/shattered. A friend recently dropped her Droid 3 and the screen shattered.
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Quote from ecsa0014 View Post :
Gorilla Glass will still break. I have seen many, many phones with Gorilla glass that has broken/shattered. A friend recently dropped her Droid 3 and the screen shattered.
Many many?
You make it sound like Gorilla glass [youtube.com] isn't all that good.
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Quote from RockySosua View Post :
Many many?
You make it sound like Gorilla glass [youtube.com] isn't all that good.
While it is better than regular glass and many other alternatives, It is not unbreakable or unscratchable as many would have you believe. Just take a look at ebay or craigslist and look at all the phones with broken Gorilla glass screens than can be had for fairly cheap, This should be a testament to the vulnerability of Gorilla glass.
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Quote from ecsa0014 View Post :
While it is better than regular glass and many other alternatives, It is not unbreakable or unscratchable as many would have you believe. Just take a look at ebay or craigslist and look at all the phones with broken Gorilla glass screens than can be had for fairly cheap, This should be a testament to the vulnerability of Gorilla glass.
My 2 yr old Droid X has not 1 scratch on it.
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Quote from ecsa0014 View Post :
While it is better than regular glass and many other alternatives, It is not unbreakable or unscratchable as many would have you believe. Just take a look at ebay or craigslist and look at all the phones with broken Gorilla glass screens than can be had for fairly cheap, This should be a testament to the vulnerability of Gorilla glass.
Or it could be a testament to how careless people are.
Bear in mind that everybody and his brother and his mother, has a cellphone.
That's hundreds of millions of cellphones out there, so there's bound to be many broken ones.
What I wondered is how is it that you have seen many many cases of broken Gorilla glass.
Do you work in a cellphone store?
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Quote from UncleJace View Post :
My 2 yr old Droid X has not 1 scratch on it.
I have a Droid X2, that I bought used, that has several distinct scratches on its screen and owned a Droid X before that that also acquired several scratches and chip in upper-left edge of the screen. Gorilla glass is not unscratchable.
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