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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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Quote from RockySosua View Post :
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?
Like I said, Gorilla glass is better than most other alternatives but it is not invulnerable. I have owned 4-5 different phones with Gorilla glass and have many friends who have each owned different phones with Gorilla glass. I also spend a fair amount of time looking at used phones on ebay and craigslist and the amount of phones I've seen there and other places with Gorilla glass and Busted/Cracked/Scratched screens is not insignificant. I'm not knocking on Gorilla glass, I'm just saying it isn't unbreakable or unscratchable.
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Like I said, Gorilla glass is better than most other alternatives but it is not invulnerable. I have owned 4-5 different phones with Gorilla glass and have many friends who have each owned different phones with Gorilla glass. I also spend a fair amount of time looking at used phones on ebay and craigslist and the amount of phones I've seen there and other places with Gorilla glass and Busted/Cracked/Scratched screens is not insignificant. I'm not knocking on Gorilla glass, I'm just saying it isn't unbreakable or unscratchable.
I hear ya.
I thought you'd seen many many live in front of your eyes, but I understand what you mean now. Surfing eBay can be a great education about a lot of products.
It's a bit off topic, but as strange as it may seem, around 1/2 of the broken cellphones I've seen, have been as a consequence of being thrown at somebody.
Apparently, lots of folks think they make good weapons.
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I use screen protectors even on gorilla glass. Not that they would prevent damage if thrown....
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I use screen protectors even on gorilla glass. Not that they would prevent damage if thrown....
Screen protectors are like condoms. They take away from what would otherwise be an incredibly natural experiences and are really only needed if you careless.

I have never used one. shake head
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Screen protectors are like condoms. They take away from what would otherwise be an incredibly natural experience and are really only needed if you careless.

I have never used one. shake head
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Screen protectors are like condoms. They take away from what would otherwise be an incredibly natural experiences and are really only needed if you careless.

I have never used one. shake head

The TPU ones (e.g. invisible shield) do however the PET ones (thinner, more rigid) do not.
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The TPU ones (e.g. invisible shield) do however the PET ones (thinner, more rigid) do not.
That's what my GF says, but I disagree.LMAOLMAOLMAO
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Quote from RockySosua View Post :
That's what my GF says, but I disagree.LMAOLMAOLMAO
On the flip side the TPU ones generally have better impact protection - I had a IS on my Zen and even jamming it directly with a pen didn't damage the screen. The issue is that the polyurethane is a bit tacky and has a higher coefficient of friction meaning sliding gestures have more resistance. They work great for when you have to literally write on them (think old school Palm Pilot) as the writing surface is more like real paper than a PET shield.
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On the flip side the TPU ones generally have better impact protection - I had a IS on my Zen and even jamming it directly with a pen didn't damage the screen. The issue is that the polyurethane is a bit tacky and has a higher coefficient of friction meaning sliding gestures have more resistance. They work great for when you have to literally write on them (think old school Palm Pilot) as the writing surface is more like real paper than a PET shield.
Are you referencing screen protectors or condoms? Confused
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On the flip side the TPU ones generally have better impact protection - I had a IS on my Zen and even jamming it directly with a pen didn't damage the screen. The issue is that the polyurethane is a bit tacky and has a higher coefficient of friction meaning sliding gestures have more resistance. They work great for when you have to literally write on them (think old school Palm Pilot) as the writing surface is more like real paper than a PET shield.
I'm not prone to scratching surfaces, be it my phone, tablet, computer monitor or any of my possessions. To put up with less transparency and an odd touch sensation on my tablet, on the off chance that it might help protect my screen from a medium impact, is absolutely ridiculous in my world.
It would be like wearing a bandage around my big toe, to protect it in case I stub it.
No way....

I can see how some accident prone folks, or maybe people who have unruly kids, might want screen protectors, but they are the exception, not me.
Of all my friends who have tablets, only one bought a screen protector and when he came by here and he tried mine out, he landed up ripping his off, right then and there.
Tablets are supposed to be fun and screen protectors manage to diminish the fun aspect.
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I also have cracked screen. You are not alone. Its design flaw. Even in korea people are complaining about fragile glass. It cost about 100 bucks to replace them at samsung store.
Anyways I think its design flaw. Edges are thinner than center which makes more fragile and phone has 1mm plastic bezel protecting it. Didnt have problem like this with my galaxy s2 and even iphone4.

Changing digitizer alone is PIA. Also ull mess up ur bezel for sure.
Oh dont forget dust that will go between digitizer and lcd.

Take it to samsung. They will replace whole thing including housing. It will cost you 250 for just parts if u want to replace front housing with lcd/digitizer attached.
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I also have cracked screen. You are not alone. Its design flaw. Even in korea people are complaining about fragile glass. It cost about 100 bucks to replace them at samsung store.
Anyways I think its design flaw. Edges are thinner than center which makes more fragile and phone has 1mm plastic bezel protecting it. Didnt have problem like this with my galaxy s2 and even iphone4.
You're kidding right? I broke my back glass on the iPhone 4 twice. First time I replaced it, within 2 days I had broken the el cheapo replacement. I finally went to aluminum. Gave it to my GF who then managed to break the front screen, that one took me an hour to replace!
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#28
I am not very good with technology and my company got me this Galaxy S3...I know...Go figure... I cracked my LCD screen and cannot see anything on my phone. I left the phone on and now I am unable to retrieve any of the text messages and phone calls I had received. Does anyone know if there is some software I can download to do this???

Thanks
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I'm not prone to scratching surfaces, be it my phone, tablet, computer monitor or any of my possessions.
i wish this is true for me, but theres time where i put my phone in my pocket and it comes out all scratched... i dunno if its like the lining on my jeans or what, but it scratches it like crazy. Good thing i have a screen protector. I dont mind it, though sometimes when i scan coupons off of it, it wont scan sometimes...
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Quote from YvonneV View Post :
I am not very good with technology and my company got me this Galaxy S3...I know...Go figure... I cracked my LCD screen and cannot see anything on my phone. I left the phone on and now I am unable to retrieve any of the text messages and phone calls I had received. Does anyone know if there is some software I can download to do this???

Thanks
YV
No, if you just cracked the digitizer like the OP did you should still be able to use the phone.
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