cardamon

Does anybody have experience with getting a cracked screen replaced?

I dropped my phone while unlocking my bike yesterday, and my screen is pretty cracked up - though it still works, luckily. I'd like to get it fixed though, any recommendations? I've found some pretty complicated tutorials, not sure I'm up to doing it myself!

Most Useful Answer mrew42  May. 4, 2012 at 13:59

You can buy just the lens (for under a tenner on Amazon) but i've not seen any instructions as to what may be involved.
The other thing to do (and it would be a shame if you didn't actually need to do) would be to buy the entire lens, digitiser, LCD and bezel part which comes in at about £130. That will be the easiest but the most expensive way of doing it.
This link to XDA points the way for the whole bezel but you may be able to find a teardown video on youtube that suits.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1175772

If it were me I'd be prepared to punt the tenner for just the lens and if it all goes belly up, get the bezel etc.

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matt101101 / MOD  May. 4, 2012 at 13:08

It's possible (and cheaper) to do it yourself, but you can wave your warranty goodbye. Also, good luck sourcing a non-fake SGS2 screen that's as beautiful as the official Samsung one.

All in all, I'd just take the financial hit and send it off to Samsung. Their service centre number is in the documentation you got with the phone.

cardamon  May. 4, 2012 at 13:37

Thanks Matt :) do you know if there's any way to replace just the glass cover of the screen rather than the whole thing? I see the part for sale on ebay but there doesn't seem to be any tutorials for that out there. I have a feeling that sending it off to samsung will be very expensive. Maybe I should just get a sticker cover and keep on using it, cracks and all!

mrew42  May. 4, 2012 at 13:59

You can buy just the lens (for under a tenner on Amazon) but i've not seen any instructions as to what may be involved.
The other thing to do (and it would be a shame if you didn't actually need to do) would be to buy the entire lens, digitiser, LCD and bezel part which comes in at about £130. That will be the easiest but the most expensive way of doing it.
This link to XDA points the way for the whole bezel but you may be able to find a teardown video on youtube that suits.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1175772

If it were me I'd be prepared to punt the tenner for just the lens and if it all goes belly up, get the bezel etc.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 4, 2012 at 14:35

I thought the SGS2's screen (as in the SAMOLED part) was joined to the glass, like the iPhone 4/4S?

cardamon  May. 4, 2012 at 14:45

Thanks for the advice mrew! Well maybe when I get a new phone I can experiment with fixing this one. I wouldn't want to mess it up and be left without a phone. So for the time being I'll get a screen protector and will dream of which new phone I want to buy...

CTPAHHIK  May. 4, 2012 at 14:49

Matt is correct - digitizer is attached to screen. There was a thread regarding replacing cracked digitizer before.
I don't think it's possible to detach screen from digitizer without special tools. If detached you would have dust in between screen and digitizer.

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