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[Q] Advice for a shattered screen

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6th July 2014, 03:25 PM   |  #1  
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Hello, Nexus 5 is my first smarthphone, so I don't have much experience with this issue. I've just dropped it down from like 70-80 centimeters and the screen shattered. The good news are that the touch works perfectly and the display itself looks fine. My question is do I only need one of those ~10$ screen replacements from eBay and if yes do they look and feel like the real thing. I really don't want my phone to feel crappy and unauthentic after replacing.

Oh, and should I find a specialist to do it for me or the process is relatively easy and I should be fine?

P.S.: here is one of the said ~10$ replacements - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Front-Screen...item51be030cb7
6th July 2014, 05:16 PM   |  #2  
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Hello, Nexus 5 is my first smarthphone, so I don't have much experience with this issue. I've just dropped it down from like 70-80 centimeters and the screen shattered. The good news are that the touch works perfectly and the display itself looks fine. My question is do I only need one of those ~10$ screen replacements from eBay and if yes do they look and feel like the real thing. I really don't want my phone to feel crappy and unauthentic after replacing.

Oh, and should I find a specialist to do it for me or the process is relatively easy and I should be fine?

P.S.: here is one of the said ~10$ replacements - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Front-Screen...item51be030cb7

There are many threads on this topic. Basically no, you need the LCD+digitizer+frame if you plan on replacing it yourself which costs almost as much as the $150 fee LG will charge you for repairing it.
6th July 2014, 05:32 PM   |  #3  
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There are many threads on this topic. Basically no, you need the LCD+digitizer+frame if you plan on replacing it yourself which costs almost as much as the $150 fee LG will charge you for repairing it.

OK, but if I go to a smartphone repair service and give it to a pro? 10$ for the replacement and maybe 20-30$ for the work still sounds better than 150$. Thanks for the reply.
6th July 2014, 05:55 PM   |  #4  
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OK, but if I go to a smartphone repair service and give it to a pro? 10$ for the replacement and maybe 20-30$ for the work still sounds better than 150$. Thanks for the reply.

I think what bblzd is saying is that you don't just need that $10 replacement, but rather the screen and digitizer as well. Even if you took it to a pro, they are going to charge you the same if not more than LG.
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6th July 2014, 09:02 PM   |  #5  
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The glass is bonded to the digitizer with adhesive. To replace just the glass you'd have to separate the two pieces. Good chance of breaking the digitizer while attempting this. And even if you do pull it off without breaking it, you'd have to use loca uv adhesive to attach the glass to the old digitizer. Not an easy feat. YouTube a video on loca adhesive and you'll see. And even after that it will not be perfect. Imo don't even attempt it. Your best bet is to send it to LG for repair and pay the 150. Your other option is to buy the whole assembly for 100 and install it yourself. If it where mine, id pay the 150 and have LG fix it.
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The glass is bonded to the digitizer with adhesive. To replace just the glass you'd have to separate the two pieces. Good chance of breaking the digitizer while attempting this. And even if you do pull it off without breaking it, you'd have to use loca uv adhesive to attach the glass to the old digitizer. Not an easy feat. YouTube a video on loca adhesive and you'll see. And even after that it will not be perfect. Imo don't even attempt it. Your best bet is to send it to LG for repair and pay the 150. Your other option is to buy the whole assembly for 100 and install it yourself. If it where mine, id pay the 150 and have LG fix it.

Ok, now I understand. Sigh... These assembly parts for 100 are original, and not some chinese replica, right? I've searched around and it looked like it's pretty easy DYI with a whole assembly. I doubt there is official LG service in my area. Thanks for the reply.
6th July 2014, 09:24 PM   |  #7  
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Ok, now I understand. Sigh... These assembly parts for 100 are original, and not some chinese replica, right? I've searched around and it looked like it's pretty easy DYI with a whole assembly. I doubt there is official LG service in my area. Thanks for the reply.

The oem replacements are 140 dollars. The generic aftermarket ones are 100. I've read that the generic one sold by a company called ulike is good. You can find them on Amazon.
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You should really talk to LG support, I shattered my screen and sent an email off. I don't know how lucky I was but they replaced my screen for free, all I had to do was pay for the shipping to repair location that LG sent me. It doesn't hurt to ask LG, and then decide to go a different route depending on what they said.
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You should really talk to LG support, I shattered my screen and sent an email off. I don't know how lucky I was but they replaced my screen for free, all I had to do was pay for the shipping to repair location that LG sent me. It doesn't hurt to ask LG, and then decide to go a different route depending on what they said.

They repaired your screen for free... That's odd. First time I heard that. I'd say pretty damn lucky for sure.

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