Replacing digitizer is easier with screen protector on
Originally Posted by Legendary20
I cracked my screen today. Had it on my lap hit it hit the hardwood floor and there went my screen. Had the phone for about a year and a half.
I've had mine for a couple of years without a case but with a screen protector. I've dropped it numerous times without any issues but it finally landed face down on a small pebble the other day and spider-cracked the screen into a few dozen pieces. The main benefit of the screen protector was that it allowed me to continue to use the phone while I was waiting for the replacement digitizer to arrive. I was frankly amazed that the phone continued to function flawlessly with the glass broken into so many pieces.
Take a chance and attempt the repair yourself.
I got a replacement digitizer on Amazon for <$9, bought a roll of the 2mm double-sided tape to stick the new screen on for ~$5, got the required Torx tool at my local Lowe's Home Improvement store for <$10 and used a guitar pick as a pry tool to remove the old glass.
There is a YouTube video that shows step-by-step instructions for how to take it apart and remove the old glass. The main issue with that video is it shows how to remove an intact glass, which obviously no one replacing the digitizer would have. I heated up my cracked screen with a hair dryer and slid the guitar pick under the glass right where the notch is for the ear speaker then worked my way slowly around the entire broken glass until it lifted out. There is a plastic layer on the underside of the digitizer with holds all the glass shards in place so that was a real plus. My phone works just like new and I'm happy as a bivalvle. Go For It!!