About Screen Repairs

No matter who you are, misfortune pays no attention to demographics or personality.  So there’s a good probability that at some point in your electronic devices life, it may hit the ground (or something may land on it) and in any case, wether soft or hard or short or tall, the impact may break any part of the device that is glass, plastic, or silicon (including internal chips and connectors).  Your first line of defense is a good case.  But even then, they still may get damaged.  Think bout it like this, if your phone were a vehicle, the screen is the windshield, you are the main board, and the case is your bumpers and/or grill guards.  You may have your car wrapped in bubble wrap, but if it drives off of a building, you better have a role cage and good airbags.  But even still, your frame will take a hit and I’m sure your window will be gone.  Same goes for your phone, only it’s frame is a bit more solid for its weight and size compared to a vehicle.  But to follow my point, no matter how protected it is, it’s all in where, how far, how hard, and by what that it comes in contact with that will determine if it breaks.


Now what to do…

First things first, find a reliable company for repair.  Remember, it’s sorta like a car, and sure, technically you, or your cousin, or close friend “know how” to fix the damages, and if after all is apart you have trouble, then there is always You-Tube right?  But if everyone knows someone or they them self know how, then why are there so many mechanics and body shops?

  • Body shops and mechanics have all the right tools.
  • They also have years of experience.
  • They tend to get it done right the first time.
  • The quality of the finished product is higher and warrantied to last.
  • And last but not least, theres always the chance that something you can’t see or think of, is also damaged and if not handled properly, could make the situation worse.

Did you know You-Tuber’s don’t show every step!

Yes, as crazy as it sounds, we have watched you tube video’s and laughed.  Just like they deliberately set out video’s that “technically” show you how to do something, but deliberately leave out key things to be careful with, just because they know those parts CANNOT be fixed by you.  Such as microchips and inductors next to screws, and the importance of flex alignment, and I could go on.  But they hope that people will be successful MOST of the time so they get likes, but then always have a link to send it in to THEM when you mess up during the process.  Sorta like a mechanic encouraging you to replace your spark plugs, not telling you to let the motor fully cool, nor how easy they are to strip out when over tightened, then once you’ve ruined the threads (and your motor) sitting there saying “Well I can fix that for you for $1200” when originally you could’ve paid less that $200 to have the mechanic do the spark plugs, and then he would be liable for any further damages.

But It's JUST THE GLASS, Why so much to fix!?

We are totally with you!  We hate how much screens cost.

But unfortunately, we don’t set the market, its how often a parts needed, how much it costs to make, how many devices share its raw components, and how much it is to ship, that determine the part cost.

If a part costs say $60, then you add $40 for installation, than 8.25% for the good ol’ State of Texas, then your at about $110.  Of course 1/4th of the $40 goes to the US of A, then another 1/4th cover’s the ability to provide light and a secure place to offer you services (on a good month) actually varies based on amount of repairs done on a monthly basis.  Then that leaves about $20 to pay the tech and put the rest toward trying to stock the parts regularly needed so that you don’t have to wait a week for a repair.  in perspective, computer shops usually mark up $50-$75 for standard services.  Then there is always other costs, such as the 1/20 bad parts we have to cover, insurance, replace worn tools, etc.  So why is that broke glass sooo much?  Because, we want to be here tomorrow if you need another repair.

But it’s just the GLASS, why do I need the whole screen??

Yeah, you see JUST THE GLASS on eBay for like $10 right?  Picture this, or better yet, here’s the picture…

layers of LCD

If you’ll notice the adhesive, it is screen wide.  The broken glass, is glued to the touch layer, which is glued to the LCD layer.  The TECHNICALLY can be separated (along with the risk of damaging the under layers), but only can be done right in a professional manufacturing facility designed to do JUST THAT.  It cannot be done properly, I REPEAT IT CAN NOT BE DONE PROPERLY in a standard shop or mall kiosk.  You need large, expensive equipment to not only remove the broken glass without stressing the LCD, then even bigger and more expensive equipment to glue them back together without discoloring, bubbles, or other negative side effects.  We are the most experienced in the field and we have tried, we can’t stand behind the results, so we don’t offer the repair.  Not to mention that $10 glass isn’t even the original grade glass, it wont ever stick to the frame properly, and still needs LOCA (liquid optical clear adhesive) which comes in many different grades, and the time and machines to be properly adhered.   Read Below on how the screens are made.

There was a time, we remember and miss, when things were cheaper....

Years ago when we first started,  Apple would charge upwards of $200 to replace a 3G iPhone screen, and we could knock them out for $30 in 5 minutes!  But back then, the glass/touch panel was $8 and was not glued to the LCD nor as finely engineered as todays devices, plus gas and groceries were a lot cheaper, so was rent and lights.  Things have gone up.  But if you want a quality OEM grade repair on your lifeline, there is only one option, you have to start with OEM Screen assembly, add Quality repair services at a reputable and experienced shop, and get it done!  None of that will include installing a $10 glass on your device leaving your with a ticking time bomb.

TFT Displays commonly found in computer screens, iPhones, iPads, iPods, HTC devices, LG’s and just about all other electronics are fairly common, mass produced and older technology.  It works great, doesn’t burn in so easy, and is cheaper to manufacture, because even though it has more layers, they are  commonly shared by many devices and each layer is fairly cheap to make separately.

AMOLED Displays found in Samsung Galaxy devices, Motorola droid devices, and a few other devices on the market that are commonly boasted as super thin and light weight, have less layers, but the OLED film is so costly to make, so low on demand vs standard LCD, and more expensive to transport due to its composition, that this one layer alone costs roughly 2-3 times that of an entire TFT-LCD display in it’s completed form.  Of course it is newer technology, and is giving the ability to a flexible display that will soon be deemed indestructible by typical fumbles.   It also holds better saturation, more vivid color, and higher resolution that most standard LCD’s.

So if you pick up a device packing an AMOLED, better pick up some good insurance or have a savings stash set aside in case in hits the floor.

This Image is a highly magnified picture of both a standard LCD and an AMOLED  display at a white screen.  There’s mainly one difference outside the more uniformed and vivid layout of the AMOLED, and that is that the LCD needed a backlight attached to produce the image, the AMOLED created its own light because each color is a separate Light Emitting Diode.  This is what makes them brighter, more colorful, less “blue”, and More Expensive.  It is also more fragile and more team oriented, in other words, whereas your iPhone, HTC, or LG screen may shattered but still have picture (worst case scenario touch loss or a black blob with unwanted lines) when an AMOLED gets the smallest crack, the complete screen goes out.  You may have touch and sound, but no picture at all.  They also don’t like having their protective glass layer removed and replaced outside of a professional manufacturing facility.  If you abuse them by going to a local “Glass Only” repair shop, it’s a very high probability it will go out on you in a short period of time.