The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is a great phone. Like most Samsung phones though, the value in getting the digitizer/lcd replaced may not be worth it. Like other Samsung phones though, water damage repair will work the majority of the time, as the water damaged Blaze phones do clean up nicely.
The price of the digiter/lcd combo is around $140 and right now on eBay you can buy a used Blaze 4G phone for a little over $200. So realistically, if you wanted to fix the phone yourself it may be worth it. If you wanted to send into a repair shop, the final cost would likely hover around $190 so it may not be worth it. That’s up to the consumer obviously but you should know going in that a used phone is about the same price.
This is nothing new, as most Samsung smartphones come with very expensive glass. With quality parts though comes and easier to repair water damage probability, so it’s hard to complain.
You can expect most repair services to not offer this repair when it comes to screen repair. This is not always true and some will fix it, but don’t expect anyone to have the parts in stock. If you mail it in you might as well not pay extra for express shipping. If they have to order the part anyways, what is the point?
Overall this is a great phone. It’s not the top-of-the-line as far as Samsung Galaxy phones are concerned but they are solid and I’d take it over most if not all HTC and Motorola phones. The 5mp camera is a bit of a bummer but it’s fast and looks great, with prices looking very nice for the holidays.
If you have any questions regarding the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G phone let one of our affiliated smartphone repair services know.
The HTC Droid DNA is a very large, fast and one of the best smartphones on the market as 2012 comes to a close. A 5-inch screen with a ultra-high resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels is something worth getting interested in. The 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor also helps. The only complaints over time may be battery power (up to 10 hours) and the fact you can’t add a MicroSD card, which is disappointing.
With a large screen comes a decent chance of cracking it. As of now the Droid DNA is backordered through most repair companies that offer DNA repair services. The price is hefty too, ranging from $250 and higher, which is substantially lower than getting a new one at $700. If you screen is tolerable even if a bit cracked, you may want to wait a bit for prices and availability to get better because they almost always do.
The rest of the phone is solid and may show scuff marks, but the hard plastic back should be tough to crack.
If you want to attempt a DIY, waiting for screen/LCD assemblies to be available at an affordable price is a good idea as well. If looking for a service, again, waiting can save dollars. If you want or need it fixed as quickly as possible, most services won’t be carrying the part, so you will likely have to pre-order so they can order it.
The HTC One X is probably the best Droid phone released by HTC in 2012. We have seen many of them and people love them. If you have cracked the screen or damaged the LCD, please note that you will need to buy the scree display assembly (both the LCD and glass digitizer pre-assembled).
Start by taking off the back cover by running a safety pry tool around the outside of the screen. Once you separate the screen, pull it away and the screen easily will pop out.
Now remove 5 phillips screws the secure the plastic shield on top of the motherboard. Disconnect the connectors for touch panel and antenna. This is much like past HTC phones, if you are familiar. Lift up the side latch and pull ribbon out. Be careful not to damage latch.
Now remove motherboard from front assembly. Be careful with buttons and any ribbons you may have forgot about.
Lift the battery out and undo ribbon for LCD. Pull out motherboard and remove last ribbon. Don’t rip it!
Removing one last phillips screw allows you to remove antenna board assembly completely.
Now you can remove the vibrator assembly. Peel off the ribbon carefully.
With a heat gun, heat the back of the assembly. After well heated, you can remove the screen assembly from the metal. The is where the new assembly will go.
Overall this repair reminds me of the Thunderbolt and other HTC smartphones. Buying the screen digitizer and lcd preassembled is highly recommended so your repair will look as it should: brand new!
If you have any questions let us know. Not an easy repair but if you have experience, one that you can navigate through without too many surprises. If you are new to the repair game, it may be best to call a professional unless you are excellent at following directions and have all the tools needed.
Every year iPhones get dropped, soaked and smashed. This year did not disappoint, as the iPhone 5 got drilled on every corner of every city where a repair tech was pulling a trick. This video has been condensed and all the sources have been linked up on my blog.
The iPhone 5 looks far more durable than ever before, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 may be worse than before. These tests prove that the iPhone 5 is more durable, easily. Even in the water damage tests the iPhone came out on top.
Samsung and Apple have always used the best hardware and the overall performance is debatable. Kudos to Apple for stepping it up with the iPhone 5.
While the edges scuff up easier, you can assume this is a trade-off for the glass not breaking as easily because of the hardened frame.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 (III) i9300 is the latest in an amazing line of phones, which is my opinion is the only one to consistently challenge the iPhone. Even better is the fact that they produce a phone that is pretty simple to fix. As far as surviving water damage, Samsung phones are among the best.
Because they are so compact, rust can get bad but even still, the success rate in fixing them is high. The big problem is the cost. A cracked screen will be expensive to fix. So if you buy one of these phones, make sure you get a screen protector and otter box case or equivalent as far as quality.
Samsung uses great parts though and the Galaxy S3 is no exception. Even the screws themselves, it’s obvious that they are the best of the best and won’t rust and dissolve like those pesky Motorola phones.
Below is an excellent video on disassembly an reassembly of the latest Galaxy. Most of the screws are the same and the cases snaps off pretty easily.
If you have never fixed a phone before, make sure you are not getting into something you can’t finish. A professional can fix your phone but if you screw up the repair first, there may be nothing they can do.
We are always getting the latest and greatest cell phones to come through. Here is a brief rundown to help with whatever phone you have recently broken.
The iPhone line was as simple in the fact that everything was built for AT&T. Most Verizon parts are compatible with the iPhone but the screen and LCD are different. Aside from that, the iPhone 4 can easily get confusing if you don’t organize properly. Draw an outline o the iPhone 4 and poke holes where the screws go. As you take them out, put them on the markings or holes. If you do this the iPhone 4 will be tedious but overall the disassembly process in manageable.
There have been a ton of Incredible phones sold, mostly because it’s a solid Droid phone that is sold for cheap, with a mobile plan. Of the phones released in the last couple years, it may be the easiest to repair. One big sore spot is the LCD, which was changed midstream of the production process. If people have some of the models sold in the first 6 months, and LCD replacement is expensive or impossible to find. The makes the ordering process difficult and chasing around parts can be taxing. The HTC Incredible 2 is very simple to teardown, much in the same way the original was. Hopefully for Incredible 2 owners and their repair techs the LCD does not switch up again.
The HTC Thunder’DOLT’ is a sweet, big phone. It is not the hardest to teardown but not the easiest at all either. The glass can be removed from the LCD but it involves a heat gun and the LCD is very easy to break. I recommend buying the LCD and glass preassembled, even though it can drive up the price. In terms of DIY repair, it is the way to go. It is a solid phone but if it breaks, finding the right repair tech can prove difficult and DIY repair is easy to screw up.
HTC Desire HD and HTC Inspire 4G
These phones look identical and with the exception to a couple logos and parts the A9192 phone models are literally the same. This lack of originality is irritated more by the fact that these phone are an absolute mess to repair. If you are new to the game, avoid at all costs. These phones are not fun at all.
Motorola Atrix & Droid X
The Atrix is a clean design and a simple repair. It kind of reminds me of the Droid X, which is also not too challenging. I’ve run into some Motorola phones that are no treat, but these two are among the most popular and are relatively easy. The parts of the Atrix are typically as low as you can expect for a newer phone.
Tools, organization and patience are the keys to any repair. If you are looking down the barrel of a cell phone repair and want to try it yourself, research thoroughly because one misstep can break the unit or cost time and resources.
Here is a video to help in case you’ve discovered your T-Mobile Galaxy S or or any Galaxy S that has water damage and needs a repair. There are a variety of Samsung Galaxy S phones and the one in the video is the Fascinate (i500), which is a quality phone. Other Galaxy phones include the Epic 4G, Continuum, Vibrant, Captivate and the Samsung Galaxy S 2 (II)–in addition to the tabs. If you own one of these phones and it has become wet, the corrosion will likely build up because they are ver compact. We’ve had good luck with Samsung water damage even though they corrode more than any phone we work with. Here in the video we explain in a little more depth. If you have any questions about ordering give us a call. Galaxy S
What’s up everyone! We’ve been away from the blog for awhile so we’ll post some highlights as of late. Here is a pic of the Samsung Galaxy tab that we did a screen repair and replacement service for awhile ago. This screen was as smashed as possible. Unfortunately he left it on top of his car before work and it flew off while driving, hitting face down oh-so-perfectly. Lucky for him he sent it to us and we were able to replace the glass.
If you need a screen repair of any kind let us know. Typically we find that samsung repair for cell phones and tablets is relatively simple. Samsung does a great job of making a clean, compact and repair friendly device. The parts are expensive but the picture quality is pretty sweet. The iPad repair process is not too difficult either though and the iPad 2 is easier than the first. With the Samsung tablet you have to pry it out, while with the iPad 2 you need a heat gun. Both can be messy and a real pain but as long as you have the right tools neither should kill your entire day.
The original Droid Incredible was popular with consumer. Repair Techs will tell you it is one of the easier phones to teardown and navigate–if you are into that sort of thing. The Droid Incredible 2 did not disappoint because the disassembly process was again clean and a relatively simple repair. Repairs are never easy, especially for beginners. But they are not difficult either, they all are just a ‘pain in the neck” and easy to run into problems if not careful (or lacking in correct tools). The Droid Incredible and Incredible 2 require patience but much less than most. If you happen to crack your screen or break the LCD, l the replacement parts for the Incredible 2 are easy to find and likely to drop in prices soon enough, along with the phone itself.
Overall, this a good phone to own if you want to function through your Verizon contract.
For the sake of headlines we will rate this the easiest repair…..in recent history!
Next remove the 1450mAh battery. This battery will give you a full day of life, much better than other HTC phones such as the Thunderbolt and Evo 4G.
Remove the 16 gb MicroSD card and the SIM card.
Now remove the 7 screws in highlighted in red. Amazingly there are only 9 screws that need removed, according to our math department.
Using a safety pry tool, pop off the back plastic casing around the edge at the clips. It pops off about as smoothly as one can expect.
You will see clear yellow tape on top of a couple connectors, carefully remove that tap and release the trap doors. You can now gently pull out the ribbons (arrows).
It is easy to see the back camera, MicroSD card we forgot to remove, the audio jack and more.
Finally, remove the last two screws on top of top in red.
Gently pull away the motherboard from front assembly. There is a connector strip that will need to be gently removed. Do so carefully.
On the let you can see the usb part, which can also be removed if you heart desires. The metal around it easily pops off so don’t lose it. The ribbons will at some point need to be released for the camera(s) as needed. On the left you can see the USB is bouncy and ribbon can be removed.
Outlined in yellow is the SnapDragon 8655, 1Ghz— Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM8655.
We did not remove the glass and lcd at this point but it is not difficult. Heat the glass with a heat gun and use the safety pry to help ease it out.
An LCD replacement and screen repair are about as easy as you could hope for if you are trying to prevent gray hair. Although, if you are replacing the digitizer it is very easy to damage the LCD. If you are attempting to do this yourself, you may was to buy the preassembled together. Reassembly is typically more difficult than tearing something down. Reference these pictures and take some of your own to make it easier.
Let us know if you have any questions regarding our repair services or anything else.