Smartphone screens break so easily. Even with the newer shatter-resistant screens, one good drop on the pavement as you're getting out of your car is all it takes. Then, even if the crack is minute, it can slowly drive you bonkers, considering the average user spends 5.4 hours per day looking at their smartphone screen. Clearly, the screen must be replaced.
Doing it yourself seems like an attractive option at first glance. You will clearly save money. However, the compromises that you must make will probably destroy any value that you think you're gaining:
- DIY screen replacements compromise the waterproofing found in high-end smartphones
- Replacing a screen involves the removal and reattachment of tiny components and sensors that attach directly to the screen with adhesive and break easily
- The replacement screens found in kits are often of subpar quality and have little to no shatter-resistance
Professional repair experts understand how to disassemble your device, replace the screen, and then reassemble according to the manufacturer's instructions. Better yet, you'll be free of all the stress involved in dealing with small, integrated electronics that break easily. This is especially true if you're not already an electronics technician or a computer expert. The device that's returned to you will not only have the screen replaced, but it will also have full functionality similar to a new device.
Smartphone manufacturers use powerful glue-like cement to create a watertight seal for their devices. They also utilize rubber gaskets around ports and critical components, along with tiny amounts of silicone, to help maintain the waterproofing. To replace the screen, you must open the housing by loosening and then replacing all the glue. Obviously, this is not a task for the beginner. Leave it to the pros.
There are also sensors, cameras, and other devices that are glued to the back of the screen. These devices are also attached to the chassis of the phone with tiny multi-pin connectors. All of this must be detached from the old screen. Then, you must reattach them to the new screen as it goes back into the phone. It's very easy to make a mistake.
Newer smartphone screens are made of specially blended glasses. They are designed not to completely shatter and to resist scratching. While the price may be great, the replacement screen you're receiving may be generically manufactured and not of the same quality level. In all likelihood, they won't have the same level of durability or longevity.
For more information, reach out to a company like Bros Phoneparts.