I don’t know what has come over me, but I have been on a clumsy spree this past month or so. Not even a month after getting my Galaxy S5, I ended up dropping my phone face down and the screen cracked. I was trying to put my headphones in my phone so that I could walk to my fitness class that morning. I was pretty upset because the phone was so new. And the frustrating thing was that I ALMOST put my new phone case on that morning but decided to wait until later.
The crack wasn’t too bad but it was a sore sight for me when I had the phone for less than a month. Of course I didn’t get the phone insurance since my iPhone cracked screen was the first I had in all the years I had a phone.
Mr. and Ms. Fix it?
Dave and I decided, “Hey-we are engineers! Let’s fix it!” So we ordered the new screen online and decided to set out on Saturday to fix my phone screen. The process involves using a heat gun (or in our case a hair dryer) to heat the adhesive and then allow us to pry off the glass screen. I was sweating bullets while doing this because I was afraid of heating the electronics too much and/or ruining the phone. With some team work, we were able to get the screen off-cracking the screen even more while doing so. We carefully peeled the electronics off from the screen so that we could reapply to the new screen.
After wiping some sweat off, I grabbed the new screen and took it out of the package. I remember it very vividly-I said, “Um…why is the circuit board on the other side…” We both examined the new screen and the old screen and to our disappointment, it was the WRONG screen. I checked my order receipt and my email older confirmation-all indicated I ordered the correct screen.
We called RepairsUniverse to talk to them and we get a message saying that they don’t accept calls-you have to email or video chat. The first thing thought that came to both Dave and my minds was that we got screwed by the online website for the $150. I emailed them and hoped for a response soon but knew because it was the weekend it might be a while.
Long story short…
We ended up going down the street to iGear Universe. They could order the screen for us (screen cost on us) and repair for $40. Dave and I figured if the screen was wrong, it was on them so we wouldn’t have to worry about getting the wrong one.
In the meantime, I felt like I needed to have a phone. I might be phone-less for a week (#firstworldproblems) and I felt a little uncomfortable when I get up so early to head to classes. You never know these days and I’d rather be safe. We activated my iPhone with the cracked screen and headed off on our way.
Later that week after some back and forth with Repairs Universe, I ended up getting my refund. This made me feel better because at this point I was so frustrated in how much money I was spending just to get one screen fixed.
Once my Galaxy was fixed, I deactivated my iPhone and activated my Galaxy.
But that’s not all folks…
Well-let’s just say the glass screen protector works. It takes the impact of the fall and cracks, preventing the screen from cracking. How do I know? Because I dropped my phone AGAIN-this time while leaving my fitness class and trying to adjust what songs I was listening too.
Because I was using the phone, the case was open and the phone still fell flat on the screen. You should have seen my face when I went to pick up my phone. I carefully peeled the screen protector off, crossing my fingers the actual screen was not broken too. To my luck-it wasn’t but I needed to immediately order another screen protector.
Instead of ordering just one screen protector, I played it safe and ordered two. Who knows with my streak now. The night the screen protectors arrived, I anxiously got the screen protector out to apply-but as I did, I cracked the glass screen protector. Dave just looked at me and shook his head and walked into the other room. Good thing I ordered two…
I can’t walk and do other things. I must focus on just walking! And..I should wear my phone on a necklace so if it falls it doesn’t go anywhere.