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Im about to buy a Nexus 5 with...
Anonymous 07/17/14(Thu)18:18 UTC+1 No.669126 Report

Im about to buy a Nexus 5 with a cracked screen for cheap like pic related and was wondering if its a sound investment to later on fix the screen myself
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Anonymous 07/17/14(Thu)18:54 UTC+1 No.669139 Report

>>669126
Maybe you should check the prices of screens first. Can you fix it yourself? My wife replaced the screen on my HD2 twice, first one fell off and broke in a week. Second one we followed some advice on line and glued it on, worked for a while but then the connector came loose and the next screen cracked on dissasembly.

Spent over a hundred in all trying to keep it running.

Broke down and got a replacement phone used for $60, good luck.
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Anonymous 07/17/14(Thu)20:25 UTC+1 No.669154 Report

nah. when you're buying a phone with a cracked screen it generally means they've fucked it beyond use and its worthless. just pay more than say ten dollars for it. ive gotten lucky with consoles that were sold as "parts only" working perfectly fine. but if the asking price is too high then someone is selling you their junk to pay for their stupidity
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Anonymous 07/17/14(Thu)20:26 UTC+1 No.669155 Report

>>669126
dont pay more than ten dollars*
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Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)02:26 UTC+1 No.669252 Report

>>669126
Looks like the LCD+Digitizer is about $120 for a trustworthy part and supplier. You can get a new one for about $400. If you're paying <$50 for it, and you use it as-is for long enough to be sure there's nothing else wrong with it first, might be ok.
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Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)02:59 UTC+1 No.669261 Report

Good points:

- Screens are cheap, at 20-30% of the phone's preown value

Bad points:

- Like the iPhone 4/4S, the whole entire phone is assembled onto the back of the screen, meaning you don't so much replace the screen as buy a new screen and replace its phone
- Unlike the iPhone 4/4S, it's held together by glue and plastic snaps.
- If the phone's had a drop, who knows what the hell else has happened to it?
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Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)03:45 UTC+1 No.669282 Report

>>669126
>fix the screen myself


Nope, these mobile devices have these new adhesives that makes it harder to replace said parts. Not only that but said parts are very expensive on Ebay for an inferior version. Might as well buy a cheap Chinese android phone that does the same thing instead of trying to fix anything

You can connect to the TV via OTG for more fun
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Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)20:03 UTC+1 No.669573 Report

>Gorilla-glass
>unbreakable
...

Buy a new one or a moto-g, it will be better than replacing the screen. Except if it is for 10$ and you want to do stuff with it.
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Anonymous 07/20/14(Sun)12:35 UTC+1 No.670360 Report

nexus 5
why would anyone buy that first place?
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Anonymous 07/21/14(Mon)08:22 UTC+1 No.670800 Report

>>669126

A few months ago, my old Iphone straight up died, blew something on the logic board. So when I got a used phone with a cracked screen for $15 to replace the guts, it was a nobrainer since my old screen worked fine. Took all of about fifteen minutes to swap out.

I think that's generally the only kind of situation you want to fool with broken screen phones secondhand. Everything else is too much of a gamble.
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