Avoid Costly Samsung Galaxy Repair By Following Simple Steps

Avoid Costly Samsung Galaxy Repair By Following Simple Steps

When you find that your Samsung Galaxy is broken, you have two options: you can either spring for a repair or you can put out for a brand new phone. Which do you choose? Consider the pros and cons of each before making a decision.

Is Buying A New Phone the Answer?

If your existing Galaxy is suffering from a cracked screen, water damage or a broken charging port, it might seem like buying a new phone is the fastest way to get back in business.

While this is somewhat true, you also have to take into account that buying a new phone can be rather expensive. If you’re lucky, you might be due for an upgrade; if you’re not, you might be looking at several hundred dollars for a new model.

On top of that, you have to go through the trouble of activating it. Do you go into a local store or do you order online? If you do the latter (which will probably be the cheapest), how long will you be without a phone? Further, what about transferring over all of your information? Your service provider may be able to help you with contacts and photos, but what about your internet bookmarks and apps?

Does Repairing Your Galaxy Make More Sense?

While option 1 does leave you with a shiny new phone, it comes with its fair share of headaches. Your next option is to consider repairing your Galaxy. The pros of this choice include:

Preserving your data – when you repair your phone, you won’t have to worry about losing your contacts or data.

No new contract – when you visit the phone store, you might be tempted to accept their offer of a new phone at little or no cost. While this may seem like a good deal, it’s going to come at the expense of a new contract. Do you really want to be locked into that?

Much lower cost – spend a couple of minutes pricing a new Galaxy. You’ll quickly find that on the cheap end, they’re going to cost at least a couple hundred dollars. Repairing your existing Galaxy, on the other hand, is a fraction of the price.

Who Should Make Your Repair?

In your research, you’ll probably come across a well-meaning how-to guide or video that promises to teach you how to repair your S2, S3, S4, S5 or even S6. In just minutes, you’ll see a screen being swapped out or a charging port replaced. You’ll think: I can do this. When you see just how little these parts cost on eBay, you’ll really think: I’ve got this.

But do you? In most cases, the answer is a resounding no. The first thing you have to consider is that the $5 replacement part you’re seeing online is probably not of the highest quality. Do you really want to deal with the new issues that will arise when you use a sub-par part?

Next, you have to think about how complicated a phone is. Sure, on the outside it looks like a neat, tidy package, but what about on the inside? What exactly goes on in there? If you don’t really know, you don’t really have any business taking one apart.

While the temptation of saving money is a strong one, it’s one that should definitely be avoided when it comes to repairing your Galaxy. In addition to the risk of using terrible parts and possibly further damaging your phone, do-it-yourself repairs come with no kind of warranty or assurance that you’re doing it right. What happens if your newly replaced screen falls off next week? What if your phone goes zap when you try out the new charging port?

One of the nice things about living in New York is that you have easy access to all kinds of professionals. Do yourself a favor and seek out one of these pros when your Galaxy breaks. It will cost you a little more than if you winged it yourself, but the results will be ones that you can count on.

Samsung Galaxy Repair: Cheap is NOT Always Inexpensive

You’ve had your new Galaxy for about a week when it decides that it wants to pretend to be an acrobat. Maybe it jumps out of your hands; perhaps it takes a tumble out of your pocket.

Whatever it does, it ends up with a shattered screen, a cracked case or some other wonderful (and expensive looking) injury. Of course, your first instinct is to turn to that warranty booklet that came with the phone, and of course, you’ll see that these types of “accidents” are not covered. What do you do now?

Do You Want a Cheap Fix or an Inexpensive One?

Buying a new phone is definitely out of the question – you just spent a pretty penny on this one. So, it’s time to look into repairs. As you browse the internet, you’ll see that you have two options: attempt the fix on your own or allow a reputable repairman to handle it.

You’ll notice that they are both low-cost options, but what might not be immediately apparent is that one is a cheap choice and the other is an inexpensive one.

Cheap Fixes Mean Cheap Results

Whether you’ve got a Galaxy S5 or S6 or the Note 3 or Note 4, you’ll see that there is no shortage of replacement parts available online. You can buy everything from a new screen to a new capacitor with just a few clicks of your mouse. You’ll also notice that there are plenty of videos that will take you step by sketchy-looking step through the repair process.

The problem with purchasing some of these parts and trying to fix your new phone on your own is that you really don’t have any idea what you’re dealing with – and we mean that in a literal sense.

Do you know the quality and source of the charging port you’re about to buy? Can you point out the motherboard without having to refer back to a guide? If either of those answers is a no, it’s time to admit that a do-it-yourself repair probably isn’t the brightest of ideas.

Professional Repair: Low Cost and Quality Results

Taking your Galaxy to a Nassau County repair shop is going to cost you a little more than an eBay fix, but the results will be incomparable. What can you expect when you let a professional handle the delicate task of repair?

Quality parts – the internet may be littered with cheap and cheaply made replacement parts, but a reputable repair pro is going to use good stuff. This means that there will be no shady replacement screens or chargers falling out of loose docking ports.

Guaranteed results – repairing your Samsung on your own is really a crapshoot. Maybe you’ll get it right; maybe you’ll end up with second-degree burns. When you let a pro tackle a broken LCD or water damage, you can rest assured that they’ll do the job right. As experts, they know exactly how to diagnose an issue, secure the proper replacement parts and put everything back together.

Fast service – the thing about tackling a job that you’re not familiar with is that a task that might take an expert 20 minutes might take you 20 hours. When you take your Samsung in for repair, you won’t have to ship it off or wait for weeks for it to get fixed. Instead, you might find yourself with a newly re-operational phone in just a couple of hours, or worst case, the next day.

You’ve already dropped some serious cash on your favorite new toy. When it breaks, do you really want to try to save a few bucks by fixing it yourself? Instead, enjoy peace of mind and quality results by taking it to an expert.

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Why a cheap glass repair on your Samsung Galaxy may cost you more than you thought!

Why a cheap glass repair on your Samsung Galaxy may cost you more than you thought!

Are you the victim of a botched Samsung glass only repair? Do you have unexplained issues with your Galaxy phone after a repair? A lower cost glass only repair could be the cause.

Repair Sharks offers some great services for the Galaxy phones. We have seen our fair share of lower end repairs. We think in order to maintain the phones quality the repair needs to be done correctly. We are capable of offering cheaper glass only repair options but given our experience over the years we would rather you not only leave happy but remain happy with our service. We do not take shortcuts with our repair process however this does come with a price. Quality Samsung Galaxy parts purchased the way they should be are expensive, plain and simple. Quality and price usually go hand in hand but those aren’t the only factors. Having experience makes a huge difference as well. We get calls regularly from customers attempting their own repair with a $6 piece of replacement glass.  This rarely works out properly and the long term issues are always evident with these repairs.

What are the problems with cheap glass repairs on the Samsung Galaxy models?

Well for one most places doing these types of repairs don’t have the real equipment necessary to make this type of repair successful. It can be done but the necessary tools are out of reach for most consumers and repair shops. Equipment costs in excess of 15k are very likely to perform such repairs repeatedly and successfully. A clean room environment for one, an autoclave vacuum machine, hotplates, screen separators, frame assemblers, and the toxic chemicals used to properly complete a repair like this are just a few tools necessary.

Most of the time when a glass only repair is completed on a Samsung the Liquid Optical Clear Adhesive (LOCA) is removed from the phones LCD and glass assembly. Some try to replace it but it doesn’t come out right most of the time. Bubbles, lack of adhesion between the two parts, liquid leaking into other parts of the device are just a few issues. Digitizer problems can occur, LCD issues can occur, and we have even seen screens just fall off the phone. The LOCA is a UV hardened liquid that requires a proper UV oven to harden. We have seen shops using nail salon UV nail hardeners to try and bond a screen. Although this can work it really isn’t the professional solution to repairing a screen.

Other noticeable issues

  • Digitizer problems – Lack of touch in certain areas, random screen clicks, non-working touch panel
  • LCD issues – The LCD is extremely fragile. Many times these screens get scratched, crack, have dead pixels, color bleeding, or get heat damaged during the repair process.
  • Phone Freezing – We have seen many customers who complain their phone will randomly freeze after a glass only repair. This can be attributed to digitizer / touch panel issues or even some other damage that may have occurred during he repair.
  • Screen adherence – Many shops bond the replacement glass back to the LCD using double sided tape around the border. This is a cheap fix and in a few days / weeks this bond can be weakened with hot and cold temperature changes. Since the border is so thin it is difficult to get enough adhesive to bond it correctly.
  • Dirt and Debri – If the LOCA is removed entirely and not replaced as many shops do there is no buffer between the LCD and Digitizer. Instead there is an air gap which can allow dust and debri to enter into the screen area.

Why do shops offer a sub-par repair?

At Repair Sharks we choose full assembly repairs for most cases. This is where we purchase the Glass, Touch Panel / Digitizer, and LCD professionally bonded together as it should be from the factory. This type of part is much more expensive.  Take the S4 for instance. You may find some shops repairing these for $80-100 and others charging $150-200. Why such a difference? The lower priced repair is actually much more profitable for those shops. They can potentially profit $90 on a $100 repair using a $6 piece of glass. The full assembly repairs costing $150-200 have a much lower profit margin with most shops making $40-50 a repair. The right way to fix a $500 phone is the way the manufacturer originally intended. The correct way is to replace the full part and eliminate any after repair issues that may occur.

Why should you choose a quality repair using factory parts?

Once our customers leave our shop with a Samsung Galaxy repair we can usually guarantee they won’t be coming back. Sometimes it’s worth spending a few extra bucks to get something that is a valued part of your day running the way it should be.

If you want someone to fix your expensive device which contains tons of valuable information with a hairdryer and a screwdriver kit from home depot then go to the mall. If you want to ensure the best possible practices are used, the best tools, ESD practices, and equipment then go to a reputable repair center like Repair Sharks!

After seeing many customers come into our shop after a botched glass only repair our goal is to offer only the best service with the same longevity that we would use in our own phones. If our own technicians opt for a factory part then so should you.

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If you happened to be a victim of a botched repair job we can most likely help you. Visit our website at www.repairsharks.com and call one of our stores for more information. Drop-off and mail-in services are available and most parts are in stock daily.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Release and Design

With news of Samsung releasing the Galaxy S6 in the next few months users are waiting for the next big thing. Those that were disappointed with some of the S5’s features are patiently awaiting a potential design change. Many users hoped there would be a curved design to the S5’s face allowing users a smoother use of the phone as it rests against your head. This may be what’s coming. Although speculators are assuming there will be a redesign no one is yet certain as to what it will be.

What we hope to see

  • Thinner design as in Galaxy Alpha which is thinner than the S5
  • Potential for a curved face to contour the phone against your ear and mouth. The design may even incorporate a flexible screen design.
  • Metal frame – moving toward lightweight metal and away from their plastic frame
  • Higher resolution – On par with the Note 4
  • Slightly larger screen than its predecessor the Galaxy S5

We are not sure what performance enhancements will be made yet. We will revisit this once the phone is released and see what exactly Samsung did change across the board.

Until the new Samsung is released Repair Sharks will be repairing all those other model Galaxy phones.  Visit our website or give us a call. We can repair most issues with the Samsung including cracked front glass, LCD, battery, water damage, charging ports and more!!

Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, and Note Repairs

The Samsung phone much like the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 has a fused digitizer and LCD assembly. The glass is adhered to the LCD using a Liquid Optically Clear Adhesive. This LOCA as its referred to creates the crystal clear bond between the outer glass and LCD screen. The LOCA helps to distribute the touch sensitivity properly while also bonding the two halves together in order to form the front screen assembly.

Recently it has come to our attention that various repair centers are offering front glass replacement on the Samsung Galaxy SIII, S4, Note 1 and Note 2. Repairing the Samsung models can be very pricey if done right but the difference between a glass only repair and a full factory fused LCD / Glass assembly is big.  By doing a glass only replacement on the phone you are essentially removing the LOCA between the LCD and Glass.  Although this is definitely a cheaper option it is in our opinion not a quality repair and issues can and do arise with this method.  We have seen a number of phones in our shop that have had glass only replacements. Some of the issues we have seen are with touch panel sensitivity, the glass falling off of the phone, and worst of all the phone locking up and freezing. We have noticed the phone can freeze if pressed to firmly due to the lack of LOCA as a buffer between the glass and LCD.

The Samsung phones are expensive pieces of equipment. When you invest in such an advanced smartphone you take on the responsibility of keeping that device working for years. Insurance many times doesn’t cover breaks or neglect which leaves you having to feel the burden of repairing the device. Luckily at Repair Sharks we can replace your full front assembly the correct way and give you back that amazing LCD clarity and picture that first drew you to buy the phone in the first place. Think of it like this, you buy a Ferrari and get a big scratch on the side. Do you repair it with a spray can or do you take it to a professional auto body shop that is going to paint it the correct way?

In any event, if you do happen to crack your screen the Repair Sharks are always here to help. Give us a call or shoot us an email and we can give you a quote on repairing your phone with genuine Samsung screens and LCD’s.

Visit us at www.repairsharks.com