Cell Phone Screen Repair: The Broken Screen Problem

You might be surprised to hear this, but the biggest problem with smart phones for most owners is not freezing, or dropped calls, or slow app speed. It’s broken screens. Cell phone screen repair is a serious problem, but one that can be easily solved!

In the early smart phone days, breaking the screen was a piece of cake. With the introduction of Gorilla Glass in 2007 and lately, Gorilla Glass 2, broken screens are less common, but here in the Atlanta area Bob Knows Phones™ cell phone repair location, we still do a lot of  screen repairs daily.

Just about every mobile device has a screen these days and many are comprised of glass.  As everyone knows, glass can break if hit just right.  Dropping your iPod, iPhone, iPad, Droid or Blackberry is the most common reason for the screen to break. But not every type of drop will break it. You may drop it half a dozen times before it hits the floor just right for the screen to crack. What’s “just right”?

Cell Phone Screen Repair - iPhone Screen Repair

Cell Phone Screen Repair – iPhone Screen Repair

Well, the height of the drop and the hardness of the surface are the two obvious conditions. As for the angle of the drop that’s most prone to breaking the screen, you might think it would be landing on the corner. It’s not. It’s landing flat on the screen that is most likely to crack the glass. The screen is most fragile to direct impacts. Of course, landing on the side or a corner can also break the screen – if the phone twists on impact. Glass screens don’t like to be twisted.

iPhone screens have dual layers of glass. Usually, what breaks is the outer screen, while the inner one continues to work and allow you to use the touchscreen functions. However, depending on how the outer screen breaks, you may or may not be able to continue using the phone safely, without the risk of cutting your finger.

The thing to keep in mind is this: Regardless of how small the screen break on your phone is, or where it’s located, the strength of the screen has been compromised. Just like a tiny chip or crack in your car’s windshield would eventually get bigger and bigger, the same way your broken smart phone screen will not repair itself and only get progressively more dangerous for you to use. Not to mention the dust and water that might get in through the crack.

The recent invention of Gorilla Glass 2 holds much promise to broken-screen sufferers. Gorilla Glass is made by Corning via a chemical process known as an ion exchange. The glass structure is altered creating a sort of “armor,” which makes the glass exceptionally resistant to breakage. Gorilla Glass 2 is also up to 20% thinner than the original, but still just as tough, lightweight and scratch-resistant, yet environmentally friendly and recyclable.

Trouble is, there is no way to know if your smart phone has a Gorilla Glass screen. iPad 2 is rumored to have Dragontail screens made by Corning’s Japanese competitor, Asahi Glass. But beyond rumors and hearsay, there is no sure way to know if your phone screen is “shatter-proof,” so caution is always advised.

And what if you do happen to break the screen on your iPhone, Droid or Blackberry? Well, you can either live with it, try to repair it yourself (yes, people do that – although, repairing modern-day electronics takes more than the good ol’ soldering iron), or you can bring it in to us at Bob Knows Phones™. We do cell phone screen repairs on a daily basis.

Give us a call at 678-298-3191 or submit the form below — we repair Atlanta area residents’ broken screens on all makes and models, 7 days a week. And, unlike home repairs, our work is guaranteed.