1. CannedBullets's Avatar
    So I found a Moto G that was bidding fairly low. I didn't know why until today when I saw a cracked screen. How hard would it be to replace it myself? I've built a few PCs before so it can't be that hard right?

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    Yeah that's the only frontal pic that was on the ebay page for it. I'm thinking of getting a Moto G to mess around with the software.
    04-10-2014 02:24 AM
  2. Saukrateaz's Avatar


    Not bad at all.
    04-10-2014 07:02 AM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    As someone who spent years repairing cellphones, I'll give you my standard advice. Unless you've worked on that model before, DON'T!

    We see people coming to forums all the time who opened the phone up to do a "simple" repair but now "it has this little problem". When they go in to fix that problem (which usually requires replacing something), it now has "this other little problem". Eventually they've spent what a new phone would have cost and it still has a problem. (It's like gambling - if you're losing, double your bets. It's the sure path to a win - for the house.)

    Then you bring it to various repair shops until you find one willing to work on a phone you've worked on - with the understanding that you pay them so much per hour until they find everything wrong with it, even if the repair estimate is way more than you're willing to pay.

    Bringing a phone with a cracked screen to a shop to have it repaired usually turns out to be much cheaper in the long run.

    Notice that, in the video, even someone who looks as if he's done this many times before, had a bit of a problem getting some of the connectors off. A person with no experience will usually end up with broken connectors and/or torn cables. And if the connector you break is the end on the logic board, you're going to be buying a new logic board - which isn't that cheap. If you bend a pin under during the reassembly, that's another logic board. And it's so easy to break those little connectors. That's why new techs spend days practicing on totally unrepairable phones first. It's like using cadavers in med school, so the student doesn't kill live people. If you slice into the aorta of a cadaver, oops. If you do it to a formerly live patient, he becomes a cadaver. The same thing happens with cellphones. Remember peeling off the copper with that connector? Peel it just a bit too far, or a bit too hard, and wave goodbye. Practicing on a dead phone, it's just oops, and you learn not to pull that way or that hard - for the next one you try.
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    04-11-2014 01:08 AM
  4. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Save yourself the time and possible additional costs should the repair go bad. Get a new Moto G impossible.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    Golfdriver97 likes this.
    04-12-2014 05:12 PM
  5. CannedBullets's Avatar
    Yeah I think I'll either try and get a Moto G used or a Nexus 5 off of ebay then.
    04-12-2014 11:23 PM
  6. hallux's Avatar
    A 16 GB US GSM Moto G is $200 off contract, direct from Motorola. I don't see any reason to risk trying to repair one...
    04-13-2014 09:03 AM
  7. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Yeah I think I'll either try and get a Moto G used or a Nexus 5 off of ebay then.
    Let us know what you end up purchasing and how you like it.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    04-13-2014 02:14 PM

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