A few weeks ago I bought a Samsung GALAXY Tab2 7″ inch tablet that had a broken glass digitizer off eBay, for a bargain $70 dollars (including delivery, they are worth around the $200 mark). I do PC repairs for a living so the idea was to buy a replacement glass digitizer and fit it myself.
After searching eBay for a replacement glass digitizer, I discovered two distinct price points: (1) was Australian sellers for around the $50 mark, (2) was the Chinese vendors selling for about the $23 mark. The difference of course is the postage time between the two deals. If I buy from an Australian seller it will arrive in 2 or 3 days, and a Chinese seller may take weeks, but sometimes a lot quicker (basically pot-luck in regards to postage time). I was quite tight financially at the time so decided to take a small chance and buy direct from China.
It took about 2 weeks to arrive so it wasn’t too bad, and the GALAXY Tab2 worked fine so I was able to use it (GT-P3110 model btw). I also bought a 32GB Samsung MicoSD card too, which only fit about 1/4 of my music collection. I was impressed with the quality of the digitizer and suspect it is actually from the same factory that the Samsung digitizers are made, so all good. The only issue was that it didn’t come with any tools and one tool in particular, the prying tool, is very important. I finished up using a combination of tweezers, wooden skewer and thin blade to pry the cover off, and a jewelers screwdriver to pry the old glass off. Make sure you clearly request the tools when you purchase.
I presumed replacing the digitizer would be a relatively easy process but it turned out to be quite a difficult procedure. I followed an excellent video guide on YouTube which went through every detail on how to replace the glass. Basically you have to take out every single part of the entire tablet, then tackle the removal of the old glass which I must say requires safety glasses! Be very careful of the flying bits of glass (I ended up with a few cuts etc) which is unavoidable. Also don’t be too shy with the heat gun or hair dryer, heat that baby right up before you try to pry it off.
I would rate the entire process about an 8/10 in regards to complexity, much harder than iPod/iPhone/iPad glass replacement. So if you are reasonably experienced then go for it, but otherwise leave it to the pros 🙂