My Samsung Galaxy Tab felt on the street and the glass on the touch screen is broken. The display still works fine, but it is "danger to touch it", especially for kids.

When I visited repair shop, they asked for the price almost equal to the price of new device.

As it seems to work still fine, my hypothesis is that only the glass is broken, and actually display (electronic device) behind it is ok. And if I would be able to remove the broken glass and get new one (from some ordinary "window maker") and glue it on the display, everything should be ok.

Is that crazy idea or do I have a chance?

  • How is it an Android issue?
    – iOS
    Jun 21, 2012 at 5:37
  • @SachinShekhar Strictly speaking it isn't, but neither is the myriad of questions regarding batteries but I haven't seen anyone complaining about those.
    – R R
    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:00
  • @Richard It doesn't mean this one becomes on-topic. Those questions should be closed too.
    – iOS
    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:14
  • but, only if Android isn't responsible for those battery issues...
    – iOS
    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:18
  • Well, maybe it is not Android issue per se, but "Android Enthusiasts" are the most likely people to give reasonable answer (and indeed answers below are correct ones). The best fit of the question topic and audience, who might know the answer, is something evolving and not necessarily following the definition of "right question". What should we do with these questions, which are not right, but otherwise they are perfect fit for audience?
    – Tom Burger
    Jul 2, 2012 at 11:35

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You can get a new screen through eBay. Here's one for ~$77.

Also, here's a YouTube video that shows how to dismantle and replace the screen and digitizer.

  • Ok, it looks interesting (and challenging) :-) But I will try and let you know how it worked... Do you know anyone who tried and succeeded?
    – Tom Burger
    Jun 16, 2011 at 6:30

You can pick up a replacement on eBay for ~$80. It looks like they all come with the glass + the digitizer, from what I have read, they are a "combo" item. Then you can find tutorials on how to replace the screen.


If the digitizer still works and the only issue is the sharp edges, I know a bunch of folks that have (device agnostic) cracked screens with a screen protector serving as more of a finger protector on them.

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