When reaching home yesterday, I was shocked to see a crack across my smartphone’s screen. While the device was neither dropped nor had knocked on anything, I guess that my car key is to be blamed since I usually keep both of them in the same pocket. Well, this unfortunate event should serve as a lesson for me but also, as a warning to all those who carry their mobile phones and other objects in bags or trousers.
Back in 2011, my Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro (Read review here) had a similar screen problem too after it fell down from a chair (lol). Although there were no visible cracks, the touch screen was rendered completely useless. It was just good for the bin!
Quite disappointed since yesterday as I always believed that my HTC Desire 820 (Read my review here) was secure in the shockproof tough armor back case. I also felt that it was useless to use a tempered glass screen protector but I was totally wrong. As I thought initially, the HTC Desire 820 does not have Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Earlier this morning, I inquired about the cost of a replacement screen :
- Official distributor of HTC, Maurisystem – Rs3500
- Ebay – Cheaper replacement screens are for sale at around $30 on eBay
What to do?
With a (genuine?) screen costing Rs3500, I prefer to buy a brand new smartphone. So, I think it is a complete waste of money, even for cheap replacement screens as they might not be as efficient as the genuine ones. Additionally, there’s no guarantee that a replacement screen might last long. For now, I have purchased a protective glass (Rs200) to increase the lifespan of the smartphone’s screen. I just hope that the crack won’t create air bubbles, rendering the protective glass useless. Meanwhile, I should start looking for a new mobile as sooner or later, the screen might just stop working or literally break.
Anyway, I hadn’t really purchased this HTC Desire 820 as I got it in exchange of my defective HTC One M7 (Read my review written in 2013) when I reported the faulty pinkish camera last year. After owning 3 HTC devices in a row (namely the Chacha, One M7 and now the Desire 820), I don’t know if I will still stick to HTC for the next device (Suggestions welcomed here).
Let’s wait and see… And keep tuned!
Thanks for reading 🙂