Phones Suggestions on which path to take with fixing/getting a new Galaxy s4?

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  1. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    've had my Galaxy s4 glass replaced 2 times.

    1) Dropped my phone, and the glass fractured along the entire screen. I put a screen protector over it to keep my fingertips from getting cut

    After the first repair, a visible spec of white lint/dust(?) got underneath the glass. I decided to let that go, as a sort of reminder to be more careful with my stuff. Also, because the rim of the top part was no longer sealed, dust managed to get in there, making the front-facing camera "clouded". By the time I noticed this, I've long moved out of the region where the repair place was, so I had to let that go. Otherwise, the phone worked fine, I was satisfied with the work done

    1.5) I was near a repair shop to see if I could get my internal camera fixed. It was this guy who pointed out that THAT portion at the bezel top was NOT sealed, so that's why dust was getting in there. Paid a bit of money, he cleared it, replaced it with a new camera, and put some kind of seal/epoxy? into it. Unfortunately, I picked at it, and there's now a gap. I can take a business card, slide it in there, and scoop out some of that dust

    2) dropped phone again, but only the top part was fractured (where you'd swipe from to open up Android Notifications)
    The 2nd repair traded 1 problem for others...
    +the screen was no longer fractured

    -The charging/notification light isn't really visible since there seems to be something opaque over that. That light only leaks out from the top
    -the digitizer is off. It's much more difficult to drag and long press.

    At this point, between replacing the glass on own or getting a replacement Galaxy s4, which makes more sense?
     
  2. mclld macrumors 68000

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    3rd option, buy a newer and better phone
     
  3. ackmondual thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It definitely won't be an iPhone... I like Android better. Windows Phone, probably not half bad, but I like the apps on my Android. Galaxy s5 took away the hard, capacitive menu button. Gs6 has no more exp and removable battery. Gs7 is a the latest and $700. I'll have to look into other Android options <$300.
     
  4. mclld macrumors 68000

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  5. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    If your requirements are removable battery and menu button for around $300, the LG G4 can be had for around that price, at least in the US. The only thing missing from what you mentioned is capacitive buttons, the G4 uses on screen buttons but give you the option of adding back the menu button. If you need a capacitive menu button, then the S4 is really your only option, though let me suggest the S4 Active and you can find them for around $100- $200 on ebay.
     
  6. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    The menu button is and has been still available since then, albeit with a long press of the back button.
     
  7. ackmondual thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This hasn't worked. Long pressing the Task Switcher should mimic that, but that hasn't always worked either.

    Such as?
     
  8. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Works in some apps for me but a few it doesn't like tapatalk. But in others it works no problem on my S7e so yeah it's a weird one.
     
  9. Flow39 macrumors 68000

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    OnePlus One, OnePlus X, Moto G, 2014 Moto X, Nexus 6($350) etc. There are far better options for $300 than another S4 IMO.
     
  10. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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