|My Nexus 5 After a Fall|
I actually checked out the various screens on Amazon and found many sounded like generic "compatible" displays that might not work quite right. That led me to eTradeSupply, which promised true OEM parts. The display and a few tools ended up costing $85. That seems a bit steep for a smartphone that's about 18 months old, you might think it best to simply buy a new phone, but then my phone had 32GB storage and frankly most of the newer phones aren't that much faster/better. Used and working Nexus 5 phones still run $225+, and that's for the 16GB model, so repairing my phone seemed the best bet. What follows is some pictures and commentary on the process, should anyone else want to follow my path.
Now you just need to -- carefully -- reverse the above process with the new case and display. It goes faster than the dismantling process, requiring about 15 minutes compared to the 30-45 minutes to take things apart.
Now, wrapping things up let me just say this: modern smartphones are both a blessing and a curse. If you want a display that doesn't have as much internal reflections (i.e. glare), you want a bonded display. But if you get a bonded display like in most high-end smartphones, any shattered glass basically means you have to replace the entire display. It can be done, but where new glass might only cost $10 or so, a new display will set you back $80+. If you buy a protection plan, that can save your bacon as well, but the cost is often high enough to make people balk.
Your best bet is to be careful, but even the most careful person can occasionally make a mistake. A good protective case is helpful when that happens, but it means your sleek little smartphone is now much larger. Seriously, have you seen all the people with iPhones sporting huge cases? Apple making the new models slightly thinner is basically stupid for anyone that uses a protective case, and the same applies to Samsung, LG, Nexus, Motorola, etc. phones. If you buy any phone that costs more than $200, I'd say a case is a requirement, at which point thinness just became mostly meaningless.