Wednesday, 11 March 2015

To LOCA or not to LOCA

I recently broke the screen on my Samsung Galaxy S3.  I paid £60 to have it repaired by a guy at the local market.

To clarify at this point it was only the glass that was broken, not the digitiser.  This means, to the layman, that although the glass was broken I could still see the display clearly and the touch screen still worked.  If you have any form of screen corruption and/or loss of touch capability then you need an entirely new digitiser which will set you back £70- £120 for just the screen, or the screen and fitting respectively.

So, as I was saying, the bloke at the market fixed my screen over night and within 24 hours I had the repaired phone back.  There were a couple of scratches underneath the glass where I assume they had scratched the digitiser during removal but to be fair it's a technical process with a hot air gun.  If you get it too hot you melt the digitiser and too cold and the screen is hard to remove.

The only issue was that within 2 weeks it was broken again.  Why ?  Of course it was partly due to my clumsy handling but also, in my opinion, the flexing of the repaired screen.  There are two ways of repairing a screen

Non LOCA repair

This is exactly the same as a LOCA repair but without the glue.

  • Easier
  • Cheaper
  • Less messy


  • The glue adds strength and reduces flex.  By making the glass and digitiser in to a single unit it increases the strength of both the glass and the digitiser
  • You can have dust between the glass and the digitiser which you can't remove
  • The contrast in daylight is lower due to the extra space between the glass and the digitizer.

LOCA repair

  • Much stronger and less likely to fail than a non-LOCA repair
  • Practically an OEM finish
  • Much better contrast and ability to see in sunlight
  • This is messy and very diffficult
  • It takes MUCH longer and includes more preparation
  • It requires the purchase of more tools (UV bulb/light), LOCA glue
  • You can capture air bubbles in the glue which cannot be removed
  • You can break the phone or touch on the screen

Ebay and Amazon sourcing

I bought these items:

It took me two attempts but I ended up with a perfect looking screen, with only a pinprick of a bubble..... unfortunately the touch screen stopped working.  The screen itself works perfectly but the touch will not respond at all..

In conclusion I would recommend that any broken screen is repaired professionally either by using a warranty repair, applecare or by taking it to a well known highstreet vendor.  Alternatively I would buy the entire unit, digitizer and screen and replace the whole unit.

Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson appears to have been suspended following a 'fracas' over catering.

I have no sympathy for him.  If he is innocent then he will be cleared, if not then he'll probably get a warning or dismissal.  All of this was inevitable.  He doesn't care.  He has a loyal army of doting 'anti politically correct' followers stoking the fires of his immense ego.

Regardless of what he has or hasn't done he will move to another channel and get paid more in a month than most people get in a year.

Are we now saying that being politically incorrect means that you can be above the law, employment or otherwise ? If he broke the rules he should get the punishment for it.

Jimmy Saville felt he was above the rules, look where that got him. Someone needs to ground egotists and readjust their megalomania.
That won't happen of course.  Society has made him a martyr and he has more than enough money that he will be safe well in to his (already) dotage.
Hopefully we'll get a rebooted top gear with new presenters, some of the old silliness and an embracing of two wheels as well as four.
Who can tell though ?, society has never made much sense to me. 

16/03/2014:  Update
I find it interesting and enlightening that it was Clarkson himself that reported the incident that got him suspended.  Highly coincidental when you consider the contract renewal and the fact that if he leaves before September it could be expensive.

Follow that up with the fact that he could be nearing retirement age, doesn't seem to like the BBC much, he could walk over to Sky or ITV and make better money then it could be that he's wrecking the Top Gear trademark/IP before jumping ship.  Considering it is reported he sold it for £8,000,000.00 + it would be a sweet revenge to make the Intellectual Property worthless.

It's nice to see the mindless masses put together a petition to keep him when he is probably the one that would come out of it financially better off.