The bliss of owning the best phone in the market quickly turns to sadness when it stops functioning. It was a Sunday morning when while reaching for my phone, it slipped off of the desk and landed with the face on the floor. My heart dropped as I was reluctant to pick it up, but when I did, it was fine. Ecstatic, I cleaned it off with a soft rag and continued to use it.
Thinking everything was fine, after roughly 15 seconds of it being in my hand, I could feel it bending ever so slightly. Then the screen cracked right along the center. This hairline crack was enough to stop the digitizer from working. I now had the best brick in the market, I could see the beautiful screen under but I could not use it. Around an hour later, another crack appeared by itself, this time going from the bottom left corner to the first crack. Accepting that it wasn’t going to work anymore, I plugged in my mouse using a USB OTG connection and synchronized all of my data. On Tuesday, I called the LG service center and they said to bring it to one of their affiliated phone shops near me and that they would take it from there. The customer service lady said that the digitizer was a part of the LCD and that the repair options were limited to the whole assembly. This troubled me as it would cost much more even though the underlying LCD was working just fine. The cost to fix the whole screen and glass assembly would be $193 and I had no other option. On Thursday, I took my G2 to the nearest shop and all I can do now is hope for the best. No matter how careful you may be with your phone, use a case that protects the front bezel and glass, because the gorilla glass just isn’t that strong.
Update: LG G2 Screen Replacement Update
It is usually difficult to hard brick a device but a soft brick can be fairly easy to accomplish. During the early days of development I was testing an experimental build for the G2 when it refused to boot. Thinking I could get it to boot with a different kernel, while being stuck in fastboot mode wasn’t the best idea. If you are stuck in fastboot, I recommend you reflash a custom recovery and continue on your way. If a kernel is improperly flashed the phone will present you with a screen that says LG Security Error. Upon reaching this screen, the only option to return to a fully functional phone is to restore to stock.
Follow these instructions on XDA written by hyelton and you should be up and running.
LG G2 Stock Firmware (Go Back to Stock)
After following these steps and restoring to stock software, you can now root and flash a custom recovery as normal.
Best of luck!
While the LG G2 is by far my favorite phone on the market, the stock LG software is somewhat buggy. There are hiccups while scrolling in certain menus and way too many wake locks for a newly set up phone. These problems and more were solved with the release of CyanogenMod version 10.2 for the LG G2. Currently both the D800, D802 and the VS980 are supported and there are nightly builds being released. The experience is far superior to that of the LG user interface and the stability and performance of this nightly build is remarkably impressive.
The battery life is also fantastic due to the minimal amount of wake locks. The device when in sleep remains in sleep and gains the amazing battery life that was expected from the start. On initial installation, cLock keeps a lock on the GPS but after disabling it and rebooting, the device has been flawless.
The LG G2 has been the all around most powerful phone I have ever used and as a small testament to its power I have benchmarked it using AnTuTu, Quadrant and 3DMark (Extreme and Unlimited). The scores are much higher than what was shown in the reviews and the AnTuTu score was taken before any modifications were made (root and custom recovery).
Quadrant Standard: 20192
3DMark (Ice Storm Extreme 1080p): 9909 Maxed Out
3DMark (Ice Storm Unlimited 1080p): 16196
A small OTA update was pushed to all D80210b-AME devices last night. This update comes as a relatively small 13.23mb download. There has been no information posted relating to this update but installing the update with a custom recovery is not recommended. If it is installed with TWRP already on the phone, it will remain stuck in a bootloop. Luckily, if this happens to you, as happened to me, you can follow the directions stated by thecubed on his xda post found here (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2451696). Please leave a comment if you know what the update addressed.
These commands are to be run while the phone is in ADB mode in the recovery to be able to boot past the recovery. After these commands reboot and cross your fingers.
dd if=/dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/fota of=/sdcard/fota-backup.img
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/fota