A few months ago I laid my iPhone4 on the hood of a car in the garage, where it slid off and hit the concrete floor, face down, hard. I felt a wave of adrenalin and regret when I picked it up and found the glass screen shattered. The damage was mostly on the top of the screen where much of the glass was fractured into many tiny shards, but all the pieces remained in place. To my surprise, I was relieved to find out that the LCD touch screen still worked perfectly. |
To the surprise of many friends, I still used the phone regularly for months, and I began to not even notice the fractures in the middle of the screen anymore. Eventually, however, the iPhone began to look a lot like The Terminator in the scene where he's looking in the mirror and pulls off part of his eye socket and face. Slowly, pieces of glass had come out, the front camera became exposed as a rugged bump with no glass over it, and the phone weakened until the backside glass started to crack too. As much as I enjoyed referring to this as "my anti-theft" device, it was time to do something about it.
Since I didn't have Apple Care on the product, I looked to the Apple Store to see what options were available to replace it. The website took me to a screen where it asked, "Are you a new or existing AT&T wireless customer?” I selected Existing and checked the button for "Replace a phone on my account with a new iPhone". The price for a 16GB iPhone4 was shown on the page as $199, and the next screen asked me for my account info. It detected that I am in the middle of an AT&T contract, and it jacked up the price for the same model to $399 to buy a replacement now, or if wait another year until my contract is up, I could buy one at the regular price.
The work bench light with magnifying glass was definitely needed because all the screws are exceptionally small. I ordered the repair kit as an optional add on to the replacement screen. It came with 2 case openers for lifting the screen and parts, a small magnetic tip Philips screw driver, and adhesive to put over the bare phone surface to help the new LCD screen & glass adhere better. I found that the supplied screwdriver was very weak, and the tip became worn and unusable after just a couple screws were removed. I ended up just using one of my own, better quality screw drivers instead, but mine weren't magnetic, so I would use mine to turn the screw and the magnetic one to lift the screw out of or into its hole.
During my first attempt at reassembling the LCD screen, after replacing the 10 screws that hold the glass to the frame edges, I noticed that the flat connector cable from the LCD was not quite long enough to snap into its final position. That cable starts on the LCD screen, and must be fed thru a small slot in the frame so that it sticks out the back where it will attach. The video instructs you to be careful with this cable, but anyway I decided to just gently tug on the cable to pull it the rest of the way through the slot. That's how I lost $50 bucks. The cable was weak enough that I easily sheered it in half. I completed the reassembly anyway, hoping magically it would still work, but reality set in when I found that the phone turned on, but it would not respond to any touch.
If you ensure that you need to replace the iPhone 4 LCD screen digitizer, you must think carefully what you are doing exactly. If you’d like to find a trustworthy retailer for the screen replacement, I firmly recommend the cellphoneage.com to you. We can make sure that LCD screen go through QC testing in order to receive the best quality screen parts. If you have the limited budget, the Grade R is a sensible option as the original one. If your smart device encounters several further questions, we have 45 days warranty for this item. You will get your cash back. Otherwise, Grade O will offer you the original LCD screen as well as 120 days warranty.
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