Best place to get a iPhone 4 screen/digitizer replacement?

Shockwave78

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So I was thinking of getting my son his first smart phone here very shortly, but don't want to waste an upgrade on an iPhone 5 right now. The wife has a iPhone 4 kicking around with a shattered screen that works perfect. Just needs a new screen.

I am really good with electronics, fixing stuff so I have no doubt I could replace th screen. If I fail then the experience will be worth it alone.

Anyway I see tons of sites to buy screens from, tons more on eBay. But then I guess there are many variations of quality once installed.

Where to buy from?? Many people also advertise on Craigslist but I imagine for $75 installed the screens may be the lower quality ones.

Any input appreciated!

Thanks!
 

Shockwave78

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Ya I know that...those are the most of obvious places with many variants of screens available excluding ifixit, but there's are $99
 

dictoresno

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Screw ebay, amazon Craigslist or any other website trying to sell $20 screens.

I get my replacements from icracked.com and only them. Quality replacements and they come with a tool kit plus directions. I purchased screens for my wife's phone and my brothers 4S for Xmas since he cracked his. They are cheaper than ifixit and are of the same quality.
 

Shockwave78

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Screw ebay, amazon Craigslist or any other website trying to sell $20 screens.

I get my replacements from icracked.com and only them. Quality replacements and they come with a tool kit plus directions. I purchased screens for my wife's phone and my brothers 4S for Xmas since he cracked his. They are cheaper than ifixit and are of the same quality.
Meh I was interested until I went to the site. It's not like these people are trained by apple to install screens or something...it's not rocket science, and theres reason people on manufacturing lines make such low wages. This stuff ain't hard to do...

I'd rather lose $75 and try it myself the with the possiblity of messing something up rather than give it to some kid who acts like he is some professional that wentt through years of training. It's pretty comical actually :)
 

dictoresno

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Meh I was interested until I went to the site. It's not like these people are trained by apple to install screens or something...it's not rocket science, and theres reason people on manufacturing lines make such low wages. This stuff ain't hard to do...

I'd rather lose $75 and try it myself the with the possiblity of messing something up rather than give it to some kid who acts like he is some professional that wentt through years of training. It's pretty comical actually :)
Um you don't have to have them install it, that's an option for people who don't know how. You buy the self install kit for $60-75 depending on the model phone and do it yourself. You obviously didn't read the site thoroughly.

I purchased two screens from them and I installed them in under an hour, with no experience on iPhone screens before. Go back and read it again. These screens are high quality, and guaranteed to work properly. Unlike those cheap $30 amazon or eBay Chinese knockoffs. It's up to you as I could really care les what you do.

And on a side note, icracked has made the news countless times regarding their business model, the founders who started the business in college and their house call technicians. So call them what you want, but there are lots of people who use their service with amazing results.

So I don't know why this whole thing is comical to you. This company is well respected not only in the i device world but also in the financial world. You sir, are the comical one. Enjoy your $20 eBay screen from china when it fails or doesn't even work.

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/power-pitch/25-old-millions-cracked-iphones-123419416.html#more-
 
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D.T.

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Where to buy from?? Many people also advertise on Craigslist but I imagine for $75 installed the screens may be the lower quality ones.

Any input appreciated!

Thanks!
There's definitely two major tiers of parts, and I've read countless stories about issues with the lower cost parts (significant numbers of dead pixels, odd color blemishes, DOA, etc.)

I've gotten a couple of displays from these folks who were recommended on a few tech sites like anandtech.com

https://www.etechparts.com

They're on the cheaper side of the "better" tier, and so far I'm 2 for 2 with good, high quality replacement parts.


I purchased two screens from them and I installed them in under an hour, with no experience on iPhone screens before.
That's pretty quick, my first time, and I have years and years of tinkering with small electronics took me easily 3X that long, taking my time, documenting screw locations, etc.

The process itself is pretty straight forward, you're just dealing with incredibly tiny screws that go into really hard to access locations, etc. I also had some mis-assemblies where connectors popped loose so I had to partial dis-re-assembly to correct antennas or the home button.