Screen Replacement: Where should I bring it?

Which screen replacement service would you use?

  • iCracked

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Apple

    Votes: 30 100.0%
  • Mall

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • eBay Mail-In Service

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    30

rdunlap

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Original poster
Mar 13, 2013
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Ok so my wife dropped and broke the glass on her iPhone 6s and needs to get it replaced. There's a couple places available to us that we could use but wanted everyone's input before we decide. I just want to make sure the place we choose is using quality parts because it's pretty pricey at a couple places. If you were getting your device fixed which place would you go?

iCracked: $120
Apple: $130
Mall: $60
eBay Mail-In Service: $60

Thank you in advance!
 

JPack

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Mar 27, 2017
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It comes down to how much you care about backlight leakage, color reproduction, hydrophobicity, and thickness. For general use, most people will not look carefully enough to notice any difference.

For example, third party displays may show a dark gray color when the image is pure black. Third party displays will use G+G or G+F technology and be 0.5mm thicker than OEM.

Either go low (mall) or go high (Apple). If you go in between (iCracked), chances are you're just paying for the convenience factor rather than component quality.
 

maxjohnson2

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Mar 24, 2017
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I voted Apple too, the best chance to get original screen. You're basically buying $600+ for these phones for to get the best screen, getting it replaced with cheap 3rd party ones basically ruin the experience.
 

blaine07

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Nov 14, 2014
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Apple for sure, retain any warranty, if applicable as well. You know the Apple store will be there tomorrow in event issues arise later as a result.
 

JPack

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Mar 27, 2017
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It comes down to how much you care about backlight leakage, color reproduction, hydrophobicity, and thickness. For general use, most people will not look carefully enough to notice any difference.

For example, third party displays may show a dark gray color when the image is pure black. Third party displays will use G+G or G+F technology and be 0.5mm thicker than OEM.

Either go low (mall) or go high (Apple). If you go in between (iCracked), chances are you're just paying for the convenience factor rather than component quality.
Just wanted to add that my answer assumes the display is being replaced entirely.

If you have a cracked glass lens cover and the repair shop is simply replacing the glass (i.e. separating the old glass lens and laminating a new one on), you will not notice the difference between OEM and non-OEM. It's the LCD that matters, not the glass lens. If this is the case, choose the lowest cost option.
 

silverblack

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Nov 27, 2007
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Apple for sure.

If your phone have other problems in the future, Apple may refuse to repair it due to the 3rd party parts installed.

To give you an example, I had an iPhone 5 with a swollen battery when it was out of warranty period. For the price of battery replacement, Apple gave me a new replacement phone.
 

DevinNj

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Apr 27, 2016
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If at all possible, use Apple. Yes, you may find cheaper, but in the end you really do get what you pay for. I had a screen replaced at a third party shop years back and started having issues as soon as I picked it up. Of course they denied it was anything they did, claimed it must have had issues prior and would look at it for a fee. Also with Apple, you know you're not getting sub-par knock off parts. Just my .02
 

rdunlap

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Original poster
Mar 13, 2013
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Thank you all for your input. I was leaning towards Apple but your comments are the tipping point. I'd rather get it done right the first time then have to go back and get it done again.
 

CTHarrryH

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Jul 4, 2012
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I would also make sure you back it up - via iTunes and or iCloud before you bring it anywhere
 

rdunlap

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Original poster
Mar 13, 2013
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So it turns out I we have to make a trip to Apple anyway. I guess the phone has been shutting down randomly on her and was looking up the resolution online and the phone is eligible for some battery replacement program.