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November 6, 2013
Had a broken iPhone 4S that I was replacing the screen on. The first screen I got from Amazon was defective. So I purchased a higher quality one and believe me you don't want to take the 4S apart more than once (4 times).
When I shipped the defective screen off I left the home button in it so I quickly came to ifixit. They were the only place I could find that had the home button available. The install went smooth, just a little hard to get it perfectly straight, but the quality was there.
The iPhone 4S Screen Repair, to me, is one of the most difficult repairs that there is out there. I suppose it isn't as hard as it is time consuming. Use the ifixit.com magnet pad or tape those screws down, you don't want to lose them. Also don't ship your home button off! :D
April 17, 2013
My iPhone 4S dismounted from my bike when I ran over a rumble strip and it bounced into the travel lane where it was run over twice leaving me with a functioning device that had lost its screen protector and home button, which were torn off by the initial tire contact. The monster glass shattered into a mosaic of a few hundred pieces that still responded to my finger touches (with some 'cutting' complaints) and the underlying display was pretty much unaffected. Aside from the glass, the only anomalous behavior was the battery recharging. It still seemed to recharge, but with a declining maximum until it eventually (after about the 3rd recharge) wouldn't stay above 2%. I suspected that the battery was compromised from the crushing force and I was advised (after posting here) to stop recharging since I might find circuitry damage causing shorts that would only do more damage while plugged in.
At first I thought since the screen/digitize
One area that is tricky and bears mentioning, since this issue has occurred on more than one screen replacement (I've also fixed my daughter's 3GS broken screen), is the two ribbon connecters for the LCD/digitizer that thread through the the front side of the top panel to access the mainboard sockets mounted on the back side of the panel. It is easy to think that you've adequately pulled them through only to realize after you've tightened down (with 10 screws) the bezel/screen caddy, that there is a fold that leaves too little ribbon to seat the connector.
I dare say that among today's consumer-grade smartphones only the iPhone could have been resuscitated from such an assault. Only its metal frame provides the kind of strength and ruggedness to withstand 4 tons of crushing force and live to eventually tell the tale.
August 17, 2012
replaced broken screen
perfect; part was a perfect fit.
just have to take your time and use diagram for part.