Second generation of iPhone. Model A1241 / 8 or 16 GB capacity / black or white plastic back. Repair is more straightforward than the first iPhone. requires screwdrivers, prying, and suction tools.

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Broken/cracked glass for iPhone 3G Screen

Okay so for the second time the glass has cracked on my iPhone 3G screen. I just recently paid to get it fixed for quite a large amount of money(for me anyways) And a few weeks later it has cracked again right off the 'ear speaker'. So I have decided to do it myself, and I've noticed there is a repair kit on this site, and I am wondering if is the same quality screen that apple uses, because I don't want a crap screen that will do the same thing. Any info on that would be greatly appreciated, as well as for any other information I should be aware of for repairing my iPhone 3G screen. (just to clarify things the LCD is fine)

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Hi, The screens available on this site are of good quality, i've bought a few and they have always been good, you don't notice a difference. The person who fixed your phone for "quite a large amount of money" would have also used a similar quality screen if not the exact same one.

The glass is in fact VERY hard to replace, especially if you don't know what you are doing. I regard myself as quite an expert when it comes to repairing devices and i find it difficult.

It involves needing to heat the glass and surrounding areas with a heat gun, melting the adhesive substance that binds the glass to the frame. You then have to clean off the excess adhesive and use a new batch or use the old remaining substance to fix the replacement glass back on by heating it up again.

Shards of glass are involved, a potentially dangerous heat gun has to be used and it's just over all a very unnerving experience.

My best opinion is to just buy a complete front assembly replacement and do that instead.

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All I can add to this is a link to iFixit's Front Panel Kit and installation instructions.

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