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C Stock Screens Are Still Great!

Michael Colton -

iPhone 4S

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iPhone 4S Display Assembly Replacement

1 hour

Difficult

My Problem

This is the fourth time I've successfully used this guide to fix my iPhone's display. They were all due to dropping and shattering the screen, or due to cheap, knock-off screens failing.

My Fix

Repair has gone smoothly each time, the instructions are great (though one time I missed the part about swapping the speaker grill, oops!) Twice I tried $20 fake replacement screens from Amazon. They worked initially, but one died after a few days, the other developed dead spots (and later shattered in a drop that I don't think would have hurt a real Apple display).

This time I tried a C Stock screen from iFixIt, and it is great! I was worried about getting a C Stock screen because there are no pictures of what they look like, I thought maybe it would be awful, but I thought I'd go ahead and try anyway, since they are so inexpensive. I'm delighted with it! Better than the knock-off screens, looks great, despite some scratches that really aren't that noticeable. See the included pictures.

My Advice

C Stock screens are still great! I was very happily surprised.

Also, a trick I use for these guides is to remove each part and place them in a line on my desk, I even remove the screws in the order they are listed in the text and line those up in sequence as I go. That way, during reassembly, I there isn't any question about what screw goes where, and I don't have to keep track of screw types.

The other thing is read each step carefully! There isn't always a picture for each part, so if you are going by the pictures you might miss something (as I did when I failed to swap out the speaker grill. I didn't notice until the phone was all the way back together. At that point, I was like, "there is no way I am doing that again just for the speaker grill". Well, just days later that crappy screen failed and I had to swap it anyway. I was more careful the second time.)

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