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Great parts, adhesive is inadequate

Jeffrey Williams -

iPad 4 Wi-Fi

iPad 4 Wi-Fi Front Panel Replacement

2 hours

Moderate

My Problem

3 foot drop onto hardwood floor completely shattered the glass.

My Fix

I followed the directions for the most part. Due to the sheer amount of damage I didn't heat the adhesive for fear of overheating LCD or some other component. I'm not sure if this is an acual concern, but basically the glass was off other than the thousands of shards glued around the perimeter. I removed these with a razor and patience. I removed the glass prior to odering parts so I used my own tools and the review is for the parts only

My Advice

The adhesive strips would not hold the side of the screen down that the digitizer strip is on (bottom left). The surfaces were clean, no glass or glue residue, and i sat a large reference book on the screen overnight after installation. this corner popped up shortly after removoing the book. I had to add some adhesive compound to this side, which was a difficult task in itself since I did not want to completely lift the glass off again, the rest was sticking well. The adhesive is simply inadequate for the upward pressure the new digitizer ribbon places in this corner. I replaced all cables exacly where the factory ones were so I feel this is not a install error or anything of that nature.

The parts work perfectly, but consider using an adhesive alternative or plan to add something stronger to the bottom ans left sides during installation.

Side note: they used excellent, more eco-friendly packaging. Perforated paper and a strudy box. Much better than the excessive plastic that many others use and tends to perform poorly anyway due to poor packing technique.

iPad 4 Front Glass/Digitizer Touch Panel Full Assembly Image
iPad 4 Front Glass/Digitizer Touch Panel Full Assembly

$39.99

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