iPhone 3G: Worth replacing the LCD

April 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Repair work | 2 Comments

My friend (also an engineer) dropped his iPhone 3G and cracked the LCD and touch panel.
He tried to replace the LCD and touch panel, but he failed and gave up.
He decided to get a new iPhone 3GS instead, and gave the broken one to me.

He told me that I would waste my money and time trying to fix it.
I replied to him, “I’ll show you what I can do.”

I bought the LCD assembly from Ebay (the supplier is from HongKong).
Sadly, the new LCD assembly has a crack on the LCD ribbon cable when it arrived. Possibly, bad handling during delivery.
I contacted the supplier and he re-send a replacement for the LCD part only to me with the shipping cost paid by me 😦

Replacing the iPhone LCD is a lot easier than replacing the NDS Top screen. It took me about 20 minutes to replace it.
However, you need to be careful when bending the ribbon cable. It can crack and the LCD becomes RIP.

So, what is the total cost? I estimated it would cost me about $80 for the parts, shipping and my 20 min time.
For some reason, the iPhone LCD is much more expensive than the NDS LCD.

🙂 Yay, now I have iPhone. Oh wait, I now have 2 iPhones cause I already have my own iPhone.
Well, I guess now I don’t have to share iPhone with my wife anymore. We now have one each!

Enjoy the video.



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