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Was concerned about mixed reviews
on 2 March 2014
Some reviews gave 1 star, others gave 5. But for £31 I took the chance. With the old adage "buy cheap, buy twice" ringing in my ears it was with some trepidation I ordered this iPhone 5 front assembly to replace my smashed one. The mixed reviews I read have prompted me to write my first Amazon review to share my own experience. So, cutting to the chase, my experience was perfect.
Lucky? Maybe. But it arrived next day (with Prime), was very well packaged (cardboard outer packaging, cardboard box inside, bubble wrapped), and contained all expected parts (iPhone front assembly, tools, link to online instructions). So far so good.
If you're waiting for the "but" there is one, however, it's nothing to do with the item, it's the actual installation process. Be warned, it is very very fiddly. You need to transplant the home button, camera and backing plate from your old screen. I would definitely recommend searching Youtube for one of the many videos before attempting and ordering. All the tools worked fine (note, you also need a heat gun or hair dryer to do it right). I read negative reviews about the suction cup but mine worked fine. You need to tape over the cracked glass as you'll lose suction otherwise and then it won't work.
Other negative reviews were that it didn't have any instructions, 1 star ratings for that seemed a bit pathetic given the wealth of instructional videos available online. I didn't even bother with the link to the instructions that came with it, I'd already searched youtube for a video (I followed the iCracked one).
So after about an hour an a half of fiddling with microscopic screws I completed the install, and too my delight (and some surprise) it worked perfectly. I don't suppose it's an actual retina display, rather a very good Chinese copy, but what would I really expect for £31? But I can't notice the difference, and I am quite fussy about these things - I haven't tried a side by side comparison with another handset yet though.
So overall, I'm totally satisfied. £31 and 1.5 hours of my time compares well with the alternative of taking it to the apple shop, leaving it for a few days and shelling out £200+. But I would reiterate, please watch the video of install process before buying because it's not a 5 minute job, you do need some patience. Good luck!