Each day iDoctor receives in a number of repairs – ranging from dropped iPhone 4S, water damaged iPhone 4, broken iPad 2, etc. Out of these “normal” broken devices, iDoctor sees a fair amount of damage that resulted from DIY (do-it-yourself) repairs. This damage tends to be significant, and the issue is pervasive (as one might be able to tell from multiple blog posts on the subject).

Recently, iPad 2 is the medium DIY’ers are choosing to attempt their very first screen repair. We cannot warn you enough – for the sake of your iPad – do not attempt the screen repair on your own. For that matter, do not let your friend that has “some tech” experience even try it. Bring your iPad 2 to a repair shop that has a good track record (kinda like us). If our word is not enough for you, do a quick search on what the retail price is for a new iPad (go ahead, we will wait)…

Now that you have the fresh reminder of how much a new iPad costs, think about why you are going to attempt this repair. One reason you might want to try this repair on your own is the savings. You see the pre-assembled screen on a local website for $30-40 and figure you can go party with the $110 you just saved when you complete the work yourself (this is one reason). Another reason might be you have an insatiable thirst for hands on DIY repair (if so, go back to the MSRP of the iPad). Finally, you were able to change the oil in your car once and are therefore qualified to replace the glass on your iPad.

Here is what awaits you behind curtain number 1, 2, & 3…

The pre-assembled glass screen for a fraction of the repair price – first off, the home buttons on these tend to be sticky and do not always sit right. Second, the adhesive that comes on these is junk (sorry, but being blunt is what being a friend is all about). Additionally, the quality of glass seems to be sub-par – we have seen many folks bring in this type of glass and there is a difference. What this listing doesn’t share with you is that the plastic bezel might be damaged and you will have a tough time installing the new glass. Or, the frame of your iPad 2 is bent in and those YouTube videos didn’t quite show you the contingency plan. All of the DIY blogs and videos all caution on the ribbons and cables to watch out for – something professionals spend much time doing our best to avoid damaging – and as careful as you are, the odds (and the force) is against you. The last DIY (actually, it was the persons friend) that came in, cost about $200 to repair (not including the cost of the glass they supplied). This was aggressively priced – four hours of labor and a box of parts were the only thing that could put Humpty Dumpty back on the dance floor.

Curtain number two…

If you have a thirst for learning tech repair – start with something that isn’t as expensive to replace. Maybe something that isn’t so aesthetically appealing (often times a DIY iPad does not turn out pretty). Part of the overall appeal of an iPad is how sexy they are (it had to be said) – it takes practice to get good results.

Curtain number three…

The oil change you did once upon a time in shop class – lets face it, the car leaked afterwards and you couldn’t have got $600 for the car to purchase an iPad. We specialize in iPhone, iPod, and iPad repair – and know better than to try a repair we are not qualified for. The iDoctor fleet is serviced by professional mechanics – why not have your iDevice serviced by professionals too (Just be careful not to mix 5w-30 with your iPad – it’s not good).

We hope that after reading our blog, you have more of a real sense of how difficult iPad 2, iPad 3, and the new iPad are to repair. The internet provides a false sense of ability to far too many people. Take your time and look at what your end state goals are and what the true costs behind your decisions are.

The typical iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad 4 repair runs 24-72 hours. This allows us to properly remove all contaminants from the frame, test functions, and repair the fragile aluminum in cases of bending and impact. iDoctor is one of very few repair centers that offer repair of the aluminum housing in such a complete and comprehensive fashion – included in the repair price.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions – we are always happy to help!

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