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How to Tell the Difference between the iPhone 3G & iPhone 3GS

iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS compare

We get many people that want to purchase replacement parts for their iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS but they do not know how to tell which model they have. Here is a quick way to figure out the model iPhone you have.

The iPhone 3G has a chrome apple logo and the letter for the word “iPhone” is white color.

The iPhone 3GS has a chrome apple logo also but the lettering for the word “iPhone” is also chrome to match the apple logo.

Hope this helps.


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Apple Stores Will Replace Broken iPhone Displays

You may have seen some information about Apple offering to replace your iPhone screen if you take it to an Apple store and have a “Genius” do it for you. Lets go over some of the details of this and why this is not the best option. First off is the cost to do this which does not include your time or the mileage to get to an Apple store. This repair will run you $199 for the 3G or 3GS even if just the Touch Panel is broken. The Apple “Genius” will take it in the back room and pull the old screen out probably with a case opener (XX1521) tool or suction cup (XX2373) and put a new screen in it for you. This is a 10 minute do it your self repair that will run you $199 from Apple. At DirectFix we carry the same screens, tools and free online videos you need to do this yourself. You do not need to be a “Genius” to do this just watch our free videos below. The 3G complete screen we carry (IP-2164) is only $99 and the 3GS complete screen we carry (IP-2322) is only $149. That will save you $50 to $100 from what the Apple store will charge you. Now I am no “Genius” but I can also do some basic math and I do not know many people that make $199 for 10 Minutes of work. Also if you have a Jailbroke iPhone Apple will not fix it for you no matter what. So your choice is to spend $199 at the Apple Store for 10 Minutes of work or save the money and order the part from DirectFix.com and do it yourself.

Another note if you are a little more technical and have more time on your hands there are even cheaper solutions. If you only broken the Touch Panel on the 3G or 3GS this part can be replaced by its self. There are some additional tools and and adhesive kit needed but the Touch Panel only runs $30 for the 3G (IP-2213) and $40 for the 3GS (IP-2320). That would then save you $160 to $170 from the price that the Apple store charges. As you can see there are ways to save money and doing a little research can go a long way.


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iPhone 3G Complete Screen Replacement (LCD & Touch Panel) Directions



iPhone 3GS Complete Screen Removal & Reassembly Directions IP-2322



Metal Spudger vs Plastic Case Opener Tool

    So you broke your iPhone or iPod and you want to open it up and take a look inside or maybe even repair it. You find the parts you need but notice that there are some special tools like a plastic case opener tool part number XX1521 shown in the directional videos you watched. Then you look around the Internet and see that some web sites are recommending a Metal Spudger. You wonder which tool is the best one for the job.

    Lets go over each tool and then you can decide:

    Case Opener Tool (Part Number XX1521):
    First we have to say that there are different types of plastic case opener tools and they vary in quality, plastic type and build. There are some that are very flimsy and the tip on them is very thin which make them useless or only good for one use. The ones we carry at pdaparts.com are high quality and durable plastic. We use these tools daily in repairs and only sell quality tools. You might also notice that the tool we sell is 2 sided, so it is like getting 2 tools in one. Just like all plastic they will wear down and this is another reason we sell the double-sided tool which gives you twice the life span.

    The Metal Spudger:
    The metal spudger tool looks like something that would be used in a dental office. It looks like some one took and existing tool and adapted it to use for opening iphone and ipod units. We have tried this tool on some of the test units we have and lets just say it is metal scratching metal. It damaged the case on both the iPhone and iPod we have. The other companies that sell these even say the following and I quote “can easily scratch your iPod or iPhone.” So why would you want to use this on your shiny new or almost new iPhone or iPod? The iPhone and iPod get enough scratches just from normal wear no need to add more.