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My girlfriend's iPhone 4S screen was cracked to all get out. Shards were falling off and it was unusable unless you wanted a shredded finger. Thankfully, we were able to get a free iPhone 4 to replace it, but it was a few years old and well used, so it was slow and my lady was unhappy with the downgrade. Not one to just let things be, I excitedly bought the iPhone 4S repair kit and read the guide continuously, building up my excitement for taking apart the phone. I love to tinker and the insides of an iPhone would be the ultimate in slaking my curiosity.
The package came severely mangled. To be honest, I didn't expect much, as when Canada Post takes over-the-border mail, they seem to think it can be used as a door jamb for a few days. Thankfully, nothing inside was damaged, just one corner bracket had broken off. (And iFixit filed a complaint with their postal service and gave me a little refund)
I put aside a day to work on this. I was reading it would take around 2 hours to do so I wanted to be home alone and uninterrupted. I printed out the guide, and taped each screw to the page and step it belonged to. This was extra fun, as the inside of the 4S was different than the one shown in the guide (which was updated not three days after I did it)! I really did enjoy figuring out what was what with nothing to teach me. I've got a natural knack at educated guessing (read; bullshitting), and it helped me take it apart and put it all back successfully.
It took me 3 hours on the dot. I went through the entire USS discography. Can't listen to it without wanting to take something apart now.
I enjoyed doing this so much! I may have realized my calling in life.
Wear gloves! I was so paranoid about getting my oily human skin on everything so I wore some tight latex gloves. I found this didn't bother me at all.
Also have some rubbing alcohol on hand, as I stupidly forgot that it evaporates very quickly and the little pad that came with the kit wasn't enough. I didn't have any on hand and panicked for all of five minutes, until I found some my roommate had bought the day before. Crisis averted!
I also had a soft piece of felt (used for craft beading) that I kept the phone on and one piece beside me for the larger parts that I didn't want to tape to the instructions.