30 minuten - 2 uren
Dead battery - only lasted about 30 minutes.
Nearly perfect. I found the plastic tools virtually useless with my iPod Classic. Tried for about 10 minutes with them, various angles, various ways of holding the iPod or the tool, various amounts of strength applied. Nothing worked, but it did tear up the plastic tools. So I switched to the metal spudger and had instant progress. The downside is it did scratch the back of the faceplate, but it isn't noticeable unless you look at the side of the iPod from a rear angle. Since I always have my iPod in a case, not a big issue. I went slow and gentle with the metal tool and didn't even bend the side of the iPod, which was a big warning in the instructions. However, the one issue I did have was the top-right corner of the iPod. I got the left side and top of the iPod loose without a problem using the metal spudger, but couldn't get the right side open, even using the metal spudger, because I couldn't get it into the crack with the left side having already been separated (because of the very slight angle added from the left side being lifted up, even if only very slightly). I decided to wiggle the metal spudger around the corner of the device. I didn't lift it or angle it at all in the process, simply twisted it around the corner but under the faceplate, so as to get under the right side of the faceplate. Unfortunately, this very small bit ended up cracking the corner of the LCD. It's not much, it's still overall usable, but it does cover most of the battery icon. I can only see about the bottom 1/3 of the battery icon, so I can tell if it gets low, but that's all. Ironic, I did this work to fix my dead battery, but now can't see my battery status. XD
However, it does work perfectly in all other ways. I haven't done a full, timed test to see how long it will last, but I have had it run for at least 8 hours straight using mostly 320kbps MP3's without charging, and the battery icon still didn't show it as being low yet. I will do a real test at some point, but don't really feel I need to now since it can easily last a full day at work.
I will, however, need to order a new LCD. XD
Overall, it wasn't very hard. On my model (iPod Classic 160GB Thick), the plastic spudger tools were virtually useless at helping to open or lift the faceplate, except as a brief placeholder after I had it opened. Also, be careful with the top-right corner (looking from the front, of course) as it can easily crack the LCD if lifted even slightly in the wrong way, and was the hardest part to get free. With all the other sides separated, the top-right corner was a pain to get loose. And you don't have much room with the cables, so don't pull the faceplate up and away, just gently rotate it to the side.