The best screen for your iPhone X/11 OLED Phone?


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The best screen for your iPhone X/11 OLED Phone? What is the best screen to put on your Apple iPhone X/11 OLED Phone?   Apple makes two types of phones in the X and 11 series, one has an LCD or INCELL LCD What is In-Cell Technology? – Definition from Techopedia screen – these are the iPhone XR and the iPhone 11.  The OLED phones What is OLED? A complete guide to the display technology | Trusted Reviews are the iPhone X, XS, XS Max and the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.  

There are several choices you can make when deciding which screen to replace a broken screen with.  And there are several things to think about.

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Firstly, there are cheap incell LCD screens available for these phones designed to work with an OLED phone.  The LCD screen will work, but uses much different voltages, and tricks the phone into working.  This is the cheapest option, but in my opinion not the best option.

All these OLED phones originally came with a SOFT OLED.  The soft OLED is flexible like a piece of plastic and the OLED which is the light emitting part of the screen is unlikely to break underneath the digitiser (the part that gives you touch capabilities.  There are three options available as far as soft OLED screens are concerned:

  • You can go with original Apple which is a new soft OLED screen only available from Apple.
  • You can go with a refurbished Apple screen: a refurbished screen is a screen that had a broken digitiser and an unbroken OLED which has been “refurbished” with a new digitiser, and apart from the digitiser is an original Apple screen.
  • The third option is to go with an Aftermarket soft OLED.  Which is a new screen manufactured to Apple standards with a soft OLED.

OK, so what are the pros and cons of each screen?  What is the best screen to put on your Apple iPhone X/11 OLED Phone? The new soft OLED from Apple is probably the best option, although it is going to be by far the most expensive, and you may be without your phone for a couple of weeks minimum.

The next best option is to go for a refurbished Apple Screen.  This is also pricey and has potentially one or two drawbacks.  The refurbishing process requires the broken digitiser to be removed and a new digitiser cold press glued on.  Sometimes I believe this can affect the delicate flex cables and lead to touch problems down the road.  Refurbished screens generally come with 12 months warranty, so hopefully if this is going to happen, it will happen sooner rather than later.

Next, is the aftermarket soft OLED.  We use X07 (a brand name) screens with a lifetime warranty.  Now assuming that you are not going to break it for the lifetime of the phone, I believe that this is the best option.  You have a newly manufactured premium screen, that if the screen develops any sort of issue other than being broken is going to be covered under warranty.  The aftermarket soft OLED screens give you a flexible OLED and a new digitiser.  They are more expensive by about $50 than the hard OLED.

Next is the hard OLED.  This is a good inexpensive option, but you run the risk of the hard OLED breaking under the digitiser.  Currently we stock X07 hard OLEDS, and they are good screens.  If the OLED breaks and the digitiser is unbroken it is covered by warranty.  But that means your phone will go black and be unusable until you can bring it in to have the screen changed.  I don’t know if this is worth $50 when you take into account the inconvenience and time lost.  But it is totally up to you.

The last option is the incell LCD screen.  This is a cheap screen and the phone is not designed to work with an LCD optimally.  The phone will work, although the clever manufacturers of these screens have used tricks to make the phone work with the LCD screen.  So go with this option at your own risk.  We do not offer LCD screens on OLED phones because if we do, we must provide the labour under warranty should this cheap screen fail. The other disadvantage of using a cheap LCD is that the ALS (automatic light sensor) and True Tone features programmed to the screen are lost.

So what is the best screen to put on your Apple iPhone X/11 OLED Phone?  In conclusion, I think the best option for an OLED phone is to put an OLED screen back on it.  We stock both the soft and hard OLED X07 screens, which both come with a lifetime warranty.  Further, I think that for your convenience a soft OLED is the way to go, as the OLED is unlikely to break as it is flexible and will withstand a bump or a drop.  Any drop, however insignificant can take your screen out, it amazes me people tell me they drop their phone from a ladder onto concrete and it is fine, then they bump it off the end of the lounge onto carpet and it breaks?  This is the lottery of dropping your phone.

The other consideration is that when you get a screen replaced on an iPhone 8 and above, you should always get a “premium” screen.  Why?  A couple of reasons.  We only use premium screens, and they generally have a lower failure rate, saving you time and inconvenience and us labour putting a new screen on because of screen failure.  The other reason is that these models have two features called ALS – automatic light sensor and TRUE TONE.  On a premium screen we can transfer these features over from your old screen to the new screen and they are not lost.  If you ever try to sell your phone to one of the online businesses that buys secondhand phones, they will look to see if the phone still has ALS and TRUE TONE.  Many repairers unfortunately do not take the time to transfer these features over, but we do.  Many repairers also use the cheapest screens available, and there is a big difference between the cheapest screen in the market and a premium screen.  Customers have told me that repairers have told them that these features will be lost with a screen change, why, because they are using cheap screens. 

Another “story” I have heard from a local repairer in Wollongong, is that they use “genuine” screens made in the same factory as Apple screens in China.  This is a nice sales line, but I doubt its authenticity.  A repairer could tell you they are putting a soft OLED on and put an LCD on and you would not know the difference.  And I am sure this happens.  When you choose to have your screen replaced with us, you can 100% be certain that we have put on the screen that we have described.  And I have outlined in this article our reasons for making the recommendations that we do.

The purpose of this article is to inform you of your choices.  Your mobile phone is an important part of your life.  It is a means to communicate and so much more.  As a business we want to be providing the best service we can, and this means that in the case of broken screens, using good quality premium screens with lifetime warranty. This gives you the best outcome and lessens the risk of the inconvenience of a screen failure.

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