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iPhone Screen Replacement: OEM vs After-Market Screens. What You Need to Know.

A brand new iPhone has a screen and LCD built by Apple according to strict standards and the highest quality materials. The price of the iPhone is a reflection of this level of quality. When you are in need of a screen repair, there are several options available to you to replace the screen. One option is to replace it using a screen that is of the same quality as the original Apple screen. This is also referred to as “OEM”, or Original Equipment Manufacturer. However, there is another type of screen that isn’t as expensive, and yet has the same general functionality as the original screen. This is referred to as an “After-market” screen.

So what is the exact difference between these two types of screens? The first difference is the cost of replacing your iPhone screen. The after-market screen is considered a generic brand screen and costs less money to replace. The OEM screen is the original screen that came with your brand new iPhone. For those that are wanting to simply have a functional new screen replacement with the same basic functionality as the original screen, this is the best and most affordable option. For those that want the same high-quality screen with the same appearance and functionality, the OEM screen costs more, but is more in line with their original one.
Here are some of the differences between an OEM iPhone replacement screen and an after-market replacement screen:
Vivid Color vs Less Vivid Color – The OEM screen has color and a brightness that is more vivid than the after-market screen. The after-market screen has coloring and lightening that will appear a little less bright and full of color as the OEM. This difference is only really noticeable when you place the two screens side by side. The after-market screen still has full color.
Glass Hardness – The OEM screen’s glass is a little harder than the after-market screen. You will notice the difference if you lightly tap the screen with your fingernail. The after-market screen will feel a little less harder and almost more “plastic” than the OEM.
3D Touch – The OEM screen has 3D Touch that is a little more sensitive than the after-market screen.
Screen Thickness – The OEM screen is slightly thicker and more durable than the after-market screen.
At iSquad Repair, we have a display demonstrating the main differences between the two screens. We will also be able to answer any questions you might have when trying to make a decision about what is the best type of screen for your iPhone screen replacement. We have 6 locations throughout San Diego for your convenience. We also offer free mobile repair service and you can schedule an appointment with us.


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