When Aimee moved to Cornwall I wanted a way of staying in touch with her. Phoning her Mum everytime I wanted to speak with her was one option, Skype another, but then I had the idea of buying her an iPod and allowing her to contact me when she wanted to. Using iMessage meant we could really keep in touch, with FaceTime the option when we wanted to talk to each other.
She loved it, taking photos of anything she can, sending me updates on her day, recording videos and even using it to set reminders for herself. This isn’t an advert for how great the iPods are, Apple lovers will already know this, it’s the fact that without it, I wouldn’t have been able to keep that connection that we’ve had since she was born.
A few weeks ago, we’d gone to the Eden Project and she was loving every minute of it. She’d realised that she could do what I was doing – taking photos to share with people who weren’t there. Through a bit of over excitement, she’d dropped it a couple of time. I took a look and it was fine. Then, the third drop proved to be the worst. The screen was smashed, almost completely.Anyone who has a child will know the face that come from her next, she was distraught. A little reassurance that it wasn’t the end of the world (and an ice cream) was enough to calm her down, and we all forgot about it.
Last week I ordered a new screen and the tools from eBay. I’d seen a few places online that would do it for between £40 and £60, but this involved sending it all away and trusting them to send it back. Not something I was that keen on myself. Being the geek that I am, I found the full kit – LCD, digitiser and tools – for £15, including P+P. I’ve always had an interest in how things work, so I went for it.
This morning the screen and tools arrived, so I took the plunge and had a go. I didn’t do it on my own, however. The very detailed video from Gadget Menders (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HSK7kS1c9w) was very helpful. Unfortunately, some of the tools that were included weren’t the best to get the screen off due to the state it was in, so I improvised by using a craft knife *carefully*.
Three hours and a few choice words later, the new screen is installed and everything works. Although frustrating at times, it was actually a quite enjoyable way to spend a few hours of my Saturday morning. I’ve also applied one of those extra strong screen protectors, just to be on the safe side.