Original vs Compatible Screens For iPhone

We offer our customers two types of replacement screen for Apple iPhones: Original and Compatible.

You can select either option online or in-store.

Apple iPhone Repairs

What You Need To Know

  • Original screens have a sharper display and better overall quality.
  • Both screen options come with a 12-month warranty on manufacturing defects and touch faults. Physical damage and cracked screens void the warranty.
  • We fit a lot of both, but compatible screens are the slightly more popular option with our customers. 
  • We have both options in stock for every model 99% of the time.
  • A water resistant seal is not guaranteed with either option - as with any water resistant device that has been physically damaged.
  • You will not lose any functionality by opting for a compatible screen, but please note that we cannot transfer True Tone in some rare cases.
  • For newer models, you will get a display message after repair with both options. 
  • We only fit compatible screens for older models iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6S & 6S Plus. This is because the compatible screens are very similar and therefore much better value, and supply and demand for original displays is now non-existent.

We highly recommend reading this: 
Important Information - Apple iPhone Screen Replacement

Why We Offer Both Options
Whilst we'd prefer to only fit OEM and original parts, replacement OEM screens can be expensive to buy, and not within everyone's budget.  

Whilst most repair centres will only offer copy screens (and perhaps tell you that they're original); and Apple only offer original screens; we like to give our customers the choice.

Both options are equal value. 

How To Pick
We recommend that you base your choice on the following criteria:

  • Your budget - if you can afford the extra, go for OEM.
  • How much you use your device/how important it is to you - if you don't use it much, go for Non-OEM.
  • What you use your device for - gaming, media and creative uses are better suited to an OEM screen.
  • How long you plan on keeping your device for - if you're due an upgrade next month, perhaps opt for the Non-OEM option.
  • How likely you are to break it again - if you're generally careful, and you use a case, we'd recommend OEM.

Product Specifics

- OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)

The screens are manufactured to the same specification as the original, or are original LCD’s/OLED's (display panels) that have been refurbished with brand new OEM glass and touchscreen, so it looks and works just like the original part. In most cases, we refurbish original displays.

Apple do not sell their parts, so this is the highest quality option that you'll ever get at a repair centre.

Fault/defect rate: 1-2%

Compatible - Non-OEM (Not Original Equipment Manufacturer)

The screens are aftermarket. They are manufactured by an alternative company to be fully compatible with the relevant model.

Display quality and resolution is slightly poorer. For LCD screens, these components have a medium brightness backlight, as appose to a high brightness backlight. 

Not all screens are equal. We use the highest quality compatible assemblies available. They cost a little bit more, but are more reliable. 

Fault/defect rate: 3-4% 

If you're not happy with the compatible screen, you can pay the difference and we'll upgrade you to the original screen at no additional labour cost. 

For models that use OLED screens; iPhone X series (excluding XR) and 11 series, we offer two compatible options. Note that we do not have both options for 12 or 13 series yet.

Non-OEM (Compatible LCD) 

HQ Non-OEM (Compatible OLED)

LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. OLED stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode. OLED is a newer, more advanced technology that offers superior display quality to LCD.

Aftermarket manufacturers have created an LCD that is compatible with iPhones that use OLED screens. These are the cheapest option available. The display quality is okay. It's not as sharp as an OLED screen, particularly on black screens. LCD screens consumer more power, so battery life may be slightly lower with an LCD screen. In theory this could be harmful to the device in the long run.   

We use Soft OLED screens, which are significantly better quality than hard OLED versions. They fit into the frame properly and are more durable. The overall quality and functionality of these are very similar to original screens at a lower price.

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