So you have your shiny new iPad, playing HD pinball, Where's Wally, and countless other games, and possibly a little work as well. You place the iPad on the table, go to move your laptop, and forget that your iPad is still attached to it, down it goes and now you could be looking at a very expensive iPad repair. The good news is that your 1K or so investment (for the iPad 3G version) is likely very fixable.
Types of Damage - Most iPad repairs are the same as the sister iPhone which is damage by user fault i.e. dropped and mis-handled items. This will likely result in the front glass cracking and if you are really unlucky maybe even the LCD as well. Generally the front glass, which includes the digitiser component, can be replaced relatively easy by a professional without too much fuss, most places around Sydney can offer same day iPad repairs for this type of damage. The iPad LCD is also another commonly replaced component that can be replaced in about an hour or so.
Water Damage - Like all electronic devices the iPad does not play well with water. Most iPads that have had water damage just need to have their internal connectors checked and cleaned where required, and usually need the LCD replaced. It is a strange coincidence but speaking to one Sydney iPad repairer, the LCD is a commonly needed replacement when your iPad has sustained water damage.
Back Case Buckled - The back iPad casing is quite strong however this can be buckled through miss handling which may also result in a broken glass and LCD as mentioned above. Generally a repairer will offer two options when needing the back casing un-buckled, they can replace the entire back casing, an expensive exercise, or they can attempt to bend the casing back. In the second instance you will usually still see a slight indent or marking where the bend was, but this is usually a much cheaper option. One iPad repairer mentioned that if they are replacing the front glass and the back casing isn't too buckled, they don't charge anything additional to bend it back.
iPad Repair Prices - Generally most iPad techs we spoke to offered same day repairs for common front glass and LCD repairs and water damage can take a bit longer depending largely on type of water damage i.e. salt water, fresh water, beer etc. Front Glass Repairs or LCD - $220-$295 with same day service Front Glass & LCD - $300-$420 with same day service Water Damage - No parts required around $150, if parts required depends on extent of damage
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