My iPad screen cracked this week, and I had to get it fixed. I have the original, no longer cool, hopelessly clunky and un-cutting-edge iPad 1 with a dented corner. I love it. I use it for work, I take it to doctor’s appointments (I’m 34 weeks pregnant, so I’m spending a LOT of time in waiting rooms) to read Jane Austen novels and while away the time. My son loves it, too — and seems to think it’s far more his toy than mine. Unsurprising that it needs a little maintenance by this point, really.
I tried taking it back to Best Buy and they said they couldn’t help me (since my warranty — of course — expired in December) but recommended a place called Quick Fix just south of NW 36th on May Ave. I went to Quick Fix and their quote to replace the screen was $120; my mother-in-law had had a similar problem with her iPad 2 and took it to a kiosk outside the Apple Store in Penn Square Mall, who charged $150. A reasonable range of value, I feel; I don’t know whether the model affects the price, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
They didn’t have the glass in stock, but were able to get it by the next morning, and my iPad screen was fixed and shiny that afternoon. I would definitely use them again, and they were also able to direct me to a wholesale store just up the road that sold a wide range of cases and covers: Whole-Cell (get it? get it?) Phones & Accessories also on May, just south of NW 50th. Yes, it’s also open to the public.
When I got there, they had just gotten in a large shipment and were scrambling to find space for the hundreds of new phone and device cases in ordered piles, bins, and boxes all over the store. Despite this, the staff was incredibly helpful and accommodating, even letting me take a few different cases out of their packaging to try them on my device. The price for the case and screen protector film was reasonable, and the selection was extensive. I would recommend them as well.
So no more carrying my naked iPad in my purse and subjecting it to the stresses and terrors of the world. Or at least, not as much. Do you all have any other iPad repair or bedecking facilities with which you’ve had good luck? Or horror stories about which you’d like to vent?