What is a digitizer? Only what makes an iPhone and iPhone! The digitizer is what separates the iPhone from every other touch tone cell phone out there on the market. The bit of hardware that allows the screen to function like a mouse trackpad, that is the digitizer. A clear, nearly undetectable sliver of hardware, the digitizer is nestled in between the glass and LCD screen of an iPhone. In other words, long story short, the digitizer is the touch screen on a iPhone, or any other touchscreen device for that matter.
Some of the most routine iPhone repairs involve the digitizer. Generally, this is not because the digitizer itself breaks, but because the outer glass has cracked. While it is sandwiched between the outer glass and the LCD screen, the glass and LCD are fused together at the factory. This is what can make finding an iPhone 2G digitizer replacement part, on its own, a big challenge. More often than not, it is recommended that even if one can be found separate, that the user buy the LCD, digitizer and outer glass as a package. There is no guarantee that replacing just one component will result in a working combination. While some claim that it can be done, the process of removing the glass is often painstaking and challenging, something best left to a professional or only the most patient or technically inclined end-users out there.
Part of the frustration when looking for an iPhone 2G digitizer replacement part is that the screen and LCD might still be in perfect working order. This can make it feel like a big waste of time and money to look for the three in a package. As mentioned earlier, however, it’s not terribly likely that just one or the other is the source of the trouble. It’s impossible to say who is the culprit without a professional diagnosis of the problems the iPhone is having, but an obvious crack in the screen, zone where the touch feature doesn’t respond at all, or discolored patch on the LCD can be giveaways. Without that iPhone 2G digitizer replacement part, however, the phone would be useless, as there is no manual way to operate it without use of the screen, a big disadvantage over traditional cell phones.
The good news is that a iPhone 2G digitizer replacement part is easy to find online, as is the set of a digitizer, the LCD and the glass. While new sets might be widely available, expect them to cost far more than a used set. Generally, used sets come from other iPhone users just like yourself who have a phone with one specific dysfunctional component that they are unwilling or unable to fix. Many users prefer to simply sell the phone and buy a new one rather than try and fix the old one. It’s possible they just didn’t want the iPhone anymore, or that they have the financial means to simply buy a new one instead of refurbishing an old one. Whatever the reason, the working parts of their old phone can be sold to you for a fraction of the cost of a new iPhone 2G digitizer replacement part.
Likewise, if you’ve decided that the cost of sending the phone away to be repaired is too high, and you’re not interested in trying to fix it yourself, the best move may be to sell the phone online. Recycling electronics is the right thing to do, and getting cash back for them can be good for you too! If you decide not to sell, you can always simply switch your interest over to fixing the phone, or looking for replacement parts like an iPhone 2G digitizer replacement part!