When the unfortunate happens and your cell phone slips from your hands to come in contact with a hard surface, the damages could be a variety of things. You could encounter a damaged charging port or the LCD gets punctured or the glass simply snaps, crackles and pops on you. This will result in you having to fix it. When you take your broken cell phone to a repair shop, you will have the option of replacing the broken part with either an OEM piece or a generic replacement piece. Before you make a decision, its best to know what you will be paying for and what the results will be.
An OEM cell phone accessory is the authentic manufacturer’s product that made your cell phone. It stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, which means it’s the real deal and not a copycat. OEM replacement parts tend to be more expensive than their generic counterparts. The pros of buying an OEM part is they come with a manufacturer’s warranty, the quality and performance is greater than the generic brands, as well as being best suited for your phones repair.
Then you have your copycat option, these are called either Generic or Aftermarket. These are the same thing but cheaper, because they are not produced by the big brand name manufacturer’s that created your cell phone. These generic cell phone parts are like the grocery stores version of generic food products, they are similar to the original food item but the quality is not same. These Aftermarket parts don’t come with a warranty and the performance won’t be as good as the OEM accessories.
Next time you are shopping to replace your cell phone accessories, whether it’s a power cord, a battery, LCD, Camera, or charging port, know that you can either choose OEM or generic versions. When you go to a cell phone repair shop to fix your broken phone, ask the technician what type of replacement parts they provide so you know what you are getting. Both OEM and Generic replacement parts will do the job, but in the end you will see the best results with the OEM parts. Cell phones are an expensive investment, might as well pay the extra money to keep it in top shape.
At Heroes and Geeks Cell phone repair in Los Angeles, we use OEM LCD’s when we replace broken LCDs. Using OEM LCD’s is very important because the functionality and performance of a cell phone can be altered if using a generic brand LCD. The LCD is the control map for all of your cell phones functions, so it is wise to use quality replacement parts when fixing it. For other replacement accessories, you can make do with generic versions without complications.
Stay tech savvy, my friends