20 - 30 minutos
Long story short: very close friend of mine had about a years worth of photos and videos of her kids, including the birth of her newest son. She never backed up her iPhone (!), then it bricked on them. Her husband went to the Apple store where the supposed "geniuses" were inexplicably unhelpful! I did a little poking around, and figured it might be the battery. I had "tore down" my old iphone 4 for fun after it got submerged/useless, and figured for $20.00 and a little time, it was worth it to try for them. They don't have a ton of money (who does), so to fork it over to Apple and pay five to six times as much wasn't in the cards at the time. I've known of, and referenced, ifixit for a long time and knew this was the only place to go for this situation.
The repair went as smooth as though I was the super cute, brainy young lady (a lethal combo) giving the tutorial. I was stoked to find that the replacement battery came with a spudger (an extremely useful tool. Wish I had for my iPhone 4) and #00 screwdriver. Very cool move. Crazy easy to to do, I found. My only comment would be to make Step 6 a *bit* clearer. All the other numbered tabs pop right up. Here, it's a release that allows the ribon cable to slide out. While this is mentioned, the actual process seemed a little different. As it was explained, I kept expecting the tab to pop up, not a cable to slide out from UNDER it's housing. Other than that, which really wasn't that bad at all, totally smooth sailing! Suffice it to say, I ws able to rescue some pretty important photos and videos that otherwisemay have been thought to be lost forever!
LESSON LEARNED, PEOPLE. For the rest of us, BACKING UP is a WAY OF LIFE. Yet there are those of you who seem to think that The Backing-Up Fairy will somehow magically do it for you (which may explain the forthcoming IOS 5, but until then...). BACK UP, BACK UP, BACK UP. But, if you don't and you're in a pickle, ifixit probably has the answer. Do read and re-read directions, though. This isn't like putting together Ikea furniture, or some playyard from WalMart, so prep your work area, and keep good track of all those tiny screws and such!