Basically, my main/rear camera has developed some spots in it. I don't see any chips in the lens. I've cleaned it. I've tried compressed air into the phone. Can't shake them. Assume it to be debris on the sensor or some such.
I was going to do a warranty exchange, but it was pointed out to me that the camera module is only like $20 and is easy to replace. And that way I get to keep my phone which has nothing else wrong with it and which is still on 4.2.2 and AT&T baseband MDL. None of this effed up KitKat stuff, etc.
So, I started looking on ebay for the camera module and one of the listings had a warning that the i9500 and i9505 do *NOT* use the same module. So I did search here and found a thread that was last active about 8 months ago that essentially confirmed that the i9500 is Exmor Rs and the i9505 is Exmor R. What I didn't see in that thread (admittedly skimming) was whether or not the 2 are interchangeable, though from the sound of one or 2 posts, I'm leaning towards not.
So Q1: can you use either module or will there really be a problem using an i9500 module in the i9505/i337?
If the answer is that the 2 are not interchangeable, then I have to avoid quite a few ebay listings that list both the i9500 and i9505 as compatible.
Then Q2 becomes: has anyone ordered parts from phonelcdwholesale, hytparts, or etradesupply? Each of them has separate listings for the camera modules for i9500/9505.
Thanks for any input.