Amazon has packed a lot of cool new features into their Fire Phone, but apparently this has come at the cost of repairability. The fine folks over at iFixit have done their traditional teardown of Amazon’s first foray into smartphones and its not looking good, earning a repairability score of 3 out of 10 (with 10 being the easiest to repair). Everything starts out simple enough with the use of standard screws and the lack of adhesive holding the casing together, but once you get inside, things get a bit more tricky.
Now that the OnePlus One is officially outed, of course the folks over at iFixit had to get their hands on it.
The team did a full report on the device (tore it down and put it back together again) to determine its repairability score, which unfortunately was a bit low compared to today’s standards. The device received a 5/10 (10 us easiest to repair). According to iFixit, here’s why:
Open it up! That is exactly what iFixit has done, in usual fashion, to Amazon’s new set-top box. Fire TV has gotten the teardown treatment. iFixit rates devices from 1 to 10 when experiencing a teardown in terms of ease. Getting a 10 would solidify an easy fix when the time comes. In this case, the Fire TV set-top box earned an average 6. Not hard, but not easy.
It seems that the heavily talked about Google Nexus 5 is not only an incredibly nice phone for its price, but it is extremely repairable as well, as shown in iFixit’s latest teardown of the device. The Nexus 5 received a repairability score of 8/10 from iFixit, mostly because of the fact that it uses minimal adhesive and uses a lot of modular components that are easily replaceable.
In fact, it seems that almost everything about the Nexus 5 is easy to replace except for the screen assembly, which is all glued together in a rather secure yet hard to replace manner. In other words, don’t drop your phone, or if you think you might, then get a screen protector.
You can see the video of the teardown after the break.
The Moto X has made its way to the general public, and just on time, iFixIt has torn it down so we can see it in all its glory. They say that it wasn’t difficult to take it apart besides a few clips and screws and some glue. A few interesting things they found inside the device was that the woven backplate of the device is actually woven, which you can see by holding it up to the light once dismantled. The camera flash for the Moto X is actually completely separate from the camera, and is glued to the back place.
In addition, the headphone assembly is removable in one piece, and the vibration motor is soldered onto the motherboard. iFixIt was very impressed with the phone, giving it a 7/10 for overall repairability. They said that Motorola’s design was so innovative in ways that they had previously only seen by Apple
iFixIt.com has completed a tear-down of the recently released NVIDIA Shield Android-powered portable gaming system. The tools that they used include a Spudger, Plastic Opening Tools, T5 Torx Screwdriver, Phillips #0 Screwdriver, Tweezers, Zippo Lighter, and a Metal Spudger. If you plan on doing repair work on the device, definitely check out their instructions beforehand, which detail all 20 steps required in order to properly take the NVIDIA Shield apart.
Teardowns usually serve two purposes. The first is to satisfy our inner-geek and the second is to assist us if we ever need to repair a device. The folks over at iFixtit satisfy the former, but when it comes to repairing the Chromecast, they didn’t even score it. They simply said, “There’s just nothing in it to repair. The Chromecast is essentially a luxury item with a limited use.” At $35, would it really be worth it to repair anyways? So if you really enjoy watching devices get torn apart, it the source link. You can hit the break for more images.
For some buyers, the ability to repair a device can make or break a sale. Being able to make simple repairs on your stuff is always nice, but many manufacturers are going with new hardware that’s extremely difficult to fix in order to cut costs and keep devices small. Fortunately, the Ouya console doesn’t have that problem. According to iFixit, the Android powered game console is a very straightforward, cleanly assembled device. All the components are easily removed and easily tucked back into the device. This is also good news for people who like to take apart their electronics for thorough cleaning. All of this nets the Ouya a 9 out of 10 on the repairability scale.
One thing that stood out is that the Ouya is actually weighed down with small metal balls. There’s five weights to keep the device balanced against cables from pulling it off a table or desk. In an age of light, portable electronics, seeing a device intentionally add weight is definitely out of the ordinary.
The HTC One looks to be a fantastic device, but if you buy electronics based on how easy they are to repair, you’re probably going to want to pass on this one. According to iFixit, the One is pretty much impossible to repair, scoring a 1 out of 10. Unfortunately for HTC, that’s the lowest score ever given to a smartphone in iFixit’s ratings.
According to the rate, opening the the rear case without damaging it is nearly impossible, and it is impossible to replace the screen without removing the rear case. On top of that, there’s a sheet of copper inside the phone that protects the guts, and it’s easy to wrinkle and distort, which makes the whole process that much more difficult.
The One is a gorgeous device, and I’m sure it’s going to sell extremely well, despite component delays. But if you do decide to pick one up, make sure to grab insurance, too.
iFixit, who is known for taking apart products and seeing what’s inside, has released a new tablet repairability list. The new list examined 18 different tablets from the Nexus 10 to the first generation iPad. Scoring was based on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best.
- Dell XPS 10 – 9
- Amazon Kindle Fire – 8
- Dell Streak – 8
- Motorola Xoom – 8
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 – 8
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD – 7
- Nook Simple Touch – 7
- Nexus 7 – 7
- iPad 1 – 6
- Nook Tablet – 6
- Google Nexus 10 – 6
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ – 5
- Microsoft Surface RT – 4
- iPad 2 – 2
- iPad 3 – 2
- iPad 4 – 2
- iPad Mini – 2
- Microsoft Surface Pro – 1