As per usual with new devices, iFixit has torn apart a brand new Galaxy S6 to see how easy it’ll be to fix it in case you break it or your non-removable battery goes bad. While it’s all theoretically possible, the process looks bad for DIY phone repairs. Read more
With Samsung switching to a glass and metal design for their new flagship devices, and a challenging curved screen thrown into the mix on the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, iFixit has taken on the challenge of figuring out how these new features may impact the repairability of the Galaxy S6 edge. The results are not pretty with the smartphone only getting a score of 3 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest, on iFixit’s repairability scale. The only saving grace is the modular nature of the components, but getting to them is a challenge. Read more
The folks over at iFixit have finally managed to get their hands on an HTC One (M9), and have taken it apart to show us just how difficult it is to fix and rebuild. The handset can be taken dismantled in 17 relatively easy steps, but due to an abundance of small parts and the intense use of adhesive it would be somewhat tedious to repair at home, therefore, only scoring a mere 2/10 in its repairability rating.
Hit the break to see a few key images from the teardown.
When buying a new phone, sometimes consumers want to know how tough the device will be to repair in case something goes wrong with it down the line. Fortunately, sites like iFixit do everyone a favor by ripping apart high-end phones to see how easy it’ll be to replace components and screens. Read more
iFixit has done their typical teardown and repair process on Samsung’s newest “premium” flagship, the Galaxy Alpha. The phone was built relatively similarly to the Galaxy S 5, although it’s obviously lacking a few things like waterproofing. The teardown showed that the only really simple thing to replace is the battery, and that to get to any of the other major components, it’s almost a necessity to remove the front display of the device, which is prone to causing more damage. Fortunately, that does mean that if the display is the only thing that needs to be replaced, it should be a slightly faster repair.
Overall, the Galaxy Alpha got a repairability score of 5 out of 10, just like the GS5. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not the best we’ve seen. Hit the link below for pictures of the Alpha being completely disassembled.
As usual, iFixit has torn down a Moto 360 to get a good look at its internals and see just how easy it’ll be to repair. Typically, we see that smaller devices that lack removable backs or batteries are the most complex to repair, and unfortunately, that holds true with the Moto 360.
The watchband on the device is the easiest part of the device to replace, although Motorola claims that you’ll need to take the watch to a jeweler to have it swapped out. iFixit found that it’s easy enough with a pair of tweezers, so some of the more handy users will likely be able to take care of that on their own. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more