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.
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.
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.