OnePlus 2 gets the teardown treatment

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Although consumers interested in the OnePlus 2 have to continue to go through the OnePlus invite system to be able to buy the device, the team at iFixit was able to get their hands on one of the units to check out its repairability after putting it through the teardown paces. The original OnePlus smartphone scored a mere 5 out of 10 on the iFixit repairability scale. OnePlus wants the new device to be a “flagship killer” so keep reading to see whether easy repairability is considered part of that equation. Read more

The Huawei Honor 7 gets the teardown treatment

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The folks over at Mobile.It have managed to get their hands on the brand new Huawei Honor 7, and have dismantled it to show us just how difficult it is to repair and rebuild. The handset can be taken apart in 21 relatively easy steps, but due to an abundance of small parts and screws, it would be intensely tedious to rebuild at home.

Hit the break to see a few key images from the teardown.

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LG G4 gets the tear down treatment including X-ray blasts

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LG’s latest flagship, the LG G4, is bucking a recent trend among smartphone manufacturers in continuing to give users access to the battery via a removable back cover. That in itself should help the smartphone achieve a good iFixit teardown score. The question remains though as to whether the rest of the device would be as easy to work on. The iFixit team has their answer and in the process they blast a G4 with some X-rays. Read more

LG G4 will supposedly be very easy to take apart and repair

LG G4 Variety of coloursThe LG G4 is officially available to purchase (although not in the US just yet) so of course you can expect to see unboxing videos, hands on clips, and the typical teardown and repair processes.

A roughly translated dismantling process for LG’s 2015 flagship device has been released, showing off the device’s internals and how tough it’ll be to fix it in case you break something. Fortunately, the G4 isn’t following the same trend as other newer phones and is pretty easy to take apart and repair. Read more

Right on time, the LG Watch Urbane gets the teardown treatment

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The iFixit team is back with their latest teardown in which they took some time to figure out how easy it may be to repair an LG Watch Urbane. The LG Watch Urbane has been described as the closest a smart watch has come to being similar to a traditional watch and in many respects, the iFixit teardown seems to bear this out. Unfortunately, replacing a cracked screen will be a bit of a challenge, although the device managed to score a very respectable 7 out of 10 on the iFixit team’s scale where 10 is the easiest to repair. Read more

Be careful with Samsung Galaxy S6 edge as iFixit teardown shows repairs will not be easy

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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 HTC One (M9) gets the teardown treatment

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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.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha gets the teardown treatment, gets a medium repairability score

samsung_galaxy_alpha_russian_leak_07iFixit 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.

source: iFixit