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
The 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
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
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.
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.
The folks over at iFixit have given the Project Tango tablet a teardown. With a device capable of 3D mapping, it is no surprise that the internal specifications are impressive. And by internal specifications being impressive, something like the processor being NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 clocked at 2.3GHz is not important. The amount of sensors to make the vital features possible is.
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.
Although smartwatches should not be subject to typical smartphones risks like being dropped, they will still be subject to a host of new hazards like users accidentally bumping up against tables or counters, knocking them into sinks, and other not healthy for tech situations. Their small size should help them when it comes to durability, but inevitably some people will find their devices need to be repaired. To save a few dollars, some of those individuals will decide to undertake repairs themselves. The team over at iFixit has run a couple new Android Wear devices through their teardown process to get an idea of how hard or easy that may be. Read more