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October 28, 2017

Right to repair: Should we tolerate hard-to-fix devices for better phones?

What do you do when your phone breaks?

If it’s an iPhone, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll go to an Apple store, where a blue-shirted person will offer either a repair under warranty, or at a cost.

That’s what Apple wants you to do. They want to be the only option — official, premium, and licensed.

Meanwhile, smartphones are harder to fix than ever.

“I’m surprised by how often customers bring me a device and ask, ‘is it even possible to fix this?’,” said Paul Ylias, who runs Hunter Phone and Laptop Doctors, a boutique chain of mobile and laptop repair shops in Australia, via email.

“’Of course it is,’ is always my reply.”

But that [...]

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October 19, 2017

The Google Pixel 2 XL gets high marks for modularity in its teardown

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If you’re waiting on the brand new Google Pixel 2 XL, we have something that might tide you over until you can get your hands on it. Today, iFixit published its teardown guide and repairability score for the phone and gave us a look inside the device.

There are several interesting facts we can glean, like exactly how modular the components are and which parts will be the hardest to replace.

If the battery goes bad in your unit, you’re probably going to want to take it to a professional. Points were deducted from the repairability score due to how tightly walled-in the battery is. Additionally, it no longer has the pull-tab adhesive under the battery that [...]

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April 18, 2017

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus get low repair marks from iFixit

With the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus just a few days away from being widely available, the team at iFixit has posted up its extensive teardowns of both new flagship devices. The final result showed that if anything goes wrong, it may take some effort to repair these phones.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus review: Almost to Infinity 4 hours ago

Both phones got a repairability score of 4 out of 10 from the team. iFixit stated that the only positive parts of the phones, in terms of tearing it down and fixing it, was that many of their parts were modular and could be replaced quickly. However, the battery in both devices is not one of them. The [...]

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December 23, 2016

And the iFixit award for the most repairable phone of 2016 goes to…

iFixit does a lot of tearing down – from smartphones to earbuds. It tells us how easy (or hard) it is to repair a device on your own, which could be extremely useful for the fearless among us. Now, the iFixit team has revealed which smartphone from 2016 was the most fixable and which was the least fixable, and the results aren’t all that surprising.

See also: LG G5 teardown shows it’s an easy fix April 6, 2016

The winner is LG’s modular flagship, the G5. As you may have guessed, its modular design and user removable battery play a role in making this the easiest to repair among the bunch that iFixit tested this year. Overall, it received a score of 8 out of [...]

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