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The Galaxy S7 improves in almost every area compared to the Galaxy S6. It gets a bigger battery, support microSD expansion, better camera and dust/water resistance as well. To find out what makes it tick on the inside, ifixit has teardown a unit for your viewing pleasure.
While physically it looks similar to the previous version, the new Galaxy S7 is actually harder to repair with a repairability score of just 3/10. As comparison, the Galaxy S6 scored 4/10, while the S6 edge scored just 3/10.
Qualcomm found itself in a cumbersome situation since releasing its flagship processor, the Snapdragon 810 – that’s been riddled with heat problems. Seeing this problem has placed smartphone manufacturers left to choose between mediating the overheating issue or omitting the infamous chipset all together. Weighing two sides of the coin, Sony has decided to take the riskier route.
Less than a few days since it’s become available to the general public, iFixit once again gets their hands on the gadget for the sole purpose of taking it apart.
Not too long ago the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge got a teardown and scored pretty badly in terms of repairability. Now it’s sibling the Galaxy S6 get’s picked apart by iFixit and as it turns out, it’s just slightly easier to fix than the S6 edge.
The glass backing and at the front is apparently very hard to remove without accidentally destroying it, and the battery buried under components and then very tightly adhered to the curved display which in itself is hard to take out. On the plus side, most of the parts are modular to an extent so apart from all the trouble getting the device open, replacing individual parts isn’t the worst part of fixing the S6 edge.
Check out the full teardown after the break.
iFixit has just done a teardown of HTC’s latest flagship, the HTC One M9 and if anything they’ve discovered that the device is going to be pretty tough to fix. If the teardown is any indicator, initially it wasn’t hard to take the device apart in the sense it was mostly held together with torx screws and didn’t require heating to open up unlike it’s predecessor. But burrowing deeper into the device, it became pretty clear that it would be no cakewalk to fix if you happened to crack your screen.
Unfortunately, it still scored a very low repairability score, no thanks to too much adhesives keeping the phone’s vital components together and thus making them more dangerous to remove without damaging them plus the inability to change the screen without tearing the entire phone apart first.
You can check out the full teardown after the break.
The teardown shows that the phone is just as well crafted on the inside as it is the outside, but the new glass and metal build makes opening and subsequently, repairing the device a lot harder to the point a heat gun is needed for a few minutes just to remove the back. The battery on the device isn’t as easily replaceable as it appears, as one need to first remove the middle frame, then the NFC chip and then unscrew the motherboard just to access the battery.
The camera module seems to have a fixed based to reduce jitters. It’s pretty clear that the device is very well put together and although the page on MyFixGuide seems to have been since removed for unknown reasons you can still see the teardown images here.
After having dismantled the Gear 2 smart watch, the guys at iFixit have turned their attention to the Samsung Gear Fit which comes with a curved touch screen AMOLED display. Compared to the Gear 2 smart watch, the Gear Fit is designed towards fitness with a heart rate sensor but lacks a camera and IR blaster. It also gets water and dust resistance of IP67 while the battery is said to last longer up to 4 days.
To disassemble the Gear Fit, the curved display must be removed first with a bit of heating and prying. When taken out, the internals are actually attached to the display as a single piece. Fortunately it uses a couple of ribbon cable connectors which can be removed without much effort. The battery is found to be curved as well and it is held in place underneath the motherboard separated by a small metal strip.
Overall, it is slightly challenging to dismantle than the Gear 2 smart watch with a repairability rating of 6/10. While it is easy to be taken apart, its switches, antenna and vibrator are soldered onto the board, making it hard to replace if something goes wrong. Check out the step by step tear down process after the break.
The folks at iFixit has given the new Galaxy S5 its very own tear down treatment to find out how easy it is to disassemble and make repairs. On the previous Galaxy S4, it scored a high 8 out of 10 for repairability but the lastest model is slightly more challenging, scoring just 5 out of 10.
If the display is needed to be replaced, the Galaxy S5 is considered to be easy since it can be removed from the top without much hassle. Internally there are a couple of midframes sandwiched between the display and the actual motherboard. The individual components such as the cameras and home buttons are easy to take out by disconnecting a few simple cables.
The lower repair scores was given because in order to replace any internal parts, you would first need to remove the front display which is put in place with a lot of adhesive. This exposes the display to unnecessary damage risks just to take the device apart. Nevertheless, it is much easier to repair compared to the HTC One M8 which scored just 2 out of 10. Replacing the battery is easy since the Galaxy S5 comes with a removable back cover. Just make sure you dispose the old faulty battery properly and don’t try to hammer at home.
Check out the video and step by step Galaxy S5 disassembly guide after the break
The Samsung Gear 2 packs a lot of features in a compact smart watch. Not only it houses a 2MP camera, there’s also an integrated speaker, Infrared blaster and even a heart rate sensor. The folks at iFixit has given the new smart watch its own teardown and surprisingly it is easily dismantled with a Torx screw driver while the rest of the components can be lifted without using much tools.
iFixit has given the Gear 2 a high repairability score of 8/10 with full praises for its ease of making replacements. The only tough component is the touch screen display which is fused together with the front assembly. Unlike the original Galaxy Gear, the strap on the Gear 2 is interchangeable since most of the electrical components are on the watch itself.
You can check out the step by step disassembly after the break.