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.
The HTC One with its all aluminium design is rather durable but it can be a pain to repair according to iFixit. Now with the new HTC One M8 for 2014, it seems to be easier now. Slightly easier to be exact.
Opening the device from the front is more possible than the older model but the internals are still being put together with lots of glue and connector cables. The 2,600mAh capacity battery remains hidden below the mother with more adhesive and requires about 10 cable connectors to be disconnected. If you do happen the break the front glass, replacing it can be tricky as the display is fused together with the digitiser. In the tear down, they have found the display and digitiser combo to be rather thin at just 2.1mm, and you would need to disassemble almost the entire device just to replace it. Overall, it scores a rather low 2 out of 10 in iFixit repairability score, which is 1 step better than the previous HTC One.
Watch the iFixit tear down video and step by step disassembly after the break.
The device surgeons at iFixit not that it is virtually impossible to open the device without damaging the rear case making repairs and component placement very, very difficult. This is compounded by the manner in which the HTC One is assembled.
iFixit noted that:
On the upside, iFixit say that the HTC One is indeed a top-notch device that combines impressive quality build with lasting durability.
So what this means to you? The HTC One can take a beating but it’s best be avoiding considering repairs are difficult and as a result, expensive.
Other notable HTC One componentry past the jump.
The Sony Xperia Tablet S is much thinner than its predecessor while maintaining its signature wrap around design. Apart of having newer hardware such as Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad core processor, the Xperia Tablet S is more rugged with splash proof features.
To find out what goes inside this aluminium clad body, Sony has released its own official tear down video which is performed by Sony’s very own engineer. While opening the tablet looks fairly easy with hooks and screws, the splash-proof tapes and seals require some force to open. The same goes for its LCD which they took about 20 minutes to remove. The battery on the new Xperia Tablet S takes up more footprint compared to its predecessor but overall it is much thinner to maintain its slim and light profile. They have also revealed that the 2 speakers are moved from the sides to the bottom to avoid hands covering them while in use.
Head after the break for the quick tear down and reassembly video.
To see what goes inside the Galaxy Nexus, we leave it to the professional guys at iFixit. This time they have given the Samsung Galaxy Nexus a nice little tear down treatment which reveals its innards and just how challenging it is to open up this nifty little gadget.
Overall, the components internally are easily replaceable but the main case which covers the motherboard was a challenge to open. iFixit had to pry the screen off using a couple of guitar picks. In addition, the glass is fused together with the Super AMOLED screen which means replacement could be costly.
Head after the break for step by step disassembly.
The folks at iFixit has managed to give the slim Droid RAZR a nice little dismantling treatment. The Droid RAZR is the 4G LTE version of the Motorola RAZR which was also launched on 11.11.11 in the US. Nevertheless, both devices would be quite identical except for some components required for LTE.
The RAZR has no user removable battery and the back is sealed with a Kevlar woven cover. From the tear down, they have managed to take this apart with a
Japanese saw spudger. Contrary to what people think, the Kevlar back isn’t bulletproof but it provides tough protection while being flexible. An actual bullet proof vest has multiple layers of Kevlar and a ceramic plate.
With the cover removed, replacing the battery is quite easy with just 2 torx screws on the connector. There’s even a convenient little flap that lets you pull out the battery easily. iFixit also revealed that the Super AMOLED Advanced display is fused with the front panel which might be costly to replace.
Head after the break for step by step tear down.
For those who are into DIY, here’s a teardown video of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. Instead of the usual iFixit, this teardown is brought to you by DirectFix. The video shows you step by step directions from dismantling the screen and other parts as well as putting them back together.
Obviously dismantling your brand new Bold 9900 would void your warranty but it serves as a good repair guide for situations that are not covered under warranty.
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