The iFixit team does a lot of tearing down over the year, from smartphones to voice assistants to earbuds. The teardowns are a way to tell us what parts went into the making of a certain device, what could have been the possible production cost and how difficult or easy it is to repair.
They’ve laid hands on nearly every big-name device to come out in 2016, and have put together a nice little infographic showing how some of the bigger names stack up on repair-ability. Naturally, the infographic also includes the most and least repairable devices they ended up diving into throughout the year.
The LG G5 takes the cake here, its modular design and user removable battery play a role in making it achieve a more than passable repair-ability score of 8. This makes it the most repairable smartphone iFixit has tested this year meaning it is not only easier to take apart but you can just as easily swap out its internal components on your own.
While possibly one of the least popular flagship smartphone took the first place, the most popular Android flagship of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 took the last spot, earning the title of the hardest-to-repair phones of the year with an abysmal score of 3. Due to the phones’ heavy reliance on slabs of glass for their construction, and heavy amounts of glue that has to be melted in order to take the phones apart to any degree.
In between the two flagships from Korea, we have some of our favourite devices. Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL came up close behind with a score of 7, with the only real complaint being that opening the phones without breaking the screen is difficult. The iPhone 7 finished up the rankings, with a pretty simple repair, aside from needing four different screwdrivers.
The second spot from the bottom went to the now dead (God bless its…err battery?) Samsung Galaxy Note 7 getting a repair-ability score of 4 due to being very hard to open, and the battery being harder to replace than it should be. The device has been recalled so it shouldn’t matter anyways.
Source : iFixit