Smartphone Repairability

Our engineers disassembled and analyzed each smartphone, awarding a repairability score between zero and ten. Ten is the easiest to repair.

How we rate devices:

A device with a perfect score will be relatively inexpensive to repair because it is easy to disassemble and has a service manual available. Points are docked based on the difficulty of opening the device, the types of fasteners found inside, and the complexity involved in replacing major components. Points are awarded for upgradability, use of non-proprietary tools for servicing, and component modularity.

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Motorola Droid Bionic Motorola Droid Bionic2011
  • Battery can be removed in seconds.
  • Modular design allows replacement of many individual parts.
  • Rear camera replacement requires removing an EMI shield.

9

Motorola Atrix 4G Motorola Atrix 4G2011
  • LCD and front glass are not fused and can be replaced individually.
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • Many components soldered in place, which increases replacement costs.

9

Google Nexus 5 Google Nexus 52013
  • Modular design allows replacement of individual components.
  • Standard Phillips screws used throughout.
  • LCD is fused to the glass.

8

Samsung Galaxy S4 Samsung Galaxy S42013
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • Very easy to open for access to internal components.
  • Components adhered to the back of a fused display assembly.

8

Blackberry Z10 Blackberry Z102013
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • Standard screws make the device easy to open.
  • Smaller components are strongly adhered in place.

8

Samsung Galaxy Note II Samsung Galaxy Note II2012
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • Very easy to open for access to internal components.
  • Components adhered to the back of a fused display assembly.

8

Samsung Galaxy S III Samsung Galaxy S III2012
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • Device is easy to open.
  • Components adhered to the back of a fused display assembly.

8

Samsung Galaxy Note Samsung Galaxy Note2011
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • Very easy to open for access to internal components.
  • Components adhered to the back of a fused display assembly.

8

Samsung Galaxy S II Samsung Galaxy S II2011
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • Very easy to open for access to internal components.
  • Components adhered to the back of a fused display assembly.

8

Nokia N8 Nokia N82010
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • LCD and front glass are not fused and can be replaced individually.
  • Removing the camera is incredibly difficult.

8

Dell Streak Dell Streak2010
  • Device is easy to open.
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • LCD is fused to the glass.

8

Google Nexus 6 Google Nexus 62014
  • Modular components (cameras, buttons, headphone jack) are easy to replace.
  • The Nexus 6 uses a single kind of screw, although it's a fairly uncommon size (T3).
  • The digitizer is fused to the display, increasing repair costs for a cracked screen.

7

Apple iPhone 6 Plus Apple iPhone 6 Plus2014
  • Improved cable routing, larger case makes access easier.
  • The relatively easy to access, longer-lasting battery may have an increased lifespan.
  • Apple does not share repair information with repair shops or consumers.

7

Apple iPhone 6 Apple iPhone 62014
  • Improved fingerprint sensor cable routing from the iPhone 5s.
  • The battery is straightforward to access (if you have a Pentalobe screwdriver).
  • Apple does not share repair manuals with repair shops or consumers.

7

Fairphone 1.0 Fairphone 1.02014
  • The battery can be replaced without any tools.
  • There are only 8 Phillips screws in the entire device, all standardized.
  • The Fairphone comes with a set of free, open source repair manuals.
  • The glass is fused to both the display and the display frame.

7

Motorola Moto X Motorola Moto X2013
  • Modular design allows replacing of individual components.
  • Only a single type of screw is used throughout.
  • Strong adhesive on the rear cover makes opening difficult.

7

Google Nexus 4 Google Nexus 42012
  • The back cover can be removed with common tools.
  • Pressure contacts throughout the phone ease disassembly.
  • The battery is held in place with strong adhesive.

7

Apple iPhone 5 Apple iPhone 52012
  • Front panel is easy to remove and replace.
  • Battery is relatively easy to replace.
  • Proprietary pentalobe driver required for opening.

7

Google Nexus S Google Nexus S2010
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • Standard screws and connectors make the motherboard accessible.
  • Fused LCD and glass; the front panel is attached with adhesive.

7

Apple iPhone 3GS Apple iPhone 3GS2009
  • LCD and front glass are not fused and can be replaced individually.
  • Standard Phillips screws used throughout.
  • Battery is buried under the logic board, making it difficult to replace.

7

Apple iPhone 3G Apple iPhone 3G2008
  • LCD and front glass are not fused and can be replaced individually.
  • Standard Phillips screws used throughout.
  • Battery is buried under the logic board, making it difficult to replace.

7

Apple iPhone 5c Apple iPhone 5c2013
  • Front panel is easy to remove and replace.
  • Battery is adhered in place and difficult to remove.
  • Proprietary pentalobe driver required for opening.

6

Apple iPhone 5s Apple iPhone 5s2013
  • Front panel is fairly easy to remove and replace.
  • Battery is adhered in place and difficult to remove.
  • Proprietary pentalobe driver required for opening.

6

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Samsung Galaxy Nexus2011
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • Only the volume switch and vibrator motor are soldered in.
  • The glass is fused to both the display and the display frame.

6

Apple iPhone 4s Apple iPhone 4s2011
  • Screws and limited adhesive ease opening.
  • The back panel is easy to remove, but requires a pentalobe driver.
  • LCD is fused to front glass.

6

Motorola Droid 3 Motorola Droid 32011
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • Many components on a single cable, which increases cost of parts.
  • LCD replacement requires disassembly of the entire device.

6

Apple iPhone 4 Apple iPhone 42010
  • Screws and limited adhesive ease opening.
  • Modular design allows replacement of many individual parts.
  • Replacing the rear camera requires removing an EMI shield.

6

Samsung Galaxy S 4G Samsung Galaxy S 4G2010
  • Modular design allows replacing of individual components.
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • LCD is fused to front glass.

6

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini2014
  • The battery is incredibly easy to remove and replace.
  • The display is the first components out, but it is glued in place.
  • Replacing anything other than the battery requires first removing the display.

5

Samsung Galaxy S5 Samsung Galaxy S52014
  • The battery is incredibly easy to remove and replace.
  • The glued in display requires heat and careful prying to remove without cracking the glass.
  • Replacing anything other than the battery requires first removing the display.

5

HTC Surround HTC Surround2010
  • Battery is relatively easy to replace.
  • Accessing the internal MicroSDHC card voids the warranty.
  • Very difficult to access the front panel and LCD for replacement.

5

Motorola Droid 4 Motorola Droid 42012
  • LCD and front glass are not fused and can be replaced individually.
  • Tons of adhesive seals the phone and its components.
  • Replacing the front glass requires complete phone disassembly.

4

Motorola Droid RAZR Motorola Droid RAZR2011
  • Battery is relatively easy to replace.
  • All plastic frames and casings are incredibly tedious to remove.
  • The front panel is adhered to the display.

4

Amazon Fire Amazon Fire2014
  • External, non-proprietary screws make getting inside straightforward.
  • The four Dynamic Perspective cameras are encased in glue.
  • The phone is not modular, increasing the cost of replacement parts.

3

Apple iPhone Apple iPhone2007
  • Standard Phillips screws used throughout.
  • Hidden clips make it nearly impossible to open rear case without damaging it.
  • Soldered battery is very difficult to replace.

2

HTC One HTC One2013
  • Solid external construction improves durability.
  • Virtually impossible to open without extreme damage to rear case.
  • Battery is buried under motherboard and adhered to midframe.

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