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Motorola Droid Bionic
Motorola Droid Bionic 2011
  • 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 4G 2011
  • 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 5 2013
  • Modular design allows replacement of individual components.
  • Standard Phillips screws used throughout.
  • LCD is fused to the glass.

8

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 2013
  • 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 Z10 2013
  • 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 II 2012
  • 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 III 2012
  • 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 Note 2011
  • 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 II 2011
  • 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 N8 2010
  • 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 Streak 2010
  • Device is easy to open.
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • LCD is fused to the glass.

8

Google Nexus 6
Google Nexus 6 2014
  • 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 Plus 2014
  • 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 6 2014
  • 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 1.0 2014
  • 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 X 2013
  • 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 4 2012
  • 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 5 2012
  • 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 S 2010
  • 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 3GS 2009
  • 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 3G 2008
  • 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 5c 2013
  • 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 5s 2013
  • 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 Nexus 2011
  • 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 4s 2011
  • 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 3 2011
  • 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 4 2010
  • 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 4G 2010
  • 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 Mini 2014
  • 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 S5 2014
  • 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 Surround 2010
  • 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 4 2012
  • 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 RAZR 2011
  • 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 Fire 2014
  • 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 iPhone 2007
  • 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 One 2013
  • 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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