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
  • 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
  • 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

LG G4
  • Rear panel and battery can be removed with no tools.
  • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • LCD is fused to the glass.

8

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

8

Samsung Galaxy S4
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • Device is easy to open.
  • Components adhered to the back of a fused display assembly.

8

Samsung Galaxy Note
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Device is easy to open.
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • LCD is fused to the glass.

8

Google Nexus 6
  • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • A single standard screw type makes repair simpler.
  • LCD is fused to the glass.

7

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Front panel is easy to remove and replace.
  • Battery is relatively easy to replace.
  • Proprietary pentalobe driver required for opening.

7

Google Nexus S
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Modular design allows replacing of individual components.
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • LCD is fused to front glass.

6

Samsung Galaxy Alpha
  • 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

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
  • 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

OnePlus One
  • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • Battery is difficult to replace.
  • LCD is fused to the glass.

5

Samsung Galaxy S5
  • 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
  • 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

Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • Front and back glass doubles the crackability, and rear glass is very difficult to remove to get into the device.
  • The battery is very tightly adhered to the back of the display, and buried beneath the midframe.

4

Motorola Droid 4
  • 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
  • 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

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • Front and back glass doubles the crackability, and rear glass is very difficult to remove to get into the device.
  • The battery is very tightly adhered to the back of the display, and buried beneath the midframe and motherboard.

3

Amazon Fire
  • 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

HTC One M9
  • Standard Phillips screws make the rear case easier to open.
  • The display assembly is the hardest component to replace.
  • Battery is buried under motherboard and adhered to midframe.

2

HTC One M8
  • Standard Phillips screws make the rear case easier to open.
  • The display assembly is the hardest component to replace.
  • Battery is buried under motherboard and adhered to midframe.

2

Apple iPhone
  • 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
  • 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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