iFixit Smartphone Repairability

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of the famous iFixit teardowns, where consumer devices are taken apart, analyzed, and awarded a repairability score between zero and ten. Maybe you’ve seen the teardowns of past devices, or repair guides of devices you’ve fixed before. Well iFixit is at it again and this time they’re comparing the “repairability” of the most popular smartphones on the market. Taken from each smartphone’s iFixit teardown, the Smartphone Repairability scores are based on the ease or difficulty of each repair.

According to iFixit’s site, “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.” Let’s see how they compare!


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The Motorola Droid Bionic tops the list with a score of 9 as iFixit’s most repairable smartphone, with the Motorola Atrix 4G right on its heels. The easy-to-replace battery on most Samsung devices puts the Samsung Galaxy series close behind with scores of 8 out of 10.


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With their Pentalobe screws and gobs of adhesive, Apple devices scored a little lower on iFixit’s repairability list: the iPhone 3G and 3GS scored a 7 out of 10 along with the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5s/5c scored a little lower with a score of 6 out of 10.



Interestingly enough, the Samsung Galaxy series scores high on Squaretrade’s breakability scale as well. In comparison to the iPhone 5 and Galaxy SIII (which got a 5 and a 6.5, respectively) Squaretrade gave the Samsung Galaxy S4 a score of 7 out of 10 for breakability. It may be an easy fix, but it appears to be an easy break as well.


iFixit is known for its awesome repair guides and high-quality tools, making us at eTech Parts more than happy to offer iFixit tools at wholesale prices! Check out the iFixit Thirsty Bag and iFixit iOpener, two useful and innovative tools from the repair gurus at iFixit.

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