Droid 4 Teardown (iFixIt)

A high-profile smartphone launch isn't complete without the obligatory teardown, wherein people far braver than us take screwdrivers, spudgers and even their bare hands to new devices. The latest phone to get the teardown treatment is the Droid 4, and today the guys at iFixit have cracked open Motorola's latest slider, revealing the usual assortment of PCB, plastic, metal and screws.

The most interesting part of the teardown focuses on the Droid 4's troublesome non-removable battery. The teardown process revealed that in addition to a warning sticker, the battery is fixed in place with Torx screws and glue, making removal challenging and potentially hazardous. Putting pressure on a lithium ion battery tends to cause bad things -- like explosions -- to happen, so iFix recommends gently prising it out with a spudger.

The bottom line is that this Droid is the most difficult to fix yourself, due to the battery situation and the fact that the keyboard contacts have been moved onto the main board. That means that if a keyboard contact breaks, you'll need to replace one of the most expensive components. So while the Droid 4 may be one of the best QWERTY-toting Androids available, it's going to be a little tougher to repair any faults or damage yourself.

If you're into looking at smartphones in various states of undress, you can find the full teardown over at the source link.

Source: iFixit


Reader comments

Droid 4 teardown shows how to remove that non-removable battery


So the battery is non-removebale only because they chose to use glue? I thought it was because it was soldered to the board or something... Pretty stoopid.

These non-removable batteries in devices are so petty. They really don't need to do this kind of crap. Seriously, what's the point?

why moto would ever do this is beyond me. I would never own this phone. i always make fun of apple and there non removable battery.. then this? i cant stand moto. they are so stupid sometimes.

I agree MOTO really messed up with the droid 4 and its non removable battery. as it is I have the droid 3 and I always carry 2 spares with me. Verizon keeps trying to get me to move to the D4 and I say no every time. The High cap battery I have in it now is more MAH than the d4 battery by 500Mah. So why would I get the D4? I will never own a D4 I will do what ever I have to do to keep my D3 running. screw the D4

Non-removable batteries are space-saving because the wires to connect the battery are directly connected, not weird to contacts. I would rather have a removable battery, personally. I don't tend to swap batteries, but I do like the ability toforce a reset with a battery pull.

Sounds like it should be pretty easy to swap out the non-removable battery. I'll just have to carry around a paperclip & a T5 torx bit along with my spare battery. :D