Samsung Galaxy S4 given a reparability score of 8 out of 10
The fellows over at iFixit got their Samsung Galaxy S4, and that means it's time to tear shit apart. Unlike most folks who try to take good care of their expensive electronic toys, these people live to break them open and see what the innards look like. This go around, they found most things pretty easy to get to and replace, the front glass and panel being the exception. Here's their highlights:
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Reparability Score: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
- The battery can be replaced in seconds, without any tools.
- Very easy to open and access internal components.
- There are only 11 screws in the entire device, all standard Phillips #0 (no proprietary or security sizes).
- Most of the smaller components are modular and can be replaced individually, but several of them are adhered in place, increasing replacement difficulty.
- The glass is fused to both the display and the display frame, increasing repair costs.
- You'll have to go through the entire phone in order to replace the front panel, since everything is built into the back of it.
The good news is that it looks easy enough to fix things if you ever need to. The bad news is that the part most likely to break, the glass, is the hardest part to replace. The sensible part is that most people will never do anything like this anyway.
It's still reassuring that someone, somewhere can fix your phone should you do something stupid or just have a string of bad luck. Unlike the HTC One, which was found pretty damn difficult to repair, the Galaxy S4 is one of the easy ones. Be sure to click the link below to see all the steps.