HTC One M8

Lots of glue contributes to poor score for DIY repair jobs

The New HTC One (M8) is pretty stunning on the outside, but what about inside? The folks at iFixit have got their hands on one and done their thing with it. Besides exposing all the nerdy parts inside, it also exposes a pretty poor outlook for anyone who might ever hope to carry out some DIY repairs.

Beneath the metal outside lies a world of glue, glue, more glue, tape and copper shielding. The motherboard is glued, which you have to remove first before getting to the battery, which is also glued. Oh, and iFixit also accidentally managed to cut the cable to the screen digitizer. And these are folks who know what they're doing.

But, we do get to see all the cool stuff inside the new HTC One (M8) such as the Snapdragon 801 – which looks just like a chip – and the Boomsound speakers and the plastic amplifying chamber that resides behind. The repairability score is a pretty terrible 2/10, so you might want to take care of it.

Source: iFixit

 

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HTC One (M8) teardown leaves little hope for repairability

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So scratch and dent means dent and done

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Does this raise or lower the price on refurbished units like the m7 refurbished that T-Mobile sells?

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So cases that turn that Premium metal build into plastic ahhh you just got to laugh lol

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Accidents happen

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Yep, you probably wouldn't exist had someone taken the proper precautions. Sorry, couldn't help myself. But in all seriousness, that could be said about anything. Do you put plastic on your couch? Probably not, because you feel you are responsible enough to not spill red wine all over it. Some people feel the same way about their phones.

Lol, I don't see how repairability was expected from a 90 percent metal phone in the first place
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Fortunately with HTC Advantage you get one oops repaired for free.

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I guess you missed the drop tests, it isn't just about the screen

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The first thing I did when I bought my original One was buy an otter box. I chose the One because of the OIS, not because it was pretty and I frequently wish it was a more repairable plastic phone. I see a LG pro 2 in my future.

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For someone like me, repeatability means absolutely nothing when it comes to purchasing a new phone.

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It can get important if for some reason one of the waterdamage sensors turns red. Even if the phone still works and just something small gets damaged they won't repair it officially. If a phone is easy to repair you can get replacement parts for a few bucks and do it yourself. Using glue is just a cheap way to reduce assembling costs even further.

Yeah on a 50$ DVD player, not a phone that costs as much as a beater car

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I can easily replace the battery in my Samsung. I could also replace the screen myself, if needed.
Not a deal breaker, but definitely an item to consider.

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Repairability is not important? What if the battery fails? Which they have and they do at some point. Just to change the battery becomes a very hard and tricky thing to do. This is why I don't really like uni body phones. If I spend $600+ on a phone it should be relatively repairable... Some of you hear must have real money to burn...

Several 100 million

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I agree. I find that my phones typically need a new battery (stops charging) around 12-14 months in. Been less of a problem since I moved to the Note line, since I don't run the battery down so low anymore, but all of my previous devices need a new battery after about a year.

Didn't the M7 get a 1/10? I don't have butterfingers by any means, but have managed to drop my One a few times, minor scuffs, not even deep scratches. You have to do unthinkable things to it to rally damage it.

how many times has anyone actually repaired their devices? most people probably just buy a new phone...
I've broken a phone once, and repair was non-guaranteed... and the cost for time spent for "attempt to repair" was pretty much price of an used phone.
Ended up just getting another crappy phone and waited out my contract.

I would at least like to be able to swap out the battery if it quits working (they do stop taking a charge after a while) instead of having to buy a whole new phone.

A battery repair should be able to be handled in a carriers repair facility. In fact, any kind of repair should be able to be handled by the carriers. Repair manuals are sent out before any launch of a new device with instructions on how and what can be replaced/repaired. In the case of the M8, I would hope that this still holds true. I would hate to hear them say I have a bad battery then have to pay a $100 deductible to get a refurbished phone when nothing else is wrong with it BUT the battery.

Don't hope too hard, the repair will cost you more than 100

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Well, hTC does offer free screen replacement within 6 months (?) of purchase I think. So if you crack the screen, you get free repair which would save you some trouble for repairing it on your own, haha!

This isn't about the screen how much do thing it would cost me if I broke the back on my Samsung vs the One? Watch the drop tests

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The ability to repair a device does matter down the road after the warranty runs out. I was interested in the M8 but seeing as how I usually keep my devices for at least 2 years, the lack of repairability makes the M8 a no go for me. I always put a case on my phone the day I buy it and I usually take very good care of them but accidents do happen.

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