iFixit does a lot of tearing down – from smartphones to earbuds. It tells us how easy (or hard) it is to repair a device on your own, which could be extremely useful for the fearless among us. Now, the iFixit team has revealed which smartphone from 2016 was the most fixable and which was the least fixable, and the results aren’t all that surprising.
The winner is LG’s modular flagship, the G5. As you may have guessed, its modular design and user removable battery play a role in making this the easiest to repair among the bunch that iFixit tested this year. Overall, it received a score of 8 out of 10, meaning not only is it easy to take apart, but given the nature of how the phone is assembled, it should also be relatively easy for you to replace its internals on your own.
Overall, LG G5 received a score of 8 out of 10, meaning not only is it easy to take apart, but it should also be relatively easy for you to replace its internals on your own.
Ironically, whereas LG’s not so successful flagship took the first place in reparability, Samsung’s extremely popular Galaxy S7 took the last spot with an abysmal score of 3. Both the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge, according to iFixit, are held together by a large amount of glue, which makes sense given their slim profiles and the lack of screws. These smartphones are “very difficult” to open and repair.
In between the G5 and the S7, we have some of our favorite gadgets of the year. Right behind the G5’s 8/10, we have the Pixel duo with a score of 7. iFixit says that the Pixel phones are “difficult to open without breaking the screen,” so I would probably take them to Google should there be a problem. After that, we have Apple’s iPhone 7 and the Plus. Apparently, the battery and the screen are pretty straightforward in terms of reparability, but taking the devices apart requires four different screwdrivers.
Interestingly enough, the Galaxy Note 7 (bless its soul) is also ranked at the bottom of the chart. With a score of 4, it is just slightly better than the Galaxy S7. But at any rate, the device has officially been recalled, so you shouldn’t be fixing it yourself in the first place.
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