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iFixit Pixel 4 XL teardown reveals difficult repair, surprise Samsung component

Tearing open an IP68 water-resistant smartphone with glass on both the front and the back is usually a daunting and difficult task due to the copious amounts of glue involved, as well as a bunch of cables and circuitry densely packed close to each other. Just ask the guys at iFixit who rated the Galaxy S10 with a dismal score of 3 out of 10 and gave the Pixel 3 XL from last year a 4 (a higher score indicates an easier to repair device). This disheartening trend continues with the new Pixel 4 XL which also scored a 4.

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Teardown reveals the Galaxy Fold's improvements aren't only skin-deep

 

In general, phones are becoming more expensive, fragile, and difficult to repair. No device is more emblematic of these trends than the Galaxy Fold. After a months-long delay, the Galaxy Fold has once again gone on sale in the US. The repair experts over at iFixit have already managed to tear one of these redesigned units down to determine what has been changed during the extended delay.

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Fairphone 3 unsurprisingly receives perfect 10/10 repairability score on iFixit

The Fairphone 3 was announced at the end of last month, aiming at combining sustainability and repairability in a single device. The company is known for receiving high scores on iFixit, with the first model getting 7/10, and the Fairphone 2 being awarded the top 10/10 rating. The third iteration confirms the company’s commitment to building phones that are easy to repair, as the Fairphone 3 just got the same perfect 10/10 score.

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iFixit teardown claims the Pixel 3a is the most repairable Google phone in years

Just about every recent flagship phone is a nightmare to repair, from the Galaxy S10 to to the Huawei P20 Pro. As it turns out, building phones out of unibody glass with lots of glue and solder doesn't make it easy to replace the battery. However, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL appear to be a nice change from pace, as iFixit's new teardown guides claim both phones aren't too daunting to fix.

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The Galaxy S10 gets an even worse iFixit repairability score than the S9, now has a soldered charging port

As phones get more advanced and more densely packed with tech, their construction becomes less conducive to user serviceability. That continues to be true with Samsung's new Galaxy S10, which the prolific device disassemblers at iFixit have picked apart and given a score of 3 out of 10 for repairability.

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Motorola partners with iFixit to offer official phone repair kits

A busted phone usually leaves you with two options: an expensive and lengthy repair by the manufacturer or doing it yourself with potentially suspect parts. Motorola is getting together with iFixit to offer certified repair kits for some of its phones. You get OEM parts, tools, and instructions to get the job done.

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[Update: Pixel 3 has an LG OLED] iFixit's Pixel 3 XL teardown reveals Samsung-made screen

iFixit has torn apart every major smartphone released over the past decade or so. The repair site recently posted a teardown of the Google Pixel 3 XL, giving some insight into what hardware the phone is using. Interestingly, iFixit discovered that the 3 XL uses an OLED panel from Samsung, not LG.

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iFixit gives Samsung Galaxy Note 9 a repairability score of 4 out of 10

As is tradition, iFixit has torn the latest mobile device apart to see what makes it tick. The Note 9 has several distinctive features that set it apart from the Galaxy S phones, but it shares a lot as well. It even shares a repairability score: 4 out of 10.

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OnePlus 6 scores a 5 out of 10 for repairability in iFixit's teardown

Generally speaking, when there's a high-profile new handset, the folks at iFixit will take it apart to show us its guts. The OnePlus 6 is one such device. OnePlus's new notched beauty came out on the other side of the procedure with a pretty down-the-middle score of 5 out of 10.

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Check out this nerdy art collection of old smartphone teardowns

When your smartphone gets old, you may pass it along to a relative, sell it to someone else, or chuck it in a drawer and forget about it. Not this guy though. He goes all iFixit on them, grabs his Philips screwdrivers and priers, and dismantles them down to their smallest components, then he hangs them on a wall like the nerdiest of all art collections.

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