HTC One the first smartphone to score 1/10 on repairability from iFixit
0. phoneArena 28 Mar 2013, 18:14 posted on
The HTC One is one of the prettier phones we've seen in a while. It's got a shiny new aluminum unibody design, and looks great. According to iFixit, the aluminum unibody should also make the HTC One more durable. The trouble is that the One is apparently not designed to be opened at all, and scored a 1 out of 10 on repairability by iFixit, which is a score no other smartphone has ever received...
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1. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)
eat that "premium feel" phone lovers...!
6. jcarrigan (unregistered)
count me out on this phone, i like to be able to fix my stuff lol
17. jsdechavez (Posts: 701; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
I remember doing this with my old nokia's and my xperia.
85. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
i don't care i never buy a phone to open it i love HTC one its the best phone and don't care about ifix it i saw an article about them they get paid big time for talking s**t.
121. jcarrigan (unregistered)
its always good to be able to have the option of replacing the battery or maybe even having an extra battery.
100. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
How do you change the Battery of this premium sh*t ?
I just changed the battery of my 1 year old G Note 1.
19. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Well, not according to PA and GSMArena.
I guess truth is a bitter pill to swallow.
47. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
Yeah, cause what pa and gsmarena say goes.
62. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
Yeah, because 2 objective, unbiased reviews mean nothing to someone only concerned about the back of a phone
68. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
When websites favor the galaxy then its unbiased huh..but when a site says something negative about it then its biased. For example, most Samsung fans were saying pa is biased cause of the way they did the display comparison, but gsmarena said the gs4 had the better display, and you guys say it's unbiased lol you Samsung fans are worse than apple fans
73. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
who says the display comparison is biased??
fromd moment the SuperAmoled exist, we amoled lovers know all those weaknesses of Amoled, we know it from d start,, but we loved watching movies, playing games, looking at pictures, doing so many things, tweeking with the UI with that gorgeous SuperAmoled... we arent aftr natural colors but still we congratulates samsung by doing this
79. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
First, Read pa screen comparasion between gs4 vs one vs ip5 vs lumia...just look at all the post by Samsung fans saying how pa is baised...they also post the same link to the gsmarea screen display comparison like you.
Second, lol why u actin like Sammy invented amoled screens lol
89. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
did i say sammy invented amoled?? lols
"congratulates samsung by doing this" i am refrring to the link ive posted.. anyway, Samsung galaxy s4 brings the first fullHD Amoled mobile panel :) and its getting better and better
and no one can matches the happiness of viewing it
"What you should take away from all this is that the final weak point of the Super AMOLED screens has been taken care of and the Galaxy S4 offers image quality like no other smartphone on the market. Its impressive contrast and almost perfect viewing angles make everything on the screen pop, regardless of your viewpoint.
The color saturation is beyond the reach of any LCD out there, which make even the dullest image appear remarkably vibrant. Still, if you are not a fan of the oversaturated look of AMOLEDs, Samsung gives you the option to tune down the saturation to more natural levels and enjoy the best of both worlds. There's a dedicated Adobe RGB setting that gets this done.
The brightness levels of the Samsung Galaxy S4 are about on par with the rest of the company's AMOLEDs, which is to say not very high. However, due to their low reflectivity, this doesn't affect outdoor performance. Keep in mind that enabling the auto tone setting in the screen option limits the maximum brightness to under 300 nits, so if that matters to you, you better keep it off." -gsmarena
"With the sheer number of excellent flagships to choose from, if you are looking for the best smartphone, you had it better than ever. There's no need for choice anxiety either, as the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a safe bet as long as you can get past its increasingly dated design or you need that IP57 certification." -gsmarena
PA included mediocre call quality in GS4 REview, the final hardware unit of gsmarena says otherwise so, the design wud be d only con of gs4, but i like the premium and compact look of gs4. just dont like the gloss
i cant read any sammy fans their telling PA is biased in d dsplay comparison, a nokia fan says somthng like that..
90. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
anyway we posted the link just for another reference.. i myself ddnt say PA is biased and ddnt think something either, because as what ive said, AMOLED will probably wont win with that kind of display comparison coz it is Amoled, a young tech with weaknesses, however no one cant deny how people are amazed with its very attractive contrast and the bliss we're feeling everytime we encounter the SuperAmoled//
101. Aeires (unregistered)
Yeah, cause what Android4u says goes.
104. Taters (Posts: 2822; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Let's just say I trust them with reviews and impressions a lot more than I would trust you.
86. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
cause they get paid big time and HTC and HTC doesn;t pay money it goes for with people reviews don't money paid reviews
95. garz_pa (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Why the hate? Is Samsung threatening you to use the S4?
110. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
Bro, my username is android4u not HTC4u. Of course I would use a Samsung device, I love anything android. But I just don't understand why Samsung fans actin like anything that is not Samsung is not worth it. Again no hate, I just thought we were team android. Didn't know it would come down siding with corporations ... F*** corporations!! Its android all day !!!
117. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
wuuh?? ive been here for quite some time, and i can count only one or two sammy fans here who are very troll-warriors :)
but most troll starters are sony, htc etc fans by saying "samedung" "cheap plastic" "ugly" "boring" and when s4 wins a battle the word "bias" will floursh..
14. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)
For some reason I sense a biased rating from "iFixit."
With that said, repairability score has always facinated me. Sure its important for those that know and like to but who really wants to mess around with the internals of their $600+ mobile device??
Repairability for any premium phone, like the HTC One, will always be difficult as &*^T*. This is due to not only the materials but the precision that is needed to achieve such premium feel. If you think about it it's similar to repairability of cars. Sure repairability for a Toyota Camry is going to be really good and most people will due it themselves. Repairability for a Bugatti Veyron will be 1/10. To change an oil requires taking half the engine out!
Sarcasm aside this score doesnt mean much to me and I will continue to pursue and buy "the One."
91. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
now if your htc One got a low rating you're agreeing to the biased thing..and afterwards ur trolling abt bias thing ur believing sammy fans are telling bcoz their favor8 got a low rating
SHAME ON YOU!
111. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
Bro if the ONE had gotten a 7 rating I wouldn't care. I don't purchase devices based on reviews. I wasn't trolling and if it seemed like I was I apologize. And I didn't get the last part of your post sorry man. But hey all I know both devices are Awsome. Android has come a long way thanks to both of these companies.
118. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
i just want to emphasize that in d above comments u're saying abt samsung fans who call the review biased when gs4 lost the battle, but it seem here (comment #18), u are agreeing to that kind of act of accusing a review for being a bias
20. MrJerry (Posts: 393; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
Don't you kid us.
Your example is totally invalid.
Bugatti costs you few millions and those kind of people dont care about $$ like us. So they are willing to pay few thousand money to change the oil.
One the other hand HTC one is around $700 same as most flagship smartphone.
So HTC is not a bugatti. It's toyota but you cant fix any part of your car unless you break something.
How fun is this??
Do you understand??
35. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 814; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
What he meant is that most people doesn't even care about fixing something themselves they rather pay to get someone to fix for them.
41. MrJerry (Posts: 393; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
No he didnt mean that lol
And of course you can pay to fix.
But what I can see from the article is that you might pay more money than usual or it is even hard to find technician around you.
Besides you might wait a long time to fix your handset even directly through HTC unless they would change it with new one which is very unlikely though
29. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2157; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I'm with Mr. Jerry on this one. Your comparison makes very little sense. The One costs no more than other flagship devices, so comparing it to very expensive cars doesn't work. Besides, most people don't fix their own cars (Camry or otherwise) unless they do that for a living. The difference between The One & say, the GS4 is that when something goes wrong, you will almost asssuredly have to buy a new one as opposed to getting it fixed or just buying a new battery which would more than likely be significantly cheaper.
55. MartyK (Posts: 706; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
If you spend $600+ on a phone you should buy insurance, at least for the first few months of owning it.
Asurion is your friend!
71. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2157; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
That's a great point, but unfortunately, not everyone thinks that way.
98. Dynamac (Posts: 21; Member since: 01 Dec 2012)
While it's true most people probably won't fix any flagship phones (even say the S4, which should be must easier to open) themselves, what I think we can take away is that the ONE will probably cost a lot more to be fixed by professionals as well. Hence if the screen cracks or anything else happen you can pretty much kis your $700 good bye (without insurance ofcourse, but insurance isn't free is it....)
107. synot (Posts: 96; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
Your comment doesnt make any sense at all ,U dont seem to understand the article at all. The writer is saying that there is a 1 in 10 chances that your HTC one wil be able to be repaired after any problem because of the way it is built .In other words its like one of those one use cameras that is thrown away after use because it seems HTC didnt design the phone to be repaired with its unibody design .
36. Joosty (Posts: 26; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Honestly I really want to like the One. but this right here is killing the attraction of the phone
50. Hemlocke (unregistered)
The iPhone 5 has a "premium feel," and it scored a 7.
87. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
cause apple paid and HTC doesn'tpay for fake reviews
57. heyhi (Posts: 124; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
if they stated is very hard to fix it, can you imagine how much would you pay for some shop to repair it?? and the dropping test showed how the phone turned out after the first drop...gooood luck with the beautiful phone..
2. HTCOE (Posts: 466; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)
hahahaha awesome !!!
obviously this is not the "One" to f*ck with
and ironically it got a "1" lol
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5719; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
A 1/10 had to occur at some point. HTC can revel in being the first. Good news for consumers - any replacement One will be a brand spanking new One.
64. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
OR the repair will be shoddy and you will receive a One with crinkled up copper shielding or worse, patch-worked copper shielding
69. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5719; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Meh. The insurance companies like SquareTrade won't bother with trying to cheap out a repair. They want to be able to close out the claim. If the phone comes back to them, they have to re-open the claim, fix the botched original repair, and, and, and.
You will have a higher premium amount to pay once the insurance companies figure out they are going to have to buy a new replacement and not be able to use re-furbed units. So, if you want a One and want insurance on it, get it sooner rather than later.
84. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3989; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Actually, the Surface Pro was the first device to get a 1. The One is just the first smartphone
4. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Wow amazed, didn't no that. So no more self fixing, must send it back to Htc for any repairs.
1 out of 10 very difficult device!
15. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
They are learning from Apple how to mint money from repairs ... this is knowledge transfer due to "INDUCTION" effect.
52. Hemlocke (unregistered)
Yes, except that the iPhone 5 scored a 7, and is terribly easy to repair.
70. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5719; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Even Apple has to contend with repair difficulty. I suspect the cost to repair the units for even Apple was more than they wanted to pay, so the iP5 was directed to be easier to repair.
5. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)
guys we all know lately, there have been many issues with these high end devices. even galaxy s3 had the sudden death issues, HTC Droid DNA and Butterfly, both had SEVERE WIFI issues, so much so that their sales were banned for sometime. so having a slick premium body phone is great but u should also see other aspects. what if the device gets any issues in the future? would it be repairable? in One's case its Almost impossible!
so keep these points in mind as well before going for One, Z or S4!
8. jcarrigan (unregistered)
my GS3 didnt have any sudden death issues. Ive had it 6 months and its still running like new. Which is much more than i can for the past LG, MOTO, and HTC phones ive had, which all pretty much were useless after 4months.
7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3989; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Did anyone really expect a phone branded with "zero gap" construction to be easy to repair by themselves? If you did, well, your intelligence is in question.
10. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
This page was to show repair ability. Every consumer should know as much information about a product prior to purchase. There are many people out there with a tendency to break phones. This page helps those buyers to choose more wisely
11. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
Choosing more wisely based on the ability to repair your own phone? Bro, I'm a tech nerd but honestly I don't even know how to do that, nor wouldn't want to...all you do is send it back to the manufacturer...problem solved...
75. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
you say it like its a simple solution. there are many things you are not considering. manufacturer warranty is usually a year or less.
second it takes about a week more or less to get your phone turned around and if your screen is cracked or no micro sim. or you broke the pin in the charger in, etc. have fun backing up your phone. the manufacturer will not back up anything.
if you dont mind the turn around time and believe yeah you will break your phone in one year then it makes sense. for most people it does not
96. garz_pa (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
A removable battery is very convenient. It's not all about repairing the device by yourself, you know.
27. Taters (Posts: 2822; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
They should change the name to gapful, gap ridden, or gap bountiful construction.
Have you seen the gap thread on XDA recently? It's getting really bad.
32. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3989; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Due to first batch issues. Watch, in about 2 months, those problems with gaps in the housing will be gone.
65. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
That's what happens when HTC's main concern is beating Samsung to market instead of quality assurance.
Doesn't matter though, the HTC faithful will just make excuses for HTC to justify their purchase.
53. Hemlocke (unregistered)
The iPhone 5 uses "zero-gap," and it is ridiculously easy to repair. Scored a 7.