The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is the galactic successor of the Samsung Vibrant, which practically mimics the Vibrant in every aspect except for the novelty of HSPA+ 4G radios delivering 21Mbps transfers, a front-facing camera and a slight redesign. But what about the repairability? Suspectful gadget surgeons from iFixit exposed the inner parts of the Samsung Galaxy S 4G a mere day after its launch on T-Mobile to find out.
Samsung claims it used the light-weight element magnesium instead of the typical aluminum for the phone's structural framework, but to check this folks over at iFixit had to go the extra mile and light dust from the framework on fire. Thankfully, the chemical reaction resulted in a white flash, which indicates that Sammy indeed went with magnesium. Good as it is, what we care most about is how easy it is to repair the S 4G in case you drop it for example. Unfortunately, trouble starts here with the visible gap between the front panel glass and the outer casing. In addition, the LCD screen is fused to the glass on the front panel, which means a cracked screen will cost you twice more to fix than if you had the units separated.
On the bright side, the phone has a pretty capable 1650mAh battery, which is easily replaceable. In addition, screws holding the phone together are of the pretty standard #00 Philips kind. Overall, this helped the phone get an average score of 6 out of 10 for repairability, but at the end of the day it is “the fastest smartphone” on T-Mobile so far, so it might be worth the eventual risk, don't you think?
Samsung Galaxy S 4G Teardown