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Samsung Galaxy S4 easy to repair says iFixit, after a teardown leaves the flagship naked

0. phoneArena 26 Apr 2013, 17:39 posted on

iFixit's teardown of the Samsung Galaxy S4 notes the handset's use of a replaceable battery, something rarely seen on today's high end smartphones; the new Android flagship model is rated highly by iFixit for easy accessibility to the phone's innards making the model easy to repair with a score of 8 out of a possible 10...

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posted on 26 Apr 2013, 17:59 20

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


One more reason to choose it over the competition. Phones are imperfect, rushed and price-cut so you want the best rapairability possible for your own sake.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 20:16 10

14. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


right dude, this is more important thing.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 01:58

31. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)


without surprise, sFall has a high score of getting it fixed.
feels like a desktop computer structure. you can actually just open it and change out the parts and make upgrades. sorry, I see zero design quality in it.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 06:02 2

34. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


design quality IS not just about its looks
It includes ergonomics and design flexblity w/ rplacble battry

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 12:16 1

35. Nephylim (Posts: 134; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


u right

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 18:10 5

2. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Easy to repair, or in this case, cheap with 11 screws and a bunch of plastic holding it together, and only 8.8GB free to use on the 16GB model. Of course, the screen is one fused unit that is glued in, which won't be cheap or easy to repair, so there is that.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 18:33 6

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Wow that is the stupiest thing I have ever seen on here.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 19:13 14

8. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Apparently a unbody aluminium back that cost a few dollars more than a plastic back makes your phone special. Alumnium isn't a premium metal and is very cheap, just like plastic.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 19:55 6

10. SleepingOz (unregistered)


"But it feels great in the hand!"

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 20:00 10

13. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Actually the S4 feels better in your hands than the HTC One, not preference its fact.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 20:44 1

22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


uhh huh, i'll just go ahead and take your word for that. :P

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 02:01

32. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)


LOL....are you making wishes here??
I am not saying which one feels better.
until you hold both on your hand.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 19:57 9

11. umadden (banned) (Posts: 90; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


cheap recycled soda can aluminum is cheaper than plastic

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 20:22 7

17. BadAssAbe (Posts: 456; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


SGS4 is like a SuperCar; lightweight, flexible material on the outside with the best V12/V10 Engines on the inside.

Teaching one person at a time about

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 18:36 14

5. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Just FYI HTC One scored a 1/10 on this test

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 18:52 4

6. Hemlocke (unregistered)


I know. Out of the 60+ smartphones I have owned, care to guess how many I have broken and need to repair? I pay $600+ for each device, so I don't want some plastic POS that looks like it came out of a Lego Mindstorm box. There are plenty of undiscriminating sheep out there who buy for a brand or some elusive percentage better performance that is only measurable on a benchmark, so I think Samesung will do fine without my money.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 19:04 5

7. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


The space between the black plate and screen is metal on galaxy devices andhttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=galaxy%20s4%20metal%20back&sprefix=galaxy+s4+m%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Agalaxy%20s4%20metal%20back , have fun with believing that samsung is cheap, the galaxy s4 cost a decent amount more to make then the htc one to make. Also "better performance" matters, and the s4 (exynos 5) destroys the snapdragon 600 in battery life.

If you want an all metal galaxy then its going to cost you $10 extra. The stock ones don't come with them because they break NFC.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 20:22 3

16. papss (unregistered)


Dude SS is cheap.. He'll the inside looks about as generic as the outside... It's like a fing cult with you SS suckers

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 20:23 9

18. BadAssAbe (Posts: 456; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


SGS4 is like a SuperCar; lightweight, flexible material on the outside with the best V12/V10 Engines on the inside.

Teaching one person at a time about, you are welcome

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 20:27 2

20. papss (unregistered)


Thanks for the analogy and pretty funny too

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 20:35 2

21. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Except supercars aren't made with the cheapest possible materials. This is more like the derp kid on your block with the Civic with a fart can exhaust who stuffs a JDM twin turbo K23 under the hood. Fast? Yeah, but at the end of the day, it's still just a Civic, not a Skyline.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 20:48 5

23. joey_sfb (Posts: 5982; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


How you know the SS plastic is cheap, maybe its the most expensive plastic for SS pay much more for it than other manufacturers.

You don't know and yet to proclaim loudly like you did the procurement.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 21:28 2

24. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Its not even part of the phone thats plastic its a polycarbonate backcover lol, anyways a majority of the s4 body is metal. People are blind and obviously don't realize between the back and glass is metal.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 19:47 2

9. tiara6918 (Posts: 2065; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I wonder what is the repairability score for the HTC butterfly. I did mention in a previous article that my dad's butterfly screen cracked and it will cost him $300 to get a new screen and I'm trying to see if there are any alternatives. HTC is charging way too much,for$300 I could already get a brand new sensation xl and a few bucks more a galaxy grand

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 20:00 1

12. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


The batterys also cost $150 to replace in HTC phones.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 20:23 2

19. papss (unregistered)


I've never had to replace a battery so that's a moot point for me

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 20:22 1

15. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Pretty impressive? what a dumb blonde. ifixit only have a hot girl in their videos so they can get more views. and in this case her comments bout how too tear apart the GS IV is simple. just open the cover and take out the screws. what a idiot

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 21:48 1

25. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Drop test

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 22:29 2

26. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


It will still break, should be harder to break though.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 01:16

29. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


Go to youtube there is a drop test, gorlla glass 3 isnt yet that strong:) but the plastc and everything that wraps d phone are brilliant :)

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