Samsung Galaxy S4 teardown shows it is very easy to repair
But while we are waiting for the detailed step by step teardown of the Galaxy S4 from iFixit, Techno Buffalo actually got its hands on the device first and quickly tore it down.
Interestingly, it turned out the Galaxy S4 is extremely easy to fix. Popping the back cover is of course the first step and it is very easy to reveal the battery, microSIM and microSD card slots. Next you only need to remove 9 screws to separate the front and back.
From there on a lot of the components like the 13-megapixel camera can be easily isolated and replaced. Overall, it seems the Galaxy S4 is even easier to repair than the S III and it won’t be a problem to replace a malfunctioning part.
source: Techno Buffalo
Samsung Galaxy S4 teardown
3. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Smartphones are meant to be handled with care. It's not like you go around throwing and drop testing your smartphone everyday. A nice cover does very good job at protecting phone.
15. jromy (Posts: 113; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)
But a "nice cover" takes away the only thing some phones have over the SIV, which is the way it looks.
23. zhiae (Posts: 174; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
and if you dint have a map you will get lost in iphone 5
screws are much deference from another one ''you cant mess up''
6. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Still you can't blame people carelessness. 1 in every 10 mobile will eventually drop and break. Having plastic cover (polycarbonate) will give you nightmares ones you un intentionally drop it. It's only an opinion.
24. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Based on what?! There hasn't been any drop test yet, so how do you know it "will give you nightmares"?! Perhaps, I've dropped my GNOTE II, which is also made of the same polycarbonate, several times before getting myself a case and it is doing just fine.
31. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
If having a plastic cover gives you nightmares, sounds like you had a tortured childhood :p
8. Jason2k13 (Posts: 633; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
Iphones and htc one are the worst to repair, what does that mean?
18. Hemlocke (unregistered)
The iPhone 5 scored a 7 on iFixit"s repairability scale.
10. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
It means go to your service centers because the know how to repair their product.
11. dmakun (Posts: 149; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)
^Oversimplification & flawed logic my friend. Easily repaired DOESN'T mean easily broken. To repair the gs4 requires specialized tools & to break a device that cost that much means you're too dumb to own one in the first place. There's is something called protective of covers/cases.
12. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
For you my man, what is the definition of repair?
20. dmakun (Posts: 149; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)
Repair - "To restore to a good or sound condition after decay or damage: mend" - dictionary.com.
Does this help your logic in anyway? where in that definition does it say "easily broken"? Like i said before you oversimplified the concept of repairability.
21. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5209; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Dude, we buy smartphone because we love it, we use it, not smashing it, not stepping it!
Every smartphones aren't weaklings, it just depends how you take care of it............. :)
28. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
lol I love how the haters keep resorting to just making stuff up.
30. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
If you really are in the "tech biz" then I suggest a hasty exit from said profession. That's one of the dum- let's say just say ill informed- comments I've seen here.
2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Of course, it's made of plastic...
Oh, um...i meant un-uni-polycarbonated.
4. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
Samsung phones are mostly easy to repair.....I for once even repaired the micro usb port on my Galaxy s2 all by myself.....(By that I mean just a wee bit of dry soldering a new micro usb port)....But still that helped cos it was easy to open up the entire phone in roughly 3 minutes time....
But my experience with a faulty iphone 4 home button 8 months into warranty got me a brand new iphone 4....:)....
So either way I guess u win......
Hope HTC one also will have similar repair policy as Apple....Otherwise God help those who mess up their HTC one...
7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Compared to the One's abysmal repairablility..this is another clear advantage.
Don't get me wrong, HTC One is a thing of pure beauty and class, a fantastic device.
Awesome review on Anandtech, btw
13. 23nikki1 (Posts: 45; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)
Heard of a guy who broke his Xperia z screen...went to repair centre was told that it would cost $280 for repair, 2-3 days later said that it cannot be repaired and instead they offered 20% discount if he bought a new xperia z...this is where repairablity matters...
14. pyradark (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
i heard alot of stories like that. even in samsung
it cannot be repair so they offered 5% discount
16. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Man if that's the case, don't buy $500 smart phone just to break it. :)
26. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
You can slap a cover on it, be careful with it all the time and can be damn well sure you won't drop it. But sometimes, things aren't under your control, s**t happens. And you might be sad/shocked to see that you dropped your phone.
I really hope it doesn't happen to you though.
17. Leo_MC (Posts: 495; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Who repaires a phone?!
Maybe in 3rd world countries where S4 will be bought in 2-3 years when it will become as chep as... I don't know the Y.
19. mihaidenis (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)
That mean is very easy to be assambled and that is the
most important thing for them....
22. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
I still prefer "ONE"
25. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Up to you buddy.. =)
Make sure you cover it with a nice protective case.
27. chocolaking (Posts: 430; Member since: 22 May 2012)
It's a toy ish phone, no wonder it's simple to open, fix.
that's where they make your money from..
samsung fan are getting dumb er and dumb er...
29. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Haters galore. It is obviously thought out quite will internally. No wasted space, no parts that shouldn't be on top of each other causing heat sink problems like HTC for example.
32. Vegaviet (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
33. mydi.maus (unregistered)
yes all you need is some glue screwdriver and bandaid...then whola.