iFixit gives Samsung Galaxy S5 a repairability score of 5 (out of 10)
Compared to last year’s Galaxy S4, the S5 is harder to repair. But that isn’t surprising, since the new smartphone is dust and water resistant. The S4 scored 8 out of 10 on the repairability scale in 2013, and now iFixit gave the Galaxy S5 a 5 out of 10.
The easiest component to remove and replace on the S5 is its 2,800 mAh battery. Beyond that, though, if you want to replace something, you’ll first have to remove the display panel of the S5 - this isn’t exactly a breeze, because the display assembly is “held in with a significant amount of adhesive and requires very careful and persistent prying and a considerable amount of heat to remove without cracking the glass or cutting cables.”
You can watch the teardown (well, parts of it) in the video below. For more about Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, make sure to check out our Galaxy S5 review here.
A couple of weeks ago, iFixit also disassembled the new HTC One M8, giving it a low repairability score of 2 out of 10 - so a case that’s 90% metal has its downsides when compared to a plastic case.
1. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3412; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Lol downgrade from s4. Probably due to waterproofing and better build quality.
2. tech2 (Posts: 2158; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Yup. If a phone gives water and dust resistance and survives even after being ranover by a SUV after a 10 feet drop, I'll take the score of 5 instead of 8, anyday !
4. pwnarena (Posts: 925; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
i wouldn't call that s5 that was run over by a tesla survival. it was practically dead. the innards could have worked at that time but it certainly wouldn't last long. the camera was destroyed. many internal components were dislodged. real survival is something similar to what was shown by xperia go in a youtube video. it was hammered, sanded, thrown bouncing over a swimming pool and into the ground, dropped down the stairs, and coated with ice cream. yes, it was also run over by a car and it survived without any part breaking away.
8. hung2900 (Posts: 801; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
Any it's your assumption right? No evidence right?
Physical damage is not the same as water damage. If there was something wrong, it died immediately.
And about some damage with the back cover and the camera lens, Samsung can avoid it by no removable cover and thicker phone or wos rse len(no protruding camera) right?
10. pwnarena (Posts: 925; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
hey don't get too worked up. it's obvious the device shattered. compare that to xperia go which was unscathed. and why would you say "Samsung can avoid it by no removable cover and thicker phone or wos rse len(no protruding camera) right?" when the fact is there's that actual device that shattered?
my point is that there's no use bragging about that instance of the s5 having survived because in the end it still broke down and would likely require massive repairs if it would still be usable.
the s5 is a great device mainly (for me) because of the power efficiency and great display. its design is just not meant for that kind of torture. it's better to focus on bragging about the display and power efficiency than saying that it survived getting run over.
21. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 977; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
You were the one who change the point. He said "SUV" , not "Tesla". Right?
That's other test and other video. S5 survived. S5 has GREAT build .And best phone yet.
And this test with "Tesla" was made by die-hard iboy. So just get lost .
You iboys are desperate now. ROTFL
17. maherk (Posts: 1021; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
it was also run by another reviewer by a heavier Audi Q7, and other than the broken camera glass, nothing happened.
19. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Yeah, and the other day I saw an s5 run over by a tank ! And then they had a flamethrower for a full 40 min and nothing happened. This phone is amazing !!! Samsung we love you ! Off to put some candles now on a picture of jk shin.
And no, I'm not sarcastic you evil iPhones worshippers !!
5. pwnarena (Posts: 925; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
i thought it was easily repairable as how phonearena described it in an article here about an s5 getting disassembled. well, it will surely last for at least two years anyway.
6. v3n0m (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)
Yawns, I'm trading my plastic samsung for the z2 this year! Taking everything in consideration - the Sony xperia z2 is no doubt the best...
9. PunyPoop (Posts: 739; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Yes, and I'm loving every bit of it. Not to mention, it's easy to repair.. And before anyone comments regarding the overheating and gap issue, I have to say this, I DON'T HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH MY Z2..
15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3412; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Dude no offence but change your avatar lol that make me cringe lol.
16. PunyPoop (Posts: 739; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
I'm really sorry man, but I really love my avatar. It's a cute one just like kisses chocolate?
20. wilsong17 (Posts: 958; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
25. iushnt (Posts: 666; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
The main problem is you might get z2 on stores after they announce z3..
7. Lampriya (Posts: 207; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)
I can't stand that ugly cheap plastic back cover.....
11. SleepingOz (unregistered)
It's not that bad in real and certainly more bearable than the UI of ios7.
12. papss (unregistered)
I don't mind the back but I hate the front that's been used for a million other Ss phones. Nothing screams premium looking at it. I don't cover my phones up so this was the biggest strike for me.
13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3412; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Agree. Take the front every galaxy whether it costs $150 or $750 they all look same. I'm reluctant to buy s5. Anybody can get confused with s5 to a lower mid range grand. Lol i dont want a generic looking phone.
18. papss (unregistered)
The back looks fine to me.. Especially in white ( which is odd because I don't gravitate to white phones usually)
14. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3412; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
But you can stand bulky cheap plastic otterbox on your beloved iphone lol. And ios 7 aaaargh my eyes.
24. Lampriya (Posts: 207; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)
cheap plastic? my iPhone 5s is not made up of cheap plastic. Go home ur drunk
22. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 977; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Same way the apple propaganda was bashing Note 3 , until ppl see that in real it's beautiful and classy device. And the propaganda shut up now. Right?LOL
Same will happen tomorrow with S5.
I can bet on that.
Somebody remember how all the tech media was bashing first Note????And all said that is will NEVER sell?
23. fireblade (Posts: 708; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
Meh, looks cheap inside & outside. Even Z2 has better repairability.
28. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)
The problem is, Z2 sales is probably delayed. That'll hurt Sony.