2013 Smartphone Repairability Index: Galaxy S4 gets 8/10, HTC One at the bottom
posted by Daniel P. / Sep 26, 2013, 8:29 AM
Samsung Galaxy S4 takes the top with an 8/10 rating, which is also the score for most smartphones from the Koreans, due to their flexible plastic design that lets you easily remove the back cover, swap the battery, or access internal components.From this year's flagships, the
The only downside of the S4's repairability is that the internals are glued to the back of a "fused display assembly," which is quite expensive to replace, too, as only Samsung is making those Super AMOLED Full HD panels. The iPhone 5s is in the middle of the road with a 6/10, while the unibody aluminum HTC One gets the worst of it with the lowest 1/10 score.
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HTC deserves an award for how crappy the HTC ones design is. It has the be the worst designed phone to date, the build quality of the one is also very bad on the inside loose glue everywhere.
posted on Sep 26, 2013, 8:35 AM 4
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Ur a weirdo shatter, HTC make the best constructed devices with beautiful design, the HTC one is not easy to fix and that's true but don't start bashing HTC for this at least there phones last. Ur probably a Sammy fan shame on u.
posted on Sep 26, 2013, 8:42 AM 29
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I disagree. HTC One is one of the best designed phone to date, and there's nothing wrong with the build quality. Yes, some people complained before that their HTC Ones have build quality issues, gaps between the speaker grills, poor finish etc. But it's just a small issue, just send it back to HTC and they will give you a new one, that's how warranty works. I tried a HTC One before, and I must say it's absolutely gorgeous, that metal on the back is just...premium, and feels sturdy.
posted on Sep 26, 2013, 8:45 AM 21
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Beautiful unibody design comes at a price. If I would pay that price? No, i'm not really the kind of 'boast my phone prowess cool guy'. I'm rather pragmatic, that's why i'm perfectly fine with easy to care, easy to handle plastic. Anyway, If I where to boast about something it wouldn't be about my metallic phone.
posted on Sep 26, 2013, 8:36 AM 6
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these guys have no idea what they are talking about. it is harder to open the htc one then any non unibody phone, but not that hard... i know because i fix them for a living.
posted on Sep 26, 2013, 8:48 AM 0
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I think the index works the way most indices work. Relative. I'm sure you'd agree that the HTC one is a far more difficult phone to repair compared to the phones that scored 7 and 8 up there. They probably set a high standard for the lowest score but that's their call. It's their index after all. I'm pretty sure they, like you, repair stuff for a living, too.
posted on Sep 26, 2013, 9:09 AM 0
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it's very easy to fix HTC one but with special tools which only HTC company has..
posted on Sep 26, 2013, 3:52 PM 1
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LG Optimus G should be ranked up near the top as well. Great build quality with all the ease of disassembling of a Samsung. The battery has a good deal of adhesive, at least with the Sprint model, which makes it a little slow. Everything else from the earpiece to the vibration motor, even the charging port is replaceable. The build quality of a sealed battery design with a thoughtfully laid out interior. Nicely done LG
posted on Sep 26, 2013, 5:54 PM 0
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