Amazon Fire Phone teardown promises a tough time for DIY repairs

Amazon Fire Phone teardown promises a tough time for DIY repairs
We're still working on our review of the Amazon Fire Phone (though the general sentiment around the web is generally somewhat negative), but in the meantime, iFixit has finished its full teardown of the device and that also doesn't look that great. According to iFixit, the Amazon Fire Phone is not designed to allow for easy DIY repairs.

iFixit has given Amazon's first smartphone a score of just 3 out of 10 on repairability, with a 10 being the easiest to repair. In addition to some issues with adhesives, the Fire Phone just isn't designed to make it easy on you. Apparently, the phone is not modular, meaning parts will often share cables, which increases the cost of repairs. And, of course, those four extra cameras on the front make things much more difficult, both because they are difficult to replace individually (lots of glue), and because they will need to be a part of any replacement display unit, which will add to the cost of the part. 

Overall, iFixit says that the Fire Phone is just a mess of cables and connectors, which make it difficult to take apart, and even more difficult to reassemble. If you're planning to crack open your Fire Phone, be sure to keep notes on what goes where, or you may run into trouble.


source: iFixit

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  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2400 mAh

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9 Comments

1. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Another reason not to buy this.

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

But nobody's gonna buy it so.......

3. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Just today, I overheard a gentlemen furious over not being able to change his own battery on his tablet. He apparently paid a little over $400 for it, has had it only 14 months, it is out of warranty, it subject to a hefty charge to repair it. This is why I fight phone geeks to stop thinking everything is cool with sealing phones and tablets up like Fort Knox. It isn't cool. It adds expense to repairs. This trickles down to the consumer. In the end, every one of us is a consumer. Take note on these constuctive reviews. They are trying to serve the public and these sites that we must not allow the manufacturers to control us into forcing a premium repair price. Not eveything can be repaired by the consumer. But allowing one to change their own battery can certainly help curb unnecessary service charges incurred through these insane directives. What kind of tech geeks do we have nowadays where they can't even change their own batteries? John B.

4. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

You really seem to have a problem with non replaceable batteries

5. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Yes I do. It is one of my top anti-consumer hit list topics. I've written to the manufacturers along with thousands of other consumers that feel the same way. The complaints are mounting and the refreshing choice of LG reinstating removable batteries on its G3 shows it is listening and has brought another choice to consumers to other than the Galaxy line of Samsung and I sense it will be a huge success partly due to this. John B.

6. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Here's another piece of information that I found interesting. If Apple were to offer a phone with removable battery, it would not deter people from purchasing its product. In fact, it would increase the interest of non-Apple users. John B.

7. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

http://m.pocketnow.com/2012/05/14/why-we-need-to-stop-complaining-about-non-removable-batteries Please read. While it is an old article, it serves up the opposition the author recieved for his editorial. The complaints have more than tripled since then around the globe. John B.

8. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

You have a point. Apple would get more money by getting new users to iOS devices instead of charging old ones and making them that way less satisfied. +1

9. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

i agree, replacing battery will be a really more convenient than paying for a service just to replace a battery. but I don't like the design of samsung, cheap looking device is a deal breaker for me, plus the fact they all look the same... from low end to high end, it makes the flagship look cheaper, because you can see the design on cheaper devices.... g3 has features, but still i'm leaning towards sony, because g3's camera is not that good...

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