HTC One the first smartphone to score 1/10 on repairability from iFixit

HTC One the first smartphone to score 1/10 on repairability from iFixit
The HTC One is one of the prettier phones we've seen in a while. It's got a shiny new aluminum unibody design, and looks great. According to iFixit, the aluminum unibody should also make the HTC One more durable. The trouble is that the One is apparently not designed to be opened at all, and scored a 1 out of 10 on repairability by iFixit, which is a score no other smartphone has ever received.

According to iFixit, it's basically a fool's mission if you want to open up your HTC One. iFixit says that it is nearly impossible to open the device without damaging the rear case, but the display can't be replaced without removing the rear case, making it nearly impossible to replace a cracked display by yourself. Additionally, a big problem seems to be copper shielding, which covers the motherboard, rear camera, and more. 

iFixit says that copper shielding has benefits for dissipating heat and providing electrical grounding, but it "is a pain to deal with during reassembly—kind of like trying to straighten out aluminum foil once it's been crinkled."

So, if you're someone who likes to do your own repairs on a broken smartphone, the HTC One probably isn't the device for you. Of course, if you don't care about that, you may well find the HTC One to be quite a nice device, as we stated in our review.

source: iFixit

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  • Display 4.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

eat that "premium feel" phone lovers...! lol :D

6. jcarrigan unregistered

count me out on this phone, i like to be able to fix my stuff lol

17. jsdechavez

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I remember doing this with my old nokia's and my xperia.

85. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

i don't care i never buy a phone to open it i love HTC one its the best phone and don't care about ifix it i saw an article about them they get paid big time for talking s**t.

121. jcarrigan unregistered

its always good to be able to have the option of replacing the battery or maybe even having an extra battery.

100. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

How do you change the Battery of this premium sh*t ? I just changed the battery of my 1 year old G Note 1.

12. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Still better than the gs4 broski

19. SleepingOz unregistered

Well, not according to PA and GSMArena. I guess truth is a bitter pill to swallow.

47. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Yeah, cause what pa and gsmarena say goes.

62. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Yeah, because 2 objective, unbiased reviews mean nothing to someone only concerned about the back of a phone

68. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

When websites favor the galaxy then its unbiased huh..but when a site says something negative about it then its biased. For example, most Samsung fans were saying pa is biased cause of the way they did the display comparison, but gsmarena said the gs4 had the better display, and you guys say it's unbiased lol you Samsung fans are worse than apple fans

73. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

who says the display comparison is biased?? fromd moment the SuperAmoled exist, we amoled lovers know all those weaknesses of Amoled, we know it from d start,, but we loved watching movies, playing games, looking at pictures, doing so many things, tweeking with the UI with that gorgeous SuperAmoled... we arent aftr natural colors but still we congratulates samsung by doing this

79. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

First, Read pa screen comparasion between gs4 vs one vs ip5 vs lumia...just look at all the post by Samsung fans saying how pa is baised...they also post the same link to the gsmarea screen display comparison like you. Second, lol why u actin like Sammy invented amoled screens lol

89. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

did i say sammy invented amoled?? lols "congratulates samsung by doing this" i am refrring to the link ive posted.. anyway, Samsung galaxy s4 brings the first fullHD Amoled mobile panel :) and its getting better and better and no one can matches the happiness of viewing it "What you should take away from all this is that the final weak point of the Super AMOLED screens has been taken care of and the Galaxy S4 offers image quality like no other smartphone on the market. Its impressive contrast and almost perfect viewing angles make everything on the screen pop, regardless of your viewpoint. The color saturation is beyond the reach of any LCD out there, which make even the dullest image appear remarkably vibrant. Still, if you are not a fan of the oversaturated look of AMOLEDs, Samsung gives you the option to tune down the saturation to more natural levels and enjoy the best of both worlds. There's a dedicated Adobe RGB setting that gets this done. The brightness levels of the Samsung Galaxy S4 are about on par with the rest of the company's AMOLEDs, which is to say not very high. However, due to their low reflectivity, this doesn't affect outdoor performance. Keep in mind that enabling the auto tone setting in the screen option limits the maximum brightness to under 300 nits, so if that matters to you, you better keep it off." -gsmarena "With the sheer number of excellent flagships to choose from, if you are looking for the best smartphone, you had it better than ever. There's no need for choice anxiety either, as the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a safe bet as long as you can get past its increasingly dated design or you need that IP57 certification." -gsmarena PA included mediocre call quality in GS4 REview, the final hardware unit of gsmarena says otherwise so, the design wud be d only con of gs4, but i like the premium and compact look of gs4. just dont like the gloss i cant read any sammy fans their telling PA is biased in d dsplay comparison, a nokia fan says somthng like that..

90. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

anyway we posted the link just for another reference.. i myself ddnt say PA is biased and ddnt think something either, because as what ive said, AMOLED will probably wont win with that kind of display comparison coz it is Amoled, a young tech with weaknesses, however no one cant deny how people are amazed with its very attractive contrast and the bliss we're feeling everytime we encounter the SuperAmoled//

101. Aeires unregistered

Yeah, cause what Android4u says goes.

109. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Your damn right bro

104. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Let's just say I trust them with reviews and impressions a lot more than I would trust you.

86. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

cause they get paid big time and HTC and HTC doesn;t pay money it goes for with people reviews don't money paid reviews

95. garz_pa

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Why the hate? Is Samsung threatening you to use the S4?

110. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Bro, my username is android4u not HTC4u. Of course I would use a Samsung device, I love anything android. But I just don't understand why Samsung fans actin like anything that is not Samsung is not worth it. Again no hate, I just thought we were team android. Didn't know it would come down siding with corporations ... F*** corporations!! Its android all day !!!

117. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

wuuh?? ive been here for quite some time, and i can count only one or two sammy fans here who are very troll-warriors :) but most troll starters are sony, htc etc fans by saying "samedung" "cheap plastic" "ugly" "boring" and when s4 wins a battle the word "bias" will floursh..

14. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

For some reason I sense a biased rating from "iFixit." With that said, repairability score has always facinated me. Sure its important for those that know and like to but who really wants to mess around with the internals of their $600+ mobile device?? Repairability for any premium phone, like the HTC One, will always be difficult as &*^T*. This is due to not only the materials but the precision that is needed to achieve such premium feel. If you think about it it's similar to repairability of cars. Sure repairability for a Toyota Camry is going to be really good and most people will due it themselves. Repairability for a Bugatti Veyron will be 1/10. To change an oil requires taking half the engine out! Sarcasm aside this score doesnt mean much to me and I will continue to pursue and buy "the One."

18. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

I completely agree! Let's go ONE!!

91. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

now if your htc One got a low rating you're agreeing to the biased thing..and afterwards ur trolling abt bias thing ur believing sammy fans are telling bcoz their favor8 got a low rating SHAME ON YOU!

111. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Bro if the ONE had gotten a 7 rating I wouldn't care. I don't purchase devices based on reviews. I wasn't trolling and if it seemed like I was I apologize. And I didn't get the last part of your post sorry man. But hey all I know both devices are Awsome. Android has come a long way thanks to both of these companies.

118. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

i just want to emphasize that in d above comments u're saying abt samsung fans who call the review biased when gs4 lost the battle, but it seem here (comment #18), u are agreeing to that kind of act of accusing a review for being a bias

20. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Don't you kid us. Your example is totally invalid. Bugatti costs you few millions and those kind of people dont care about $$ like us. So they are willing to pay few thousand money to change the oil. One the other hand HTC one is around $700 same as most flagship smartphone. So HTC is not a bugatti. It's toyota but you cant fix any part of your car unless you break something. How fun is this?? Do you understand??

35. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

What he meant is that most people doesn't even care about fixing something themselves they rather pay to get someone to fix for them.

41. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

No he didnt mean that lol And of course you can pay to fix. But what I can see from the article is that you might pay more money than usual or it is even hard to find technician around you. Besides you might wait a long time to fix your handset even directly through HTC unless they would change it with new one which is very unlikely though

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