Here are the easiest and hardest recent flagships to repair: iFixit rates the Galaxy S7, G5, and others

Yesterday, we witnessed iFixit tear down the G5 and give a repairability verdict to the modular LG G5. Spoiler alert - it's easy to disassemble the phone, and with the right set of tools and skills, you can interchange most of the hardware components of the G5. No glue or adhesive is involved in the process. That's a pleasant surprise, since most of the smartphones nowadays.

After we had reported about the G5's teardown, a thought came to our minds. How does the rest of the more recent smartphone crop stack up against LG's finest? Or, put in other words, what are some of the easiest and hardest phones to repair? 

One thing led to another, and here you are, reading our pick with some of the more recent and interesting smartphones, lined up in accordance to their repairability. Is the G5 the easiest one to tinker with? Let's find out!



1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It's weird how the Nexus 5X uses DeLorean's inside, I wonder what function they perform? :o

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

to make sure its future proof

3. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

For the smart: that's what cases are for. For the not-so smart: that's what the Genius Bar is for. (On a side note: I'm surprised nobody yet has modded an iPhone or GS6/7 to allow for a user-removable battery.)

9. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

The iPhone is metal on the back and sides, all one piece and has several things attached to this back so it would never really work. I've taken apart several and even tried to put a 5c logic board in a 5s frame to try to make a frankenphone. It didn't work although all the ribbon connectors fit. I think there was a ground switch on the back plate that the 5s didn't have that made it not work. I haven't opened up the S 6 or 7, I don't even want to.

5. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

The HTC One M7 got a 1 out of 10 from iFixit yet my dad opened his and changed the USB port without breaking anything, just a little scuffs in the body. (also, without heat gun or any special tools)

7. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

You answered your own question. When working on a phone, like an iPhone, it's really hard to scuff up the phone when working on it, when on the M7, it will bend the plastic, regardless of using heat or not.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yep but my M7 survived a drop from the second story of a building only using a basic gel case. I phone break when drop from your pocket... But yeah its not a device friendly to repair. the G5 do impress me on the others hand.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This is the stuff that makes me miss Samsung's modular poly-carbonate phones. Cheaper to repair and all you need is a pry tool and a screw driver. Now you need a heat gun, pry tools and some luck to crack one open that si already damaged trying to fix it in which you could make it worse trying to take it apart. No thanks. The worse that will happen is you crack the glass. Just get insurance because no matter what drop videos claim, all it takes is one drop for a phone today to break since they are now made of the most fragile materials ever. Plastic is better than metal/glass, no matter what a metal/glass phones looks or feels like. I miss the days of being able to repair my own phone. I love taking electronics apart to see the design and engineering done to make all that stuff fit into a tiny case.

10. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

The S4 is awesome in that regard. I've fixed a hundred of them and have a box of mother boards, frames and charging ports. I just wish the loca glue wasn't such a PITA.

11. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah liked the htc one S and one X they where easy to open to repair. Now its all glued together and hard to repair mostly ( well water proof device you have to agree its hard to not go thats road )

12. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

My Sony Z3Vs headphone jack.broke :-( Sony wont fix it, and Im willing to pay. I will go to the Verizon store and bitch to the manager and see if they can get Sony to repair it for me I'll pay) otherwise im getting a G5 or an M10 if it has an LCD screen

13. MedLEB unregistered

So the more useless space on the phone, the higher score of repairability.

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