Here are the most and least repairable phones of 2016

Here are the most and least repairable phones of 2016

Over the years, iFixit has established itself as a leading community for device repair instructions. The enthusiastic group of people that is best known for its iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones teardowns cares about the repairability of a device and the almost lost art of fixing the problems you encounter with your own phone yourself.

We are all for recovering this 'makers' spirit, and that's why we also cover iFixit's work, and we're particularly excited to see its rating of the most and least repairable phones of 2016.

Let's see which devices made the cut.


source: iFixit

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25 Comments

1. TBomb

Posts: 1134; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

is this because they could explode? or were they actually not repairable. referring to the ssamsung phones

7. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

its business if your phone is broken and cant be repaired you must buy another one simply they just found a way how to make more money they dont care about you as costumer samsung wants you to spend more money on them

12. DGxumbreo7

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 27, 2016

that and the fact they make them inoperable after a few updates

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Can you blame Ferrari for not being 'grease monkey' friendly...? No... And I can say the same about Samsung Smartphones in the list... Smartphones aren't exactly "rigs"... So I see little point to be concerned about a smartphone's "repairability" potential... I'm afraid but this is article is yet another medium to highlight iPhones while at the same time take another blow to Samsung. Don't be such an opportunist, PA. I know certain Samsung Smartphones are highly prone to inceneration but you don't have to rub our noses in it... What a day, eh? G'Day!

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

another blow "at" Samsung.

4. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Highly prone? even with the recall the failure rate of note 7 was 0.0xxx% numbers, isn't it time to put this to rest? I realise that actual facts and numbers don't matter but seriously.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Humm funny thats two android are just before the iPhone then? If you where right its would be iPhone first position.

11. Subie

Posts: 2275; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Highlight iPhones you say... Highlight what? - They placed the LG and Google phones higher on the easy to repair scale then Apple's devices. By your logic then it would be the LG G5 thats being exalted at the expense of the rest. Furthermore it's not Phone Arena's finding that are being posted. It's iFixit's findings that are on display here. Samsung makes some fantastic devices and just because they may be harder to repair then others, that in no way takes away from their greatness. Nor is Phone Arena stating such.

25. AlikMalix unregistered

Seems like they feel that mentioning an iPhone or Apple is a direct insult to them.

5. Unordinary unregistered

How can two 7's be ranked in two different places, lmao.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Reread The 7 and 7 Plus were both rated 7 The SE was rated 6

13. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

And yet I find the SE to be easier to repair than the 7, but by a small margin. There's no waterproofing tape around the display assembly frame on the SE so that's one less step to worry about.

21. Unordinary unregistered

I read "second place: x" "Third place: x" Under the picture titles

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Samsung always has to be a fail.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm curious where those trolls that keep saying that Apple makes their devices difficult to repair "to milk their sheep". Where are you? Effing hypocrites.

14. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Anyone that says iPhones are difficult to repair has absolutely no experience repairing smartphones.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, iPhones are fine Its the MacBooks and iMacs are horrible to repair But to be fair, almost all ultrabooks and all-in-ones are like that too

15. willywanta

Posts: 497; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The art of opening, dissecting, and closing of smartphones is like the art of surgery. Now, try dissecting the phone while keeping it on.

16. crzykiller33

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Damn how does an iPhone get such a good rating when it looses it's water resistant rating the minute you crack the phone open, replacement parts don't always have the adhesive and if your forget to add that to your cart, next time you put your phone in the water, it's toast. Not to mention, the scrubs at PhoneArena didn't even do their own research, they just took numbers from Ifixit. The OnePlus 3 is one of the easiest phones to repair, way easier than the iPhone and I don't see it on this list...

18. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well said. And why is the note 7 on the list at all. It's been recalled so who the F cares if it can be fixed. Why, because it's iphonearenas way to get their daily jab at Samsung.

19. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I could give a F**k how hard Samsung phones are to fix, still no way in hell would it get me to buy a iPhone. Out of the other two I would consider the Pixel if the note series didn't meet my needs.

20. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

I guess nobody caught this about the #2 easiest to repair Google Pixel: "Unfortunately, the phones are hard to pry open without breaking the screen." These phones are REALLY easy to work on. You just can't get the screen off. But if you could get the screen off, they would be REALLY easy to work on.Besides who ever takes the screen off to work on a phone anyway? What total moron came up with these ratings?

22. flow280

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2016

What about the other phones like Htc which are even harder to open? Why is the iPhone in the list when it's only 2 points above the "least" repairable?

23. flow280

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2016

Check the source. These are the only 2016 phones on the list. Is it fair to say the Phone se is fourth best when it is indeed the third worst?

24. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It's iphonearena, they are going to make iPhones out to be the best at everything.

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