It can cost almost as much to replace a Gear 2 or Gear Fit than to buy a new one

It can cost almost as much to replace a Gear 2 or Gear Fit than to buy a new one
Before the official release, we saw the teardown of the Samsung Gear 2 and the Gear Fit. The Gear Fit had some issues with repairability, but the Gear 2 actually scored extremely well, which makes this story all the more strange. According to a report from Korea, it can cost almost as much to replace a broken Gear than to buy a new one.

According to ZDNet Korea, the problem begins with the fact it doesn't much matter if a device is easy to fix, if you can't buy the replacement parts to perform the fix yourself. Beyond this, it can be very difficult to replace the displays, because they are glued to the body of the wearables, and broken displays are one of the more common issues. This means that no matter what the problem is, users have to exchange their broken wearable for a new one; and, when they do an exchange, there is a substantial replacement fee. 

If a buyer has to exchange a Gear 2, there is a fee of 250,000 won (~$240) for a replacement, which is quite a substantial cost considering that a brand new Gear 2 would cost 360,000 won (~$347). Similarly, if someone needs to exchange a Gear Fit, it would cost 177,000 won (~$170) to replace it compared to 247,000 won (~$238) to purchase a new one. 

source: ZDNet Korea via BGR

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8 Comments

1. danjun220

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Epic fail!!

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Wow...keep that to yourself, Samsung, cuz I ain't buyin' it.

4. maherk

Posts: 6698; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

NOOOO, please, you should buy, must as a matter of fact, because Samsung depends on your precious money to survive.

8. phoenixpr

Posts: 167; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Agree, I will not be making a purchase as well.

5. EmDzei

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

OK. How about battery when the age is two or more years? User cannot replace it by itself?

7. phoenixpr

Posts: 167; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Samsung emailed me it will cost upward of $55 or more. They have not set a price.

6. phoenixpr

Posts: 167; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Finally redemption for me and my many many post. I have been saying and posting this for about over a month. This wearable technology not worth the purchase, if it can't be fixed at a reasonable price. Plus low price replacement battery.

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