Samsung Galaxy S4 teardown shows it is very easy to repair

Samsung Galaxy S4 teardown shows it is very easy to repair
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is launching soon across the globe and analysts are already saying sales in the first month could reach a whopping 10 million units, but for those who buy it one question remain unclear: how easy it is to repair? iFixit tore down the HTC One and found it extremely hard to disassemble and even routine tasks like switching the battery were too complicated.

But while we are waiting for the detailed step by step teardown of the Galaxy S4 from iFixit, Techno Buffalo actually got its hands on the device first and quickly tore it down.

Interestingly, it turned out the Galaxy S4 is extremely easy to fix. Popping the back cover is of course the first step and it is very easy to reveal the battery, microSIM and microSD card slots. Next you only need to remove 9 screws to separate the front and back.

From there on a lot of the components like the 13-megapixel camera can be easily isolated and replaced. Overall, it seems the Galaxy S4 is even easier to repair than the S III and it won’t be a problem to replace a malfunctioning part.

source: Techno Buffalo

Related phones

Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Easy to repair,means easily broken..

3. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Smartphones are meant to be handled with care. It's not like you go around throwing and drop testing your smartphone everyday. A nice cover does very good job at protecting phone.

15. jromy

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

But a "nice cover" takes away the only thing some phones have over the SIV, which is the way it looks.

23. zhiae unregistered

and if you dint have a map you will get lost in iphone 5 screws are much deference from another one ''you cant mess up''

6. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Still you can't blame people carelessness. 1 in every 10 mobile will eventually drop and break. Having plastic cover (polycarbonate) will give you nightmares ones you un intentionally drop it. It's only an opinion.

24. SleepingOz unregistered

Based on what?! There hasn't been any drop test yet, so how do you know it "will give you nightmares"?! Perhaps, I've dropped my GNOTE II, which is also made of the same polycarbonate, several times before getting myself a case and it is doing just fine.

31. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

If having a plastic cover gives you nightmares, sounds like you had a tortured childhood :p

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Iphones and htc one are the worst to repair, what does that mean?

18. Hemlocke unregistered

The iPhone 5 scored a 7 on iFixit"s repairability scale.

9. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What an idiot.

10. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

It means go to your service centers because the know how to repair their product.

11. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

^Oversimplification & flawed logic my friend. Easily repaired DOESN'T mean easily broken. To repair the gs4 requires specialized tools & to break a device that cost that much means you're too dumb to own one in the first place. There's is something called protective of covers/cases.

12. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

For you my man, what is the definition of repair?

20. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Repair - "To restore to a good or sound condition after decay or damage: mend" - Does this help your logic in anyway? where in that definition does it say "easily broken"? Like i said before you oversimplified the concept of repairability.

21. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Dude, we buy smartphone because we love it, we use it, not smashing it, not stepping it! Every smartphones aren't weaklings, it just depends how you take care of it............. :)

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

lol I love how the haters keep resorting to just making stuff up.

30. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

If you really are in the "tech biz" then I suggest a hasty exit from said profession. That's one of the dum- let's say just say ill informed- comments I've seen here.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Of course, it's made of plastic... Oh, um...i meant un-uni-polycarbonated.

4. Smart

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

Samsung phones are mostly easy to repair.....I for once even repaired the micro usb port on my Galaxy s2 all by myself.....(By that I mean just a wee bit of dry soldering a new micro usb port)....But still that helped cos it was easy to open up the entire phone in roughly 3 minutes time.... But my experience with a faulty iphone 4 home button 8 months into warranty got me a brand new iphone 4....:).... So either way I guess u win...... Hope HTC one also will have similar repair policy as Apple....Otherwise God help those who mess up their HTC one...

5. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Mmmm, look at dat plastic.

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Compared to the One's abysmal repairablility..this is another clear advantage. Don't get me wrong, HTC One is a thing of pure beauty and class, a fantastic device. Awesome review on Anandtech, btw

13. 23nikki1 unregistered

Heard of a guy who broke his Xperia z screen...went to repair centre was told that it would cost $280 for repair, 2-3 days later said that it cannot be repaired and instead they offered 20% discount if he bought a new xperia z...this is where repairablity matters...

14. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

i heard alot of stories like that. even in samsung it cannot be repair so they offered 5% discount

16. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Man if that's the case, don't buy $500 smart phone just to break it. :)

26. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

You can slap a cover on it, be careful with it all the time and can be damn well sure you won't drop it. But sometimes, things aren't under your control, s**t happens. And you might be sad/shocked to see that you dropped your phone. I really hope it doesn't happen to you though.

19. mihaidenis

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

That mean is very easy to be assambled and that is the most important thing for them....

22. TheBitterTruth unregistered

I still prefer "ONE"

25. SleepingOz unregistered

Up to you buddy.. =) Make sure you cover it with a nice protective case.

27. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

It's a toy ish phone, no wonder it's simple to open, fix. that's where they make your money from.. samsung fan are getting dumb er and dumb er...

29. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Haters galore. It is obviously thought out quite will internally. No wasted space, no parts that shouldn't be on top of each other causing heat sink problems like HTC for example.

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