iFixit gives Samsung Galaxy S5 a repairability score of 5 (out of 10)


It’s not the first time when we see the new Samsung Galaxy S5 being disassembled. However, this time the teardown was done by iFixit - which, as you may know, gives repairability scores to all the new hot devices that it’s testing.

Compared to last year’s Galaxy S4, the S5 is harder to repair. But that isn’t surprising, since the new smartphone is dust and water resistant. The S4 scored 8 out of 10 on the repairability scale in 2013, and now iFixit gave the Galaxy S5 a 5 out of 10.

The easiest component to remove and replace on the S5 is its 2,800 mAh battery. Beyond that, though, if you want to replace something, you’ll first have to remove the display panel of the S5 - this isn’t exactly a breeze, because the display assembly is “held in with a significant amount of adhesive and requires very careful and persistent prying and a considerable amount of heat to remove without cracking the glass or cutting cables.”

You can watch the teardown (well, parts of it) in the video below. For more about Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, make sure to check out our Galaxy S5 review here.



A couple of weeks ago, iFixit also disassembled the new HTC One M8, giving it a low repairability score of 2 out of 10 - so a case that’s 90% metal has its downsides when compared to a plastic case.

source: iFixit

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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28 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol downgrade from s4. Probably due to waterproofing and better build quality.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yup. If a phone gives water and dust resistance and survives even after being ranover by a SUV after a 10 feet drop, I'll take the score of 5 instead of 8, anyday !

4. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i wouldn't call that s5 that was run over by a tesla survival. it was practically dead. the innards could have worked at that time but it certainly wouldn't last long. the camera was destroyed. many internal components were dislodged. real survival is something similar to what was shown by xperia go in a youtube video. it was hammered, sanded, thrown bouncing over a swimming pool and into the ground, dropped down the stairs, and coated with ice cream. yes, it was also run over by a car and it survived without any part breaking away. http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=y3v5lN4U0bM

8. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Any it's your assumption right? No evidence right? Physical damage is not the same as water damage. If there was something wrong, it died immediately. And about some damage with the back cover and the camera lens, Samsung can avoid it by no removable cover and thicker phone or wos rse len(no protruding camera) right?

10. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

hey don't get too worked up. it's obvious the device shattered. compare that to xperia go which was unscathed. and why would you say "Samsung can avoid it by no removable cover and thicker phone or wos rse len(no protruding camera) right?" when the fact is there's that actual device that shattered? my point is that there's no use bragging about that instance of the s5 having survived because in the end it still broke down and would likely require massive repairs if it would still be usable. the s5 is a great device mainly (for me) because of the power efficiency and great display. its design is just not meant for that kind of torture. it's better to focus on bragging about the display and power efficiency than saying that it survived getting run over.

21. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

You were the one who change the point. He said "SUV" , not "Tesla". Right? That's other test and other video. S5 survived. S5 has GREAT build .And best phone yet. And this test with "Tesla" was made by die-hard iboy. So just get lost . You iboys are desperate now. ROTFL

17. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

it was also run by another reviewer by a heavier Audi Q7, and other than the broken camera glass, nothing happened.

19. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Yeah, and the other day I saw an s5 run over by a tank ! And then they had a flamethrower for a full 40 min and nothing happened. This phone is amazing !!! Samsung we love you ! Off to put some candles now on a picture of jk shin. And no, I'm not sarcastic you evil iPhones worshippers !!

5. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i thought it was easily repairable as how phonearena described it in an article here about an s5 getting disassembled. well, it will surely last for at least two years anyway.

3. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Oh man! Sales are gonna halt now.

6. v3n0m

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 01, 2014

Yawns, I'm trading my plastic samsung for the z2 this year! Taking everything in consideration - the Sony xperia z2 is no doubt the best...

9. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Yes, and I'm loving every bit of it. Not to mention, it's easy to repair.. And before anyone comments regarding the overheating and gap issue, I have to say this, I DON'T HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH MY Z2..

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Dude no offence but change your avatar lol that make me cringe lol.

16. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

I'm really sorry man, but I really love my avatar. It's a cute one just like kisses chocolate?

25. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

The main problem is you might get z2 on stores after they announce z3..

7. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

I can't stand that ugly cheap plastic back cover.....

11. SleepingOz unregistered

It's not that bad in real and certainly more bearable than the UI of ios7.

12. papss unregistered

I don't mind the back but I hate the front that's been used for a million other Ss phones. Nothing screams premium looking at it. I don't cover my phones up so this was the biggest strike for me.

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Agree. Take the front every galaxy whether it costs $150 or $750 they all look same. I'm reluctant to buy s5. Anybody can get confused with s5 to a lower mid range grand. Lol i dont want a generic looking phone.

18. papss unregistered

The back looks fine to me.. Especially in white ( which is odd because I don't gravitate to white phones usually)

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

But you can stand bulky cheap plastic otterbox on your beloved iphone lol. And ios 7 aaaargh my eyes.

24. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

cheap plastic? my iPhone 5s is not made up of cheap plastic. Go home ur drunk

26. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That was not what he was saying

27. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

LOL. Maybe he's drunk.

22. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Same way the apple propaganda was bashing Note 3 , until ppl see that in real it's beautiful and classy device. And the propaganda shut up now. Right?LOL Same will happen tomorrow with S5. I can bet on that. Somebody remember how all the tech media was bashing first Note????And all said that is will NEVER sell?

23. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Meh, looks cheap inside & outside. Even Z2 has better repairability.

28. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

The problem is, Z2 sales is probably delayed. That'll hurt Sony.

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