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Samsung Galaxy S4 Gets the Teardown Treatment, Receives High Repairability Score


It may not be a drop test (which I know you all love), but iFixIt just posted up their official Samsung Galaxy S4 teardown. With these projects, we get to see the components that make these devices so powerful, such as its Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as this is a non-Exynos variant, a closeup of its 1080p display, as well as some good closeups of the motherboard. 

The one thing to take away from these teardowns is that iFixIt rates each device based on their repairability. For example, the HTC One received the lowest possible score, for the simple fact that you must break the device in order to access its components. In a piece of good news, the S4 received an 8 out of 10, which is really good. If you are a tinkerer and like making your own fixes, then the Galaxy S4 might be a pretty good choice for you.


Via: iFixIt

  • socalrailroader

    “Unlike the dual front-facing speakers in the HTC One, the S4 keeps its primary speaker down at the bottom of the back of the phone.

    This is the prime location for a speaker if your ears are attached to your hand while holding the device.”


  • Bionicman

    i agree to both comments from T4rd and joejoe. While Samsung gets heavily critized for its use of materials, i think there is “reason to their madness” and personally i like how the s4 looks. when i buy a computer or laptop, design is 2nd next to functionality. thats not to say i’ll buy an ugly ass pc or laptop that is big, heavy and is difficult to use from a form factor standpoint and i would say neither is the S4.

  • T4rd

    I think things like this should factor a little into the design aspect in reviews. GL replacing/repairing anything on the One without destroying the phone or at least the finish on the exterior.

  • joejoe5709

    +1 for a removable backplate. I hope Sammy keeps this feature on all their devices. It’s what separates us from the Fruits.

    • New_Guy

      Indeed. It’s one of the main reason I chose to support the cause by buying from them.

      • michael arazan

        How about coming out with a phone where all I need to replace each year is a processor and or ram that can easily be installed like an SD card, so I don’t have to replace the entire phone and spend $6-700 since screens are HD now and the only thing advancing every year is processor power, that or make a swappable motherboard

        • New_Guy

          While I’m not sure how that one be done, that would be some serious innovation right there. I’d love to see something like that.

  • I may have overlooked it, but have you guys done a write-up on the S4 Active or the Galaxy Active tablets? I understand they’re beefier, waterproof, etc.