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iFixit Tears Down the HTC One (M8), Good Luck Repairing by Yourself

HTC may have made the most luxurious feeling handset on the planet in the One (M8), but should you need to do any sort of repairs on the phone, you’ll likely end up replacing the whole thing. iFixit, the king of fix-it-yourself tutorials for gadgets, ran through its typical “teardown” of the new HTC flagship and found that it was slightly easier to repair than the original One, though it’s still nearly impossible. 

The original One scored a 1 out of 10 for repairability, which is the worst score you can receive. The One (M8) scored a 2 out of 10, so not much better. With the unibody design and HTC’s interesting arrangement of internals, something as simple as swapping out the battery requires the entire removal of the phone’s motherboard. Need to replace the screen yourself? That would require complete phone disassembly.

Thankfully, you have HTC Advantage and a free screen replacement from HTC should you crack that pretty Super LCD 3 within the first six months of ownership.

A 2 out of 10 iFixit score isn’t exactly reason to not go buy this phone if it was on your radar, it just means that if something were to go wrong and you are the type that would try to fix it yourself, you may run into problems. Best to leave maintenance on the One (M8) to the pros.

Via:  iFixit
  • tdurden64111

    Inb4 “but will it blend?”

  • droidify

    Worth watching for the hottie at the beginning.

  • SplashMTN

    Did they figure out if the giant htc bezel on the bottom is necessary for something?

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Apparently that were the digitizer for the touchscreen needs to be. I agree that it’s ugly though. If the front facing speakers weren’t there to make the bezel seel that much larger, this wouldn’t be an issue.

  • h_f_m

    How many people are actually going to repair a phone themselves? We’re talking extreme edge case here.

    Even laptops are increasingly in this boat as we look for thinner, lighter, and faster units that all have CPU/GPU/DRAM soldered onto the mainboard and m.2 SATA that are not plentiful. Batteries that are arranged to maximize making the unit as thin as possible.

    Stuff just isn’t as upgradable and repairable as it used to be unless you want to sacrifice design.

  • Its easier to just pay the monthly fee for insurance through your carrier. It may be kinda expensive but if you’re accident prone (I know I am) then it really pays for itself.

  • Jeremy Gross

    they proboly couldve gotten ridden on the black bar and reduce the tallness

  • The Narrator

    HTC Advantage 😉

    • turdbogls

      that was my though too.

    • but thanks though

      What about the other 1.5 years?

      • The Narrator

        Just pick up insurance after 6 months

        • master94

          True just avoid carrier insurance though. Not worth it after a year.

  • ReturnOfTheMack

    I always like seeing these videos but repairability is the last thing on my mind when I’m looking to buy a new device.

    • MichaelFranz

      Agreed. But for such a premium device i wouldnt want to take it apart. i fi broke it I would pay to fix it.

    • James

      Exactly. If you are repairing a phone yourself or paying the premium at a third party repair joint, you are in a very small minority. Still, interesting information to know.

      • NexusMan

        There are places you can go, and people you can go to that actual repair devices for a small fraction of what “authorized” outlets charge. I know a woman who would go to people’s jobs, and repair the screen, for example on iPhones for $30. That type of thing is one of the advantages of a high repairability.

        • James

          You might be willing to trust your expensive device to some self-educated technician, but not me. I’m not saying these people shouldn’t exist, I’m just saying I’d rather not take my chances on “I know a woman (or man)…”