Pixel XL Gets the Teardown Treatment, Receives Decent Repairability Score

Tinkerers and DIY’ers, pay attention to the following post. If you plan on picking up or have already purchased a new Pixel or Pixel XL from Google, things are looking pretty good for you.

Each year, when new flagship devices are launched, the folks at iFixIt decide to test how easy it is to perform self repairs. They unscrew it, unglue it, rip out the internals, then provide a “repairability score” to give us a sense at just how easy or uneasy it will be to repair the device.

So, how well did the Pixel XL score? Let’s find out.  (more…)

iFixIt Tears Down the LG G5, Receives Very High Repairability Score

The good folks at iFixIt released their teardown of the LG G5 this morning, much to the excitement of those who enjoy breaking down and rebuilding little pieces of mobile tech. As you might imagine, thanks to LG’s new modular design, iFixIt had a pretty easy time dismantling the G5, with most of the phone being held together by a few screws, clips, and minimal adhesive. Not only that, but disassembling the device does not equate to shattering the display or other key components, which is a major plus over the Galaxy S7 and Nexus 6P. (more…)

iFixIt Tears Down a Galaxy S7, Receives Very Poor Repairability Score

Each time a new flagship device hits the market, you better believe the good folks at iFixIt will tear it down, then report on how repairable that device is. According to iFixIt’s latest teardown, DIYers won’t be too happy with the Galaxy S7 from Samsung, as it received a miserable 3 out of 10 repairability score. This simply means that most folks should not attempt any self repairs should any damage be inflicted on the device.  (more…)

iFixit Gives the Nexus 5X Its Teardown Treatment

Like it does with every meaningful flagship phone, iFixit has given its teardown treatment to Google’s Nexus 5X. These teardowns, for those not familiar, are a way for iFixit to tell you how easy a phone is to repair, should you buy one and need to fix something down the road, like a broken display, bad battery, etc. These also give the nerd in us a fun inside peek at the phones we use everyday.  (more…)

Deal: $60 Helps You Build Your Ultimate Smartphone Repair Kit

We don’t always recommended that readers crack open their phones or tablets and attempt to repair them without a professional, but if you are careful and decide that you need to, owning the proper tools is essential. The folks at iFixit are about the best in the business at fixing the tech we use, so when they put together bundles of tools to get you going, they are worth a look.

On the DL Deals store for the next couple of days, you can purchase iFixit’s Pro Tech Screwdriver & Jimmy Bundle. The bundle includes a 15-piece screwdriver set (list of bits at the link below) that should cover just about every random screw you could run into with a smartphone open. You also get the “Jimmy,” which is an opener/blade that slips between the gaps on phones or tablets, helping you pry them open carefully.

The bundle runs just $59.95 for the next 4 days.

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Nexus 6 Teardown Reveals a Device That You can Mostly Repair

When iFixit performs a teardown, they give us a score in a 0-10 range, with 10 being easily repairable by their standards. While few of us will ever try and repair broken parts on a phone, there is some comfort in knowing that if your $600+ device breaks, you might be able to fix it yourself without having to fork out for a warranty or insurance claim. The latest to receive the treatment is Google/Motorola’s Nexus 6, the whale among us. In somewhat surprising fashion for a late-2014 phone, they gave it a 7 out of 10, which means it is mostly repairable.  (more…)