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Samsung Galaxy S5 is harder to repair than the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S4

Lowest repairability score for a Samsung smartphone yet
Thu Apr 10 2014, 13:48

THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 is harder to repair than the iPhone 5S and last year's Galaxy S4, iFixit's teardown of the smartphone has revealed.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 made its debut in the UK today, and the iFixit teardown team has been quick to pull it apart.

Samsung might not be pleased with the results, however, as with a score of five out of 10, the phone has been judged harder to repair than both the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4, which scored six and eight out of 10, respectively.

iFixit also noted that this is the lowest repairability score it has ever given to a Samsung smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S5 iFixit teardown

This is mainly thanks to its display, with the iFixit team claiming that a "radical change in design" means the display is extremely tricky to part from the device. This is down to Samsung's decision to place internal components between the screen and the battery, and cover it in adhesive.

The iFixit team said, "The [Galaxy] S5 is a bit of a disappointment. Samsung made things harder to fix. The [Galaxy S3] and [Galaxy] S4 featured internal components on the back of a large display assembly. The [Galaxy] S5, however, sandwiches the components in their own difficult-to-access compartment between the display and the battery."

It wasn't all bad news, however, as the teardown also revealed that the battery in the Galaxy S5 is "extremely easy" to replace, and that once the screen has been removed, components such as the camera and speakers are also easy to remove.

iFixit also took apart Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch this week, giving it a score of eight out of 10. µ


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