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iFixit: LG's G Watch is easier to repair than the Samsung Gear Live

Debut Android Wear devices get pulled apart, quite easily
Tue Jul 08 2014, 15:13

LG G Watch white and blackTEARDOWN EXPERTS at iFixit have taken apart the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, in order to find out which of the two first Android Wear smartwatches is easiest to repair.

iFixit first pulled apart the LG G Watch, noting that - as ARM did during its teardown of the smartwatch last week - the device is very easy to take to pieces due to the four T5 screws holding it together.

Thanks to it being easy to dismantle, iFixit noted that the G Watch's battery and strap are user-replaceable, although it added that the strap removal process is slightly trickier than that of the Samsung Gear Live.

iFixit noted, "The LG G Watch has a more traditional, but trickier, strap removal process than the Samsung Gear Live (and Gear 2). Instead of pulling a built-in pin, you'll need to compress the spring with a thumbnail, precision tweezers, or a handy Swiss Army Knife blade."

The LG G Watch's screen can be easily removed too, although iFixit noted that as it is glued to the front of the device, it can be time consuming and costly to do.

"The display adhesive is soft enough to relinquish its grip," iFixit said. "A little gentle pressure from the back of the LCD gives our opening pick just the edge it needs to sneak in and separate the display from the watch bezel."

Despite this, iFixit gave the LG G Watch an impressive repairability score of nine out of 10.

The Gear Live fared slightly worse, although iFixit still had plenty of praise for Samsung's first Android Wear device.

As well as having an easy to remove strap, the Samsung Gear Live is also held together by T5 screws, making it easy to pull apart, and its battery is also easily replaced thanks to the 'pull' tab that lifts it out from the device.

However, the Gear Live got an all-round score of eight out of 10, meaning it's less easily repaired that the LG G Watch, due to its tricky to remove printed circuit board (PCB) and its display.

"The fused display assembly, glued right into the chassis, makes screen replacement a dubious and costly proposition," iFixit concluded. µ


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