Ever tried to repair a smartphone yourself? Maybe it’s off-warranty (or you voided the warranty) and something needs replacing – the glass, or an internal battery perhaps? With a little care, patience, and tiny screwdrivers, you can get a lot done yourself with certain smartphones. Don’t plan on adding the HTC One to that list, as a teardown of the new handset reveals that it’s a repair nightmare.
The only way into this guy is by prying components apart by force, rather than nicely unscrewing and removing them. It may be possible to get in without marring the finish, but don’t count on it.
As for the circuitry itself, it’s covered in copper shielding that makes it a pain to get at anything. Buried beneath everything is the phone’s battery, which you can pretty much forget about gaining access to without damaging your phone in the process.
Ultimately, iFixit gave the One a (fittingly) 1 out of 10 on its repairability scale, the lowest such score to date.