Better Hope Your HTC One Doesn’t Break; Phone Gets Awful Repairability Score

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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.

Source: iFixit
Via: phoneArena

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!