Fewer upgrades means less waste. That’s why we like phones that we can easily fix and use for as long as possible. But spotting a repairable phone in the wild can be challenging, especially if you haven’t torn a bunch apart like we have. Here are a few things to consider when buying a new phone.
Samsung’s first flagship since the flaming disaster of the Note7 sports an essentially unchanged design. Aside from adding an iPhone-killer buttonless and bezel-free display, not much has changed for the Galaxy flagship family. And that includes the infamous battery. After losing billions on the Note7 recall, we thought that Samsung might opt for a dramatically different design. They didn’t.
Lawmakers in Iowa, Missouri, and North Carolina recently introduced Right to Repair legislation—bringing the total number of states considering repair-friendly laws this year up to 11. That’s pretty impressive for an issue that rose to prominence almost exclusively through the grassroots efforts of netizens and tinkerers.
If you’ve never seen a tri-point—you’re probably not alone. They’re pretty rare, even in electronics. Tri-points look a lot like Phillips screws, only with three points to the Phillips’ four. And unlike the tri-wing, which has a small triangular hole at the center where the offset slots meet, the tri-point’s slots meet straight on and dead center.
From iPods to Fitbits, gizmos keep getting smaller. So, we’re introducing a new toolkit to better handle modern devices. Armed with data from thousands of teardowns and repair guides, our engineers designed our most precise toolkit yet. We’re calling it the MicroTech Toolkit.
The iPad 5 bucks the Air 2’s slimming trend and brings back the thicker, more repairable screen of the original iPad Air. That makes the new iPad cheaper to make (good for Apple) and cheaper to fix (good for consumers). Which should earn it some extra credit with enterprise buyers, like—you know—schools full of kids who have a tendency to break things.