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.
Hey there internet, we’re back with more Pixel fun. After we tore down the Pixel XL last month we got a few requests to take a peek inside the regular-sized Pixel as well. So we dove in for a quick repairability analysis, and found that things are … largely the same.
Meizu drew a lot of design inspiration from Apple for the outside of the MX6 (right down to the two Pentalobe screws at the bottom), but is it the same story on the inside? Surprisingly, no. The MX6 sports several features and components that set it apart from any phone designed in Cupertino. Check out all the details on our blog.
Google is steadily continuing down its path of world domination. And now they’re taking on the smartphone market—all by themselves this time! The Pixel and Pixel XL are the first phones designed entirely by Google from the ground up. Despite trending toward an iPhone aesthetic (like most phones this year), the Pixel family is both reminiscent of and departs from previous Google designs. Check out the full teardown!
Samsung just launched their latest flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note7—skipping a generation to align the name with the rest of the Galaxy series. Rumor has it the Note7 is packed with cooler, newer features than its galactic cousins. And from the looks of the hardware, Samsung has been taking some impressive notes on smartphone trends.
Google’s Pixel C launch received such a resounding “meh” that we initially skipped a teardown. But the Pixel C returned to headlines once Google dropped the price, offering the Pixel C as an Android N developer machine.The Android/Chrome convergence is coming, so maybe we should take a peek at that hardware after all.
We don’t want to compare apples to oranges here, but this P9 feels very iPhone. From the opening procedure to the battery adhesive strips, right down to the pentalobe screws on either side of the charging port. Yeah, you read that correctly—Huawei is using the worst screw ever, patterned after Apple’s five-pointed screw. It has a shallow draft and rounded lobes, making it easy to strip.
We’re going to let you in on a little secret—we have a repair crush on LG. Cracking open the G5 was a snap—no stubborn adhesive, no proprietary screws. Just slide out the battery, remove two Phillips screws, and the entire display assembly and motherboard can be pried up out of the aluminum unibody housing. Double high five, LG.
After intensively investigating Samsung’s other flagship earlier this week, we’re feeling pretty confident in our quest to tear and compare the edgier sibling. Our voyage into the belly of the beast proves the trend of twin flagship design convergence. Reusing components and design elements between devices saves Samsung money and development time, but also dooms them to the same woeful 3-out-of-10 repairability score for both devices. Apparently, edginess is only display-deep.
This year Samsung claimed to invent the phone-based heat pipe. Not only are they not the first, but this heat pipe is minuscule—and not even in the neighborhood of the “liquid cooling” hype we’ve been hearing about. The liquid they really should have been touting is the stuff that won’t get in the phone. A sport-rated phone as a flagship device means it will (hopefully) last longer. Which is nice, ’cause you probably won’t be getting in there to replace very much.
Fairphone wanted to make their second, in-house designed phone the most ethical, repairable phone on the European market. They even asked us for design feedback to get the Fairphone 2 up to a 10/10 for repair. Spoiler alert: they nailed it! Their phone doesn’t just top our repairability scale, it also has all the trappings of a modern smartphone: large touchscreen display, standardized ports, expandable storage, and a lighter, slim design.