iFixit vs the HTC One: none shall pass

iFixit vs the HTC One: none shall passIt may be April Fool's Day and all that, so if for some reason your notion of creative tomfoolery involves ripping apart a mate's HTC One, be warned: you could be in for quite a job.

Fortunately the intrepid folks at iFixit are happy to go where others fear to tread, and report that they had to resort to heating the HTC One up and using a suction cup just to get the screen off.

From that you won't be surprised to hear the iFixit team gave the HTC One a score of 1/10 for repairability, but there was plenty more frustration to follow that initial setback.

It reportedly took a further 30 minutes to separate the front and back of the device, with iFixit noting it's “very difficult to open the device without damaging the rear case. This makes every component extremely difficult to replace”.

That includes the battery, which is buried beneath the motherboard and attached to the midframe – or in other words, completely irreplaceable by anyone but HTC.

Via Pocket-lint

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Infinite Element  Apr. 1, 2013 at 19:16

Not a fan of HTC but this is the way all flagship phones seem to be going - it's all about manufacturing the thinnest device with the largest screen, and not worrying about third parties dismantling their phones.

Some may ask why should they? And those same people find out the hard way if they break their phone post-warranty.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 1, 2013 at 21:26

I hate this. It's bad enough that you can't fix a £10 kettle. A £600 phone?
The HTC Legend and Samsung Wave 3 have proven that they can make quality devices with a luxurious semi-unibody AND replaceable batteries etc etc....

FFS...changing a battery shouldn't even count as a "fix" or "repair"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is no reason NOT to buy a well kept year-old flagship - most 'innovation' at the mo' is software-based. But after a year one needs to worry about a new battery... But no, you can't just pop into a store. You can't even have it 'fixed' in your local phone repair shop. Nope... send it away. And warranty or not: HTC, e.g., will not fix anything if the screen is cracked. No matter if it works and you consider it a minor cosmetic fault... screen must be fixed before they'll fix anything else.
In other words: they so desperately want to make people upgrade to a new phone asap... by any means.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 2, 2013 at 00:15

I'll stick with Samsung devices; replaceable batteries, expandable memory and easy enough to fix yourself with parts available (for a lot less money than Samsung charge, may I add) on eBay. Not to mention the fact that plastic cases don't dent/scratch like aluminium or crack/scratch like glass.

I was pleased to see Samsung have kept true to their functional design style with the S4, hopefully that means the Note 3 will be of a similar design :).

Final note, Jan, for once I agree with every word of your rant...

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2013 at 09:31

"For once"???????? :(


matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 2, 2013 at 14:26

"For once"???????? :(


Sorry, I meant "as usual" ;).

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2013 at 16:31

Where's pondlife? To settle this...

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 2, 2013 at 16:36

A quick bit of profile stalking reveals he's not been heard from since March 21st... :(

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2013 at 16:43

Odd... Ah well, there's still real life once you shut down... Who knows for how much longer?

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 2, 2013 at 16:49

Odd... Ah well, there's still real life once you shut down... Who knows for how much longer?
People have real lives still?...oh, right *awkward* :p.


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