iFixit gives LG G5 best repairability score in smartphone market

LG has now made the LG G5 available for purchase, and we’ve spent some decent amount of time trying to find out all there is to know about this phone so that you can decide whether or not it is the phone for you. We’re back though with some good news: the LG G5 may not check off the boxes for you when it comes to gorgeous, sexy design, beautiful display, and the dual cameras may seem “gimmicky” to you, but there’s one positive for the LG G5: it is easy to repair.

Teardown company iFixit has gotten its hands on the LG G5, and, as it does with every device, tears down the devices to see what’s inside. IFixit says that on the scale of repairability from 1 to 10, with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, the LG G5 gets a score of 8 out of 10 due to its modularity with the removable battery (and the removable bottom/detached portion). In other words, you need only remove the detachable module, then unscrew both screws on both sides of the metal back panel, in order to make your way into the device. One individual tore down his LG G5 and repaired it in just 2 minutes — which is only achievable with a modular design. You can see some photos from the iFixit teardown below.

iFixit does err when it comes to the claim that the LG G5 is a unibody device, however. It isn’t. Modular devices aren’t unibody, and unibody devices are much, much harder to repair. Of course, iFixit is making the same claim that LG’s CEO made at MWC 2016 about how the Korean manufacturer didn’t cut corners on design and convenience in order to achieve both, but the LG G5 should be unapologetically modular and its manufacturer should not use its modularity as something to hide behind a “unibody” claim (as though it’s something to be ashamed of). The only shame to be found here with the LG G5 is when its manufacturer attempts to sell the device for something that it’s not.

You can visit the source link below to check out more, but just know that, should you pick this device up, you’re likely to have an easy time putting the pieces back together.

LG G5 teardown 1 ifixit

LG G5 teardown 2 ifixit

LG G5 teardown 3 ifixit


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