The flagship device from Taiwanese manufacturer, HTC, has yet to hit the smartphone markets worldwide, but that does not mean there is no lack of interest for it. After all, folks watching the Android scene are starting to lick their lips in anticipation as the HTC One throws down with the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S4. Well, when it comes to the issue of repairability, just how does the HTC One fare? Apparently, the good people over at iFixit have discovered that to their horror, the HTC One is a repair nightmare.
It seems that the only way to check out what is underneath the HTC One’s external chassis would be to use brute force and pry the components apart, instead of taking the time honored way of unscrewing the device and removing bits and pieces, one at a time. Needless to say, you cannot open up the HTC One without marring the finish for most folks, and the circuitry, being covered in copper shielding, also contributes to the overall repairability score of just 1 out of 10. Which is pretty measly, and the lowest smartphone to “achieve” such a score to date.