If you buy phones and you’re in it for the long haul, like 2-3 years, then things like how easy is the phone to repair is an important question. After all if a phone is difficult or almost impossible to repair, then either you’ll have to be very careful with it, or resort to changing to a new phone. So what about the Samsung Galaxy S8?
For those who are curious, the folks at iFixit have done their customary teardown of the handset and according to their findings, they have given the phone a 4 out of 10 in terms of repairability. While it does seem like it would be hard to repair, it is not impossible. It is also a slight step up from last year’s Galaxy S7 which scored a 3 out of 10, and it also brings it back on pair with the Galaxy S6 which also got a score of 4 out of 10.
According to iFixit, the only positive thing about the phone’s hardware and components is that most of it seems to be modular, so you can replace them independently as opposed to having to replace an entire group. However they note that things like tough adhesive especially in the battery area and a glued on rear panel makes it quite difficult to replace certain parts of the phone.
They also point out that the use of the curved screen on the front means that replacing the front glass without destroying the display is “extremely difficult”. Once again this isn’t completely impossible to repair, but it’s just something to note if you do plan on keeping the phone with you for the next couple of years.