iFixit wielded their box of merry tools, and took the Motorola Droid 4 apart. This is no mean feat, and is pretty much hard to repair all by yourself if you are the average Joe on the street, as iFixit has assigned a mere 4 out of 10 when it comes to user repairability. However, other things that are contained underneath the hood is certainly worth writing home about – such as the non user-removable battery which is kept in place by an ancient Egyptian curse. No, I kid – a couple of Torx screws as well as plenty of adhesive ensures the battery’s resting place is not disturbed, although it is not impossible to remove it.
Apart from that, the keyboard’s pressure sensors are connected to the back of the motherboard, so if one of them gets worn out, that would mean replacing the entire motherboard. Definitely not cheap at all if that part of the device pushes up daisies. On the other hand, at least the Droid 4’s display glass and LCD are separate pieces, so if you break the display glass and the LCD remains unscathed, all you need to do is replace the glass and you are good to go.