While there are some who purchase a brand new smartphone every year, there are those who purchase a smartphone and hold onto it for the next 2-3 years, or even longer. Given that smartphone prices appear to be on the rise, it isn’t surprising that not everyone is willing to spend $1,000 a year on a brand new flagship.
However this also means that customers need to know whether or not the phone they bought can be sustained over the 2-3 years they keep them. Unfortunately for those who plan to get their hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, it seems that repairing the phone could be a rather difficult/expensive task, or at least according to the folks at iFixit who have done their customary teardown of the phone and gave it a 4 out of 10 in terms of repairability.
According to iFixit’s teardown, one of the main problems with the Note 8 in terms of repairability would be its battery which has some pretty tough adhesive on it, and the fact that it is glued to the rear panel which makes it tricky to replace. The glass panel also has a bunch of adhesive on it which makes removing it hard and if done wrongly could cause it to break/crack.
However the upside is that the components are modular which means that they can be replaced independently, making repairs potentially cheaper, unless you’re looking to replace the battery or display, which like we mentioned above is where it gets tricky. We should point out that the Note 8’s score is the same as the Note 7, and 4 out of 10 is actually not so bad given that we’ve seen phones that have scored much worse.