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Want an easily repaired smartphone? Fairphone 2 might be for you

Mikael Ricknäs | June 17, 2015
Fairphone, the Dutch company that aims to sell socially responsible smartphones, is working on a second model that be repaired with little hassle and won't easily break. The company is also sticking with its goal of using conflict-free or fair trade minerals.

In general, today's high-end smartphones are a mixed bag when it comes to ease of repair.

Apple has a reputation for building products that are difficult to fix, but the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both got a 7 out of 10 score on iFixit. The company still uses proprietary Pentalobe screws, and it does not share repair information with independent repair shops or consumers. But the display assembly comes out easily and the battery is easy to access.

For people who want a high-end Android smartphone that is easily repaired, the G4 from LG Electronics is a good option. It was awarded an impressive 8 out of 10. The only drawback is that the glass and LCD will need to be replaced together if one or the other breaks.

Two other top-of-the-range smartphones, the Galaxy S6 from Samsung Electronics and HTC's One M9, did not fair as well, scoring 4 and 2 out of 10, respectively. Strong adhesive on the rear glass makes it very difficult to gain entry to the S6's innards. On the One M9 adhesives make many components difficult, and even dangerous, to remove and replace, iFixit said.

 

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