HTC One M8, like the model before it, earns poor repairability score

By Shawn Knight
Mar 26, 2014
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  1. Teardown specialist iFixit wasted little time in ripping apart HTC's shiny new One M8 in a continuous effort to weed out the irreparable. The process gets off to a great start as the team was able to breach the first...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    This is the problem with making small devices slim. Manufacturers must use glue and tape rather than physical fasteners or back covers in order to make their device as slim as possible.
  3. Matt12345170

    Matt12345170 TS Booster Posts: 100   +28

    Well, that was to be expected, however on a slightly off topic note, neither the S5 or the M8 look as good as their predecessors imo.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    Good thing HTC offers their HTC Advantage warranty for free. You get a new phone if your screen breaks anytime during the first 6 months.

    For the rest of the time, this is why there's phone insurance. I notice that the last time we had any sort of news story about repairing the HTC One was the story when they earned a 1 from iFixit. HTC seems to answer the problem of having a phone that impossible to repair by building a phone that doesn't break.
  5. And please tell me how many people expect to "repair" a cell phone?
  6. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,157   +195

    Is there such a thing as an 'android kit' in the U.S.. or Europe where a buyer could order his preferred smartphone processor + gpu, ram, internal storage, external storage bay, front camera, rear camera, removable battery, and housing + lcd panel ?
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    That's not a bad idea as far as I'm concerned but I don't live on either continent and I'm not aware of any such thing (Motorola come closest with it's custom covers) but I can imagine manufacturers turning around saying they are in the business of making and selling complete, fully assembled mobile devices, not Meccano sets.
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  8. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Guru Posts: 504   +42

    I seem to always been fixing peoples phones here at work, cause im in IT everyone seems to bring them to me. In the last month I say I have repaired the following

    Iphone 4 screen (x2)
    iphone 4s screen + back
    iphone 4s speaker
    htc wildfire screen
    htc wildfire touch buttons
    Galaxy s2 usb/mic daughter board
    iphone 4s wifi chip

    So for me it's always a benefit when I can better access and repair parts.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    Sounds like you've got quite a little enterprise going there. I'm looking for someone to repair a few sticky keys on a touchscreen, do you know anyone who can? xp
  10. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Guru Posts: 504   +42

    I wish it was an enterprise but I normally do it for free. And fair enough in that previous post that was an extreme month no idea why everyones phones were breaking/broken. This month just got two iphones to do both smashed screens (most popular fault I find, maybe drunken nights out :D)

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