The Motorola Droid Razr released today has the folks over at iFixit shaking their collective head over its user repairability. The site tore down the phone to find an impressively tight arrangement affording the phone its 0.28-inch thickness, but one that uses a lot of adhesive and requires a tedious, sometimes precarious disassembly.
One of the big offenders to the Droid Razr's repairability is its LCD screen, which is permanently mated to the covering glass. Even if owners manage to break only the glass, they'll have to pay to replace the LCD as well. The rest of the phone is also secured with generous helpings of adhesive, which earned it even more demerits.
The 1750mAh battery powers the phone through contact points, rather than the more common sockets or soldered wires. A Torx T5 screwdriver is required to free the battery, but once the screw is taken care of, users need only pull the "remove battery" tab. Inside the team found 16GB of storage from Toshiba and 4Gb of Samsung RAM, among a bevy of other chips covered by tiny EMI shields.
IFixit notes that the back of the phone, despite being made of Kevlar, was very flexible, but should provide "tough protection" for the internals. The rest of the plastic frames and casing were secured so firmly, the team found them "tedious" to remove, saying that the parts "felt like they would break at any moment."
Due to the mated LCD and glass, difficult disassembly, and injudicious application of adhesive, iFixit awards the Droid Razr a 4 out of 10 for repairability. Those who are not very interested in doing their own repairs, or are very interested in doing difficult repairs, can pick the phone up as of today.
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