High End HTC One M8 Scores Low Marks For Do-It-Yourself Repairs - HotHardware
High End HTC One M8 Scores Low Marks For Do-It-Yourself Repairs

High End HTC One M8 Scores Low Marks For Do-It-Yourself Repairs

As was expected, HTC introduced its new One (M8) handset yesterday, and judging by the media coverage and user comments, there appears to be a fair amount of excitement over the company's new flagship device. Understandable, considering it features a large 5-inch Full HD 1080p display powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. And unlike the original One, the new version sports a microSD card slot. Good stuff, though if you're looking for an Achilles Heel, the folks at iFixIt have found one.

Like its predecessor, the HTC One M8 isn't a repair-friendly device. Getting it open requires heating up the adhesive to soften the glue, and then prying off the speaker grill with a thin object like a guitar pick. There are screws underneath, and once removed, the handset separates into two parts.

HTC One M8 Open

Unfortunately, that's where Easy St. comes to a dead end. Things quickly turn "ugly" when diving any deeper into the One M8, which is littered with tape, tape, and more tape. Your reward for getting past all that tape is a series of 10 cables that need to be disconnected so that you can focus on the glued down motherboard.

Why would anyone need to gut a smartphone like that? To be fair, most people won't. However, it's the only way to get to the 'non-removable' battery, which could come into play if the handset is out of its warranty period. Non-removable batteries aren't always easy to get to, but they're usually not buried underneath a glued-down motherboard, either.

HTC One M8 Teardown

When all was said and done, iFixIt gave the HTC One M8 a 2 out of 10 Repairability Score, which is one point higher than the original One. That's not a deal killer for anyone considering the One M8, but something to keep in mind if you like to tinker with your gadgets.
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Haha, that's very interesting that they would put the battery beneath the motherboard. I use an iPhone and I hate the fact that I can't easily change the battery. I wish I knew if there was a good reason for it or if it's just them wanting to be paid for a replacement.

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It isn't a big deal at all as a very, very, small number of people will ever have to crack open their M8 or any phone, but that much tape is pretty odd and the fact that you have to heat up glue to separate it, eek.. that part alone guarantees that I would never attempt it even if there was a cause to do so. In all my years of owning cellphones I have only ever opened two of them; a year ago I opened a 5 year old iPhone 3g that a friend needed as a backup phone (he accidentally broke his iP5 and didn't have warranty coverage) to replace the battery which no longer held a charge but it was very easy to do, and a few months ago I opened up my iP5 to clean out dust that had gathered on top of the camera lens which surprisingly was also easy to do.

If you are in the market for an M8 maybe picking up the action hero toolkit from ifixit could help with future repairs =D

http://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Action-Hero-Toolkit/IF145-267-1

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Ya that is really odd. Burying the battery. But I don't think it's an issue many would come across. I have never need to replace a battery and if I did by that time I was ready for a new phone

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wow. seems really comfusing I wouldnt want to do that lol

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I've never had to put a new battery into any of my phones. I do want this one though

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