The LG G Watch
(LG-W100) is notable for at least a couple of reasons, the first of which is that it's one of not very many smartwatches rocking Google's promising Android Wear platform
. Tying into that tidbit, it also happens to be the first Android Wear device to get the full teardown treatment from the folks over at iFixIt
. How did it fare?
Better than most tablets and smartphones. A quick glance at the watch's underbelly reveals a set of familiar T5 screws with swift access to the guts with no adhesive getting in the away. This elicited a hearty, "Thanks, LG!," from the teardown team.
Removing the strap is a bit trickier than some other smartwatches like Samsung's Gear Live and Gear 2 -- instead of pulling out a built-in pin, the LG G requires that you compress the spring with a thumbnail or precision tweezers (you can also use a Swiss Army Knife blade, if that's what you have handy).
Once the T5 screws are removed, there are just a couple of retaining clips to disengage and then you're inside. You'll spy a battery in the rear half, along with a "vibrator and some other fidgety doodads" The front consists of the mainboard and display.
When it was all said and done, the LG G earned itself a 9 out of 10 score from iFixIt, with higher scores representing devices that are easier to repair. The LG G earned its high mark for using screws and springs that make the rear case "super easy to remove," holding the battery in place with a single Phillips head screwdriver and "minimal adhesive," and an overall clean design. About the only complaint from a DIY perspective is that the LG went with a fused display assembly, a design decision that makes screen replacement a little difficult and costly.