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Google’s Pixel phones are harder to repair than the iPhone 7, but easier than the Galaxy S7

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Even though Google’s Pixel phones looks quite similar to the new iPhone 7 on the outside, but on the inside, they are two completely different devices. An iFixit teardown of the Pixel XL shows that the Pixel phones are harder to repair than the iPhone 7 with the teardown website giving it a score of 6 out of 10, just under the iPhone 7.

The teardown video posted on iFixit’s website shows most of the internal components of the Pixel XL are modular in nature and can be replaced easily once the digital assembly has been removed. Save for the HTC battery which comes with its own pull tab, none of the components carry HTC’s moniker.

Disassembling the phone requires particular care as the iFixit notes the display panel is thin and poorly supported. In addition, removing the ‘midframe’ is also not that easy.

Ironically, instead of HTC who manufactured the device, the internals show Samsung has dominated when it came to providing components. The Pixel uses Samsung’s Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 ad RAM.

Not surprisingly, the iPhone 7 also uses 2/3GB LPDDR4 RAM made by Samsung. iFixit also noted that unlike the iPhone 7 which has a better water and dust resistance (and hence easier to clean accidental spills), it is harder to siphon off liquids from inside the Pixel phones because of its lack of proper water and dust resistance.

However, the Pixel phones are still easier to repair than the Samsung Galaxy S7 or even the previous Nexus 6P. The Galaxy S7 got a repair score of 3 out of 10 while the Nexus 6P received a measly 2 out of 10 in terms of repairability.

This should make the Pixel phones much less taxing and less expensive to repair. Google is also providing 24/7 after sales support embedded in the phone. In India, Google has setup a special helpline for the same.

Watch the video of teardown below:

Also, read our extensive review of Google’s Pixel.


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