When you buy a smart phone, just about the last thing on your mind should be how hard or how easy it is to fix, right? We agree. However, at some point or another, you may realize that you do need to get your phone repaired and then you may think back about if your phone was on the ‘easier to fix’ or ‘harder to fix’ list.


Well, that’s why the company ‘iFixIt’ took the time to release a list of smart phones that are sorted according to their score on the scale or reparability. The scale is rated from 0 to 10, with 0 being the hardest to repair and 10 being the easiest.


First off, a device must be easy to disassemble in order to attain a score on the higher end of the scale. Points are deducted of the phone is difficult to open or to replace major components. Also, “Component modularity and ability to upgrade easily” can help to improve the phone’s score on the scale and “use of non-proprietary tools for servicing” can help to decrease that score.


Not every single smart phone on the market is included in this list, but it covers many of them that are available in the US.


…and the winner is… MOTOROLA! This brand has a Droid Bionic and Atrix 4G device that scored nine points on the scale. In second place, we had the Samsung Galaxy S4, the S3 and the S2, which scored eight points each. Also in second place, there’s the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note 2.


In third place, there’s the Apple’s iPhone 5, the Google Nexus 4, Motorola’s Moto X, iPhone 3G and 3GS, which all got a score of seven. In fourth place, there’s the iPhone 5C and 5S (their batteries are harder to remove that the iPhone 5). Now, we have the original iPhone, which has a score of two. It is extraordinarily hard to open and its battery is really hard to replace.


…and the loser is…the HTC One! The phone has a really solid construction, but as iFixIt says, it is “virtually impossible to open without extreme damage to rear case,” so that makes repairing it all the more difficult.


Give us a call, as we are Ottawa’s preferred cell phone repair shop, with a complete inventory of cell phone parts and accessories to get your wireless phone fixed ASAP. We’ll have your phone up and running in no time!


Engineers hands fixing smartphone close-up