Samsung Galaxy S7 is harder to repair than its predecessor
Although many complained about the lack of microSD support in the Samsung Galaxy S6, at least iFixit has rated that flagship's repairability with a 4 out of 10 score. Unfortunately, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 has an excellent curved display, the world's first Dual Pixel smartphone camera, as well as a microSD slot, repairing it is quite a challenge.
After disassembling the Galaxy S7, iFixit ended up with these interesting findings regarding its innards:
- there are no exterior screws, so the handset must be heated, and suction cups are required to remove the front and back glass
- while most internal components are modular, accessing them is very difficult and usually ends up with a destroyed display
- replacing the USB ports, which is usually the component most likely to break down, requires to remove the glass/display as well
In the end, it looks like the new Samsung Galaxy S7 is an excellent flagship - at least as long as it does not break down. Unfortunately, a rather usual repair like replacing the USB port might cost half the price of the brand new handset.