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iFixit x Google Pixel Repair Program tested using Pixel 7 Pro

The Pixel 7 Pro. (Source: Hugh Jeffreys via YouTube)
The Pixel 7 Pro. (Source: Hugh Jeffreys via YouTube)
Google and iFixit announced a partnership to make replacement parts and tools for nearly every Pixel phone available. Furthermore, they are sold in a variety of markets worldwide - luckily for Australia-based teardown vlogger Hugh Jeffreys. The YouTuber tested the collaboration out on a broken Pixel 7 Pro.

The YouTuber Hugh Jeffreys' latest video is dedicated to testing the well-hyped Google x iFixit "self-repair" program that covers Pixel devices as old as those of the 2 series out on a 7 Pro unit bought for AU$400 (~US$268) with a broken screen.

Given that a new, iFixit-branded screen for the same smartphone costs AU$362 (~US$242, or US$207 in the US), the deal represents a potentially significant saving on a device starting at AU$1,299 (~US$870) in Australia - if the spare part should work, that is.

Jeffreys reported that the new screen could indeed be installed, and worked as intended, and without the "important messages" of an iPhone that has detected a display replacement. The Google fingerprint re-calibration tool reared its head again here - however, the Mountain View giant does of course provide it for free online.

All in all, the independent-repair vlogger found Google's new Pixel Repair initiative better than that of Apple's recent efforts.

The 'official' replacement Pixel 7 Pro display came in generic bubble-wrap shipping material rather than a Google-branded box; otherwise, the OEM may be free to augment its sustainability bragging rights with this new program - as with the ability to buy a 7 Pro Renewed on Amazon for a reduced price.

Then again, the Program has yet to support the new 7a - or the first-gen Pixel Fold.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-05-15 (Update: 2023-05-15)