The publication awards the Galaxy S4 a repairability score of 8 out of 10, with 10 being easiest to repair. While we don’t encourage you to fix your devices yourself, those of you that will want to do that with broken Galaxy S4 units should know that almost all parts can be replaced individually, though some of them are “adhered into place,” making their replacement a bit harder.
Moreover, if something’s going to happen with the display, you’ll have to completely tear apart the handset to get to actually servicing the screen. Also worth noting is that the display is fused to the glass, and thus the cost of part replacements will increase.
Compared to the HTC One (score 1 out of 10) and iPhone 5 (score 7 out of 10), the Galaxy S4 is the easiest to repair – again, not that you should do it yourself.
As you can see from the images, iFixit tore apart an AT&T version of the Galaxy S4 (packing a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, neatly hidden on the main board), and here are some interesting tidbits for the handset that don’t come up when talking about the handset:
The Smart Pause feature of the Galaxy S4 can be fooled with help of images, not as easy as you expect, but you can apparently do it
The location of the speaker on the Galaxy S4 – on the back of the handset – isn’t that appreciated: “This is the prime location for a speaker if your ears are attached to your hand while holding the device.”
The IR sensors (placed on either side of the earpiece speaker) are what make AirView/Air Gesture work by picking up hand movement and comparing IR light reflected from it into each sensor in order to recognize movement
The component responsible for the Galaxy S4’s “super-sensitive touchscreen” that works with gloves also is a tiny Synaptics S5000B touchscreen controller.
In case you curious to see what makes the Galaxy S4 tick, head on over to iFixit’s complete teardown by following the Source link below. In case you want to see the handset in action, then check out our review, available right here (video above).