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You won’t be fixing Amazon’s Fire Phone on your own

Image Credit: iFixit

Amazon’s first smartphone isn’t very friendly to do-it-yourself fixers.

The Fire Phone received a low repairability score of 3 out of 10 from gadget repair site iFixit, which means you’ll likely have to send it back to Amazon for repairs in case anything goes wrong. In comparison, the iPhone 5S received a repairability score of 6, and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 received a score of 5.

You’d be hard pressed to fix any modern smartphone without some sort of technical experience, but higher repairability scores give you the option of bringing your phone to a local technician for repairs rather then sending it straight back to the manufacturer.

When it comes to repairs, the Fire Phone’s big problem seems to be its four infrared cameras, which are held in by glue. You’ll need to heat up the glue and cut the cameras out to remove them. The phone also seems to include more cables and connectors than most smartphones, many of which are shared between different components.

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5 comments
Jim Wolfson
Jim Wolfson

My BlackBerry Z10 has a repairability score of 8/10.

There's no way I'd downgrade to the iCult or this poor thing; this is just one more reason why.

keith maxx
keith maxx

They might as well be holding everything together with duct tape.

Christopher Gates
Christopher Gates

Try fixing the new phones from the other manufacturers. Everything is bonded with glue.

Patrick Quinn
Patrick Quinn

Thats good because i wont be buying one either.