iFixit: Droid Razr is tough to break down

Many of you have already read about the Motorola Droid Razr. Some of you may even be itching to get a hold of the device or have already got one. However, a question must be answered. What if the phone breaks? How repairable is it? Can the repairs be done by the user?

The folks at iFixit have answered these questions with a resounding no, unless the user has some real heart for repairs and is willing to damage the phone further by doing a repair.

The Motorola Droid Razr is incredibly thin at 0.28 inches. However, this comes at great cost. To fit the internals required for the smartphone, Motorola stretched the phone out to 5.15 inches long and 2.71 inches wide. Upon taking the case of the phone apart, iFixit found the Kevlar case is extremely flexible. However, it is not recommended you shoot this phone; it is not bulletproof by any means.

The battery is hard to remove and requires a Torx T5 screwdriver to do so. The battery does not use wires to connect to the phone and instead uses contact points. After removing the screw, just pull the battery removal tab to remove the battery. The motherboard is revealed and has a bunch of EMI shields. The camera is connected via ZIF connectors, making removal even harder.

According to iFixit, the phone uses lots of adhesive to hold the phone together. The worst part to fix is the LCD, which is paired to the front panel and its glass. Even if a user breaks the glass, they would have to replace the entire LCD/panel unit. iFixit gave the phone a 4 out of 10 on reparability due to the LCD, adhesive, and parts that felt like they would break.



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