Motorola RAZR scores 1 on iFixit’s repairability index

Joanna Estrada
February 14, 2020

A menagerie of flex cables and intricate build leads to a very tough fix job.

That's exactly what the teardown experts at iFixit set to find out.

Are you surprised by the low repairability score of the Razr?

On the bright side, if you compare it to foldable phones from past year, the Razr scored just one point less that the Galaxy Fold's score of 2/10.

In iFixit's summary, the main issues are glued-on outer covers, battery replacement requires near-total disassembly, the charging port is soldered directly to the main board, and "complex construction and multiple flex cable booby traps" makes for a hard fix. Hidden cables also become frequent casualties during its fix. It criticizes the complex construction and multiple flex cables for making the fix process hard. When folded in half, the Razr has a noticeable gap right between its hinge and display on either side. It was the first phone that had the flip design instead of the folding design used by Galaxy Fold and Mate X. However, Samsung later improved upon those issues before the Fold's wider launch.

On February 13th, iFixit shared a comprehensive teardown of the Motorola Razr.

iFixit's disassembly video further shows that the Razr has numerous screws that hold together its complicated insides.

Coming in a whopping 1 out of 10 on the scale, iFixit lists a whole bunch of problems that those who like to fix their own devices may run into. Thanks to this, getting to the main display is extremely hard.

Another worrying issue about the Razr is that its charging port is soldered directly to the main board. And, to put it bluntly: this phone is definitely not going to be one for those who are DIY fix enthusiasts.

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