Earlier today iFixit posted the report from their teardown of the HTC One M9. The device, very similar to the M8 from last year, scored a very low 2 out of 10 repairability score. Unfortunately iFixit also notes that they received a defective device from HTC, with a scratch on the bottom of the screen and dead pixel in the center of the screen right out of the box. After moving past these defects they were initially optimistic because the case of the M9 was relatively easy to remove, but the amount of adhesive used on the guts of the phone made most components very difficult to remove. HTC does remark that there is significantly less tape than the M8, but the amount of glue used still makes the device a pain to take apart.
Most users are often interested in the possibility of replacing the battery on their device, iFixit points out that battery is particularly difficult to replace because it is underneath the motherboard. In addition, replacing the display on the M9 requires taking apart the entire phone. Overall it appears that if you need repairs to your M9, it will be best to leave the work to an authorized HTC repair center. The good news for HTC fans is that with the new Uh-Oh protection offered on the M9 you can get one free replacement phone in the first 12 months. If your battery is degraded or you need internal repairs after 12 months, it may be best to get the replacement instead of repairing your M9. Is this low repairability score a deal-breaker for you? It will be interesting to see how the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge score, stay tuned to HOA for those scores when they come in!
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