Moto Razr’s Complex Design Makes It Almost Unrepairable: iFixit

Motorola Razr Repairability Score is Unsurprisingly Bad

Motorola Razr teardown finds it practically impossible to repair - news

Regardless, this will be a tough cookie of a phone to crack for anyone doing repairs on it.

Besides the pile of parts, the result of the teardown is mixed feelings.

IFixit has given the Motorola RAZR its signature teardown treatment, and has awarded it a bad repairability score of 1/10.

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

Touted as Motorola's first foldable phone, the Razr is quite intriguing in every aspect.

On the other hand, the outer covers are glued on and stubborn, replacing the batteries requires near-total disassembly of the handset, the charging port is soldered directly to the mainboard (which means it can't be replaced on its own, should it fail), while the overall complexity of the inner construction and multiple flex cable booby traps result in a fix environment that's anything but friendly. Hidden cables also become frequent casualties during its fix. On top of that, the network of cables and the soldered charging port make it a tricky task to fix the phone. When folded in half, the Razr has a noticeable gap right between its hinge and display on either side. However, Samsung later improved upon those issues before the Fold's wider launch. Sadly, Motorola doesn't have that luxury since the Razr is already shipping to customers.

iFixit's disassembly video further shows that the Razr has numerous screws that hold together its complicated insides. Thanks to this, getting to the main display is extremely hard. It is surprising that Moto offers screen replacements at $299 despite how hard it is to open up the damn thing. The device was given a repairability score of 1 out of 10 (10 being easiest to repair) which in itself says a lot. The teardown also points out that the Type-C charging port has been soldered directly to the mainboard.

The Razr is not one of those handsets that can be taken apart and put back together by DIY fix enthusiasts.

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