It looks like repair experts at iFixit have been busy taking wearables apart. It has torn down the Android Wear-powered LG G Watch and now it has done the same with the Samsung Gear Live, giving the smartwatch a “repairability score” of “8 out of 10.” This simply means that the device is easy to repair.
Why is the Samsung Gear Live easy to repair?
Here are the reasons:
- The band detaches readily, and more or less like a regular watch band—making replacements a simple, worry-free affair.
- Despite the water-resistant construction, opening the case is no big deal. Bring your T5 driver and pry tools, but don’t expect a fight.
- The battery is readily accessed and replaced—with a friendly “Pull” tab to cheer you along.
One part of the teardown process will give you minor problems.
- Several small adhered-in flexible PCBs will present a challenge during repairs.
There is one major problem.
- The fused display assembly, glued right into the chassis, makes screen replacement a dubious and costly proposition.
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