THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 is harder to repair than its Galaxy S5 predecessor, according to iFixit, but easier than the S6 Edge.
The teardown team at iFixit went to work on the Galaxy S6 a week after ripping apart the S6 Edge and slapping it with a lowly three out of 10 repairability score.
Thankfully, the Galaxy S6 isn't as hard to take apart as its curved-screened sibling, but iFixit noted that it is by no means an easily repairable handset.
While easier to get into than the Galaxy S6 Edge, which iFixit reminded us was "monstrously hard to open", the teardown reveals that the Galaxy S6 comes smothered in the same nasty adhesive, requiring the team to use its iOpener tool to get inside.
"Strong adhesive on the rear glass makes it very difficult to gain entry into the device," iFixit said, adding that the glue "stayed globbed to the midframe this time, hiding the screws".
iFixit wasn't too pleased that the Galaxy S6 comes with glass on its front and rear, which "makes for double the crackability" during the repair process.
The way the the handset is put together makes it "almost impossible" to replace the glass without destroying the display.
It wasn't all bad news, though, as iFixit said that many of the handset's components are modular and can be replaced independently.
iFixit also applauded the battery inside the Galaxy S6, which was easier to remove than the one inside the Galaxy S6 Edge.
"Looks like with the bit of extra room inside the regular S6, Samsung was able to run the cable on top of the board to save a step for battery removal," iFixit said.
"This hardly qualifies as a user-replaceable battery, but it is a bit easier than in the S6 Edge."
Still, the teardown team said that it's by no means as handy as the battery on last year's Galaxy S5, which could be replaced "using nothing but wits, and you didn't even really need those".
Overall, iFixit slapped the Galaxy S6 with a repairability score of four out of 10, lower than the five scored by last year's plastic Galaxy S5. µ