iFixit has done one of their famed teardowns of Motorola’s new folding Razr and one thing is clear: users needing repairs should let Motorola do them.
Motorola’s Razr is the company’s re-entry into the premium phone market. While reminiscent of the iconic flip phone of the same name, the new Razr is reimagined with a folding touchscreen design running Android.
iFixit has made a reputation tearing down new phones, tablets and computers, rating them based on how easy or difficult they are to repair. While Motorola’s phone may have an innovative design and aesthetic, it also has the distinction of earning iFixit’s lowest possible score for ease-of-repair.
The phone did score a point for only requiring a T3 Torx to break it down, but that’s where it stopped scoring. The outer covers are glued on, replacing the batteries (yes multiple) requires almost complete disassembly, multiple flex cables get in the way and the charging port is soldered to the main board.
iFixit summed it up by saying: “Motorola’s nostalgia-stoking Razr officially wins the award for most complicated phone-based contraption we’ve ever taken apart. We’re impressed with the numerous feats of engineering that Moto pulled off to resurrect their iconic clamshell.”
Any users who need to replace the batteries or screen would do well to pay Motorola’s service fees. Whatever the company charges is a small price compared to the nightmare involved in cracking this phone open.