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Samsung and its new unibody repair problems

One of the things that have been becoming fashionable as quietly as possible are the unibody terminals or, put another way, terminals whose back cover is not pure easily removed to access the battery and other internal components. This has been doing for a few years, more and more frequent. No manufacturer has escaped this curious fashion, even Samsung, which had no choice but to spend unibody manufacturing terminals to also give a premium look to change material (leave the plastic to take the glass). Now if the design has won some points, it has its drawbacks.

 Samsung terminals more attractive, but much more difficult to repair

In most cases, when a manufacturer is passed to the mobile manufacturing unibody, usually to give a touch of elegance thanks to the change of materials and a slimmer in exchange aspect, of course, that you can not get inside in a simple way (putting the nail to remove the back cover). Samsung, meanwhile, with the Galaxy S6 took the big step seeing that the “experiment” was the Galaxy Alpha worked out pretty well for them. This divided the general public , leaving a satisfied part with this change of materials and other disgruntled because the removable battery, a hallmark of the Korean manufacturer was removed.

Samsung and its new unibody repair problems

But this hides a problem that remains hidden from most users, is that these terminals are more difficult to repair , and not only that you can not remove the back cover, but to make a unibody terminal affects the entire building terminal, and this can easily see if you follow iFixit page. A couple of weeks ago, the people of this web opened the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and given as notice anon April 10 in terms of repairability, i.e., that either are a whole handyman or maybe it is repaired by someone qualified . This is just one point more than the rate of repairability the Galaxy S7 .

Apparently, Samsung has been more and more complicated when making its terminals , joining some components so that you have to have a degree in aerospace engineering to remove, for example, the USB connector. There are many manufacturers that make unibody terminals rather easier to repair than Samsung. What does this mean? If you have some kind of internal fault, however, simple it was to repair in normal conditions; you probably have to leave you money (if the warranty does not cover for whatever reason) for technicians it repaired and also you’ll run your brand new terminal a couple of weeks at least .

Component defects, even more, serious in terminals unibody

No manufacturer that you do not escape any defective component , even Samsung, thanks to which manufactures almost all (or all) components of their phones, have more control over every little detail. But mistakes happen, and can happen that a faulty component is strained like a ninja in the night. In most cases, if it is a component that is in a hardly accessible regardless of the type of terminal, you must go or yes for service, but when it comes to something that was normal as accessible as the battery, mobile unibody lose many integers .

On terminals with removable battery if it “explodes” and has not affected the internal components, simply remove it and put a new . The manufacturer, if it recognizes the problem, it could send a battery of gift and “nothing happened here”, but these problems are compounded if we talk about mobile unibody and you’ve heard the recent problem of ‘Batterygate’ the Note 7 , according to which, without you to dinner or anything, you explode the battery, leaving the poor phablet made a Christ. For now, Samsung has recognized 24 cases , but I’m almost sure there are some other case but remains anonymous.


This problem has led to the offering for sale in countries where it was not yet being delayed to avoid, if possible, more cases of this kind. But what if this problem, rather than in a few days, it happens over several months? Imagine a batch of, for example, 100,000 terminals, past 7 or 8 months; they exploit the battery starts. The image of the brand will crash in less than a rooster crows. The unibody terminals have their advantages, but the repairability is not one of them , making it clear that, to extract something as simple as the battery, except in cases of exceptional, you have to call a technician and spend money that includes the cost of the battery, labor, and goes you know what.

When we buy a mobile, I think we rarely consider whether it is easy or difficult to repair , basically because we do not often expect us to spoil any component (must be that we have a lot of faith in manufacturers), but perhaps we should take this into account if they happen headline – grabbing problems as mentioned the Galaxy Note 7 and “battery-bomb”.

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