The excitement around the Essential Phone has been incredible, seeing as the design of the phone is very nice and is designed to withstand dents and scratches. On the exterior, the phone is built solid, but what about the internals?
Our friends over at iFixit tore down the phone and it seems that the phone is not meant to be poked inside. For starters, to even try and get inside the phone, they had to freeze the phone as well as break the LCD in the process just to have a peek inside.
After getting inside the phone, there wasn’t much good news. For example, the USB-C port is soldered onto the motherboard, and the vast amounts of adhesive makes it look like if you go in to fix something, you may break something else in the process.
What was iFixit’s verdict? The phone’s repairability score of 1 our of 10. Shocking? Not really. The phone is densely-packed so it doesn’t waste space. If something goes wrong with your Essential Phone, don’t try to repair it yourself. Send it to the company to have it repaired.