Great news from a repairability standpoint for the Google Pixel 7a: the new mid-range smartphone of the Mountain View giant was both tested by JerryRigEverything and disassembled piece by piece by the PBKReviews channel, and the general opinion is that the new construction approach, with the frame in the middle, offers significant and tangible advantages from the point of view from the point of view of durability and repairability.
In most cases, smartphones are built in layers, and dismantle in only one direction: generally, to replace the screen you have to start from the back and remove everything else. PBKReviews notes that in the Pixel 7a, however, the screen can be detached independently of everything else: just warm it up a bit to soften the adhesive and unscrew the only screw that keeps it anchored to the motherboard. You don’t even need to open the back.
It is a very similar approach to the one adopted by Apple with the latest generation iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. Overall the YouTuber awards a repairability score of 7.5 out of 10with the highest rating for both screen replacement and battery replacement (the two components most subject to repair).
Zack “JerryRigEverything” Nelson, on the other hand, observes that the new construction system makes the device much more resistant to strong mechanical stresses – the infamous “bend test”, in which the Pixel 7 Pro had definitely struggled, however, comes passed with virtually no left dip or crunch whatsoever. Everything else is basically standard – the device scratches extremely predictably, considering the type of materials and coatings used in its construction.
At this point we are also waiting for the opinion of the iFixit guys, but it seems more a formality than anything else: Pixel 7a seems made to last a long time!
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