Motorola, Samsung top smartphone repairability ranking

Apple's original iPhone, meanwhile, stands towards the bottom of the list that ranks how easy it is to crack open and repair devices.

The Motorola Droid Bionic is the most repairable smartphone, according to iFixit.
The Motorola Droid Bionic is the most repairable smartphone, according to iFixit. Motorola

DIYers, listen up: if you want to fix your smartphone, consider picking up an Android-based handset.

iFixit on Thursday released a list of the most repairable smartphones after tearing each of the devices down and putting them back together again. According to the company, the Motorola Droid Bionic is the most repair friendly, scoring a 9 out of a possible 10. The Motorola Atrix 4G and Samsung Galaxy S4 followed with a score of 9 and 8, respectively.

"Points are docked based on the difficulty of opening the device, the types of fasteners found inside, and the complexity involved in replacing major components," iFixit said of its scoring philosophy. "Points are awarded for upgradability, use of non-proprietary tools for servicing, and component modularity."

Despite its success with some devices, Motorola's Droid 4 and Droid Razr found themselves towards the bottom of the list, scoring 4 points out of 10. The HTC One was the least-repairable device, tallying just 1 point. Apple's original iPhone received a score of 2.

Speaking of Apple, the company's iPhones are all over the place in the iFixit study. While the original handset could only muster a 2, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S both nabbed a 6 for repairability. Even the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C were able to score 6 on iFixit's scale. Apple's most repairable handset is the iPhone 5, which earned a score of 7.

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