Path back in MarchSamsung has joined a growing number of hardware manufacturers announcing self-repair initiatives. List that includes similar offers from both Apple as well as Googlefinds companies that actively respond to potential right to amend legislation. Both Samsung and Google have teamed up with popular repair site iFixit for their offerings, providing low-cost tools to fix common device problems.
Starting today, companies are providing kits to repair broken screens, back glass, and charging ports on smartphones. Galaxy S20, S21 and the Tab S7+ tablet for users in the States. The kits include parts, tools and step-by-step repair instructions, as well as a label for returning broken parts back to Samsung. Kits for accessories and repair will be released in the future.
These are different approaches than Apple which discovers that the company is supplying iPhone owners with professional grade equipment, including the same glue melting machine its Geniuses use in the store. The proposal received negative reviews due to unavailability and price, leading many to speculate that perhaps part of the point is to make DIY repairs more difficult. iFixit’s tools, meanwhile, lower the barrier to entry significantly, but likely lack the precision of pro-level offerings.
I would argue that anything that makes repairs more accessible to users and delays the end of life of devices is probably a positive thing. How many people will actually take advantage of this offer is another matter entirely.
Kits are available at iFixit and Samsung retail stores.
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