Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are easily repairable, iFixit teardown finds

13 August 2020
The iFixit team tear down the Galaxy Buds Live.

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  • Geezer

What's stopping someone from giving aftermarket casing of the phone like a black smith? Phones can be made repairable by rubber seal and screws as in laptops. Tws earbuds is just a waste of money. I would suggest anyone thinking of buying it should make it the last.

  • Anonymous

Lightning2.0, 13 Aug 2020Oh I thought the comment was about AirPods. Don't get ... moreI have the tools but not the skill xD. I bought the original Galaxy Buds mainly because of repairability but every Samsung phone and tablet is a pain to repair.

Anonymous, 13 Aug 2020Well, I swapped an S8 and S9 battery without dying. S8 took... moreOh I thought the comment was about AirPods. Don't get me wrong... I support the cause but manufacturers are trying their best to deter self-repairs. I don't have the necessary tools or skills to repair most of my own devices, because they're so challenging to the layman.

  • Anonymous

MrDong, 13 Aug 2020Lol I forgot 😃HAHAHAHAH nah its fine dont get me wrong Apples phone's do have higher repairibilty scores comapred to Samsungs and I commend them for that. Even though Samsung phones get 3 out of 10 which is low I can take my phone to a non samsung store get the battery replaced. It still isnt 0 out of 10 which is what Airpods got.. They are literally designed not to have their battery replaced and thats what I cant support.

  • Anonymous

Looks like samosa Lol.

They probably sound pretty bad, but at least they can take a beating and are repairable.

  • Anonymous

Lightning2.0, 13 Aug 2020That sounds like a bad time and I personally would not try ... moreWell, I swapped an S8 and S9 battery without dying. S8 took me three hours and S9 battery leaked a bit while submerged in alcohol. I won't bow to corporate scam.

Anonymous, 13 Aug 2020I hate Apple myself but they are way easier with battery sw... moreThat sounds like a bad time and I personally would not try any of that. And that's the point: they're designed to deter home repairs.

The "Beans" in the video should how most electronics should be designed, so that -- even if not meant to be fixed at home -- at least it can be parted and recycled properly instead of ending up in a landfill.

Make one think, why not just make it with replaceable batteries, music won't wait.
If graphene batteries with double capacity comes it may be different, not now though.

  • MrDong

Anonymous, 13 Aug 2020Sorry i forgot this article was about phones LOL theres me ... moreLol I forgot 😃

  • Anonymous

MrDong, 13 Aug 2020You should check iFixIt ratings for Samsung Galaxy and iPho... moreSorry i forgot this article was about phones LOL theres me thinking it was about the airpods and galaxy buds

  • Anonymous

MrDong, 13 Aug 2020Lol quite the oppositeWhat do you mean quite the opposite?

Samsung galaxy buds over the last year or 2 have been easy to replace batteries. Apple on the other hand you cant, you have to buy replacement airpods.

https://www.imore.com/how-repair-or-replace-broken-airpods



  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 13 Aug 2020Of course Samsung make it easier to replace batteries where... moreI hate Apple myself but they are way easier with battery swaps. Doesn't take an hour to heat and remove the back and submerging the battery in isopropanol alcohol to remove it.

Well what can you say, whether you're a Samsung fanboy or not, kudos to any manufacturer making its product simple to repair!

  • MrDong

Anonymous, 13 Aug 2020Of course Samsung make it easier to replace batteries where... moreYou should check iFixIt ratings for Samsung Galaxy and iPhones.

S10, Note 10, S20 scored 3/10. According to iFixIt (which you can read their teardown), its battery is glued to the panel. Either display or battery damage requires you to replace the whole front panel. Glued back panel are also susceptible to damage if not removed carefully.

iPhone XR, XS, 11, 11 Pro all scores 6/10. Most critical components (battery, display) are fairly easy to remove. Only glass back requires full swap if damaged (damage is easy to avoid with a protective case). Battery uses pull tabs.

Recheck the website carefully if you think I'm lying, but until then iPhone leads in repairability.

Pixel, OnePlus, and Huawei phones do not even have a 6/10. More like 4/10 or 5/10 at most.

  • MrDong

Anonymous, 13 Aug 2020Of course Samsung make it easier to replace batteries where... moreLol quite the opposite

  • Anonymous

Of course Samsung make it easier to replace batteries whereas Apple make it impossible and you will need a new pair quite often