DIY kits are about to become the norm
This week, Google announced its new DIY repair program for Pixel phones. With the exception of the first-gen model, every one of its smartphones will have replacement parts in stock that will be ready for purchase from iFixit when the partnership goes into effect later this year. This would be a historic announcement, if not for the fact that Google Back in this matter. DIY self-repair kits are becoming the norm.
Late last year, Apple hit the first blow, providing a major victory for right-to-repair advocates by announcing self-service repairs. Whenever it does launch — the company has only said it will be sometime in 2022 — anyone will be able to order parts for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models for service if they can manage the repairs themselves. Skip the need to pay for The move was undoubtedly in response to political pressure in the EU, and we are still waiting for some details, but at the very least, it was Apple that got the ball rolling.
Since then, we’ve seen Samsung announce its own competitive program — on track to launch this summer — as well as revealing Google’s side this week. Both companies partnered with iFixit to make it easy for anyone with the skills and knowledge to repair their broken phone so they can pick up the raw components as well as the tools they need. And while all three of these programs are yet to be launched, both Samsung and Google are quite serious about making their devices more environmentally friendly through user-accessible repairs.
Of course, the real question is whether most people would spring for it. Take it from me, the guy who nearly crushed a ribbon cable on his laptop two weeks ago trying to swap out a swollen laptop battery: Technical repairs can be tough. It’s one thing to work on a desktop PC that you built yourself, but phones are made up of compact, tightly integrated components. This will not be everyone’s cup of tea.
In case anyone is up to it, though, it’s the Android Police Reader Base. Once these programs are available — or, if you’re using a phone No Made by Samsung or Google, if a similar plan was offered – would you start repairing your devices? Or will you leave it all to the professionals, no matter how much time and money they add to the process?
Will you repair or fix your broken smartphone by yourself?
Depends on what’s broken, but if it’s a simple enough fix, I’ll do it myself.
50%, 186 votes
No, I would prefer a professional repair service to fix my device.
12%, 43 votes
No, I usually upgrade when my smartphone is damaged.
6%, 23 votes
Some more I will write in the comments.
1%, 5 votes
Total votes: 372
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