Google Pixel 3a Is Easier To Repair Than The Flagship Pixel 3
Aadhya Khatri - May 13, 2019, 9:03 am IST
The Google Pixel 3a gets the score of 6/10 while its flagship cousin, the Pixel 3 only has 4/10
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iFixit has made a teardown for the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL and gave them a reparability score of 6/10. It said that the screen on the two phones was fairly easy to take out without the aid of a blow dryer or a heat gun to melt down the adhesive appearing on many smartphones nowadays.
Google made use of a kind of spongy adhesive that is easy to separate. The biggest downer here is that it is not water-resistant so the Google Pixel 3a and google Pixel 3a XL can be damaged if water gets inside.
The good news here is the parts we need to replace more often, including the returning headphone jack and the USB-C can be removed without much of a meticulousness. So as long as you do not take the phones to the pools or into the bathroom with you, you can replace the worn down parts and resume using the phones as usual. If you ever find yourself in need of a new battery, the process to take out the old one and fit in the new one is easy too as the company used a stretchy pull adhesive here.
Overall, you will face some obstacles if you try to fix the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL. The thin cables that connect the components inside are fragile and hard to work with. You may accidentally tear it. So bear that in mind when you attempt to do anything involving these cables.
You can see all of the chips making up the two phone in the teardown. The Google Pixel 3a has a higher score than its flagship Pixel 3 as the latter only gains 4/10. iFixit said that even when you do basic alterations on the latter like removing the glass, you will face lots of difficulties.