Google Pixel 2 XL gets the iFixit treatment, scores a 6

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Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL are the cream of the crop when it comes to Android smartphones. They have some incredible specs, unique designs and software updates straight from Google, the complete package. But what about the device’s repairability?

According to the wizards over at iFixit, the Google Pixel 2 XL sits comfortably in the middle of the line. It’s not easy to repair, but it’s not the hardest thing to do either. The whole teardown can be seen on their website, and I’d recommend you all pay a visit. It’s always great to see what’s inside your phone.

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In case you’re too busy to check it out, I’ll list out the basic bullet points. The device’s components are mostly modular and aren’t too tough to replace. The screws holding everything together are also common Phillips #00 screws, and there’s only nine of them.

The downsides however are that the battery’s lack of pull-tab adhesive and tight placement make it hard to remove. The midframe of the device and tight-fitting display cable covers make it tough for more labor intensive repairs. All this results in a six, which isn’t too bad.

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