What is Repairability and Why Should You Consider It?

What is Repairability and Why Should You Consider It?

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Smartphones nowadays have become an essential part of everyone’s life, from children to senior citizens, all have become slaves to this rectangular device. Mobile phones are the new buddies and buying the best one is another hectic challenge. With a wide range of smartphones available in the market, choosing the right one is a tedious task.

People are investing a lot of their hard-earned money in purchasing an ideal smartphone, but they are somewhere unaware of the uncertainties that might happen with their smartphone. They might drop their coffee over it or the smartphone could simply slip off from their pockets. These are inevitable situations that can haunt anyone anytime. Now the question arises, What about the smartphone? Do I have to get a new phone now? What if I don’t have the sufficient budget to buy a new one? Here is where the concept of “Repairability” steps in.

What is Repairability?

“Repairability”? It’s important to know before going for it. In simple terms, repairability is to restore to sound condition after damage or injury. Although the concept is alien to us, Yaantra has made an effort to throw light on the repairability concept of smartphones. Yaantra is an organization that specializes in repairing tech products, serves as a barometer of programmed obsolescence and our repairability scores make headlines with every smartphone release. A device with a perfect score is cheap to repair because it is easy to disassemble and has a service manual available. Points are docked based on the difficulty of opening the device, and the complexity involved in replacing major components. Further, points are given for upgradability, use of non-proprietary tools for servicing, and component modularity. 

Why Consider Repairability? 

What is Repairability and Why Should You Consider It?

The big question now is “will you choose to repair your gadget when the day of reckoning comes?” The answer is, of course, “yes”. Going for a smartphone repair is absolutely worthy, here are the reasons why- 

  • It’s Affordable 

Budget is something we are so careful about, but with Yaantra this becomes easy. Yaantra offers the most affordable smartphone repair services with the best market price in addition to assured superior quality repair guaranteed. 

  • It Got Warranty 

Yaantra offers up to 6 months warranty on every mobile repair. Yaantra sources quality spare parts from the most reliable vendors in the market, therefore, with an attached warranty with the repair there is nothing to worry about going for a smartphone repair.

  • It Saves Mother Earth 

By choosing repair you are choosing to save the environment, which is praiseworthy. Yaantra is putting in continuous efforts to contribute in protecting the environment. By opting for the repair you are preventing your smartphone from becoming a landfill and we at Yaantra ensure that.

  • It’s Time-Saving

At Yaantra the repair process is streamlined, we take very little time to repair a smartphone as compared to the local repair vendors. We have well-equipped labs and experienced technicians who know their job well and can restore a damaged phone in few hours. 

  • It’s Done By Certified Technicians

To operate on the smart devices we are imbibed by smart technicians who are aware of the smartphones in and out. The technicians at Yaantra have years of experience in the smartphone repairing field and can cautiously fix hardware and software-related faults.

Repairability Score – Let’s Understand 

At Yaantra, Repairability is rated on a scale of 0 to 10 — ten being the easiest to repair and zero being the hardest. To receive a good score, a device must be easy to disassemble. A service manual should be available and points are deducted or awarded based on difficulty to open and complexity in replacing major components. Component modularity and ability to upgrade easily can boost the device’s score, while the use of non-proprietary tools for servicing can reduce it.

The Fairphone 3 is the most repairable smartphone on the planet along with the original Fairphone and Fairphone 2. These are the only smartphones that ever scored a perfect 10. The Fairphone prioritize modularity with a removable 3060 mAh battery and an easy-to-replace 5.65” IPS screen, which are the two most commonly replaced components in any smartphone. 

Apple’s iPhone 5 secured a solid seven on the scale, a score also awarded to Google’s Nexus 4, Motorola’s Moto X, and the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The iPhone 5C and 5S have a slightly lower score of six since their batteries are harder to remove than the iPhone 5. Samsung’s Galaxy S4, as well as its younger siblings S3 and S2, both, received eight points, as did the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2.

The HTC One rounds out the bottom of the list with a score of one. Yaantra said the phone’s construction is solid, but it is “virtually impossible to open without extreme damage to the rear case,” making it extremely hard to repair. 

How Do We Measure Repairability? 

What is Repairability and Why Should You Consider It?
What is Repairability and Why Should You Consider It?

The method for measuring repairability at Yaantra is to provide a numerical score for seven criteria, which are as follows – 

 1. Path of Entry

A Path is hierarchical and composed of a sequence of directory and file name elements separated by a special separator or delimiter. It’s an object that may be used to locate a file in a file system. It will typically represent a system-dependent file path. Paths may be used with the files class to operate on files, directories, and other types of files

 2 . Accessibility of Critical Components

 We assess your smartphones based on the following components-

  • Application processor (CMOS system-on-a-chip)
  • Flash memory (floating-gate MOS memory)
  • Cellular modem (baseband RF CMOS)
  • RF transceiver (RF CMOS)
  • Phone camera image sensor (CMOS image sensor)
  • Power management integrated circuit (power MOSFETs)

 3. Availability of Spare Parts

 Yaantra also rates the repairability of smartphones based on the availability of the following spare parts- 

  • LCD Screen/ Display
  • Motherboard
  • Mobile IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • Mobile Jack
  • Battery
  • Speaker
  • Camera
  • Sim Card Port

 4. Availability of Information

  Another parameter on which Yaantra assesses smartphones is the availability of information available about the particular smartphone. 

 5. Type of Tools Needed

 This parameter also plays an important role in determining smartphone repairability. Cheap or inexpensive tools and equipment may not be handy or comfortable when repairing a mobile phone. On the other hand, little expensive but the best quality tools and equipment make repairing a mobile phone easily and comfortable. 

 6. Visual Clues

A visual clue is perhaps the most well-known and most important measure of the visual function of a smartphone. A smartphone’s repairability highly depends on its visual clues, as they are the ones that the companies try not to reveal. 

 7. Health and Safety Risk

At Yaantra we follow necessary safety guidelines in initiating the mobile phone repairing process. No one wants to give his or her precious device or gadget for repairs to someone who is disorganized or has a shoddy style of working. At Yaantra we ensure that they are leaving their devices in safe hands.

The “right to repair” sounds strange but in a way, it’s remarkable in empowering smartphone consumers. Many companies including Apple refuse to sell replacement parts to independent shops. We believe that “one must have access to reasonably priced, independent repair shops”. This is what Yaantra provides you, we believe in the “right to repair” and strive to provide you the best services at an affordable price. So, next time when you purchase a smartphone, considering its repairability is a must.

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