Essential Phone earns worst repairability score ever

It seems not-so-essential after all


iFixit is a global community of people helping each other repair things. iFixit rates devices it tears down on a scale from one to ten, and the Essential Phone earned the lowest score possible—a paltry one. That’s a shame, given how that its Andy Rubin’s, the Father of Android, phone.

The road for Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone isn’t getting any easier to travel on where it concerns fixing future issues with the device. iFixit gave the Essential Phone the worst repairability it has ever handed to a mobile device.The verdict? iFixit gives the Essential Phone a 1 out of 10 on its “repairability” scale, placing it in the company of some of the website’s worst offenders. That score pales in comparison to the iPhone 7 (7), Google Pixel XL (7), or even the Samsung Galaxy S8 (4) and tagged the Essential phone as “a hot mess.


Essential put great emphasis on making the body look stunning, but it came at a sharp price. Its seamless body makes it nearly impossible not to damage the body when first trying to open the device.

An intriguing detail you should be aware of is that the USB-C is soldered on to the motherboard, making it harder to replace if it goes bad, and the front-facing camera and earpiece come together as the same part.


The Essential Phone was always meant to be a jewel of a device, something that stands at least a few steps away from the iPhones and Samsungs of the world because of its premium fit, finish, and design. However If you do end up picking up an Essential Phone, you might want to consider investing in a generously padded case unless you want to deal with the gigantic pain it will be to fix a common issue like a cracked screen.