The report by iFixit did have lots of good things to say about the first 'made by Google' phone, such as the fact many of its components, such as the USB-C connector and headphone jack, are modular, meaning they can easily be replaced once the display has been removed.
The battery is easy to get out too thanks to its dedicated removal tab and 'modest' amount of adhesive, and iFixit also applauds Google's use of standard T5 Torx screws.
However, iFixit notes that the Pixel XL's display is very tricky to remove, noting that the opening procedure "requires prying up a thin, poorly-supported display assembly making it difficult to open the phone without damage."
In their attempt to free the display from the phone's assembly, the OLED panel separated from the glass "a little too easily for our liking." This resulted in a broken OLED panel.
The team also bemoans that the Pixel XL's midframe is secured by snug, press-fit notches that" make its removal (and subsequent repairs) laborious".
Overall, iFixit slaps the Pixel XL with a reasonable six out of 10 repairability score, one notch less than the seven out of 10 scored by the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
While unrelated to the Pixel's ease of repairability, iFixit also points out that while HTC has been roped in to build the smartphone, there's little sign of the firm's input.
"Despite being a major smartphone brand in its own right, this time HTC appears to have left its mark on nothing save the battery," the firm said. "As Google's silent partner, it has been relegated to the same status as Foxconn."
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