Google Made the Pixel XL 2 Even Harder to Repair Than Last Year’s Model
Smartphone-makers like Apple and Samsung don’t want you to repair their devices on your own (that’s what the protection plan is for), and apparently Google isn’t any different. A teardown of the newly released Pixel XL 2 reveals that it’s actually harder to fix than last year’s Pixel XL thanks to one key difference: the battery.
A Harder-to-Repair Battery for the Pixel XL 2
According to the gadget repair experts at iFixit, the Pixel XL 2 no longer features the adhesive tabs that make it easy to remove the phone’s built in battery for repairs. The Pixel XL included those tabs and Apple still uses them for the iPhone 8 Plus, so it’s unclear why Google would remove them.
As a result, the Pixel XL 2 scored one point lower than last year’s Pixel XL on iFixit’s repairability scale, earning a 6 out of 10. That’s the same score given to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and Apple definitely doesn’t make it easy to fix those devices on your own.
Why Would Google Make Repairs Harder On Purpose?
Google obviously didn’t say why it changed the way it builds its smartphones. It’s possible there’s a real advantage to ditching those adhesive tabs, but it seems more likely that the company is pushing customers to pay for its new Preferred Care protection plan instead.
Preferred Care costs $129 and covers you for two years, though there is a deductible for accidental damage from drops and spills ($79 for the Pixel 2 and $99 for the Pixel XL 2). It’s not a bad deal and it should give you some peace of mind if you’re committing to the new phone for a two years or longer. It’s just a shame that Google seems to be taking a step in wrong direction to support this new service.
Source – lifehacker.com