With a repairability score of 7 out of 10, the $330 and up smartphone greatly improves on its predecessor and easily beats both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
Having a non-removable battery and lacking a microSD card slot isn’t the best way to tackle an iFixit teardown. Usually, the DIY-centric website is unforgiving of “unibody” devices, grading HTC’s One M8 and M9 a 2 on a 10-scale when it comes to disassembly and repair efficiency.
Though made of two different materials, fused together and mixed for an increased wow factor, the crowd-pleasing S6 and S6 Edge didn’t pass the dismantling exam either, tallying 4 and 3 measly points respectively.
In fact, the only semi-recent high-end Androids to rack up 7 points or more are the LG G4, Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 6. Well, you can now add the OnePlus 2 to the list, despite the 5.5 incher needing to overcompensate for its sealed 3,300 mAh cell.
Sealed? Not for iFixit’s experts, which managed to extract it in no time, although not before detaching a “vast legion” of screws, spread around a very solid mid-frame. The actual rear cover is merely locked by plastic clips, so moving it aside and replacing it with an optional StyleSwap accessory is a walk in the park, no tools required.
All in all, many of the components here are modular and seamlessly swappable “independently”, but the LCD and digitizer glass stubbornly remain together no matter what. That’s the same mistake OnePlus made last year, when its One (and only) hero barely scored a passing grade.
This time, having to replace the two parts as one isn’t enough to relegate the OnePlus 2 to such a mediocre result, and iFixit adds a couple more points to the “2016 flagship killer’s” overall mark. Coincidentally, the OnePlus 2 is a 7 as far as its specifications go as well, though a full 10 in terms of affordability.