iFixit is a website that puts through every new device through a teardown process to reveal the various components of the device.

This always provides an interesting insight into the quality of the various components within the device. The gadget teardown also provides info on the ease of replacing components such as the battery and the screen.

Their points on the ease of repairability and the components of the device are as follows:

  • Nokia N8 Repairability: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
  • The battery, although considered by Nokia not to be user-serviceable, can be easily removed.
  • The AMOLED display easily comes apart from the glass, which means that you can replace the glass and the display independently.
  • There are mostly mechanical fasteners, and very little glue inside.
  • You still have to use a heat gun to remove the front glass, but at least you’re heating up metal that won’t deform as easily as plastic.
  • You can’t remove either of the cameras from the phone.


Click on this link for a step by step view of the teardown.