Google Made The Pixel XL 2 Even Harder To Repair Than Last Year’s Model

Google Made The Pixel XL 2 Even Harder To Repair Than Last Year’s Model
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Smartphone-makers like Apple and Samsung don’t want you to repair their devices on your own 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.

If you’d like to see a video of the teardown, you can check it out below.