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I really love looking at iFixIt's teardowns of recently released hardware. And they also do some great advocacy work on the "right to repair" - something many tech companies including Apple have been fighting against. iFixIt gives each device a repairability score - their view of how easy a device will be to fix if something goers wrong. But is that measure all that important?

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Smartphone teardown and repair specialist iFixIt has put their toolkit up against the Google Pixel 3 and found Google's latest uber-phone is going to be a tough to fix if gravity and a solid surface ever device to team up to cause some damage. In their teardown, they discover that screen repairs are going to be a whole lot harder and Google may have taken out shares in a glue factory given how much adhesive is packed into the portable computing powerhouse.

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I'm a big fan of iFixIt's teardowns and ratings for tech gear. When I was running an IT department for a school, the ability to repair and upgrade a device easily was a significant factor in hardware choices. In particular, being able to add memory to extend a device's life and easily repair or replace a keyboard (students can destroy keyboards) were important. The European parliament has revealed plans to introduce ratings, similar to those given by iFixIt, as well as other safeguards for consumers.