When something like the new Gear 2 line launches, it’s pretty much standard procedure that people tear it apart to see how easy it is to repair, how much the bill of materials is (roughly) and of course, just for the love of electronics. The Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) recently got the teardown treatment and there wasn’t much of a surprise in store for us. Now that the Gear 2 and Gear Fit have been torn apart, and their innards spread out for all to see, we can see how easy they are to repair if something goes wrong, and it turns out that the Gear 2 and Gear Fit are stubborn pieces of hardware to patch up.
iFixit found that the Gear 2 and Gear Fit were difficult to repair due to the fact that their displays are glued in place. As such, to get to any further components, one has to remove the LCD and risk damaging it, only to find components then soldered to the board. All of this means that if someone wanted to repair a Gear 2 or Gear Fit, they’d have to some decent soldering knowledge. Never mind all that though, parts for the device are pretty much impossible to come by, so breakages need to be handled by sending the device back to Samsung, at a pretty penny.
Sending in your Gear wearable for repair brings with it sizable costs, at least in Korea, as ZDNet Korea have found out. Sending a Gear Fit in for repair to Samsung will cost 177,00o Won (roughly $170 US), not too far off the full cost of 247,00 Won. For the Gear 2, the story is much the same with the repair costing 250,000 Won (around $240 US), which is again not too far away from the full cost of 360,000 Won. Of course, we shouldn’t really be all that surprised that these are costly devices to repair, they’re design to be hard-wearing sealed units, which makes repairs fiddly, and at that price we wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung were simply sending you a refurbished unit, rather than actually doing a full repair. In any case, your warranty with Samsung should cover most issues you come across with either a Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo or a Gear Fit.