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@craigmaloney A thing not made to be taken apart needs pro tools. Did he think it'd just be a suction cup, heat gun, and spudger, total cost $14.99?

@mdhughes @craigmaloney That's why I have a FairPhone. They even include the 1 screwdriver you need if you want to swap parts - of course, you don't need any tools at all to replace the battery, SIM cards or SD card.

@gunchleoc @craigmaloney Sure, and the Fairphone's a low-end device, at high-end price, and not even sold in the US. So… not really on par.

Google or Samsung devices are much harder to tear apart, tho easier than iPhone, sure. And they're inferior at the same prices.

@mdhughes @gunchleoc I hope that projects like the Fairphone et al manage to change the narrative away from bricks that aren't user-serviceable.

That said I think Mark's right, we're not there yet, and are unlikely to do so unless we have a major sea-change from all manufacturers.

@craigmaloney @mdhughes One additional problem is degoogling the things. I bought mine with /e/ OS preinstalled, which means that I had to pay a steep #Brexshit tax for the import. Quite pricey.

@mdhughes Oh, I know, but it's almost ridiculous that phone require $1,200 of equipment to take them apart. I think we've lost the plot somewhere along the way.

@mdhughes @craigmaloney Yeah. I have an iPhone specifically because it is thin, sleek and won’t ever fall apart. Those are features.

And apparently I can get the Apple Store to change the battery for 69 bucks. Why on Earth would I do that myself? Lithium batteries are a major pain to dispose of safely, let them deal with it.

@mdhughes @craigmaloney And as a side note, countdown commencing for when somebody is suing Apple after they burnt down there house with a pierced Lithium battery: 10-9-8-…

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