The Moto X's innards aren't as interesting as its customizable exterior, teardown shows
While the outside of Motorola's superb Moto X smartphone can come in all kinds of colors and materials, the innards are all the same—and fairly easy to repair.
In its teardown of the Moto X, iFixit gave the phone a repairability score of seven out of 10. That's a bit worse than Samsung's Galaxy S4, which earned eight points thanks to its removable battery, but the same as Apple's iPhone 5 and much better than the HTC One, which received just one point out of 10.
In particular, iFixit praised the Moto X's pressure contacts and cable connectors, which make it easier to replace modular components such as cameras, speakers, buttons and the headphone jack. The phone uses just one kind of screw (T3), and while the battery is technically non-removable, it's fairly easy to pull out once you've cracked open the outer casing.
On the downside, the phone's digitizer is fused to the display, so both would need to be replaced in case of a cracked or damaged screen. The Moto X also uses a fair amount of adhesive on the back cover, so the process of removing the outer casing can be tricky.
The internals of the Moto X include some unique design flourishes, iFixit found. For instance, the vibration motor is soldered directly to the motherboard, and the midframe stays in place using a set of pins that stick out from the display bezel. (The Galaxy S4, by comparison, uses screws to hold the midframe together in place.) Most amusingly, the phone's NFC coils run a track around the battery, resembling old-school slot cars.
Aside from the repairability and unique design elements, iFixit's teardown didn't turn up any big secrets about the Moto X. That's no surprise, given that the phone's most noteworthy features are its software—such as the ability to turn on the camera by twisting the phone quickly—and its customization options. The phone is now available on AT&T and is coming soon to other carriers soon.