Samsung and LG’s Android Wear watches are extremely easy to take apart
If you’re going to spend money on one of the first generation of Android Wear devices, you might as well know what you’re buying and whether you can cut costs by fixing it yourself. iFixit’s teardown of the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live reveals that both watches can be completely taken apart, but that its unfixable component is also one of the most expensive.
Inside the G Watch, there’s a 400 mAh battery, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, and 512MB of RAM. It’s IP67 certified due in part to the rubber gasket surrounding its inside shell, so you can take it into the shower or tumble around with it on a hike. Watch that screen, however: the most expensive component to on the G Watch is its 1.6-inch IPS LCD display, which is also glued to the front of the device.
The Gear Live is also equipped with a 1.2GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, but it’s got a smaller 300mAh battery pack. It’s not as repairable as the G Watch, either, because of several small glued-in circuit boards, and its 1.63-inch display will cost a pretty penny to repair.
Smartwatches might only be a novelty for the time being, but they also seem to be a serious investment for a gadget that hasn’t quite taken off yet. Those who are buying into the trend are essentially wearing a small smartphone on their wrist all day.