Smartphones have, in recent years, become an increasing mission to repair. With the launch of its G22 smartphone, Nokia is looking to push back on that trend. The device has been designed to be simple to fix, meaning it’ll spend less time in the shop if you drop it.
Or you could just not send it in at all. Smartphone repair company iFixit has partnered with the brand to release the Nokia G22 with spares and the tools you’d need to install them yourself. You know, in case anything goes wrong.
Getting a fix on that G22
iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens, speaking to website Dezeen, said, “People want to fix things themselves, and we’re happy to help manufacturers meet those needs. We’re excited to work with manufacturers like HMD Global, who want to make repairs more accessible.”
The tools included with the device are: tweezers, opening picks, a suction handle, and a screwdriver rated for repairing Nokia’s hardware. The tools are made from a plastic called Delrin, while the screwdriver head is steel. Obviously.
Spares, like screens, covers, and charging ports, will be available from iFixit, which might make at-home repairs here in South Africa a taller order. Still, spares will be more available for this device than is usually the case. Repairs can be undertaken with the assistance of official instructions posted online. We’ll grill Nokia SA about how applicable this will be at home when the launch cycle eventually makes its way to South Africa.
The G22 has yet to be confirmed for South Africa — the local website doesn’t have it listed at the time of writing. But South Africa did get both the G21 and the G20 so it’s highly likely that local users will have the option of a very repairable (budget) handset in the near future.