Buying a new smartphone is a big decision. Not only are they expensive, but consideration must be given to the repair costs when something goes wrong.
The basic rule in most cases is the newer the phone the bigger the repair bill. For example, is it worth paying almost double the price to repair a screen on a Samsung S5 over an iPhone 5s. An iPhone 5s Screen repair is $189 and is straight forward, no messing around. The screen detaches and you go to work with a couple of screws and a few flex cables. The Samsung S5 Screen repair totals $319; the difference in price is the difference in parts costs only as Samsung parts are incredibly expensive relative any other brand.
A battery replacement on an iPhone 6 will set you back $89, it is affordable and can be completed in under 5-10 minutes with the parts being in good supply in NZ. An HTC One M8 battery, if by luck you are able to find anyone who offers this repair, will cost upwards of $150, as it’s an incredibly technical phone to do any repair on.
Another leading repair is a home button replacement on any iPhone model. Apple have positioned this button so its easily replaced, and so they should its usually used over 20 times per day so it does wear down. The cost for this will be between $59 and $89. Samsung have positioned the clicking mechanism on the S5 on the charging dock, now this can only be replaced by removing the screen, which is all but impossible without damaging the LCD. The result is if you need a home button replaced on an S5 then its best claim the insurance as it’s going to cost a lot more than your $200 excess.
When accessing which phone to buy purely on your future repair costs then an Apple iPhone is going to be the cheapest, quickest and the parts will be widely available at most repair shops.