Amazon Fire TV gets its innards exposed by iFixit

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Open it up! That is exactly what iFixit has done, in usual fashion, to Amazon’s new set-top box. Fire TV has gotten the teardown treatment. iFixit rates devices from 1 to 10 when experiencing a teardown in terms of ease. Getting a 10 would solidify an easy fix when the time comes. In this case, the Fire TV set-top box earned an average 6. Not hard, but not easy. » Read the rest

According to teardown, Samsung Galaxy S5 will be hard to repair

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has an international release date of April 11, but a Russian website, Ferra, managed to get their hands on one and tear it down.

According to the site, it will be very difficult to remove the screen from the device because of a special adhesive that Samsung is using. After getting the display off the device, the teardown is apparently a little easier, but the entire operation will still take over an hour.

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Xperia Z1 teardown shows same back design as original Xperia Z

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A recent teardown of Sony’s latest Xperia Z1 has shown something fairly interesting; it shares the same back cover and design as the original Xperia Z. Placement of things like NFC and the device motherboard are identical to the Xperia Z, and disassembly of both devices are pretty similar. The Xperia Z1 does offer slightly improved protection against dust and water resistance, but it’s more-or-less a slightly improved Xperia Z, in terms of just the outer hardware.

If you want to see the rest of the device torn apart, hit the break below. Don’t try to do this on your own, though; it’s a fairly complex process and it’ll just void your warranty.

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Moto X gets the iFixIt teardown treatment

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ifixit_teardownThe Moto X has made its way to the general public, and just on time, iFixIt has torn it down so we can see it in all its glory. They say that it wasn’t difficult to take it apart besides a few clips and screws and some glue. A few interesting things they found inside the device was that the woven backplate of the device is actually woven, which you can see by holding it up to the light once dismantled. The camera flash for the Moto X is actually completely separate from the camera, and is glued to the back place.

In addition, the headphone assembly is removable in one piece, and the vibration motor is soldered onto the motherboard. iFixIt was very impressed with the phone, giving it a 7/10 for overall repairability. They said that Motorola’s design was so innovative in ways that they had previously only seen by Apple

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 gets torn down by iFixit

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We love it when the crew over at ifixit get their hands on the latest device. For those of you who don’t know what iFixit is, they are a group of individuals who like to take shinny new smartphones apart just to see what makes them tick. Now I know some of you may be thinking why on earth would anyone do that to such an expensive device. Well it’s simple really, for you of course. Their exploration helps you fix your new phone instead of having to buy a new one after a crazy weekend of fun, or bad luck.

Their new victim is the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and except for the glass this phone is rather easy to repair. As with all phones torn done by the ifixit crew, they give each a repairability score, and the Galaxy S 4 received an 8 out of 10. None of this should come as a surprise because Techno Buffalo did their teardown not too long ago and came up with the same answer. This phone is really repairable. Hit the break for all the teardown goodness and let us know if it changed your decision to buy the Galaxy S 4 or not.

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z gets the teardown treatment

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We know Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z is one heck of a device, but we know that more than a few of you out there have been intrigued to say the least to take a gander at its innards, right? Well you’re in luck as some ambitious folks decided to take some time and give us a gander of what’s inside powering the device. If you recall, the device is completely dust and water-resistant, so it’s only fitting that it is difficult to even access the inside of the device thanks to its heavy-duty tape on the back cover which covers the battery. Once that task is done, getting into the guts of the device is even more difficult as the teardown includes delicately handling the tablet in order to remove miniscule screws that hold much of the important components together.

When all’s said and done— this job is certainly not one for everyone… but you’re probably going to want to see the insides of the device anyways– so hit the flip and check out the juicy teardown for yourself.

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Nexus 4 Smartphone Down Gets Full Teardown Treatment

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So you own a brand-spankin’ new Nexus 4, but are wondering how the innards of the device look exactly? Well you are going to be in for a pleasant surprise at the gang from the iFixit team has already gone ahead and stripped the smartphone bare for our viewing pleasure. The gang gave a comprehensive walkthrough and thoroughly described everything we need to know about the internals of the device and show in plain view the noteworthy features such as the battery terminal for the 2,100mAh battery, a linear-oscillating vibrator motor and the motherboard of the device featuring the processor and RAM among other things. While it appears to be incredibly complicated what the team had done, they argue most of work was fairly straightforward and in some respects, a piece of cake.

As the device is fairly simple to take apart, one would think the Nexus 4 would have a great Repairability Score and sure enough it does. The device garnered an impressive 7 out of 10, which indicates that aside from a handful of little niggles and issues, owners of the device should be able to fiddle and tinker with no major issues.

I’m sure you’re all itching to see more, so head on down to the source link for the complete Nexus 4 teardown.

 

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Sony Xperia T Takes A Visit To The FCC, Gets Teardown Treatment For Good Measure

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In the spirit of tearing down its other devices before they’re released, Sony has gone ahead and teased us with a full teardown of its upcoming Xperia T smartphone. This now gives us a simplified view of the innards of the smartphone, which doesn’t highlight anything too unfamiliar or shocking. As you can see, there is an unobstructed view of where many of the parts are placed and positioned. The device will feature HSPA+, giving the clear indication that it will likely operate on T-Mobile or (hopefully) AT&T networks, as we have been hinted before.

So now that we have an idea of how the phone’s inside looks, all that’s left now is the actual release date of the smartphone. Hopefully Sony will give us a concrete date soon because you know, many of us are waiting for that smartphone to land in our hands and all. Be sure to jump past the break to check out a couple of additional images highlighting the teardown.

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Google’s Nexus 7 gets full teardown and repair treatment

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Google’s Nexus 7 is no doubt one of the better built tablets on the market, thanks to ASUS. But, even with its exceptional build quality, a brutal fall could easily do some serious damage to the beautiful hardware. Thankfully, a new video will show experienced users how to completely tear down the Nexus 7 and proceed with any repairs that may need to be made.

Keep in mind that unless you are 100% sure of what you’re doing, then you probably shouldn’t start dismantling your $200+ tablet. Although, whether your a tinkerer or just a curious Nexus 7 owner, the video below provides some invaluable insight into the inner workings of Google’s first tablet.

 

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