As per usual with new devices, iFixit has torn apart a brand new Galaxy S6 to see how easy it’ll be to fix it in case you break it or your non-removable battery goes bad. While it’s all theoretically possible, the process looks bad for DIY phone repairs. Read more
With Samsung switching to a glass and metal design for their new flagship devices, and a challenging curved screen thrown into the mix on the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, iFixit has taken on the challenge of figuring out how these new features may impact the repairability of the Galaxy S6 edge. The results are not pretty with the smartphone only getting a score of 3 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest, on iFixit’s repairability scale. The only saving grace is the modular nature of the components, but getting to them is a challenge. Read more
The folks over at iFixit have finally managed to get their hands on an HTC One (M9), and have taken it apart to show us just how difficult it is to fix and rebuild. The handset can be taken dismantled in 17 relatively easy steps, but due to an abundance of small parts and the intense use of adhesive it would be somewhat tedious to repair at home, therefore, only scoring a mere 2/10 in its repairability rating.
Hit the break to see a few key images from the teardown.
iFixit has done their typical teardown and repair process on Samsung’s newest “premium” flagship, the Galaxy Alpha. The phone was built relatively similarly to the Galaxy S 5, although it’s obviously lacking a few things like waterproofing. The teardown showed that the only really simple thing to replace is the battery, and that to get to any of the other major components, it’s almost a necessity to remove the front display of the device, which is prone to causing more damage. Fortunately, that does mean that if the display is the only thing that needs to be replaced, it should be a slightly faster repair.
Overall, the Galaxy Alpha got a repairability score of 5 out of 10, just like the GS5. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not the best we’ve seen. Hit the link below for pictures of the Alpha being completely disassembled.
The folks over at iFixit have given the Project Tango tablet a teardown. With a device capable of 3D mapping, it is no surprise that the internal specifications are impressive. And by internal specifications being impressive, something like the processor being NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 clocked at 2.3GHz is not important. The amount of sensors to make the vital features possible is.
Amazon has packed a lot of cool new features into their Fire Phone, but apparently this has come at the cost of repairability. The fine folks over at iFixit have done their traditional teardown of Amazon’s first foray into smartphones and its not looking good, earning a repairability score of 3 out of 10 (with 10 being the easiest to repair). Everything starts out simple enough with the use of standard screws and the lack of adhesive holding the casing together, but once you get inside, things get a bit more tricky.
Although smartwatches should not be subject to typical smartphones risks like being dropped, they will still be subject to a host of new hazards like users accidentally bumping up against tables or counters, knocking them into sinks, and other not healthy for tech situations. Their small size should help them when it comes to durability, but inevitably some people will find their devices need to be repaired. To save a few dollars, some of those individuals will decide to undertake repairs themselves. The team over at iFixit has run a couple new Android Wear devices through their teardown process to get an idea of how hard or easy that may be. Read more
Google started rolling out an update to Google Play Services earlier this week to take it up to version 4.4. Publicly, the update included the ability to embed Street View imagery in apps, some motion detectors, and tweaks to Mobile Ads, game services, and Google Wallet. Now that the update has started to reach actual users, a teardown of the APK has commenced revealing Google included a lot more in the file even if it has not been turned on yet. Read more
One of the more controversial aspects of Google’s Glass experiment has been the $1500 price tag that Explorers have to pony up to get their hands on the hardware. Most people expect Google to lower the cost by a significant amount when a final version for public sale is finally available. Just how low Google can go on their pricing and still have a profitable product may have been partially answered by a new teardown of Glass completed by TechInsights’ Teardown.com division. They have estimated the costs of the components to be less than $80. Read more
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 more