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 the rest
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 the rest
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 the rest
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
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.
With Google Glass updates becoming more frequent than ever, there is a chance that a few things can go unnoticed. But leave it to an APK teardown done by Android Police to uncover some very interesting features that could be on the horizon. Hit the break for details. » Read the rest
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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The 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
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.