Items tagged with Teardown

Show of hands, how many of you are reading this from an iPad Pro? Anyone? Well that's weird, we were under the impression (provided by Apple CEO Tim Cook) that the iPad Pro was going to kill off the market for traditional PCs and "deluded" devices like Microsoft's Surface Book. Should Cook's prediction eventually prove accurate (it won't), a teardown analysis of the iPad Pro could be the most important thing ever (it isn't, but it's interesting, so keep reading).As is often the case, the steady handed folks at iFixIt played the part of tech surgeon, this time with the iPad Pro as its patient. Right... Read more...
It's hard to tell if today's increasingly thin and light laptops pose engineering challenges that cause them to be built in a way that diminish opportunities for do-it-yourself repair, or if the companies making these things purposely make it difficult. Either way, a teardown analysis of Microsoft's new Surface Book laptop shows why an extended warranty might be a good idea. We'll come back to the topic of warranties, but first, let's discuss the Surface Book's teardown. As usual, it was the fearless folks at iFixIt who tore into the Surface Book like a kid on Christmas, only imagine one of those... Read more...
Google is prepping a new flagship phone for pre-order sale, the Nexus 6P, and it looks every bit a top-end device. Naturally the only logical thing to do with a high-tech handset loaded to the brim with cutting edge components is tear into the sucker and get a close-up look at its guts. Ah, but save yourself the cost and stress and disassembling a $500 device, it's already been done.Fresh off a teardown analysis of the Surface Pro 4, the gutty geeks at iFixIt turned their attention from tablets to smartphones by prying open the Nexus 6P. The teardown actually represents a first for the website... Read more...
Microsoft is fond of referring to the Surface Pro as a tablet that can replace your laptop, and based on our experience with them, it's not an incorrect statement, at least from a performance and usability standpoint. But as a teardown of the Surface Pro 4 reminds us, there is in fact a difference between tablet PCs and laptops at large.The folks at iFixIt put Microsoft's new Surface Pro 4 tablet on the operating table and carved into it like a pumpkin being prepped for Halloween. Well, eventually they did -- like the Surface Pro  3, the new model proved difficult to disassemble right from... Read more...
As we can attest, it's important to maintain relationships in the tech media industry, otherwise it's a lonely and difficult road. That doesn't mean giving companies special treatment, but it does entail respecting things like non disclosure agreements (NDAs). The folks at iFixIt didn't do that with regards to the recently announced fourth generation Apple TV box and now they're paying the price. What happened is iFixIt secured an Apple TV dev kit, which is a pre-release model intended to give developers a chance to build and test their apps on the new model before it becomes publicly available.... Read more...
The steady handed tech surgeons at iFixIt wasted no time getting their mitts on an iPhone 6s Plus model and gutting it like a Halloween pumpkin. Along with the non-Plus version, Apple released its new flagship iPhone models to retail today and the big question everyone wants to know is, will it blend? Second to our morbid curiosity of what happens to electronics when they're shoved into a high power blender is the level of difficulty involved when attempting a do-it-yourself (DIY) repair. In the case of the iPhone 6s Plus, tearing into the device to replace the battery or other parts is an attainable... Read more...
What's one of the most expensive wearable on the market today? It's the Apple Watch, of course, which starts at $349 and goes all the way up to $17,000. An AppleCare+ protection plan and you could be looking at up to an additional $1,500. Or you could take repairs into your own hands. Just how feasible is the DIY option? The answer depends on the problem. The tech surgeons at iFixIt got their mitts on the Apple Watch Sport and proceeded to lay it out on their operating table for an emergency dissection. Things started off easy enough -- with a press of a button on the back... Read more...
Samsung discovered that the not-so-secret formula to reviving interest in its Galaxy line of handsets was to ditch the chintzy plastic construction and roll with a premium design consisting of metal and glass. As a result, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have racked up impressive pre-sale figures, though there are tradoffs to the premium design, several of which are underscored during a teardown analysis. The folks at iFixIt got their mitts on a Galaxy S6 Edge and immediately began performing electronic surgery. Right off the bat, they found that their usually reliable slim picks had unusual trouble... Read more...
Dell's new XPS 13 has been compared to Apple's MacBook Air because of its thin stature and overall aesthetic design. However, it's not just the operating system and spec sheet that separates these two laptops, there's also a big divide when it comes to in-home repair. Getting at the guts of a MacBook Air is more challenging than it should be, while the XPS 13 is decidedly easier to open and operate on, according to the latest teardown analysis by iFixIt. There are several different configurations to choose from when ordering the XPS 13, all of them based on Intel's Broadwell-U platform. We recently... Read more...
There have been a lot tablets and smartphones to receive the teardown treatment, so it's nice to see a different kind of product get taken apart. This time it's the Amazon Echo in-home personal assistant thingamabob -- essentially a know-it-all smart speaker that acts like Siri but comes in the shape of a tube with a 2.5-inc woofer, 2-inch tweeter, 7-microphone array, and light ring volume adjustments. Cool stuff, but is it easy to repair?In a word, yes. The nimble fingered folks at iFixIt said there's just a little bit of stickiness holding the bottom rubber lid in place, which is easy to peel... Read more...
We've said it a thousand times before, but to make it a thousand and one, the big trend in mobile design these days appears to be adhesive, and lots of it. Whether it's a smartphone or tablet device, manufacturers seem obsessed with lathering the chassis with glue to seal the front and back panels together. Breaking the trend, Motorola opted for a fistful of screws when designing the Nexus 6 handset for Google.That's not to say there isn't any glue, it's just not as prominent as on other devices. The folks at iFixIt described the use of adhesive securing the cover as "relatively mild," which made... Read more...
We're in the midst of a bad run for mobile devices when it comes to evaluating the level of difficulty in repairing or replacing defective components. Teardown after teardown has shown that mobile device makers are infatuated with adhesive, though there's one portable product that finally bucks the trend -- Amazon's Kindle Voyage. The teardown specialists at iFixIt got their eager mittens on Amazon's latest dedicated e-reader device, and unlike the crop of tablets and smartphones that have landed on the operating table before it, the Kindle Voyage isn't overflowing with glue at every turn (though... Read more...
Editor's Update: 11:26AM EST - Though it may not exist in the original iFixIt article, to be clear, the "glue and hackery" comment was made in an email communication to us. And, to be fair, as an informed redditor pointed out, tablets are tough and the iPad Air 2 scored low as well. Still, it begs the question, could another partner have done better than HTC? ASUS or LG, perhaps? After all, the Nexus 7 (2013) did score a 7 out of 10. If there's one thing that's becoming increasingly evident with each new gadget teardown, it's that tablet makers have an obsession for glue. Now before anyone gets... Read more...
If there's ever a shortage of glue, you can be pretty sure that Apple is partially to blame. When it comes to Apple products, teardown after teardown reveals that the glue-happy company isn't afraid to lather its mobile products with adhesive. We saw it recently with the iPad Air 2, and here again with the recently released iPad mini 3. It took the experienced folks at iFixIt half an hour just to pry their way through the glue that holds the glass digitizer assembly in place. "The iPad Mini continues Apple's repair-impeding practice of keeping iPads together with copious amounts of adhesive. This... Read more...
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