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Seriously, don’t break your Galaxy S7 edge

Seriously, don’t break your Galaxy S7 edge

Whatever you do, don't drop your Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. That's pretty much the suggestion from teardown specialist iFixit, which took its varied collection of tiny screwdrivers, knives, and other instruments to Samsung's curved-screen smartphone and discovered that repairs are not going to be easy going.

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Galaxy S7 screen makes repairs extremely difficult

Galaxy S7 screen makes repairs extremely difficult

In many fables and fairy tales, a common theme is how beauty, whether natural or acquired, comes at a price. It seems that is also applicable with smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S7 takes the fancy premium look of its predecessor, adds a few more curves at the back, and dishes a good amount of waterproofing. While those features are indeed mighty tasty, they unfortunately come with a compromise for the user down the line. iFixit has finally shared their teardown adventure and, to put it bluntly, it was a repairability nightmare.

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Apple Smart Battery Case teardown is “rudimentary”

Apple Smart Battery Case teardown is “rudimentary”

The folks at iFixit have done a rather simple teardown of the new iPhone Smart Battery Case by Apple. Inside they've found... well... just some basic parts, basically. They suggest that "for such a Smart battery, it looks like most of the brains probably live in software on your iPhone." They go on to suggest that they've only found "some rudimentary ICs inside." Let's have a peek at what they've found.

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Steam Controller iFixit teardown reveals highly repairable modular design

Steam Controller iFixit teardown reveals highly repairable modular design

While the teardown experts iFixit have been busy lately with a number of new Apple products, they've found time to open up and offer a peek inside the Steam Controller, Valve's new gaming accessory that offers a completely different experience with its dual trackpads. iFixit found that at first glance the internal components weren't that different from what in other standard gaming controllers these days, but they came away very pleased with how little glue was used and how easy it could be repaired.

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iPad Pro Smart Keyboard iFixit teardown peels back the conductive fabric

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard iFixit teardown peels back the conductive fabric

The teardown pros iFixit have already opened up Apple's new iPad Pro, as well as the Apple Pencil, so the only other major accessory for the tablet awaiting the treatment was the Smart Keyboard. iFixit published its impressions of the Smart Keyboard this week, sharing photos of the keyboard and smart cover combo in its progressive state of disassembly. Seeing as how it's made of layers of fabric and plastic sewn together, it really isn't meant to be taken apart, and thus scored very poorly in the site's repairability category.

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Apple Pencil iFixit teardown reveals small, folded logic board

Apple Pencil iFixit teardown reveals small, folded logic board

While the new iPad Pro has been available for just over a week now, most buyers are still waiting on shipments of the tablet's fancy new stylus, the Apple Pencil. As always, however, iFixit has managed to get one of the first, and has already pulled it apart for our enjoyment. The teardown experts really had to work to get the writing tool open, as in cut it open with a small saw, but inside they found some surprising tech.

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Fairphone 2 scores an astounding perfect 10 on iFixit

Fairphone 2 scores an astounding perfect 10 on iFixit

Beating Google's Project Ara by about a year, the Fairphone 2 launched last month to bring part of the dream of a modular smartphone to life. Though not as high spec'ed as a flagship and not even as ambitious as Ara, the Fairphone 2 did seem to manage to deliver on most of its promises, including the use of conflict-free materials. Now, iFixit has put the smartphone through its own well-known rigid tests to see if the Fairphone 2's modularity also equals repairability in this case.

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iPad Pro iFixit discoveries: space-eating speakers, gobs of glue

iPad Pro iFixit discoveries: space-eating speakers, gobs of glue

Now that the iPad Pro is out, at least online, it's time for iFixit to do its magic. Hopefully this time they've got their legal stuff covered. Being the most unconventional Apple device, the iPad Pro is, of course, the most curious. And we're not even speaking only about its external body and features. Naturally, it's a challenge that the teardown experts could never resist and challenged they were indeed, with the iPad Pro holding many secrets. And not all of them good for repairing.

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Microsoft Surface Book teardown by iFixit gets lowest repairability score

Microsoft Surface Book teardown by iFixit gets lowest repairability score

Microsoft's latest flagship device, the Surface Book laptop/tablet hybrid, has just been subjected to the iFixit teardown process. The repair experts clearly detail the device's interesting internal components and the unique layout, but they also reveal why the Surface Book is nearly impossible to repair, and should never be attempted by a user. In the end it was given a repairability score of 1 out of 10, just about the lowest there is.

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Nexus 6P gets iFixit teardown, scores a painful 2 in repairability

Nexus 6P gets iFixit teardown, scores a painful 2 in repairability

Last week saw the repair experts at iFixit tear into the new Nexus 5X smartphone, giving it a mostly positive score when it comes to repairability, but now they've subjected the Nexus 6P to their teardown process as well. While the new Android flagship definitely has a premium feel thanks to its aluminum unibody, that build design makes the Nexus 6P difficult to disassemble, and in turn, repair. This unfortunately means the device received a score far below the Nexus 5X's 7 out of 10.

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Surface Pro 4 iFixit teardown earns a terrible score of 2

Surface Pro 4 iFixit teardown earns a terrible score of 2

It's hard to deny that the latest Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft's most beautiful device yet, but you do know what they say about beauty sometimes being only skin deep. Teardown experts iFixit took Microsoft's latest "tablet to replace your laptop" to discover hidden treasures inside as well as to measure how easy, or hard, it would be to repair. Suffice it to say, this is one tablet you will definitely want to handle with extra care, not just because of its price, but also because of its repairability.

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iFixit’s Nexus 5X verdict: easy peasy to repair

iFixit’s Nexus 5X verdict: easy peasy to repair

Smartphones are getting more and more sophisticated these days, but they are also getting more and more enclosed. Gone are the days when you simply bought a spare battery to replace a dying one in a blink of an eye, depending on how fast you can swap the two. So when iFixit tore down the Nexus 5X made by LG and discovered it to be a relatively easy process, there is cause for surprise and merriment. Of course, you're unlikely to do the repairs yourself, but it at least bodes well for those who will do it for you.

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