Every new high-profile smartphone is almost always given the iFixit treatment, being torn down piece by piece to see not just what keeps it all together, but ultimately how easy, or difficult, it will be to get one fixed. The Chinese-made OnePlus One is no different and with a score of 5 out of 10, the smartphone turned out to be truly a mixed bag.
Google's Project Tango 3D mapping phones are in short supply - only around 200 out in the wild for developers to try - but that hasn't stopped a teardown on the camera-smothered prototype to reveal its hardware magic. A non-functioning unit was loaned to iFixit to suffer its screwdrivers, exposing the various lenses which Google relies upon to create real-time 3D renders of the environment around it.
It’s not the water and dust resistance that’s holding back the repairability of the Samsung Galaxy S5, that’s for certain. Instead it would appear that this device has Samsung seeking to fuse its components together, so to speak, with access given to the battery - very user friendly - otherwise keeping everything under lock and key. This device is far less repairable than its predecessor.
Amazon's Fire TV surprised some with quite how much power the retailer had packed inside its set-top streamer, but it turns out a quadcore processor isn't the only unusual component inside. A swift teardown - that rite of passage most high-profile tech goes through after launching - exposes not only a vast heatsink but some unexpected RFID tags too.
In an effort to engage the world as fast and effectively as possible with their latest launch, HTC has both revealed and placed on sale, (and given to reviewers), the HTC One M8 this week, all in the span of a day. They’ve also apparently had an HTC One M8 sent to the folks at iFixit to give a proper teardown treatment right off the bat, showing all the innards with great ease.
The folks over at iFixit have a long history of tearing through the latest and greatest gadgets, but recently they went in a different direction: tearing down a Macintosh 128k on the cusp of its 30th anniversary. The relic -- which was no longer functional, they were sure to note -- was given its due process, and at the end of it all managed to score 7 out of 10 on the repairability scale.
This week the folks at iFixit have taken to the Mac Pro for 2013, and under the hood they’ve found some extremely favorable results. In addition to finding what iFixit suggests is "the most repairable Apple products we’ve seen all year." While that’s not exactly the same as the most repairable product they’ve seen all year period, it’s still a real positive marker for the company.
The folks at iFixit got their hands on one of the 300 Steam Machine consoles Valve has sent around, and as expected they cracked into its shell, finding out what lies beneath. They broke the console down in terms of components and priced all the parts at about $1300 USD, and from there it was a slow forray into the bowels of the next-generation gaming console.
It's a rite of passage all shiny new tech toys must face, and the Xbox One is no different: the ritualistic teardown. Microsoft's new console has fallen prey to iFixit's screwdrivers, and while we're used to modern gadgetry being purposefully designed to make DIY repairs close to impossible, in fact the Xbox One is surprisingly modular once you open up its angular casing.
You'll find a rather familiar set of bits inside the iPad mini with Retina display this week from the likes of iFixit. The folks notoriously attached to the term "teardown" have found this machine to work with a repairability rating of 2 out of 10 - not so fantastic - but the whole organization of this device's innards are fantastically simple nonetheless. Inside you'll find a variety of parts from brands like Toshiba, NXP, and Elpida too.
While the majority of the insides of the Google Nexus 5 are, today in iFixit's teardown session, not appearing as big surprises, there are quite a few points of interest to be seen. Inside this beast of a smartphone you'll find - to every repair shop's glee - plastic clips holding the back of the machine down. This is very similar to the construction of the ASUS-made Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), allowing quick opening for fixing parts while keeping a strong hold for the common user.