Teardown

OnePlus 2 iFixit verdict: easier to repair than predecessor

OnePlus 2 iFixit verdict: easier to repair than predecessor

Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ are hogging all the attention right now, some still have the new-ish OnePlus 2 in their radars. That includes the iFixit team since, well, they won't be able to get their hands on the new Samsung phablets for a while. Although OnePlus has delayed shipping its latest flagship to the US by almost a month, they did give iFixit their own rare specimen just for the purpose of tearing it apart. Luckily, the outcome was more favorable than the last OnePlus.

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iPod touch 6th gen gutted by iFixit, scores low for repairability

iPod touch 6th gen gutted by iFixit, scores low for repairability

iFixit has been taking apart just about every new gadget that comes along for years now. The gutting of the devices is under the auspices of showing us how easy they would be to repair if you break them. Today I think we all pretty much know that our gadgets aren't very repairable. We still like to see our gadget porn though and this time out iFixit is gutting the new 6th generation iPod touch.

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HERO4 Session teardown cracks GoPro’s latest camera

HERO4 Session teardown cracks GoPro’s latest camera

GoPro recently introduced its new GoPro HERO4 Session, a cube-shaped camera that greatly resembles Polaroid's Cube camera. The Session deviates a fair bit from the other HERO cameras. Aside from being cube-shaped, it features single-button operation and is only a fraction of the regular HERO4's size. Now the folks at iFixit have gotten their hands on the small camera, and they've given us a look inside by busting it open.

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iFixit’s LG G4 teardown gets 8 out of 10 in repairability

iFixit’s LG G4 teardown gets 8 out of 10 in repairability

iFixit is back with what they do best: another teardown and analysis of a new mobile device. This time they've tackled the new LG G4, offering a detailed look at each part, as well a few X-ray views of several components. If you're a new G4 owner and are wondering how well it did, iFixit ranked it a 8 out of 10 in repairability, a very good score! If you're still thinking of picking one up after this, be sure to check out our review to see what makes it one of the best Android devices available right now.

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Pebble Time iFixit appraisal: don’t worry about repairs

Pebble Time iFixit appraisal: don’t worry about repairs

As devices get more powerful, their innards also get more sophisticated, usually leading to harder to repair contraptions of doom and gloom. That's why when an equally powerful device gets an iFixit score of 9 out of 10, there is much reason for rejoicing and praise. Granted, the Pebble Time isn't the most complex smartwatch in the market, but for its abilities, its price, and its battery life, a high repairability score pretty much puts it in our Santa's wishlist already. And we're only in May!

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Apple Watch S1 SoC teardown shows custom processor

Apple Watch S1 SoC teardown shows custom processor

The beloved iFixit has already torn the Apple Watch apart, but those teardowns are meant to gauge repairability, not get gritty with the details on specs. While we might glean a thing or two from them, the overall aim is to let us know how much of a pain in the wallet it’s going to be when we bust our tech up. After that teardown, we’re now getting a better look at what makes the Apple Watch actually tick, and guess what — it really is pretty groundbreaking.

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Apple Watch has disabled pulse oximeter, hard to replace S1 chip

Apple Watch has disabled pulse oximeter, hard to replace S1 chip

Now that iFixit has finished its excruciatingly detailed journey down the Apple Watch path, it's time to take stock of the spoils of war. Considering the smartwatch is one of this year's most interesting tech products and Apple's most personal device, says iFixit, it's only natural to be a tad curious about what makes it tick, which is appropriate given it's a watch. But with that also comes the question of how easy would it be to repair, either by yourself or by authorized personnel.

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Apple Watch iFixit teardown: so it begins!

Apple Watch iFixit teardown: so it begins!

After almost 8 months of waiting, and a few more days for some, maybe weeks more to come for others, iFixit finally got its hands on the rare beast known as the Apple Watch. And what do they do with it? They tear it apart, naturally. Apple's devices haven't exactly been conducive to self or uncertified repairs, especially the newest MacBook. Given the even more intricate electronics found in the smartwatch, will the Apple Watch fare dismally as well? iFixit starts the journey to find out.

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MacBook teardown — Apple packed a lot in that tiny frame

MacBook teardown — Apple packed a lot in that tiny frame

A feat of engineering on many levels, Apple’s new MacBook is also a computer you won’t be repairing yourself. According to iFixit, there might be no hope if something goes south on your new MacBook. In running the MacBook through their teardown process, the team at iFixit was befuddled by MacBook’s solid construction. Sounds counterintuitive, but when you’re using a bunch of adhesive and proprietary screws, that’s bound to be the case. Also, that tiny logic board has no hope for swapping components.

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Galaxy S6 iFixit teardown fares only slightly better

Galaxy S6 iFixit teardown fares only slightly better

Very few will probably deny that the new Samsung Galaxy flagships are beautiful, but that beauty came with hidden costs. As exposed last week, the Galaxy S6 edge was a tough nut to crack, figuratively of course, when it came to repairing the smartphone with the fancy dual curved edge screen. Now it's the main flagship's turn. The Galaxy S6 is practically similar to the Galaxy S6 edge, but with less gimmicks inside. Will that slight difference be enough to give it a higher repairability score? Apparently yes, but only so slightly.

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Galaxy S6 edge teardown tells us we’re not fixing this one ourselves

Galaxy S6 edge teardown tells us we’re not fixing this one ourselves

At first blush, the Galaxy S6 edge is a hot, new phone with a curved screen and exciting new non-plastic shell. Dip under the hood, and it seems not much is new. The crew at iFixit has torn the S6 edge apart for us, and provided a good look at what makes the curved display phone tick. It seems the slapped-together Samsung smartphone days are coming to a close, instead giving way to a more tightly wound package of parts.

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HTC One M9 teardown shows why UH OH protection exists

HTC One M9 teardown shows why UH OH protection exists

Thankfully, HTC offers UH OH protection for the One M9. The stated goal is to make life easier on us by allowing a device replacement for simple drops or tumbles that do things like crack the screen. The real reason might be that the device is far too difficult to repair without some deep technical know-how. The crew at iFixit just tore down the HTC One M9, and what we see is a puzzle of glue and screws, and a device that you wouldn’t even want to try fixing yourself.

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