Oh those folks at iFixit, they're so wild in their need to take everything apart. Come with me and see their unscrewing and note with me how they find Nexus S to be more of a gimmick than a feature-filled device. Ruh roh. Did they say gimmick? They sure did. They note first and foremost the fact that it's got a curved display and is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, saying basically that these shouldn't be enough to convince someone to purchase the brand new phone. They do say some nice things though! Or maybe they're just funny. They note that once the back of the phone is off, it looks like something out of Tron: Legacy. Then they say that you shouldn't give the battery to a baby. And you know good and well that it only gets better from there!
Usually, when an interesting new gadget arrives, we have to wait until iFixit gets around to tearing it down before we see what's going on inside. Google, though, don't appear willing to wait for that to happen; they've pushed out a video to demonstrate the benefits of cloud-based working, and along the way 25 Google Cr-48 notebooks are broken, frozen, shattered and generally mistreated.
Video destruction after the cut
If you're a Parrot AR.Drone owner, the view below is probably something you're only likely to see after a particularly impressive - if overly organized - crash. The quadricopter is designed to make component replacement straightforward, but iFixit went one step further and stripped it down completely in their latest teardown.
We've been waiting to see the Galaxy Tab torn down fully for some time now, having had our appetites whetted a few weeks back, and iFixt has done the honors. They found the Android slate's Gorilla Glass fascia took a fair amount of heat to remove, but otherwise all of the components are accessible without soldering and the huge battery is user-replaceable.
Those geeks over at iFixit took their shiny new Kinect for the Xbox 360 and started tearing the thing apart as soon as it hit the office. It's a dirty job, but someone has to gut all the cool new gadgets and iFixit does it with mucho gusto.
It's not so much a rite of passage, now, but an honor to be considered geekily-cool enough to be subject to an iFixit teardown, and latest to splay its circuits across the test bench is the Logitech Revue. The standalone Google TV STB has given up its secrets quite readily, with plenty of standard Phillips-head screws and generally standard connectors.
Nokia don't really intend end-users to open up the N8; the Symbian^3 smartphone follows the iPhone's example of using a non-user-swappable battery, and has a sturdy, creak-free chassis as a result. However, lack of manufacturer approval never stopped iFixit from tearing down a new gadget, and so they've taken screwdrivers and the rest to the Finn's finest.
As is customary, the folks over at iFixit have begun their tear down of a brand new gadget, trying to find out what makes it tick, as well as how to take it apart and put it all back together. While there may not be as many surprises as one would hope inside the little black box, there are some pretty interesting take-aways from the tear down. Like the amount of memory therein, the RAM available, as well as the few random parts from other Apple devices.
Sony's PlayStation Move motion controller hit shelves last week, just in time to suffer indignity at the hands of iFixit. They promptly tore down the controller, finding it surprisingly easy to open up and - with the exception of a couple of soldered components - promising for later hacks, repairs and general tinkering.