Like being brutalised in boarding school showers, suffering the indignity of a teardown is mandatory for today's top tech. iFixit have taken their screwdrivers and spudgers to the Nintendo DSi XL, fresh to the US this weekend, and now splayed across a table for us to pick through its components.
The Dell Mini 5 (aka Dell Streak) may have made its debut at CES 2010, but the company were still keeping most of the technical specifications close to their chest. Unfortunately they obviously didn't count on a pre-release teardown taking place; over in the Tinhte forums, user cuhiep has stripped the 5-inch Android MID down to its 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
If teardowns are guilty titillation for the geek who likes to see must-have gadgets stripped to their component parts, iSuppli's versions are the respectable analysis that leave us believing we've actually learned something important afterward. Latest across their bench is the Motorola DROID, and iSuppli reckon the Android smartphone costs Moto $179.11 in parts and a further $8.64 per handset to manufacture.
Once again, iFixit have proved they're far braver than we are by taking a screwdriver or two to their brand new Google Nexus One. In the latest of the company's teardowns, the newest entrant to the HTC Android family hardly had the chance to enjoy its freedom before being torn asunder to its constituent boards.
Let this be a lesson, gadgets: no matter how cute you are, you'll still get the teardown treatment. Notorious screwdriver-wielders iFixit have coaxed their latest device in front of the camera, and it's the Chumby One touchscreen WiFi radio/alarm clock/widget display. The components themselves aren't too much of a mystery - after all, the Chumby team encourage such acts of hackery and modification - but there are still a few surprises lurking inside.
Points of note include Android seemingly being loaded onto a 2GB internal microSD card - potentially a cause of sluggish OS performance - and a Samsung S3C6410 processor that's actually capable of OpenGL ES 1.1/ 2.0 among other things. The Android install itself, meanwhile, is a generic OS 1.5 build with some B&N customization on top
What should be interesting is how the nook gets hacked, especially given the interesting hardware. The nookDevs contributors have already figured out a way to spoof the DNS and feed content to the nook as if it came from B&N.
It feels like we've been waiting forever for working fuel-cell technology to drop into consumers' hands, and what do Tech-On do when they get hold of just such a system but rip the thing apart. They've taken Toshiba's Dynario fuel-cell - launched in Japan back in October - and handed it over to their engineers, who promptly stripped it down to its bare components.
We can't say we've exactly been over-anxious to see what's inside Cowon's iAudio 9 PMP, but nor will we turn our noses up at a glance inside the slender mediaplayer's casing. iMP3 bravely sacrificed a box-fresh iAudio 9 for a teardown, and it's a pretty impressive shrinking down of technology.
We've marvelled at the prodigious size of the Nintendo DSi LL, freshly released in Japan this past weekend, but PC Watch took things one step further and broke open their gaming handheld. Their teardown does sadly confirm that Nintendo didn't take advantage of the extra room to squeeze in anything especially exciting.
While we always enjoy the post-launch teardown photosets that spring up following a particularly noteworthy piece of hardware, sometimes we wish there was an engineer to hand to tell us whether what we're looking at really is all that impressive. TechOn did just that with Sony's indecently-skinny VAIO X, in a seven part hands-on and teardown that pits an unnamed engineer - who, from the sound of it, works for a rival OEM - against Sony's ingenuity. In case you hadn't guessed, the VAIO X really is a masterpiece of manufacturing.