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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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Galaxy S7 teardown confirms Sony camera sensor, Snapdragon 820

Galaxy S7 teardown confirms Sony camera sensor, Snapdragon 820

What do you do when you get a high-end, high-profile flagship smartphone a week or so ahead of everyone else in the world? Why, destroy it of course! For science! There is already one video with the usual brutal treatment given to smartphones to see whether they will scratch, burn, or bend. Here, however, we have a far more gentler and more meticulous teardown. The folks over at Chipworks dig deep into the Samsung Galaxy S7 to discover possible hidden treasures buried beneath the gaskets and "faux" liquid cooling.

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Galaxy S7 gets an unboxing in water, a teardown in Russia

Galaxy S7 gets an unboxing in water, a teardown in Russia

It's not unusual for new smartphones to get a teardown at one point or another, but the speed at which they happen is somewhat unprecedented. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were just announced, not even launched, Sunday and now someone in Russia has already torn it apart piece by piece. But before you can go through a smartphone, you have to go through its box first. And what better way to unbox a waterproof device than under water, which is exactly what T-Mobile just did.

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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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BB Priv screen easy to remove says guy who bends Nexus 6Ps

BB Priv screen easy to remove says guy who bends Nexus 6Ps

It might not be able to completely saved the company, but the BlackBerry Priv is indeed worthy of a bit of praise. A quality build which BlackBerry is quite popular for is finally paired with a mobile platform that won't leave users begging for more. It is, however, also an expensive device, which would make your hear skip a beat should it fall down screen first on the pavement. But worry not, says JerryRigEverything, as that screen is easy peasy to remove and replace should it suffer that fate.

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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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Sony Xperia Z5 teardown shows a few hidden traps

Sony Xperia Z5 teardown shows a few hidden traps

As smartphones get loaded with hardware features, the space inside them gets more cramped. And as they start sporting premium looking, metallic, unibody designs, they also start to get tighter and harder to open up, making teardowns, originally meant for repairing devices, harder every new generation. Sony's latest smartphones are no exception, though fortunately they aren't as difficult as, say, a Nexus 6P. That said, there were still a few gotcha's and pitfalls in the Sony Xperia Z5 ready to ensnare unwitting technicians. Luckily, this teardown guide uncovers almost all of them.

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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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