Teardown

LG G Watch easy to pry, Samsung Gear Live compact but complex

LG G Watch easy to pry, Samsung Gear Live compact but complex

The first batch of Android Wear smartwatches isn't even out in the wild yet, and here we are seeing the first teardowns of the devices. Though it's not exactly the thorough iFixit treatment, it does give a bit of insight into the inner workings of these super small computers, particularly the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, as well as potentially how easy they are to break or fix.

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OnePlus One iFixit teardown: not so easy to repair

OnePlus One iFixit teardown: not so easy to repair

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.

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Sony hacks open A7 camera to expose full-frame guts

Sony hacks open A7 camera to expose full-frame guts

Sony has taken a scalpel to the a7, chopping open its full-frame mirrorless camera to show off what's going on inside the unusual shooter. The video - which also shows the results of cutting a Vario-Tessar FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS lens in half like a sub - gives an inkling of just how crammed the camera's internals are.

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Another teardown reveals “true” cost of Google Glass

Another teardown reveals “true” cost of Google Glass

A new teardown of Google Glass rebuffs an earlier claim that the device hardware was worth under $100. While the new estimate of $132.47 for the hardware alone sounds a bit more reasonable, it’s nonetheless leaving quite a bit of the $1,500 asking price in the lurch. Are we paying for Google’s project, or are these tear-downs way off?

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Glass teardown cost estimate denied by Google

Glass teardown cost estimate denied by Google

Though Google Glass is not yet available to the average consumer, a relatively small number of the devices exist in the hands of "Explorers," the number of which just increased in recent times. Because of the nature of the Explorer program, Glass is priced at $1,500 for those with the opportunity to buy.

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Google Project Tango teardown exposes 3D camera secrets

Google Project Tango teardown exposes 3D camera secrets

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.

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Galaxy S5 teardown reveals estimated build cost

Galaxy S5 teardown reveals estimated build cost

A few days ago, we saw the first teardown of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. That first teardown came from the folks over at iFixit and was focused on seeing how repairable the smartphone is in case you damage it. Teardowns are also a nice way to see just what the devices look like inside the case.

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Galaxy S5 Teardown reveals display-level barrier

Galaxy S5 Teardown reveals display-level barrier

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.

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Fire TV teardown reveals potent guts and secret RFID

Fire TV teardown reveals potent guts and secret RFID

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.

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HTC One (M8) iFixit teardown shows the juicy insides

HTC One (M8) iFixit teardown shows the juicy insides

One of the most anticipated smartphone launches of the year has finally happened with the HTC One (M8) hitting stores yesterday. The smartphone landed in stores the same day it was announced and can be purchased right now. If you want to know more about the new One, check out our review of the M8.

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Macintosh 128K gets iFixit teardown

Macintosh 128K gets iFixit teardown

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.

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Mac Pro iFixit teardown: most repairable Apple product of 2013

Mac Pro iFixit teardown: most repairable Apple product of 2013

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.

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