Teardown

Galaxy Note 10.1 beats iPad in IHS teardown

Galaxy Note 10.1 beats iPad in IHS teardown

There may be a debate concerning which tablet between the third-gen iPad and the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the better choice for consumers, but when it comes to profit margins, IHS has found that Samsung is the clear winner. A preliminary teardown performed by IHS shows that Samsung is making a pretty healthy margin on the Galaxy Note 10.1, though the company warns that the figures in its report only represent the cost of manufacturing and hardware. This means that after things like licensing and marketing are accounted for, the profit margins on the Galaxy Note 10.1 could take a bit of a dip.

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Nexus Q teardown: USA boast pans out partially

Nexus Q teardown: USA boast pans out partially

Google's Nexus Q was arguably the least-polished launch of the IO opening keynote, but there's no denying that the media streamer itself is a solid and handsome piece of kit. That's catnip to teardown merchant iFixit, which has opened up its toolkit of screwdrivers and spudgers and promptly stripped the "Designed and Manufactured in the USA" orb down to its nude essentials.

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Nexus 7 gets teardown treatment

Nexus 7 gets teardown treatment

Google fans know the Nexus 7 is filled with magic Android sap and tufts from Sergey Brin's beard, but those with more mundane interests probably want to see silicon too. Thankfully iFixit has done the honors, tearing down the 7-inch tablet and praising its repair-potential versus Apple's iPad along the way.

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MacBook Pro Retina Display shares secrets in teardown

MacBook Pro Retina Display shares secrets in teardown

Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display may have terrified the teardown experts with its tightly-packed chassis and blithe disregard for user-repair, but they couldn't resist returning to open up the high-res screen. iFixit couldn't get the new Pro's lid open in time for their original teardown, but with new tools in hand they took a second shot at discovering how Apple had managed to accommodate so many pixels in so slim a component.

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Retina MacBook Pro teardown reveals new heights of user-inaccessibility

Retina MacBook Pro teardown reveals new heights of user-inaccessibility

Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display has gone through the traditional gadget rite of passage, the ceremonial teardown, and it's clear that a compact form-factor demands a compromise in repairability. In fact, iFixit says, it's incredibly difficult to open up and access the components inside, being awarded the worst possible score for the potential for user-repair. The struggle begins from the outset, with Apple's proprietary pentalobe screws making an appearance for the first time on a MacBook (and demanding a special driver), and continues all the way through.

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New iPad parts most expensive yet

New iPad parts most expensive yet

Apple spends more to make its new iPad than on any version of the tablet before, making less profit on each slate according to production research, with the Retina Display being a particular culprit. The calculations appear to confirm early suggestions that Apple's profit margin on the new iPad has been shaved away, with IHS iSuppli saying that the new iPad is around 9-percent more expensive in component costs compared to its iPad 2 equivalent at launch. Some of the increased costs are down to accommodating Apple's ambitions in functionality without compromising user experience.

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New iPad gets teardown treatment

New iPad gets teardown treatment

US sales of the new iPad don't start for hours yet, but Australian buyers of Apple's third-gen tablet have already started collecting their slates, and teardown merchant iSuppli was at the front of the line. Wasting no time - after all, who knows what magic might be inside that slender chassis - out came the screwdrivers, plastic thingamajigs and dayglo orange suction cups to get to the meat of the new model.

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PS Vita spills its guts

PS Vita spills its guts

Sony's PS Vita has gone through a rite of passage today, a teardown to expose its delicate guts: the consumer electronics equivalent of frat hazing. The new portable fell under the attack of iFixit's multitool set, but actually gets a thumbs up for most of its physical design: the screws are all standard, unlike Apple's tendency to use proprietary ones on the iPhone, and many of the components are modular and thus easily replaced.

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