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.
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.
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.
Nokia's 808 PureView has sashayed through the FCC, flaunting its sizable camera sensor and revealing functionality details thanks to the prematurely-published user manual. The size, of course, comes as little surprise, given Nokia's imaging team has managed to pump 41-megapixels into the Symbian smartphone.
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.
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.
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.
Verizon's Galaxy Nexus has gone under the knife - or the screwdriver at least - to bare its silicon guts in the now-traditional post launch teardown. While we've already seen what's going on inside the HSPA+ version of the Samsung smartphone, ZDNet's breakdown of the LTE model shows there are some big differences when you get past the 4.65-inch Contour Display and 100mAh bigger battery.
With the USA release of the Galaxy Nexus on the horizon and many folks on the outside of the states with the international edition in their hands already, we've only to cry in a corner until Verizon lets loose the device - but until then, we can dream with things like this iFixit teardown released today. What the folks over at the teardown palace have revealed is that not only is the Galaxy Nexus right in the middle of the pack when it comes to repairability, it's basically as simple on the inside as it is on the out. Not just one whole heck of a lot of surprises are contained within, but some pointers on how well you should treat the device do reveal themselves.
While Verizon and Motorola assure us that the back of the DROID RAZR by Motorola is not meant to be removed and that the battery is certainly not meant to be replaceable, the folks at iFixit never ever take no for an answer, starting their traditional teardown process with no less than the traditional Japanese saw known as the Dozuki. Of course there was no real need for this since there actually is a fingernail hole at the top of the device and snaps all around the edges that a non-terrifying instrument like your finger could work apart, but the glue between the battery and the back will make for a more difficult take-apart process for you. Then take note of the Kevlar, and be sure to remember that Kevlar in this state is both flexible and definitely not bulletproof - iFixit reminds us that bulletproof Kevlar is actually layers and layers of similar material backed up with a ceramic plate -- in other words, no bullets please!