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Galaxy Z Fold 3 teardown videos reveal water resistance secrets

Galaxy Z Fold 3 teardown videos reveal water resistance secrets

Compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, this year's foldable headliner almost looks like an incremental upgrade rather than a revolutionary one, at least if you don't consider the "optional" S Pen. The small improvements, however, add up to make the Galaxy Z Fold 3 one of the most durable phones in the market, despite its seemingly fragile design and display. One of the biggest upgrades is the IPX8 rating that sounds almost impossible for such a device. Fortunately, JerryRigEverything and iFixit have taken apart the $1,800 phone to reveal Samsung's hydrophobic secrets.

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Playdate teardown: How simple can gaming get?

Playdate teardown: How simple can gaming get?

Playdate is a handheld gaming machine that encourages users to buy in to the concept as much as they've bought in to the device itself. The machine's charm has as much to do with its graphic design and industrial design as it does its games, and the ways in which a user can play said games. The machine fits in your hand and has a display that's 2.7-inches in size with 400 x 240 pixel resolution. So you know this isn't about competing with your smartphone.

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OnePlus Watch iFixit teardown reveals no hidden surprises

OnePlus Watch iFixit teardown reveals no hidden surprises

Although it isn't exactly its first wearable, the OnePlus Watch is the company's first dip into the smartwatch pool. Not all first tries come out perfectly, however, and the OnePlus Watch seems to have disappointed many reviewers. Fortunately, most of those criticisms can be addressed with software updates, but some found the hardware to also be mediocre or common. iFixit takes the OnePlus Watch through its usual teardown process, and, fortunately, it was uneventful in a good way.

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M1 iPad Pro iFixit teardown reveals XDR Display Mini LEDs inside

M1 iPad Pro iFixit teardown reveals XDR Display Mini LEDs inside

Confirming months of rumors and speculation, Apple finally launched a new iPad Pro with two rather significant changes. Its shift to an Apple M1 chip further blurs the boundaries between iPad Pro and MacBooks but it is really the switch to a Mini LED screen that has some people talking. It's not all in good ways, though, as some don't seem to be convinced of the end results of the more expensive technology. On a purely technical aspect, however, iFixit's initial teardown assessment of the 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro proves to be at least more interesting.

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Apple TV 4K 2021 iFixit teardown reveals an unexpected problem

Apple TV 4K 2021 iFixit teardown reveals an unexpected problem

Apple isn't exactly known for making its products repair-friendly, at least not by unauthorized third-party service providers. There are, however, times when it does seem to diverge from that path and throw technicians and enthusiasts a bone. The Apple TV has been one of its more repairable devices and it doesn't seem to have changed this year. Unfortunately, iFixit's teardown does reveal one wart in that image and it isn't the Apple TV 4K 2021 at all.

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You can drill a hole in Apple’s AirTag, but probably shouldn’t

You can drill a hole in Apple’s AirTag, but probably shouldn’t

As you've likely heard by now, Apple has its own little tracking device called the AirTag, and while its design is sleek, it's also missing a key feature: a hole for easily attaching it to items. Apple has accessories that you can purchase for securing the tracker to various objects, but iFixit has presented a different -- crude and ill-advised as it is -- method.

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HTC teams with iFixit to make repairing VIVE VR headsets easier

HTC teams with iFixit to make repairing VIVE VR headsets easier

HTC VIVE has announced that it is teaming up with iFixit to make replacement components for its VR headsets available to consumers. Many may be familiar with iFixit. It's a place that buys new gadgets and then rips them apart to make guides on repairing devices should they need repairs in the future. HTC VIVE has announced that iFixit will offer official VR system parts and accessories to allow customers to extend the life of their devices once the warranty expires.

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HomePod mini’s secret sensor exposed: What Apple could use it for

HomePod mini’s secret sensor exposed: What Apple could use it for

A currently dormant new sensor in Apple's HomePod mini could help make the Siri-powered smart speaker a more useful part of the smart home, should the company decide to enable it in future. Launched in November 2020, the HomePod mini was initially a smaller, more affordable sibling to the original HomePod. Now, with that bigger version officially discontinued, the $99 model is the only smart speaker Apple offers.

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Xiaomi Mi 11 iFixit teardown shows the hidden cost of features

Xiaomi Mi 11 iFixit teardown shows the hidden cost of features

On the heels of the Galaxy S21 series, Xiaomi launched its own early 2021 flagship in the form of the Mi 11. Like all its predecessors before it, it manages to cram all those high-end goodness in an affordable package. There will always be catches, of course, and iFixit's meticulous teardown reveals some of the trade-offs from having so many features, most of them relating to the phone's durability and longevity down the line.

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Galaxy S21 Ultra iFixit teardown reveals refinement and disappointment

Galaxy S21 Ultra iFixit teardown reveals refinement and disappointment

Samsung's top-of-the-line smartphone this half the year has so far been better received than last year's Galaxy S model. That may be partly thanks to interest in the S Pen functionality but also thanks to the evolutionary, not revolutionary, improvements that the Galaxy S21 Ultra offers. iFixit unsurprisingly took that phone apart to take a closer look inside and while it does show Samsung's trying to perfect its art, it also reveals some unfortunate decisions the manufacturer took this year.

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Galaxy S21 iFixit teardown score is nothing to be proud of

Galaxy S21 iFixit teardown score is nothing to be proud of

There was a time when Apple produced some of the most repair-unfriendly products and while some still do better in that regard, there are now others who have also done worse. It seems that Samsung's obsession to one-up Apple in almost every sense may have backfired a bit in this year's Galaxy flagships. The Galaxy S21, the most affordable of the three available models, does have some things going for it when it comes to third-party or self-repair but nothing to save it from getting a disappointing mark on iFixit's scale.

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AirPods Max iFixit teardown discovers the reason for the price tag

AirPods Max iFixit teardown discovers the reason for the price tag

As always, Apple launched the AirPods Max with a premium price tag that proved to be controversial even among fans of the company. And as always, too, that price tag is being justified by appeals to sound quality as well as design. Now, iFixit has finally concluded its month-long investigation of the headphones and, despite the self-repair experts' opinion of most Apple products, may have found points that at least justify that $550 figure to some extent.

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