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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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Galaxy S21 Ultra teardown reveals the bigger fingerprint sensor

Galaxy S21 Ultra teardown reveals the bigger fingerprint sensor

While it does look significantly different from the outside, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is, to some extent, an incremental upgrade compared to its predecessor. Almost all the internal components have been upgraded, as one would naturally expect, with only a few notable standouts. One of those is, of course, the display panel that's now compatible with an S Pen stylus. The other noteworthy upgrade is the fingerprint scanner, something you won't see unless you tear down the phone first.

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Galaxy S21+ 5G teardown reveals a true middle child

Galaxy S21+ 5G teardown reveals a true middle child

We're still waiting for iFixit to do its usual in-depth investigation into the innards of Samsung's early 2021 racehorses but, in the meantime, we're getting a preview of what it will take to repair them. Following PBK Review's teardown of the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Ultra, we're now being treated to the same process for the "in-between" model. And for better or worse, the Galaxy S21+ definitely mixes its siblings' features, making it only slightly easier to repair than the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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Galaxy S21 Ultra teardown has some disappointing surprises

Galaxy S21 Ultra teardown has some disappointing surprises

iFixit might still have its hands full from a backlog of products to teardown but PBK Reviews, fortunately, lost no time in poking inside Samsung's latest and greatest. The Galaxy S21 proved to be a pleasant surprise in some ways, particularly for its modularity and the screen's relatively easier repairability. The YouTuber now takes the Galaxy S21 Ultra apart with some optimism that was, unfortunately, met with a bit of a disappointment.

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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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Galaxy S21 5G teardown is relatively easy except for some parts

Galaxy S21 5G teardown is relatively easy except for some parts

Samsung put a hard line down between the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Galaxy S21 and its larger S21+ sibling. That's true not just for the features but even for the materials used, especially for the backplate. That potentially makes repairs or replacement easier and, as PBK Reviews found out, that was really just the beginning for a mostly uneventful first teardown of the based Galaxy S21 5G model.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G teardown takes a peek at the under-display camera magic

ZTE Axon 20 5G teardown takes a peek at the under-display camera magic

Although not as flamboyant as the Galaxy Z Fold 2 or as eccentric as the LG Wing, the ZTE Axon 20 5G actually brought one of the biggest innovations in the mobile industry this year. Granted, it's not exactly as most would have hoped but the under-display camera or UDC has long been a holy grail for smartphone makers. Although many manufacturers did try their hand at it, it was ZTE that first came out with an actual commercial product and JerryRigEverything literally digs into the phone to see how it works.

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AirPods Max early iFixit teardown doesn’t bode well for repairs

AirPods Max early iFixit teardown doesn’t bode well for repairs

Apple has never been a fan of third-party repairs and has actively worked to thwart such attempts. Whether it's by hardware triggers or through some software verification process, the company has tried to make it harder for those without authorized tools and software to take apart its products and put them back together again. Sometimes, though, the obstacles simply in the way the devices are designed and the latest AirPods Max definitely seems to fall into that category.

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PlayStation 5 teardown arrives: Simple maintenance, difficult repairs

PlayStation 5 teardown arrives: Simple maintenance, difficult repairs

The iFixit team has published their teardown of Sony's latest and greatest console, the PlayStation 5. This massive unit packs a considerable amount of hardware in its curved, sleek shell, as well as certain elements designed to make maintenance simple -- as well as a few that make repairs much harder to pull off yourself.

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro iFixit teardown reveals a repairability mess

Huawei Mate 40 Pro iFixit teardown reveals a repairability mess

Companies don't like it when other people, at least people not blessed by them, open up their products even if it is in the name of fixing them. Most discourage third-party repairs through warnings and warranties but some like Apple take more aggressive approaches. To some extent, Huawei isn't exactly as bad as its rival in that area but it seems that it may have unintentionally made its Huawei Mate 40 Pro nearly impossible to repair without even trying, all because the phone seems to be a mess of components inside.

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Pixel 5 teardown redeems Google’s 2020 flagship

Pixel 5 teardown redeems Google’s 2020 flagship

JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson is anything but gentle when it comes to gadgets and machines, which is pretty much the point of the YouTube channel. Although he does test how easy or hard it would be to tear down a phone, he often also does it with less finesse, especially after a stressful durability test. It's no surprise, then, that he would sometimes come across phones that break in spectacular ways but what's more surprising is when those phones suddenly revive after what seemed to be a catastrophic death.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max iFixit teardown puts size into perspective

iPhone 12 Pro Max iFixit teardown puts size into perspective

Apple's yearly selection of iPhone models has somewhat become complicated, starting with just one until the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014. This year, it has no less than four models to choose from but it's pretty clear which one is the best if you have money to burn. The iPhone 12 Pro Max packs everything that Apple could cram into a phone and iFixit takes a good look inside to see if size does matter in the end.

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