Teardown

Galaxy Fold is difficult to repair as it is easy to break

Galaxy Fold is difficult to repair as it is easy to break

The media frenzy around the Galaxy Fold has seemingly died out a bit. The jury is already out with the verdict and while Samsung's redesigned foldable phone is indeed stronger than the first, it's still a fragile expensive piece of technology. Which is also why Samsung has come up with a new "customer experience" which is basically just an amped-up customer and repair service. But spin it any which way, the Galaxy Fold will still be extremely difficult to repair, which also explains how much Samsung will be charging for such services in the long run.

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Galaxy Fold teardown picks apart Samsung’s redesign

Galaxy Fold teardown picks apart Samsung’s redesign

It's fair to say the Galaxy Fold hasn't had the most consistent track record when it comes to reassuring build quality, but with a redesigned version now coaxing $2k out of early-adopters' pockets, Samsung's second attempt is getting the teardown treatment. Years in development, it took only days for reviewers to discover glaring flaws in the foldable phone's design. A few months on, it seems most of those have been patched.

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iFixit iPad 7 teardown is a blast from the past

iFixit iPad 7 teardown is a blast from the past

It's been a big week for iFixit teardowns. First, we saw the company teardown the iPhone 11 after last week's look inside the iPhone 11 Pro. That was followed by a teardown of the Nintendo Switch Lite, but today we're back to looking at Apple devices. iFixit has delivered a new teardown of the iPad 7, and it's probably going to be very familiar to those who own a 6th generation iPad.

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Apple Watch 5 teardown is a very familiar affair

Apple Watch 5 teardown is a very familiar affair

The smaller electronic devices get, the more sophisticated their components become. The more sophisticated components are, the harder they are to repair or replace. Those statements apply all too well even to Apple's latest smartwatch, the Watch Series 5. The good news is that most of the knowledge that was gained in tearing down the Apple Watch 4 exactly applies to the Apple Watch 5. The bad news is that none of the parts can be reused.

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iFixit Switch Lite teardown shows little hope for Joy-Con drift

iFixit Switch Lite teardown shows little hope for Joy-Con drift

Most major device launches are followed by an iFixit teardown, and things are no different in the case of the Switch Lite. As iFixit puts a new batch of iPhone teardowns behind it, the company has torn down a Switch Lite to figure out just how repairable it is by DIY end-users and third party shops. Its findings are kind of all over the place, so depending on what needs replacing, you'll either have a relatively easy time or a hard one.

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iFixit iPhone 11 teardown reveals a mystery among the familiar

iFixit iPhone 11 teardown reveals a mystery among the familiar

The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max might be getting a lot of attention, but today, iFixit turned its focus to the standard iPhone 11. As it does with every flagship, iFixit cracked the iPhone 11 open to take a look inside, while at the same time figuring out how easy it is for end-users to repair the device. While we've come to expect a certain level of difficulty when it comes to repairing iPhones and iPads, the verdict on this iPhone 11 teardown might surprise you.

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iFixit iPhone 11 Pro teardown developing: Battery answers and new questions

iFixit iPhone 11 Pro teardown developing: Battery answers and new questions

Today the folks at iFixit picked up an iPhone 11 Pro in Midnight Green and took it took the teardown bench. Inside this piece of hardware we'll be interested to see how Apple's decided to handle the various new technologies - and re-arrangements of technologies - for the next generation of iPhone hardware. We're particularly keen on figuring out if there are any bits of tech that lie dormant in this smartphone, since we've heard a couple rumors about not-yet-activated pieces of tech already.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max battery size: A closer look

iPhone 11 Pro Max battery size: A closer look

Today an early teardown of the iPhone 11 Pro Max showed the shape and size of the device's new battery. This new battery is the largest ever released by Apple in an iPhone, and appears to include a slightly new manufacturing configuration. Where previous iPhone models sported multi-cell L-shaped batteries, this new model has one single cell.

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iFixit Fairphone 3 teardown is a rare treat for DIYers

iFixit Fairphone 3 teardown is a rare treat for DIYers

While modern-day smartphones look nice, getting into them to fix something is usually an exercise in frustration. From components that are held in place by a ton of glue to non-standard screws, a lot of manufacturers out there seem to be making it as difficult as possible to repair their phones. Fairphone is not one of those companies, and iFixit's teardown of its latest phone, the Fairphone 3, is proof of that.

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iFixit Note 10+ 5G teardown has more surprises than you’d expect

iFixit Note 10+ 5G teardown has more surprises than you’d expect

With Samsung announcing a new batch of Galaxy Notes earlier in the month, it's time for iFixit to do what it does best and tear one down to figure out how repair friendly it is. iFixit went all out this time, deciding to teardown Samsung's big kahuna, the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. With many modern flagships being a complete pain to repair on your own, can Samsung shift the tide?

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Nokia 9 PureView teardown reveals phone’s excesses

Nokia 9 PureView teardown reveals phone’s excesses

HMD Global's Nokia phones are best known for their affordability and pure Android experience but seldom can they be considered exciting or exceptional in features or design. The Nokia 9 PureView is an outlier in that regard because of the five cameras on its back. It turns out it has more secrets to share and, thanks to JerryRigEverything, we're finding out what those are. Unfortunately, they're nothing to go crazy over.

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Xiaomi Mi A3 official teardown suggests repairs will be easy

Xiaomi Mi A3 official teardown suggests repairs will be easy

Almost every high-profile phone gets one form of teardown or another. Sometimes it's for the sake of discovering what's inside. Others, like iFixit and JerryRigEverything, try to test how easy or hard it will be to fix the device outside of official service centers. It can, however, also be a chance for some to advertise their product. That may be the case for Xiaomi's latest video that shows the new Mi A3 being torn down, showing off its modular components at the same time.

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