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Google Pixel 3a teardown confirms its repair-friendly design

Google Pixel 3a teardown confirms its repair-friendly design

If you're looking for the best-looking smartphones in the market, Google's Pixel phones might not make it to the top of the list. Especially the Pixel 3a, which feels and looks like a blast from the past with its polycarbonate body. But looks can be deceiving, as reviews and durability tests of Google's most affordable Pixel phone proved just as capable as its more expensive predecessors. Now it proves it might even do one better by being easier and cheaper to repair.

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OnePlus 7 Pro teardown reveals more secrets, good and bad

OnePlus 7 Pro teardown reveals more secrets, good and bad

The OnePlus 7 Pro is supposed to be the company's big bet for 2019 but, just like Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Honor's 20 Pro, things are looking a little bit questionable for the flagship killer. In addition to allegations regarding its camera quality and telephoto lens, the smartphone is reported to be having problems with its screen. JerryRigEverything tears down into the OnePlus 7 Pro to see if there's anything else that the company isn't saying outright.

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2019 MacBook Pro teardown shows just how Apple changed its keys

2019 MacBook Pro teardown shows just how Apple changed its keys

Apple's changes to the 2019 MacBook Pro to address keyboard reliability have been given the teardown treatment, to figure out just how the design has been altered. Apple announced the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models earlier this week, and while new 8th and 9th Generation Intel Core processors were the headline, keyboard tweaks were just as eagerly anticipated by macOS fans.

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Pixel 3a and 3a XL iFixit teardown bodes well for repairs

Pixel 3a and 3a XL iFixit teardown bodes well for repairs

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were everything we expected them to be from leaks. That said, there were also some disappointing details we took for granted, like IP rating and wireless charging. While those are mostly seen as a downside, they also come with some advantages. As iFixit finds out, they make it a lot easier to open up the phones and repair them.

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LG G8 ThinQ teardown reveals one giant repair problem

LG G8 ThinQ teardown reveals one giant repair problem

LG's phones are good, sometimes even great, but often get swept aside by more sensational phones from Samsung, Apple, Google, and even OnePlus. That doesn't mean they don't get a lot of things right, as JerryRigEverthing's Zack Nelson remarked in his durability test. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean it doesn't get something wrong, too, as Nelson also discovered in a follow-up teardown. Long story short, the LG G8 ThinQ is not the phone you'd want if longevity is your long-term goal.

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Samsung asks iFixit to take down Galaxy Fold teardown

Samsung asks iFixit to take down Galaxy Fold teardown

It has barely been three years since the Galaxy Note 7 started catching fire and here is Samsung again trying to fend off one of the biggest fiascos in its history. Fortunately for the company, it isn't something it could be sued over yet (unless you consider existing pre-orders) and it's more of a PR and image problem for the smartphone giant. It isn't doing itself any favors, though, by asking iFixit to remove its teardown analysis of the problematic Galaxy Fold that clarifies what really caused the issues and, consequently, what future users should be careful about.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold iFixit teardown exposes fragile phone’s big problem

Samsung Galaxy Fold iFixit teardown exposes fragile phone’s big problem

Many of you have probably figured this out by now, but the Galaxy Fold is a delicate device. After a number of reviewers reported problems with malfunctioning displays, Samsung decided to delay the Galaxy Fold's release date over those issues. That delay didn't come before iFixit managed to get its hands on the device, and its teardown today shows us just how fragile the Galaxy Fold actually is.

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Huawei P30 Pro teardown shows periscope-style camera guts

Huawei P30 Pro teardown shows periscope-style camera guts

People are getting mad, and rightfully so, over the "accidentally" breaking $2,000 Galaxy Fold phone but price doesn't seem to be enough of a deterrent for JerryRigEverything. For the sake of science and discovery, not to mention a few juicy views, Zack Nelson isn't just showing the guts of the Huawei P30 Pro but also literally tore apart its most important feature to give us an inside look at how it all works together.

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Huawei P30 Pro iFixit teardown reveals interesting design choices

Huawei P30 Pro iFixit teardown reveals interesting design choices

Smartphones today, especially the expensive flagships, have become more powerful and sophisticated but the literal price to pay is increased cost and difficulty in repairs. While authorized service centers have official tools and processes, they will also take the same journey that iFixit takes. The Huawei P30 Pro is one of the latest destinations of that journey and while the overall result is still disappointing, the teardown did reveal some surprising and pleasant nuggets.

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iFixit iPad Air 3 teardown is disappointingly familiar

iFixit iPad Air 3 teardown is disappointingly familiar

A day after ripping the 5th-generation iPad mini to pieces, iFixit is back and doing the same thing to the new iPad Air. Announced alongside each other a couple of weeks ago, these new iPads are reviving long-dormant product lines. We already know that tearing down the iPad mini 5 was an exercise in frustration, so maybe the iPad Air 3 fares better in that regard?

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iFixit iPad mini 5 teardown finds its mortal enemy inside

iFixit iPad mini 5 teardown finds its mortal enemy inside

After many years of waiting, Apple has finally refreshed the iPad mini line with a new device for 2019. As always, that means the folks at iFixit have obtained one as quickly as possible to rip its display off and show us how easy it is to repair its internal hardware. If you're a fan of iFixit's teardowns and you've caught the ones centered around recent Apple tablets, you probably already know how this one is going to go.

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iFixit Galaxy Buds teardown: AirPods these are not

iFixit Galaxy Buds teardown: AirPods these are not

If you make a habit of following iFixit's phone teardowns, then you know that things are often pretty dire for the do-it-yourselfers of the world. As time goes on, it seems like smartphones are getting more and more difficult for end users to repair, with recent phones like the Galaxy S10 and the Pixel 3 XL netting repairability scores of 3/10 and 4/10, respectively. There are some exceptions to the rule, of course, but for the most part, it seems that smartphones are heading in the wrong direction in terms of end user repairability.

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