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Essential Phone teardown is an ugly mess of glue and broken parts

Essential Phone teardown is an ugly mess of glue and broken parts

Though the Essential Phone may have a lot of things going for it - a modular design and the promise of long-term support to name a couple - it seems that repairability is not one of them. As is tradition whenever a new smart devices hits the scene, iFixit has torn it to shreds, determining how repair-friendly its design is in the process. The results, somewhat predictably, were not encouraging.

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Amazon Echo Show teardown shows glue, lots of glue

Amazon Echo Show teardown shows glue, lots of glue

Inside the Amazon Echo Show is a set of components that would likely be cheaper to replace entirely than to repair. That's what the folks at iFixit seem to have concluded from their initial teardown of Amazon's latest Alexa-infused smart device. This is the first Echo device from Amazon that utilizes a display - and it bares some striking resemblances to the insides of the Amazon Fire Tablet.

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OnePlus 5 is going to be tough to teardown

OnePlus 5 is going to be tough to teardown

Another high-profile smartphone, another device to teardown to see whether its maker wants anyone else to get their hands into it, for good or for ill. The OnePlus 5, being the new kid in town, is naturally the latest to undergo this test. But while its predecessors seemed to have made it relatively easy for technicians to get inside, the new OnePlus 5 seems to be turning over a new leaf, and not for the better.

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iPad Pro 10.5 iFixit teardown unmasks an iPad Pro 12.9 Mini

iPad Pro 10.5 iFixit teardown unmasks an iPad Pro 12.9 Mini

Given their proximity in sizes, the new iPad Pro 10.5 is more often compared to last year’s iPad Pro 9.7. But, as they say, looks can be deceiving. In tearing down the new “Goldilocks” of iPad Pros, iFixit discovered that the 10.5-inch newcomer has, in fact, more in common with the larger 12.9-inch model from late 2015 when it comes to the internals. But rather than being a bad thing, in some ways it could be the start of a more standard, and only so slightly easier to repair, iPad Pro line.

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2017 MacBook, MacBook Pro iFixit teardown: same old, same old

2017 MacBook, MacBook Pro iFixit teardown: same old, same old

After being pleasantly surprised by the discoveries in the 2017 4K iMac, the teardown experts at iFixit braced themselves for another adventure. Imagine their disappointment when, upon opening the 2017 Retina MacBook and 2017 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, they were, instead, hit hard with a major case of deja vu. If you were, like them, expecting at least some significant changes to these refreshed MacBooks, you would be, just like them, sorely disappointed.

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iFixit’s 21.5-inch iMac teardown finds a few pleasant surprises

iFixit’s 21.5-inch iMac teardown finds a few pleasant surprises

Well that didn't take very long: Apple just announced its refreshed line of iMacs on Monday and iFixit has already gotten its hands on the 21.5-inch Retina 4K model. iFixit has wasted no time in tearing this bad boy down and documenting the process. As it does with all of its teardowns, iFixit has assigned a repairability score to Apple's new iMac, and DIYers may not like the results.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 teardown hints at an easy to repair mid-ranger

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 teardown hints at an easy to repair mid-ranger

If you presumed that gigantic phablets have gone the way of the Dodo bird, Xiaomi tried to prove you wrong last month. It launched the Mi Max 2, a second generation giant, with surprisingly positive sales numbers. But is bigger really better, especially when it comes to repairability. To answer that very question, the folks over at MyFixGuide took a golden Mi Max 2 and pried it open. And it seems that the giant doesn’t really have any surprises hidden inside.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 teardown examines waterproofing, clear back option

Xiaomi Mi 6 teardown examines waterproofing, clear back option

With the emergence, or resurgence, of glass backs on smartphones, JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson has a new calling: removing the paint behind that glass to create a "clear back" phone. Well, at least those that survive his torture tests. Sorry, HTC U Ultra. The latest to get that treatment after the LG G6 and the Galaxy S8 is the Xiaomi Mi 6. But, along the way, Nelson also tries to discover just how water resistant the thing is.

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See inside Nintendo Switch with iFixit’s teardown

See inside Nintendo Switch with iFixit’s teardown

The new Nintendo Switch game console has officially been released, and if you were lucky enough to get your hands on one, you're probably enjoying the new Zelda right now. And as with the debut of any new tech device, the teardown experts at iFixit have already managed to pull one apart, offering us a look inside. So if you're curious about what's powering your new console-handheld hybrid, or want an update after that questionable "early prototype" teardown from a few weeks ago, here's the details you're looking for.

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Alleged Nintendo Switch gets a super early teardown treatment

Alleged Nintendo Switch gets a super early teardown treatment

In a matter of days, less than two weeks, gamers, critics, and Nintendo fans alike will finally be treated to first official hands-on of what is the most talked about gaming device this half of the year. That said, some people have already spoiled the Nintendo Switch surprise and while that has mostly been resolved in the US, the East isn’t exactly stopping the leakage yet. But instead of a finished product, we are being treated to the innards of the handheld console, presuming this is indeed the Nintendo Switch.

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Apple moves to block proposed “Right to Repair” law

Apple moves to block proposed “Right to Repair” law

It might sometimes be amusing to watch or read about teardowns from the likes of iFixit, but those aren't done for entertainment's sake. The content found on the group's website is geared towards helping users, at least the more advanced ones, do repairs of devices on their own. That, however, is against the wishes, not to mention explicit warnings, of manufacturers like Apple, who are now trying to block proposed laws that would apply the "right to repair" to electronic devices like smartphones.

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AirPods teardown: not DIY repairable whatsoever

AirPods teardown: not DIY repairable whatsoever

While most devices are at least a little bit DIY repairable according to iFixit, Apple's latest certainly isn't. The folks at iFixit responsible for tearing devices down to assess their repairability have found the Apple AirPods to rate a clean and simple zero - not good for the do-it-yourself hardware repair crowd at all whatsoever. It would seem that Apple did not have these folks in mind when they designed these very tiny sound-blasters and their charging case.

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