We gotta give it to the guys at iFixit, who will tear down any device they can get in their hands. This time it’s the Android Wear team’s turn to show their internals!
iFixit have taken apart the new OnePlus One, to investigate how well the company’s debut smartphone is built and how easy it would be to repair.
Last years’ HTC One (M7) scored an ignominious 1 on iFixit’s scale, so are things any better with the new HTC One (M8)? A teardown gives us some clues.
iFixit found that the Nexus 5 is highly repairable thanks to its modular design, which makes it easy to replace just the faulty components, and repair-friendly assembly methods, including plastic clips, standard Phillips screws, and just a smidge of adhesive.
iFixit has put together a leaderboard of the devices that it torn down over the years, sorted by their reparability score. We take a look at the top and bottom performers.
For a new device, the Moto X is easily labelled with the “less than” tag in regard to hardware. Not the fastest processor, or the most memory. No removable battery, and no 20 megapixel shooter. In the teardown process, though, it became clear that Moto really did rethink mobile phone assembly.
iFixit notes that the handheld console appears to be solid and well built, which is great news for any device designed to be used on the go.
The hardware experts at iFixit tore the new Nexus 7 to pieces to show the world what’s inside. While the teardown revealed no surprises, the device scored a moderately good repairability score.
The Chromecast has been torn down and the insides were actually surprising. The device contains no complicated parts at all and is really simple underneath.
The “official” iFixit Galaxy S4 teardown has been completed, revealing the handset is as easy to repair as the Galaxy S3.