Vizio’s exceptionally priced $99 Google TV set top box started shipping a few days ago and the iFixit team have got their hands on one. In traditional but brilliant iFixit way, the team takes apart the device bit by bit and finds out what makes this little power box tick.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Vizio Co-Star, it is a Google TV smart box which turns your TV into an Android based device and gives you easy access to all your favorite stuff via apps like Chrome and YouTube. It has Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, supports 720p, 1080i, and 1080p via its HDMI connector, has full access to Goolgle Play (including games and apps) [...]
Do you love teardowns? I do too, but the thought of losing a beautiful device in the process is always making me a bit sad. Call me sentimental, but I wished there was a more humane, non-invasive way to see what makes my Samsung Galaxy S3 tick… Well, there is.
Engadget reader alexcaron works with mammography machines, and, in his spare time, he likes to shoot bursts of X-rays at consumer devices, such as the iPad, Galaxy Tab 10.1, or the Nexus S. The results are beautiful, ethereal images of the innards of our beloved gadgets, which reveal many of their components.
Alex stuck a new Samsung Galaxy S3 in the X-Ray machine, obtaining the image you can see [...]
You’ve already seen the official Google pictures of the little bits and pieces that made up the Nexus Q. Now, the folks at iFixit have done their own disassembling of the glowing orb, and you get to experience the tearing down process of Google’s social media streaming player step by step.
But first, there’s more to the Nexus Q than just its fortune-telling ability, as the device also packs the following specs:Dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor with SGX540 GPU 1GB RAM 16GB internal storage 32 RGB perimeter and 1 RGB mute indicator LED Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
According to iFixit, the Nexus Q has [...]
The folks over at iFixit managed to get a hold of a Google Nexus 7 five days after being officially unveiled at Google I/O – in fact they did score a white version, the kind that was handed down to all attendees of the developer conference – and they did what they do best, tear it to pieces.
We have already covered the Nexus 7 extensively since the first Google I/O keynote, so you should be pretty familiar with its specs and features, release dates, international launch announcements, rooting, custom ROMs and default OS version. So let’s take a look at some of the things revealed by this “official” teardown:The Nexus 7 is 10.4mm thick, [...]
Most US device manufacturers have moved their production facilities to China or other Asian countries, where labor is much cheaper. Others simply hire companies Asian-based companies, like Foxconn or Compal, to build devices for them. Whether you consider the practice right or wrong, you have to agree that it has become so commonplace, that almost every electronic item nowadays wears the “Made in China” tag.
So, when a device shows up with the inscription “Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A”, I can’t help but be a little surprised. Well, that’s what has happened with the Nexus Q.
That’s right. The Nexus Q, [...]
As a tech blogger, watching drop tests and videos of phones being disassembled and put back together help me with my work. That being said, I find absolutely no reason for a private consumer to try this at home. Especially when it comes to $800+ devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S3.
But, if you want to replace a non-functioning component with your own hands or to take a look around the inside of your device, just for the thrills, the video below provides a perfect guide. The 20 minute video, by YouTube blogger LE55ONS, is a complete step-by-step guide on how to take apart a Galaxy S3, repair/replace non-functioning components as required, and put it all back together. [...]
As expected, the recently launched Galaxy S3 has been torn apart by the guys over at Chipworks in collaboration with iFixit, and the teardown revealed a few interesting details about the company’s 2012 flagship smartphone.
The phone sacrificed in this joint venture was an international GSM Galaxy S3 version, with the LTE model that will ship to U.S. carriers to be cracked open on a future date.
Among the internal components found inside the Galaxy S III, Chipworks noticed the application processor, a Samsung Exynos 4412 32nm CMOS 1.4GHz quad-core ARM processor that’s apparently the same generation as the “Apple A5 rev 2, APL2498, also [...]
There are many reasons to dismantle a device, including changing the battery, repairing some internal parts, or if you are just curious about what’s inside. Granted, the last point is primarily for tech geeks, with most people not really caring about what is inside, as long as the device itself works as promised.
Teardowns are especially useful for unibody devices with “non-removable” batteries. Along those lines, the world’s first quad-core phone and HTC’s flagship device, the One X, received the tear-down treatment, courtesy of Chinese website, PConline. The process revealed the highly acclaimed Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, [...]