Nexus S gets tear-down treatment from iFixit

By on December 17, 2010 at 2:12 AM.

Nexus S gets tear-down treatment from iFixit

You know what is sitting inside the Nexus S, but have you seen it? If you’re one of those people who prefer to go eyes-on (pics or it didn’t happen) then listen up. The gang over at iFixit have given the newly released Samsung Nexus S a proper tear down. While no real surprises were found under the hood, the brood does offer this warning about the 1500mAh pack found in the device:

Don’t feed this battery to a baby.

Oh, humor. Hit the read link to check out the Nexus S… inside and out. More →

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Magic Trackpad taken down to magical screws by ifixit

By on July 29, 2010 at 10:00 PM.

Magic Trackpad taken down to magical screws by ifixit

We’ll be honest, seeing a shiny new gadget get taken down to the screws puts a huge smile on our faces… and why shouldn’t it? Two days after the Magic Trackpad was released by Apple, the gang over at ifixit has done a proper teardown of the device. Spoiler Alert: there were no magical gnomes or elves hiding inside the trackpad. If you still want to know more hit up the read link to see the trackpad takedown. More →

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Apple iPhone 4 gets torn apart

By on June 23, 2010 at 8:21 AM.

Apple iPhone 4 gets torn apart

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We weren’t the only ones to get an iPhone 4 early — iFixIt just released one of their famous teardowns, and while nothing is really new, we do have confirmation on some of the bigger points:

  • RAM is confirmed to be 512MB compared to 256MB in the iPad and iPhone 3GS
  • The two screws on the bottom allow removal of the back glass plate, not the front LCD as with previous models
  • The battery, while not user accessible, is easily replaceable — and huge!
  • The entire from LCD assembly will require replacement if damaged. On earlier models people would buy either the LCD or digitizer separately and adhere them together, but with Apple’s new manufacturing process, this won’t really be possible
  • The integration of cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios into the case assembly is “genius”. We agree

So, interested in checking out some more shots of the iPhone 4’s insides? Couple more photos after the jump, and hit iFixIt for the rest! More →

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Xbox 360 Slim taken down to the screws

By on June 18, 2010 at 6:03 PM.

Xbox 360 Slim taken down to the screws

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Did you order yourself an Xbox 360 Slim? Do you have an innate desire to rip that sucker down to the frame once you get it? If so, AnandTech has got an article for you. The hardware analysis website has meticulously disassembled and documented the inner workings of the new Xbox 360 Slim. From power usage while idle and in gameplay to fan noise while idle and seeking, the tear-down and critique in this article is real candy for the gaming geek. It also contains some great spec comparisons between the original Xbox 360 and the its newer, svelter cousin. Hit the read link and check out the full article in all its glory. More →

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HTC EVO 4G gets ripped to shreds

By on June 2, 2010 at 12:53 AM.

HTC EVO 4G gets ripped to shreds

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Slightly ahead of schedule, the folks at iFixit are back with another on of their famous teardowns, this time focusing on the HTC EVO 4G. Taking apart the Android Wunderkind proved to be a breeze, which is no doubt a good thing as it means any unfortunate soul that happens to damage their phone won’t have too hard of a time repairing it all by their self. There’s a whole wealth of photos and technical information about chipsets and industrial design that are sure to get your nerd juices a-flowin’, so hit up iFixit for the rest of the pics. More →

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Amazon Kindle 2 costs about $185.49 to build, $359 to own

By on April 22, 2009 at 6:34 PM.

Amazon Kindle 2 costs about $185.49 to build, $359 to own

iSuppli is the authority when it comes to manufacturing cost estimates and the firms latest victim is Amazon. According to a new report following iSuppli’s teardown and analysis, the Kindle 2 costs about $185.49 to build. In other words, Amazon’s margin seemingly approaches a sky-high 50%. Of course iSuppli’s numbers do not include expenses such as distribution, marketing and whatever Amazon pays Sprint for unlimited access to its data network, but it’s no wonder Amazon is doing everything it can to lead incite an e-book revolution. Should owners feel shafted? We think not — any Kindle 2 owner will tell you that WhisperNet is a pure joy. Just tell yourself Amazon’s seemingly huge profit margin is your WhisperNet subscription fee. If you own your Kindle 2 for 18 months before upgrading, WhisperNet comes in under $10 per month. $10 beats any unlimited data plan we’ve ever heard of, that’s for sure. Hit the jump for iSuppli’s press release.

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