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Droid 3 torn apart by iFixit

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

If you are in love with the Droid 3, you may want to cover your eyes. The Droid 3 has now officially gotten it’s own teardown thanks to the folks at iFixit. As you know they love a good gadget autopsy and are not afraid to show you all of the gory details.

Some of the interesting findings include a SIM card and a bunch of hidden screws. You can hit up the link here to check out all of the details.

HP TouchPad gets torn apart

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2011

Fans of the HP TouchPad now have a chance to see what makes it tick. Assuming you haven’t torn it apart yourself anyway.

The HP Touchpad is easier to take apart than most gadgets. You just need a Phillips screwdriver and a little prying. But it’s always nice when others do it for you. That way yours remains intact and functional. Check it all out at the link below.

Nokia’s N950 torn apart by FCC

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2011

Looks like the FCC has already torn apart Nokia’s new MeeGo development phone. And it looks like the rumors of watered-down N9 specs are true, except for a 12-megapixel camera, which is a nice addition.

The N950′s official specs list an 8-megapixel camera, so this is certainly a bonus. And the N950 obviously has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The non-user-accessible BL-4D battery is lower capacity than the N9, at 1,320 mAh.

Lenovo’s LePad gets torn apart

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2011

Lenovo’s LePad finally showed up in China back in March. Nothing in the states, though we may see it eventually under a new name. And since we can’t have the tablet on our shores, here is the next best thing. An autopsy that splays it’s parts every which way, hopefully done with sanitized and clean instruments, so as not to cause infection. Not that that matters when your insides are all outside.

This teardown comes from IMP3. There aren’t many surprises, but it’s always fascinating to see under the hood. The LePad has a 1.3GHz Snapdragon chipset with Adreno 205 integrated graphics and an internal 27Wh battery. It’s also packs in Toshiba flash memory and a Wolfson audio processor.

The Android Robot gets a teardown of his own

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

We’ve seen our share of gadget teardowns. They’re fun. It’s neat to see how things work. But this may be the first time we’ve seen an OS Mascot get a teardown of his own. Wanna know how the Android robot works? Well, this infographic explains all of his inner workings.

Its was created by woofdude on the furaffinity website and it shows everything you ever wanted to know about the robot. He even has a secret donut stash.

HTC Thunderbolt gets it’s first teardown

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

We love drooling after new gadgets. We love to use them and of course, we like to tear them apart. You always hurt the ones you love after all. The HTC Thunderbolt has already hit the FCC, but now that the phone has actually been released, we are getting to the juicy details of the innards.

This teardown isn’t up to the standards of the folks over at iFixit, but it is a teardown just the same. We love to see what makes these devices tick after all. Hit the link below for more details and pics.

iFixit tears down the iPad 2

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2011

If a gadget is new, the folks at iFixit will tear it down. It’s as certain as death and taxes. Now it’s time for the iPad 2′s turn. Apple’s latest iOS device was laid out and surgery commenced. The tear down helped them discover that the tablet carries a slightly larger battery than the previous model.

They also learned that the hard to remove front display panel was tricky, but aside from that, the device was pretty easy to take apart. If you need to know how to take yours apart, you can head over to iFixit to find out how. Just make sure you can actually do it first, so you don’t kill the device.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G gets torn apart

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G just became available today and if you are wondering what makes this phone tick, we now have a gadget autopsy that reveals all, thanks as usual to the folks over at iFixit, who have given it the standard teardown.

They tore it apart piece by piece, lovingly describing the process and every component. Just for you, you morbid people. This time they even used fire to conduct an experiment to determine the material of the main structural plate inside the phone. Spoiler: It’s made from aluminum.

Nintendo 3DS Teardown

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS was torn apart before it was even official and now a Chinese site has been able to get their hands on another 3DS before the official release in Japan. They have done their own teardown, revealing all its secrets.

Tearing apart devices is fun and can’t be done too many times after all. The official launch of the Nintendo 3DS will be March 27 in the US with the console priced at $249.99. Europe will get it a few days earlier, for an unknown price.

Verizon iPhone 4 gets a teardown

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2011

As usual, the folks at iFixit have torn apart a new gadget. This time it is the Verizon iPhone 4. Of course they found the expected differences, but they also found that the phone has a slightly lighter battery than its counterpart, that the mechanical vibrator has been redesigned and moved from the top right corner to the bottom right of the phone and that the phone has a Qualcomm baseband chip.

The chip is a Qualcomm MDM660 chip that supports HSPA+ data rates up to 14.4 Mbps, and is the same chip used in the Droid Pro. So the chip technically supports both GSM and CDMA, although Apple has decided not to take advantage of that capability for whatever their reasons are.

Nintendo 3DS gets disassembled

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2011

Man, it’s been quite the week for gadget teardowns. Seems like half the world must have their tables littered with parts. Now it is the Nintendo 3DS’s turn. Looks like a unit has prematurely left Nintendo’s care only to suffer a terrible fate.

There isn’t much new to learn here. We already knew about the 1300mAh battery, for instance. But if you just like to watch things get torn limb from limb, hit the link for a real treat. You sicko.

HTC Surround gets torn apart

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2011

You know the drill, a new smartphone gets released and it then suffers an embarrassing teardown to satisfy our curiosity. So now some folks have taken apart the Windows Phone 7-powered HTC Surround, which features a Dolby surround stereo slide-out speaker and a kickstand.

If you are the type that likes the operating room, you can check out all of the details over at iFixit. And it should go without saying, but you should only teardown your device if you really know what you are doing.

iPhone 4 Teardown Decal

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

Most people pride themselves on keeping their iPhone looking shiny and new. That’s why the sight above is such a shock. Can you imagine someone carrying around an iPhone that looks like that? Well, you can do just that. This iPhone 4 Teardown Decal will have people doing double-takes.

It makes it look as if you have torn your iPhone 4 apart and left it exposed. Where is the back cover? The iPhone 4 Teardown Decal is just $9.99 at Etsy.

OnLive console teardown reveals Marvell Armada chip

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

You might remember the hype about the Armada processor a while ago, where it was said to be showing up in a new gaming platform. The speculation at the time was that it was linked to the Nintendo 3DS and now we learn that the chip was used in the OnLive Microconsole.

How do we know this? Well some brave individual has torn down their unit and discovered the Marvell Armada inside, along with 512MB of RAM and other networking chips. They also found 1080p video playback capabilities, which means that OnLive can update it’s console to deliver Full HD content.

iFixit Boxee Teardown

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2010

No gadget is safe from a teardown from iFixit. Now they have dismantled the new Boxee. So what did the teardown reveal? Well, a lot of the internal component space is taken up by the huge heatsink needed to cool the Boxee Intel CE4110 processor, the 1GB of RAM, 1GB of flash memory, and a digital-to-analog audio converter.

So in the end, iFixit gave the Boxee a repair score of 7 /10, since the separate power board can be replaced independently from the motherboard, should it ever fail and need to be replaced.

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