The Galaxy Note7 looks elegant but is it easy to repair? To find out, the folks at ifixit has torn down a unit, giving us a better view of what ticks on the inside.
Most unibody smart phones these days are quite complicated to dismantle and it is common to see them using tons of adhesive and proprietary screws that would require special tools. But not with the OnePlus 2.
When it comes to dismantling latest gadgets, we can count on the folks at iFixit. This time they have their hands on the latest iPad Air 2 which appears to be more powerful than expected. Recently a couple of benchmarks have revealed that it runs on a 3-core processor that’s mated to 2GB of RAM.
So what else is new on the inside? With its thickness reduced down from 7.5mm to 6.1mm, the battery has shrunk from 8,827mAh in the 1st gen iPad Air to 7,340mAh on the latest model. Despite its smaller capacity, the new A8X chip appears to be more efficient as it manages to push its usual 10 hour battery life.
When announced, the iPad 2 Air doesn’t have the same Apple Pay feature as the iPhone 6 since NFC was lacking. Surprisingly the tear down revealed an NXP 65V10 NFC Module inside but it lacks an antenna which is required for it to work.
In terms of repairability, iFixit rates it just 2 out of 10. The iPad Air 2 like its predecessor uses a lot of glue to put its panels together, which makes it very risky to pry its front display open.
Check out the tear down video and step by step guide after the break.
The guys at iFixit have just given the latest iPhone 6 Plus a proper tear down treatment. This is the biggest iPhone yet and it appears to be fairly easy to disassemble provided that you have the right tools including a pentalobe screwdriver.
With the screws removed, the iPhone 6 Plus is taken apart with the display first which gives you access to its inner components. From the disassembly, the battery on the iPhone 6 Plus is confirmed to be a large 2,915mAh capacity unit while the new 64-bit Apple A8 chip is mated with just 1GB of RAM.
Meanwhile, the 1080p Full HD 5.5″ display is still fused with the front glass. So if you accidentally break the screen, you would need to change the whole module which can be costly. Overall, iFixit gives the iPhone 6 Plus a repairability score of 7 out of 10, which is higher than previous iPhones.
Watch the tear down video as well as the step by step disassembly guide after the break.
If you’re curious of what goes into the Xiaomi Mi 4, a couple of folks at the MIUI Forum had managed to give it a proper tear down treatment. The new flagship comes with a solid metallic frame and while the previous Mi 3 is still slimmer by 0.8mm, the curved back promises to offer a more comfortable grip that feels natural in the hands.
The Mi 4 back cover is removable and it is customisable with a range of wood, bamboo, textile, marble and leather textures but its battery isn’t user replaceable. From the tear down process, the 3,080mAh capacity unit is found to be sourced from Sony and its micro-USB port is seen to have 6 pins, which is a one extra than the standard 5-pin design. The 6-pin design is likely to support its rapid charging that claims to do 60% charger within 1 hour with its 9V 1.2A charger. As comparison, the Oppo Find 7 with VOOC Charging technology comes with a 7-pin micro-USB design. Since this isn’t from iFixit, there’s no repairability score for this one. From the photos, it looks easily dismantled with precision screw drivers and they have reported that each screws are labelled with tiny MI stickers which upon tampering would void its official warranty.
Check out the rest of the step by step tear down images after the break.
The Nokia X, which is Nokia’s affordable Android smart phone priced at RM399 has gotten its tear down treatment. Being a budget device, the Nokia X appears to have very few parts making manufacturing and repairs rather easy. There’s a total of about 13 removable components (without battery) and 11 screws.
However if you break the glass, it might be costly as the front cover and touch panel display are listed as a single assembly. To recap, the Nokia X comes with a 4″ WVGA display and runs on a dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage. It has a rather basic 3MP shooter without assisted flash and runs on Android 4.1.2 with Nokia’s custom skin. You can check out our hands-on with its bigger Nokia XL here.
Check out the Nokia X assembly illustration after the break.
Once again, the folks at iFixit has gotten the latest iPad mini with Retina display which goes through yet another tear down process. For a start, it is good to know that the LCD isn’t fused to the glass making replacement easier. Underneath the LCD panel lies its huge 6471mAh battery which is about 50% more than its previous non-Retina model. Fortunately the battery isn’t soldered as well but its held in place with adhesive.
Overall iFixit rated the iPad mini 2 out of 10 in repairability scores due to excessive use of glue and hidden screws which makes replacing a challenge. Even the lightning connector is permanently soldered to the logic board. You can check out the step by step tear down or watch the video after the break.
With any new devices, it is time for a Nexus 5 drop test from Android Authority. For the Nexus 5, they are doing it at a perfect venue over at Google’s Googleplex surrounded by the various Android statues.
Compared to the Nexus 4 drop test, the plastic back of the Nexus 5 appears to be more robust. However since it isn’t a single uni-body construction, the snap on back cover starts to open around the corners where it gets the most impact.
Watch the full drop test after the break.
The folks at iFixit has gotten their hands on a Nexus 5 and it is time for another round of smart phone tear down. While the body construction uses plastic as opposed to a more premium glass on the Nexus 4, the new device is praised with a high repairability close.
The Nexus 5 uses plastic clips to attach its back cover while using just a little bit of adhesive to keep it securely in place. Most of its components including the motherboard and various modules such as headphone jack and speakers are easily removable thanks to its minimal use of glue. On the downside, the only complication is its 4.95″ Full HD screen which is fused together with its front glass.
Watch the tear down review video after the break.
The guys at iFixit has done it again with another round of tear down of the iPhone 5. While most might find the iPhone 5 design to be similar as the previous model, the assembly of the iPhone 5 is actually very different.
Instead of opening from the back to access the front, the iPhone 5 adopts a top down approach assembly. To remove the front glass, which is the more commonly replaced component, all you’ll need is a a pentalobe screwdriver and a suction cup to lift the glass. This is a remarkable improvement and definitely makes broken glass replacement fairly quick. According to iFixit, the iPhone 4S takes about 45 minutes to replace the front glass but it takes about 10-15 minutes to replace the glass on the iPhone 5.
Other discovery includes a slightly higher voltage battery at 3.8V (iPhone 4S: 3.7V) and it comes with 1,440mAh capacity. The durable iPhone 5 aluminium frame is surprisingly light, being only slightly heavier than the front glass.
Head after the break for the tear down review video. Visit iFixit for the full tear down guide.