The device surgeons at iFixit not that it is virtually impossible to open the device without damaging the rear case making repairs and component placement very, very difficult. This is compounded by the manner in which the HTC One is assembled.
iFixit noted that:
On the upside, iFixit say that the HTC One is indeed a top-notch device that combines impressive quality build with lasting durability.
So what this means to you? The HTC One can take a beating but it’s best be avoiding considering repairs are difficult and as a result, expensive.
Other notable HTC One componentry past the jump.
The Sony Xperia Tablet S is much thinner than its predecessor while maintaining its signature wrap around design. Apart of having newer hardware such as Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad core processor, the Xperia Tablet S is more rugged with splash proof features.
To find out what goes inside this aluminium clad body, Sony has released its own official tear down video which is performed by Sony’s very own engineer. While opening the tablet looks fairly easy with hooks and screws, the splash-proof tapes and seals require some force to open. The same goes for its LCD which they took about 20 minutes to remove. The battery on the new Xperia Tablet S takes up more footprint compared to its predecessor but overall it is much thinner to maintain its slim and light profile. They have also revealed that the 2 speakers are moved from the sides to the bottom to avoid hands covering them while in use.
Head after the break for the quick tear down and reassembly video.
To see what goes inside the Galaxy Nexus, we leave it to the professional guys at iFixit. This time they have given the Samsung Galaxy Nexus a nice little tear down treatment which reveals its innards and just how challenging it is to open up this nifty little gadget.
Overall, the components internally are easily replaceable but the main case which covers the motherboard was a challenge to open. iFixit had to pry the screen off using a couple of guitar picks. In addition, the glass is fused together with the Super AMOLED screen which means replacement could be costly.
Head after the break for step by step disassembly.
The folks at iFixit has managed to give the slim Droid RAZR a nice little dismantling treatment. The Droid RAZR is the 4G LTE version of the Motorola RAZR which was also launched on 11.11.11 in the US. Nevertheless, both devices would be quite identical except for some components required for LTE.
The RAZR has no user removable battery and the back is sealed with a Kevlar woven cover. From the tear down, they have managed to take this apart with a
Japanese saw spudger. Contrary to what people think, the Kevlar back isn’t bulletproof but it provides tough protection while being flexible. An actual bullet proof vest has multiple layers of Kevlar and a ceramic plate.
With the cover removed, replacing the battery is quite easy with just 2 torx screws on the connector. There’s even a convenient little flap that lets you pull out the battery easily. iFixit also revealed that the Super AMOLED Advanced display is fused with the front panel which might be costly to replace.
Head after the break for step by step tear down.
For those who are into DIY, here’s a teardown video of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. Instead of the usual iFixit, this teardown is brought to you by DirectFix. The video shows you step by step directions from dismantling the screen and other parts as well as putting them back together.
Obviously dismantling your brand new Bold 9900 would void your warranty but it serves as a good repair guide for situations that are not covered under warranty.
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Before anyone could blend or break the Galaxy S II down to its components, Samsung has released an official tear down of the device. Unlike iFixit step by step dismantling, Samsung offers an overview of its components hidden under that
8.98.49mm thin body.
It shows you where the vital components are located as well as materials used in its construction. For example the back plate uses a 0.1mm thin Hyperskin material which features 3000 chain patterns to prevent scratches, fingerprints and slips.
To check it out in detail, head over to Samsung’s Global Blog.
For all you super BlackBerry geeks out there, this is like porn.
Head on over to after the jump for the full video lowdown.
The Nokia N8 has been given ifixit‘s signature teardown treatment. Watch how these guys tear down this anticipated device down to its bare components while they guide you through each parts and components installed.
They will show you how easy it is to open up the device with a T4 Torx screw, revealing a 1200mAh Nokia BL-4D battery which Nokia says is not recommended for user replacement. They also discovered that the AMOLED display is independent and not fused together. This should mean cheaper and easy replacement if you accidentally break the N8′s glass.
Check out the 3 page photo tear down process here.
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