The cool thing about watching someone else tear apart a piece of electronics equipment is that you get to see the guts without compromising your own gear. There's always the risk that when you put everything back together, it won't fire up, or you'll be left with a fist-full of extra parts that probably needed to go somewhere. In this case, Google's Chromebook won't ship to the general public until June 15, 2011, but do-it-yourself repair site iFixIt managed to get a Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook well ahead of its launch and did what any responsible site would do in this situation -- it gutted the Chromebook for a techtastic autopsy.
Whenever there's a new piece of mobile hardware, be it a tablet or a smartphone, it's a safe bet the surgical bunch from iFixIt will tear into it and expose the guts. The most recent device on iFixIt's operating table is the Samsung Galaxy S 4G smartphone, which started off looking awfully sexy, but ended up in a pile of parts, a piece of which was set on fire. So what did we learn?
DIY repair website iFixIt has a serious fetish with tearing into electronics just for the fun of it, and this week they've carved into Verizon's iPhone 4. Externally, iFixIt notes there's isn't a huge difference between Verizon's CDMA model and AT&T's GSM iPhone 4, though Verizon's does sport a different antenna design. The SIM slot is gone, and no doubt at the insistence of Apple, Verizon's branding isn't plastered on the iPhone 4. And of course this one comes with those annoying Pentalobe screws designed to keep you from mucking about.
The Nexus S may represent the latest and greatest pure Google experience, but as usual the folks over at iFixit aren’t happy until they’ve torn through the warranty sticker in the name of science. So if you’re like me and have an insatiable curiosity for mobile hardware, feel free to check out the linked gallery for a full breakdown of all the components.
The teardown confirms that the shipping models have stuck with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird processor, 16 GB of flash memory, and 512 MB of ram as specified in the press release, but you’ll have to take a look for yourself to see how they were able to fit it all into such a small package. Overall the unit scored a 7 out of 10 for ease of repair, which compares pretty favorably to the iPhone 4 which took almost twice as many steps to detail the disassembly alone.
The hardware masochists over at iFixIt.com have given the new Boxee Box its official right of passage into the electronics world, which requires gutting like a pig and laying out the digital organs for all to see.
iFixIt said it was hard to ignore just how much taller the Boxee Box is compared to the Apple TV and Logitech Revue devices, but that its build quality rivaled Apple's and was much more solid-looking than the Revue. Adhesive holds the lime green rubber base in place, and underneath that sit four #1 Phillips and two #2 Phillips screws.
From the looks of things, the Boxee Box isn't terribly difficult to get into, though we don't recommend doing so unless you have a real good reason to void your warranty and potentially turn your $200 box in a pricey doorstop.
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When it comes to Apple PC’s most Maximum PC readers will likely take a pass, but when it comes to portable music players, we are willing to bet more than a few of our readers are rocking out to iPods. The fact that vast majority of iPod users use Windows must secretly burn away at Steve Jobs, but a quick balance check on his bank account probably helps keep his blood pressure in check.
The new iPods are smaller, have better battery life, and are downright impressive. Want to see them torn down to PCB’s in the name of science? So do we! Check out the links below or after the jump for the full iFixit teardown off all three new models.