There was a lot of discussion about whether or not Amazon was making or losing money on each Kindle Fire it sold when the device first launched, and with Google recently introducing its Nexus 7 tablet, many are wondering if Google is in the same boat. Based on a preliminary teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli, it appears Google and Amazon are employing a similar strategy in the 7-inch tablet space, with only about $20 separating each one's respective slate.
You didn't really think we'd let a new gadget emerge without a shout out to the crazy tech surgeons at iFixIt, did you? Having already taken apart Amazon's Kindle Fire and laid out the device in pieces, iFixIt has turned its attention to Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet, the $249 competitor to Amazon's $199 slate. It's a good thing they did, too, because tearing into a Nook Tablet isn't for the faint of heart and you're likely to kill your device if you try this on your own.
The Kindle Fire is likely to be a hot item this holiday season, but you don’t want to take yours apart just to see how it works. Luckily, iFixit has a Kindle Fire that was destined for such a fate. They report that the Fire is quite easy to take apart, not unlike the very similar BlackBerry PlayBook.
Next to the awesome Will It Blend? series by Blendtec, we're big fans of what iFixIt does to hardware. Whereas Blendtec tosses electronics into an industrial blender and records the carnage, iFixIt tears into expensive gadgets, giving the average user who doesn't have the stomach for tech surgery more than just a peek inside. The newest patient to land on iFixIt's operating table is Motorola's Droid RAZR.
Those with even a passing familiarity with tech news sat up and took notice when Amazon announced a $79 Kindle a few weeks ago. While the e-ink devices are certainly cheaper to make than they once were, iSupplyi has done a breakdown analysis of the device and found that Amazon is losing money on each and every Kindle sold. The total bill of materials? $84.25.
When it comes to electronics, we love good old fashioned teardowns just like serial killers can't enough episodes of Dexter. The tech equivalent of Showtime's pathological superstar is iFixIt, the online source for do-it-yourself repair guides and parts. Their latest victim is Nintendo's 3DS handheld console, which they expose not only for our voyeuristic pleasure, but also to learn how easy or difficult it might be for the average Andy to perform in-house repairs.
Those of you disappointed that Motorola didn't seriously undercut the competition with its Xoom pricing, it turns out there's good reason they didn't. Perhaps Motorola couldn't. According to a teardown analysis by TechInsights, the estimated bill of materials (BOM) on the Xoom comes to $278. That's $33 more than Apple's iPad, which carries an estimated BOM of $245 for its 3G, 32GB model, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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.