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iFixit Tears Down the Nexus 7, Shows Us All of the Play Packed Inside

iFixit has given the latest and greatest Android tablet, the Nexus 7, the old tear down treatment that they give to all of the new gadgets that come out. Luckily for everyone planning on buying the device, the site gave the 7″ tablet an impressive repair score of 7 out of 10 (10 being the best). For reference, they gave the new iPad a score of 2 out of 10.

The whole device can be torn down with one screwdriver and the guys report that everything comes apart rather easily. The battery can also be swapped out with minimal effort, the only problem is that the display and the Corning glass protecting it cannot be separated.

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Via: iFixit

  • Trevor

    According to iFixit’s teardown, the Nexus 7 has DDR3 RAM. That’s a plus.

  • BDUD

    the 8GB model only has 5.72GB of storage space out the box since the OS shares the memory. DroidLife has a video on this and the boot-loader is unlockable

  • how about a screen swap?

  • evltwn

    sure hope this isn’t the one that sold for $1825 yesterday on ebay. 😉

  • imns

    So it looks like the Nexus 7 design originally had a camera or at least planned for one. I wonder how hard it would be to find out what module would fit and then throw in some camera drivers…..

    • Trey Motes

      It has a front facing cam…

      • imns

        I know that, I have one on pre-order. But the “space” for a rear cam begs for a little hackery

    • nightscout13

      They will stuff it into the Nexus 7 2.0

  • Tyler

    I can’t wait for a tear-down of the Nexus Q. Interested to see whats in that orb.

    • 4n1m4L

      Watch the video. Its basically a gnex with extra interfaces, a 120 power supply and a 25 watt amp

  • asda

    Will it be possible to swap out the internal storage for something humongous big?

    • Andrew Wegand

      Would really love to know if this is possible too.

    • j__h

      The flash is Kingston KE44B-26BN/8GB 8GB flash it has BGA (Ball Grid Array) connections… thus it would be very very difficult to swap. It seems there is a 32 GB module in the same line, it would have been nice if they had put that in.


    • Why not get a USB OTG cabe and get an external HDD/USB

    • DanKemple

      With all the cloud storage how often do you really need more than 8gb? I personally don’t come close to that on my TFP or my Bionic, just curious what you all would use more than 8gb that has to be available immediately, not via cloud.

      • feztheforeigner

        Some games (like Shadowgun) will take a full gig and a half…that means we get like 6 games and nothing else for the rest of the phone

        • Tyler Chappell

          Exactly, it would have been impossible for me to get the 8GB version, and I also kept in mind that even with the 16GB I am really going to only have about 13 or so GB, and I think its something like 5-6 on the 8GB model, right? I’m all for using the cloud to stream my music etc, but at the same time, I may use this tablet to listen to my music a lot and I may not be in a wifi area every time, having all of my music copied onto the device would take about 9GB alone, I really wish they would have included a 32GB model though, or at least have MicroSD, but oh well, it’s Google’s baby, so I know I’ll be plenty satisfied.

        • michael arazan

          ot to mention when you fill up your memory the system always slows down, but i don’t know if that affects a quad core since I’ve never used one yet.

        • I install all the things i want on my GNex. I haven’t filled it up yet. Think im at 6gb left and i have: GTA III, Shadowgun, Asphalt6, dead space, hot pursuit, mc3, nova 2, just to name a few

  • KleenDroid