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iFixit Gives the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch a Teardown, Looking for the Secrets of Android Wear

Google’s first iterations of Android Wear have been on people’s wrists in the form of the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live since Google I/O ended. Like clockwork, the guys from iFixit have gotten their hands on a few devices, so they could tear them down to show us what exactly goes into the two new smartwatches in case you ever had to do some repairing yourself. We also like seeing the insides of these products, especially new-to-market tech like smartwatches. 

If you are not familiar with iFixit, the website posts detailed descriptions of how to completely tear apart a piece of tech that you use everyday in order to show the process that goes on should you ever attempt to fix something yourself. Luckily for any current or future owners of the G Watch or Gear Live, you can expect a fairly easy repair if something were to break.

The Gear Live scored an 8 out of 10 on the iFixit repairability scale and the G Watch scored a 9, 10 being the easiest. Both smartwatches are fairly simple and easy to tear down, the only thing keeping them from an almost perfect score is that both watches fuse the display directly onto chassis of the watch. This makes a display repair, should you ever need it, a pretty involved operation. Outside of that, the two pieces of Android Wear are easy to work with, but please don’t go prying apart your new smartwatch without knowing what you’re getting into.

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Via: iFixit G Watch Teardown | Gear Live Teardown
  • n900mixalot

    You didn’t mention that they found a WIFI antenna in the Gear Live.

    • Daistaar

      Don’t think that’s a WiFi antenna. Looks more like a rubber seal to provide the water resistance. Galaxy S5 has something similar.

  • Curious Jorge

    What happens if you Push where it reads Pull?

    • Daistaar

      The door doesn’t open and people laugh at you. Trust me…

      • Dizzy D

        That’s why I only use revolving doors.

      • Unless its the Tardis……

  • Average DL User


    • Wu Chang

      Correction….Lenovo 360.

      • PoisonApple31

        Not yet…

      • Max Kolb

        No its still moto 360.. The purchase isn’t final yet and all of the development of moto 360 was done under Google (Not that Google even had much to do with it.)

  • Ryan N

    Why doesn’t “will it blend?” cover more Samsung products?…

    • Ryan N

      Sorry, that was rude… I should have included one plus one.

  • JiGSaW525

    There seems to be more room for a bigger battery on the Sammy version.

    • morgan boyle

      A custom printed battery would probably be a real hit in these watches. every little bit of space is so precious.

      • Dan Churco

        That keeps it bigger, so when Verizon sells it, they have room for a Logo

    • j

      You are backwards. There is open space, which means room to shrink the size while maintaining the current battery capacity. The problem with these watches isn’t battery life IMO (who cares if you need to charge every day), it’s that they’re much too thick to aesthetically pleasing. Sorry, no room for a 1cm thick “watch” on my wrist.