We don’t always recommended that readers crack open their phones or tablets and attempt to repair them without a professional, but if you are careful and decide that you need to, owning the proper tools is essential. The folks at iFixit are about the best in the business at fixing the tech we use, so when they put together bundles of tools to get you going, they are worth a look.
On the DL Deals store for the next couple of days, you can purchase iFixit’s Pro Tech Screwdriver & Jimmy Bundle. The bundle includes a 15-piece screwdriver set (list of bits at the link below) that should cover just about every random screw you could run into with a smartphone open. You also get the “Jimmy,” which is an opener/blade that slips between the gaps on phones or tablets, helping you pry them open carefully.
The bundle runs just $59.95 for the next 4 days.
When iFixit performs a teardown, they give us a score in a 0-10 range, with 10 being easily repairable by their standards. While few of us will ever try and repair broken parts on a phone, there is some comfort in knowing that if your $600+ device breaks, you might be able to fix it yourself without having to fork out for a warranty or insurance claim. The latest to receive the treatment is Google/Motorola’s Nexus 6, the whale among us. In somewhat surprising fashion for a late-2014 phone, they gave it a 7 out of 10, which means it is mostly repairable. (more…)
What secrets lie sandwiched between the metal of Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha? iFixit, having exhaustively documented its teardown of the so-called iPhone killer, can definitively tell us. (more…)
The Moto 360 has been torn down! I’m not sure why I am showing excitement over that fact, but hey, round things do not come around often in this world of square displays, chipsets, and boards. So, yeah! Moto 360 teardown!
The team at iFixit took on the task, as they always do, showing how easy or uneasy it would be to repair a Moto 360 should yours run into problems. In the case of the 360, it isn’t exactly easy, scoring 3 out of 10. Translation – you probably shouldn’t try to repair your Moto 360. Let the professionals do it. (more…)
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. (more…)
Remember Project Tango, Google’s development smartphone that allows users to map 3D models of entire rooms? The folks at iFixit managed to get their hands on a prototype, and as customary for their outfit, have disassembled it step-by-step for all of the world to see. (more…)
HTC may have made the most luxurious feeling handset on the planet in the One (M8), but should you need to do any sort of repairs on the phone, you’ll likely end up replacing the whole thing. iFixit, the king of fix-it-yourself tutorials for gadgets, ran through its typical “teardown” of the new HTC flagship and found that it was slightly easier to repair than the original One, though it’s still nearly impossible. (more…)
The iFixit team didn’t wait too long to get their hands on Google’s new little TV streaming dongle. There is not much to the Chromecast to begin with, so the iFixit team realized they wouldn’t have to pull out the big guns to tear it down. Nevertheless, they broke out the tools and cracked it open to give us a glance at the magic behind the new tech. (more…)