DROID RAZR and Its Ultra-Thin Body Get Torn Apart, Motorola Also Talks Design

These iFixit teardowns are usually worth a quick glance because the innards of new technology is simply fun to look at. Rarely though, do we get to see something we haven’t seen before or that makes us actually thumb through the entire teardown. That’s definitely the case with the DROID RAZR. This one, is worth your time.

Since there isn’t a removable battery, and the top and bottom halves of the phone have been glued tightly together, the iFixit crew had to put in some real work to make this happen. If you were wondering how Motorola managed to pack all of the high-end spec goodness into such a thin frame, this is your way to find out.

Plus, we are also always suckers for good dozuki sighting.  (more…)

DROID3 Gets Torn Down, No Surprises Included But We Still Cringe

The iFixit crew took to the DROID3 as they do any new device that has built up buzz and tore the sucker down.  There weren’t any surprises tucked away, but we do get to see its set of radios for global roaming, dual-core OMAP4430 processor, on-board stoarge, 512MB of RAM, 4 inches of Gorilla Glass, and that pretty new 5-row keyboard.  Yep, standard stuff.

We do want to point out their note about this phone being pretty tough to get into all the way.  What does that mean?  That you definitely don’t want to drop it, crack the screen, and try to repair it yourself.  Good luck!   (more…)

Motorola XOOM Torn Apart, 4G LTE Upgrade Should Be Super Simple?

The iFixit crew wasted no time tearing into the Motorola XOOM and confirming that it indeed sports a Tegra 2 along with every other listed spec, but that’s not the story here.  When we broke news that the the 4G LTE upgrade for the XOOM would take approximately 6 days, the internet caught fire and people seemed genuinely disappointed in the news.  While we’ve known since CES that the device would have to be shipped back to Motorola for the upgrade, most people wondered why it would take almost a week?  well, iFixit seems to be wondering the same thing and points out that almost any seasoned tech should be able to perform it…

A seasoned technician can perform this swap in less than 10 minutes. Heck, a donkey could probably pull it off in less than two hours. We have no idea why a customer couldn’t just go to a Verizon store and have on-site representatives enable 4G on the spot, just like they’re able to transfer mobile contacts and perform other activation procedures.

And who knows, maybe Moto and Verizon will get together and train their crews on how easy it could be to upgrade this little guy.  After all, they have about 90 days to get everything in order.  Or maybe this was part of their agreement?  It wouldn’t surprise me if Verizon said, “If you [Motorola] want us to release this device early?  Then you are responsible for updating it.”

Thoughts?

Via:  iFixit, Daily Tech

DROID 2 Torn Apart, We Cover Our Eyes

These teardowns make me cringe every damn time!  The thought of someone purchasing a brand new phone, likely at full price, and then chopping it to pieces should be illegal, slap-worthy or involve something else completely painful.  OK, I’ll admit that it’s still pretty cool and I’m glad someone does it so that we have posts like this!

The Droid 2 is the latest victim and has few surprises under the hood, but really just  provides some entertaining shots of its guts including the one below of the newly enhanced keyboard.

Check out the rest of the teardown over at iFixit.

Cheers Jose!