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iFixit Tears Down The Pixel C, Finds 17 Magnets And Glue, Lots Of Glue

Do you like Android device porn? We sure do. We love it when phones and tablets shed their outer shells and splatter all their naughty bits for us to gawk at and drool over. It's innocent fun and we learn a thing or two about smartphone anatomy that they don't teach us at school. The most educational gadget porn providers are iFixit: they don't just show you what's lodged inside your favorite gadgets, they also teach you how to get to the important bits in case you need to fix them. They're like the physiology professors of techies.

The latest device to pass under iFixit's scalpel is the Pixel C, Google's most recent and most awesome tablet.

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The LG G5 Is Just As Easy To Repair As The G4: Gets An 8/10 From iFixit's Teardown

The guys and girls at iFixit like tearing down gadgets, not for the thrill of shredding a poor phone in a blender or crushing it under 10 tons of bricks, but for scientific and nerdy purposes. They like figuring out how a phone is exactly built, how you can take it apart and put it back together, and how easy it is to fix at home for ordinary people who only have a couple of tools and enough common sense to follow instructions.

Most of the devices iFixit has gone through in recent times have gotten poor repairability scores. Thanks to the move to unibody designs and non-removable batteries, phones like the Galaxy S7 and Nexus 6P got a measly 2 out of 10 score.

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The Galaxy S7 Bares All In iFixit's Teardown, And It's Even Harder To Repair Than Last Year's Model

The folks at iFixit are all about empowering consumers to repair their own devices. But they never said that was easy, and such is the case with Samsung's 2016 flagship. As usual iFixit has meticulously torn apart the Galaxy S7 for your education and entertainment, and unsurprisingly, the components are even more intricate and hard to replace than they were on the Galaxy S6. Warning: gratuitous phone guts below.

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iFixit Announces The Repair Association, A Lobbying Group Representing Electronic Repair Pros And DIY Enthusiasts

The folks at iFixit aren't just the people who rip apart every new gadget that comes down the pipeline. They're also enthusiastic proponents of user-accessible devices that can be repaired without an engineering degree - that's more or less the purpose of the site, including the store that sells tools and parts for readers to follow along with those prolific teardown guides. Now the company is spearheading a new lobbying group that intends to fight for the rights of consumers and third-party repair professionals.

They're calling it the Repair Association, and they've partnered with like-minded organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Service Industry Association, the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, the Fixers' Collective and others to make it a reality.

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The Nexus 6P Gets A Measly 2 Out Of 10 For Repairability From iFixit

The Nexus 5X had a surprisingly good repairability score of 7 when it was examined inside out by iFixit, but the Nexus 6P... not so much. In the teardown for this device, the aluminum unibody 6P was found to be very difficult to open and disassemble. Even "simple" repairs of this device are far from simple for most people.

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Nexus 5X Ripped Apart By iFixit And Given A 7 Out Of 10 For Repairability

As is tradition, iFixit has obtained a new phone and torn it asunder in hopes of learning what makes it tick. The Nexus 5X is the latest phone on the iFixit disassembly table, and it turns out to be much more repairable than other phones. You won't need any weird tools and many of the components are simple to replace.

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iFixit Opens Up Its Android Repair Hub And Parts Store, Fixers And DIYers Rejoice

When we mention iFixit here on Android Police, it's often because of the team's excellent teardowns. They know how to take apart the most complex devices and figure out every single part that goes in them. However, iFixit — as the name suggests — is more popular for its comprehensive repair guides that span computers, electronics, and iPhones. Android has finally joined the ranks with a really extensive catalog of supported gadgets.

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The iFixit Android Hub organizes devices by phones, tablets, watches, and TV. At this point, the last two sections contain teardowns for the most part, with a few guides available for the LG G Watch and the Nexus Q.

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iFixit's Teardown Of The Moto 360 Shows Packed Internals And A 20mAh Battery Discrepancy [Updated]

Update: Motorola responded to Ars Technica's post on the same iFixit story to explain the battery discrepancy. According to the statement, 300mAh is a "minumum rating" for the battery manufactured by Pro-Power, while 320mAh is a more typical rating. (Batteries are much less precise in terms of capacity than, say, a RAM DIMM.) The mix-up reportedly stems from the fact that they simply didn't have room for both a minimum and maximum rating on the tiny label, and erred on the side of caution - after all, end users aren't really supposed to see it. You can read Motorola's full statement at Ars Technica.

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Teardown Of Nexus 4 Finds World Band 4G LTE Chip That You Probably Can't Use

It was a little surprising to see Google announce a new Nexus device this year without LTE support. While LTE deployment is still lagging behind in many regions, the good old USA is fast becoming blanketed with speedy 4G. Now that the Nexus 4 is in the wild, iFixit has taken it apart, and you'll never guess what they found. Yes, a 7-band 4G LTE radio chip. The plot thickens...

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The chip in question, the Qualcomm WTR1605L (highlighted in green above), supports all currently operating LTE networks around the world. This chip is probably a holdover from the LG Optimus G design, which the Nexus 4 is based on.

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Official (And Open-Source) iFixit App Hits The Play Store – Tear Down And Repair From Anywhere

Perhaps the most popular (and complete) free repair manual in existence, iFixit, launched an official app for Android recently, bringing detailed step-by-step repair instructions and (of course) the saucy teardown images we've come to know and love from the service's online counterpart to your Android devices.

For those who don't know, iFixit provides users with incredibly detailed repair guides for a huge variety of things from laptops to mobile devices, game consoles, and even cars, including great imagery and nice explanations for why hardware is the way it is.

The free repair manual's official app offers the same easy-to-grasp instructions as iFixit.com, delivering them to your mobile device with a simple, easy interface.

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