The hottest new tablet?
That would be the Amazon Kindle Fire. The e-retailer has already upped manufacturing orders twice to 5 million, and many are already saying the Fire will be the iPad’s first real competition.
And with all this buzz, iFixit has decided to give the Fire its signature teardown treatment.
So what’s inside the Fire? Chips from Texas Instrument, Samsung and Hynix. The device’s insides also resembled the Blackberry Playbook’s — down to the Texas Instrument processor. Deconstructing the Fire was easy, making the tablet easy to repair. Says iFixit:
Blazing your own trail into the Fire doesn’t require much. A Phillips #0 screwdriver, some plastic opening tools, a spudger, and a couple guitar picks will do the trick. By and large, we were blown away with how easy it was to disassemble the Fire. Minimal adhesive, standard screws, and the non-fused display filled us with glee. Although its plain design (no volume buttons, cameras, etc.) meant fewer components, we had no hesitation in rewarding the Fire with a sterling 8 out of 10 for repairability.
In case you were interested in tearing apart your own Fire, here are more photos of the process.
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