• Kindle Fire Gets Torn Down – No Surprises Here

    Kindle Fire Gets Torn Down – No Surprises Here

    iFixit, bless their hearts, have taken a Kindle Fire to pieces, though as it turns out, there aren’t too many pieces to begin with. The battery is one huge unit, and all the processing and I/O occurs on a single PCB at the bottom of the device. Those expecting a carbon copy of the Playbook both outside and in will be disappointed: the layout, batteries, PCB, and all the components… Read More

  • iFixIt Tears Down The Motorola Xoom, Finds It Full Of Parts, Air

    The Motorola Xoom, like the iPad, is mostly dead air and a battery. iFixIt did their best to tear out all the important bits, finding a large screen, a handsome circuit board, and what appears to be a dead PCI board dedicated to future upgrades. Read More

  • Teardown Of Nikon D7000 Shows Off The Well-Packed Interior Of A Modern DSLR

    I wouldn’t say this teardown of a D7000 is of particular interest over, say, a Canon or Pentax, but you don’t often get to see brand-new DSLRs cracked open like this. When you think about it, there really is quite a lot of computing power packed into these guys. Being able to process and write thirty 16-megapixel RAW or JPEG images at five or six per second is a serious task. Go… Read More

  • iFixit Goes Speaker Hunting In HTC Surround Teardown

    Spoiler: The inside of a Windows Phone 7 device looks like the inside of an Android or iOS device — just so you know. Didn’t want you proceeding expecting to see something like little Redmond gremlins hobbling around the circuit boards and modems. Yeah, if you’ve seen one teardown, you’ve seen them all. So unless you get a tech chubby from circuit board pr0n, proceed… Read More

  • New MacBook Air Teardown Reveals Relatively Few Apple Design Secrets

    In classic iFixit fashion, the latest Apple laptop has been torn to pieces a mere day after its release event. How exciting! Now we get to find out how Apple managed to cram so much of 2007’s technology into that gorgeous case. Unsurprisingly, Apple has made the new MacBook Air nigh-impossible to service on your own. Not only is the interior secured by five-sided Torx T5 screws, but most… Read More

  • TC Teardown: 13 Ways To Get To $10 Million In Revenues (Part I)

    TC Teardown: 13 Ways To Get To $10 Million In Revenues (Part I)

    After last month’s TechCrunch Disrupt, and to provide a business companion to the popular “Lean Startup” customer development methodology, this TC Teardown focuses not on how one specific company makes money but rather seeks to provide a breakdown of the main general ways consumer Internet startups try to make money. Consider it a guide to Internet business models. If you… Read More

  • Tearing Down The iPod Shuffle: Harder Than You Think

    Tearing down the iPod Shuffle may look easy – it is, after all, made of a few pieces of aluminium press-fitted and glued together – but the poor lads at iFixIt had a dickens of a time. Their complaint? Although this step makes it look super-simple to open the Shuffle, it’s not. It took us a good half hour of prying and heat-gunning to open the little guy.
    Pro tip: Aluminum… Read More

  • The Dell Streak Gets Its Obligatory Teardown

    If you’ve ever wanted to know what was inside of a Dell Streak, have we got a web page for you. Our buddies at iFixIt ripped up the Dell Streak, revealing its sweet, sweet circuit boards and tiny camera. One interesting point: the LCD is bonded to the front glass which means you can’t replace just the LCD assembly. Weird. Read More

  • The Motorola Droid 2 Gets Released And Ripped Apart In The Same Day

    The Droid 2 hit VZW stores earlier today, but yet the mad scientists over at iFixit already got their hands on one and tore it apart in the name of gadget pr0n. The process didn’t revel anything terribly surprising, although while the battery is rated at the same 1390 mAh, Motorola is claiming twice the battery life. That’s neat. Click through to iFixit for the rest of the… Read More

  • TC Teardown: Chegg Is A Money Machine

    TC Teardown: Chegg Is A Money Machine

    Editor’s note: Book rental startup Chegg is making money hand over fist. Guest author Steven Carpenter does a teardown of its business model and estimates its revenues will reach $130 million this year.  Carpenter was the founder and CEO of Cake Financial, which was sold to E*Trade earlier this year.  Previously, he’s written TC Teardowns on Groupon and Zynga. Chegg may very… Read More

  • TC Teardown: Zynga's Profit Machine At Risk

    TC Teardown: Zynga's Profit Machine At Risk

    Editor’s note: In this guest post, entrepreneur Steven Carpenter does a teardown of Zynga’s business model and calculates an estimate of its profits. Like YouTube, Twitter, and Groupon, social gaming pioneer, Zynga is a member of the “fastest from founding to $1B valuation” club, having earned its membership in just 19 months. There are two significant traits that… Read More