The Essential Phone is essentially a hot mess. With its pick-and-choose, randomly layered components, overuse of adhesive, and miserable modularity, it’s like a city with no zoning board. But hey, most manufacturers make the same mistakes in their first flagship. While we wanna go easy on baby’s first phone, we must admit they seemed a little distracted by the outsides, and forgot to strip the insides to the essentials.
Tearing down tech may be our forte, but we’re always wary of new tablets on our teardown table: high-performance hardware in a small package seems to be a recipe for trouble. Thankfully, HP’s Elite x2 1012 G2 has a good pedigree and a free online repair manual to boot—so naturally, we’re excited to get started.
Amazon’s Echo Show likes to watch. But it doesn’t like it when you scrutinize back. Too bad. We popped it open anyway. And it’s full of glue—so you better not knock it off the counter. Also, seriously, why does it look like an ancient CRT?
We want to like the Surface line, but it’s like a bad Tinder match: they look great on the outside but are trouble under the Surface (adhesives), and no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to fix or change them (unrepairable and non-upgradable).
iFixit teardown shows that an 10.5″ iPad Pro is essentially a scaled-down version of its 12.9″ predecessor. One move we’re particularly happy with is the retention of the 12.9″ Pro’s danger-free display cable placement. No improvement on the battery front, though: it’s pinned under the logic board, firmly adhered in place, and doesn’t inherit the 12.9″ iPad Pro’s handy removal tabs.
It’s Christmas in June! Our teardown confirms that the new 21.5″ iMac with 4K Display has both removable RAM and a modular CPU. Of course, Apple would say neither is user-replaceable. Accessing and replacing these components isn’t exactly easy, but we’re saying it’s possible.