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The Motorola Droid 3 Gets Torn Apart

It's a rite of passage for any new device: Immediately after hitting retail stores (sometimes before), every shiny new toy must take a trip to the iFixit headquarters for a teardown like no other. Boasting a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPU, an 8-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera, a 4-inch qHD display and a five-row staggered keyboard, we've heard the highlights of the Droid 3 specsheet countless times in the past. However, it's the unknowns under the hood that interest us.

According to the iFixit crew, the highlights of this teardown include the presence of a SIM card (absent in older Droids); the fact that you have to disassemble the entire phone to get at the display; a speaker assembly that uses pressure contacts to transmit data to both the speaker and the antenna (iFixit reports that a hole through the motherboard allows sound to pass through for better transmission to the outside of the phone); and lots of screws and latches hidden beneath labels, which made opening the phone "a rather sticky affair."

Still, it wasn't all bad. All told, the Droid 3 received a 6 out of 10 repairability score, scoring points for an easily-replaceable battery and for a straightforward (albeit time-consuming) disassembly process.

Check out the full teardown over on iFixit!