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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!

  • el33t
    Who wants to see the Droid 3's insides?

    Not me.
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  • sunflier
    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...
    What you wanna bet Apple has a slew of lawsuits pending against iFixit.
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  • joebob2000
    According to the iFixit crew, the highlights of this teardown include the presence of a SIM card (absent in older Droids);

    Did you forget about the SIM card in the Droid 2 Global?
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  • restatement3dofted
    el33tWho wants to see the Droid 3's insides?Not me.
    Then why did you even bother opening this article...?
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  • Dandalf
    sunflierWhat you wanna bet Apple has a slew of lawsuits pending against iFixit.
    Yeah Apple really don't want people to look inside their idevice and realize it's actually not filled with magic but is just a PC inside.... and an obsolete one too. Remember when they even invented a new type of screwhead to keep people out!!!
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  • joz
    DandalfYeah Apple really don't want people to look inside their idevice and realize it's actually not filled with magic but is just a PC inside.... and an obsolete one too. Remember when they even invented a new type of screwhead to keep people out!!!
    Yea, I remember using a flathead and a bit of muscle to unscrew those new screws.
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  • rh_dog
    I like seeing iFixit tear downs, but no LTE = fail for Droid 3
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  • nebun
    el33tWho wants to see the Droid 3's insides?Not me.so why did you read the article?
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  • nebun
    rh_dogI like seeing iFixit tear downs, but no LTE = fail for Droid 3LTE is not mainstream yet...when the next iPhone gets LTE capabilities then it will be mainstream and more service will be available
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  • jgutz2006
    jozYea, I remember using a flathead and a bit of muscle to unscrew those new screws.
    Nintendo threw in a new 3 slotted screw, half way between a flat head and phillips for the Wii, bought one for less than a dollar to make my Wii Mod run a little smoother
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