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DISASSEMBLED: Motorola's DROID Smartphone

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 16 comments

You've bought the DROID, so now what?

If you're anything like me, you grew up taking apart new gadgets without thinking about how you were ever supposed to put your new toy back together again. Luckily, that was a long time ago and we have the Internet now. In case you didn't know, the World Wide Web is full of people more willing and or capable of performing such surgeries.

Today's skilled surgeons are the folks over at PhoneWreck. Dr. Wreck has posted all of the images and is in the process of identifying all the different bits and pieces. Follow him on Twitter for updates.

If you're brave enough to try this at home, check out the step-by-step process here.

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    hchawk19 , November 12, 2009 3:32 PM
    No Disassemble!!! Number 5, Alive!
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    mrddr6 , November 12, 2009 2:48 PM
    Thats neat to see the "Google" logo on a phone
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    Scotteq , November 12, 2009 3:00 PM
    ..so *that's* what it looks like inside.

    (love my 'droid so far, BTW)
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    liquidblue , November 12, 2009 3:20 PM
    mrddr6Thats neat to see the "Google" logo on a phone

    It's on the G1 as well. I do have to admit I'm a bit jealous, unfortunately this phone was not released on the T-Mobile network otherwise I'd have one of these bad boy's already in hand. Hopefully HTC or Motorola gets something better rolled out on T-Mo's network, My G1 feels outdated :( 
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    mrddr6 , November 12, 2009 3:31 PM
    liquidblueIt's on the G1 as well. I do have to admit I'm a bit jealous, unfortunately this phone was not released on the T-Mobile network otherwise I'd have one of these bad boy's already in hand. Hopefully HTC or Motorola gets something better rolled out on T-Mo's network, My G1 feels outdated


    I feel the same way, my USCellular's HTC Touch PRO feels way outdated compared to the HTC hero and It came out for USC only about 5 months ago.
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    hchawk19 , November 12, 2009 3:32 PM
    No Disassemble!!! Number 5, Alive!
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    gt1209 , November 12, 2009 3:34 PM
    Hope to see more info of this in the next edition of EE Times.
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    rpmrush , November 12, 2009 4:11 PM
    Got my wife the Droid. She loves it. Battery life sux just like all smart phones, but it's pretty close to the iphone in seamlessness. Not quite, but close. It's worth not having AT&T.
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    JMcEntegart , November 12, 2009 4:16 PM
    rpmrushGot my wife the Droid. She loves it. Battery life sux just like all smart phones, but it's pretty close to the iphone in seamlessness. Not quite, but close. It's worth not having AT&T.


    Yeah, I heard the battery life is pants. Wasn't sure if it was true or not. Kinda blows that you can't depend on any smartphone for more than a day. Ah, one day...
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    Abrahm , November 12, 2009 4:16 PM
    I got my Droid the Friday they came out and I love it. I don't know if I'm just lucky, but my battery life has been really good. I go a few days at a time without charging it. The best part about the Droid is that I'm not locked into an Apple product.

    So glad I got it!
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    hillarymakesmecry , November 12, 2009 4:36 PM
    If you leave the phone alone, shut off all the wireless crap you're not using, and turn off all the tasks, It'll last quite a long time. Mine used 20% of the power in 8 hours. That's plaing with it about 30 minutes too. It's too hard not to mess with a new device, that's why the battery life is seemingly bad. The screen eats up a ton of power.

    The multimedia dock is a ridiculous rip off. I'll buy the car dock once it's $5 for a knock off. The navigation works really well. As far as I know it's the only GPS in the world that gives you a satellite view while you're driving.
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    hillarymakesmecry , November 12, 2009 4:45 PM
    Ohh and $270 for a one year contract blows the 3GS's $200 for two years out of the water.

    That being said, I like my brother's 3G more. The droid is too much like a little computer with a phone application. The iPhone focuses more on the phone. I have no "end call" button when I call from a facebook link or others and I have to be at the home screen to launch the phone. Apple's OS is better, not necessarily the device itself.
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    christop , November 12, 2009 6:49 PM
    I didn't get the droid got a lg chocolate touch instead.. I didnt want to pay for the 30 dollar data plan...
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    monicas , November 12, 2009 7:07 PM
    Interesting tear down. I remember seeing the first iPhone tear down and thinking how seriously difficult it was. I think the iPhone is the only phone designed never to be opened. Not even to change the batter. The droid at least seems far more tech friendly in that regard.

    On a side note, I just recently heard the droid commercials and they suck. Great phone, terrible marketing.

    Monica S
    Los Angeles Computer Repair
    http://www.sebecomputercare.com/?p=1178
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    JMcEntegart , November 12, 2009 7:58 PM
    monicasInteresting tear down. I remember seeing the first iPhone tear down and thinking how seriously difficult it was. I think the iPhone is the only phone designed never to be opened. Not even to change the batter. The droid at least seems far more tech friendly in that regard. On a side note, I just recently heard the droid commercials and they suck. Great phone, terrible marketing.Monica SLos Angeles Computer Repairhttp://www.sebecomputercare.com/?p=1178


    I loved the commercials. I thought they were great.

    Agreed that the iPhone is incredibly difficult to take apart. The feeling you get while disconnecting the ribbons for the LCD is terrifying.
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    buwish , November 12, 2009 9:44 PM
    I concur that some phones are easier to take apart in comparison to the iphone. I have a few friends with iphones and one of them had a bad battery or something else to do with the battery. Instead of simply buying a new battery and popping it in, he had to send the phone in and wait 2 weeks for a new one. What a pain. Props to this phone for being accessible.
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    soliderpp , November 13, 2009 3:15 PM
    Scotteq..so *that's* what it looks like inside.(love my 'droid so far, BTW)


    I picked up a Droid Eris last night and I love it. It's about time Verizon got a couple of killer smart phones.