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iFixit tears down Motorola Droid Bionic

iFixit is at it again, this time with a teardown of Verizon’s recently launched 4G LTE Motorola Droid Bionic, which was also just discounted to $199 on Amazon.

One interesting note from the teardown is the fact the front-facing camera is most likely a 0.3 megapixel, a spec Motorola typically doesn’t provide. They also confirm the qHD LCD is the same that appeared in the Motorola Atrix and “every Motorola Android phone since”, and the larger than typical camera is to thank for “the “hump” at the top of the phone”.

The Bionic scored 9 out of 10 for repairability (10 being the easiest). A summary of the repair process is below, if you’re interested.

    • No tools are necessary for changing the SIM and microSD cards.
    • The battery can be removed in seconds.
    • The phone is held together with a limited number of screws and plastic clips. Adhesive is minimally used in its construction.
    • Many components can be replaced individually, and are not located on large, delicate ribbon cables.
    • The LCD is separable from the glass front panel, making them independently replaceable.
    • You must disassemble the entire phone to replace the LCD or front panel.
    • Replacing the rear-facing camera requires removing one of the motherboard’s EMI shields.

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.