Jul 25th, 2014

amazon fire phone teardown

Wondering if the Amazon Fire Phone is just as nice on the inside as it is on the outside? iFixIt has come through once again with a teardown that will let you make your own mind up on that. The fearless team has cracked the device open to get a sense of build quality and to see how easy it would be to repair the thing.

As for build, it’s about as clean as you’d expect from Amazon. They’ve no doubt done a great deal of research and development to make sure all the unique things they’re doing (such as putting for non-visible cameras into the corners of the phone for purposes of eye and head tracking) fit into a form factor that’s comfortable enough to hold on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, though, this unique assembly comes at the cost of a huge pain in the rear-end when it comes to repairs. iFixIt scored the Fire Phone 3/10 (where 10 is the easiest to repair) due to copious amounts of glue and a cabling system where components share multiple cables.

The lack of modular design means components are terribly expensive to replace, so you’ll definitely want to get insurance or an extended warranty should anything happen to your expensive investment. If you don’t mind that, though, and you like everything else the Amazon Fire Phone has to offer we reckon this shouldn’t be a big deal. Stay on the lookout for our Amazon Fire Phone review coming soon to see how the phone holds up from a user’s perspective!

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