Droid 3 Smashed to Pieces for Science

The torx masters at iFixit have torn apart Motorola’s latest entry into the Android market, revealing a SIM card—something unusual for CDMA carriers—and a b/g/n WiFi antenna. They note that the display is difficult to remove, and requires that the entire device be disassembled in order to replace it. The Droid 3 received a overall repairability rating of 6/10. Hit the source for a guided tour and detailed photos of the device’s guts.

The Motorola Droid 3 (Droid3) earns itself a repairability score of 6 out of 10.

  • There were no security screws in the entire device.
  • The battery was not soldered to anything and was easy to replace.
  • Many components are mounted to a single ribbon cable, meaning that replacing one requires replacing them all.
  • There is a lot of adhesive holding things together, making disassembly and reassembly difficult.
  • To get to the LCD, the entire device has to be taken apart.



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