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BlackBerry Z10 Teardown Reveals A Few Secrets, Solid Repairability Score

by Todd Haselton | March 25, 2013March 25, 2013 2:00 pm PST

iFixit took out a few screwdrivers and tore into BlackBerry’s Z10 recently. The specialists had a few nods of approval for BlackBerry’s design engineers, pointing to the headphone jack on the top of the phone and the removable battery. There were a few surprises, however: “the screws that secured the plastic midframe to the outer case also doubled as fasteners for the motehrboard,” iFixit said, also finding it bizarre that BlackBerry has “absolutely zero adhesive” holding the motherboard.

iFixit found that the display unit is really thin but that, as a downside, any shattering of the display itself will ruin the ability to use the touchscreen. Overall, though, the company said the BlackBerry Z10 received a repairaibility score of 8/10, mainly because the battery can easily be replaced, the motherboard comes out easily and standard screws are used. The biggest downside was that the LCD is fused to the glass and that smaller components have a ton of adhesive holding them down, which means they’re harder to remove.

Sure is nice to see products that don’t fail miserably.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...