Monday, July 28, 2014

Amazon Fire Repairability Rating 3 According to iFixit

Amazon Fire, iFixit

Amazon Fire, iFixit

iFixit gave Amazon Fire a score of 3 out of 10 when it comes to reparability on their Teardown Scale since the smartphone has a lot of wires and other constraints that makes it harder for the user to tear it apart then pull it back together. The cables, connectors and glue are just too messy. It will be a nightmare for the repair department.

That's to be expected since Amazon Fire is not an ordinary smartphone. It phone has 1280 x 720 pixel display and a screen size of 4.7 inches. It is equipped with 13MP main camera and a 2.1MP secondary camera. The internal storage of the phone is 32 GB, you can also opt for a bigger storage of 64GB. It has 4 IR cameras so that it can detect the users face to give the screen a 3D effect. The smartphone is powered by quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 application processor and a graphic processor. It runs on Android Fire OS 3.5 operating system. The 32 GB is priced at $199 with a contract. 

iFixit discovered that the phone uses WCN3680 chipset which supports Bluetooth LE 4.0—a technology. So the BLE (Bluetooth low energy) are incompatible with the Fire Phone.

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