A recent "teardown" component analysis of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone by iFixit found the gadget to be uncommonly easy to take apart and repair. But it also uncovered the Z10's Achilles heel when it comes to durability: Its display.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
This morning iFixit, a company that performs regular “teardowns” of new and notable tech gadgets and then sells repair manuals, tools and parts, released its analysis of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, which went on sale in the United States last week—the Z10 has been available in the United Kingdom and Canada for weeks.
The most notable findings from iFixit’s BlackBerry Z10 teardown are the fact that the device is abnormally easy to take apart and repair, at least when it comes to major components. But it also has one very significant flaw; if the Z10’s display shatters it loses all touch-screen functionality and becomes useless. This is because the Z10’s display “digitizer is applied directly to the glass and fused in turn to the LCD…A drop from ear-height on concrete spells death,” according to iFixit.
It’s not at all uncommon to see iPhone or Android users with smashed screens who are still able to use their devices despite damaged displays, but according to iFixit, BlackBerry Z10 users won’t be able to use their Z10’s with broken displays. If the Z10’s display shatters, the phone is useless until the entire display component is repaired, iFixit says.
Here are a few additional notable findings from iFixit’s BlackBerry Z10 teardown:
The BlackBerry Z10 received an iFixit “repairablity” score of 8 out of 10, one of the highest scores iFixit has given in “a while.”
The BlackBerry Z10’s “3.8 V, 1800 mAh Lithium-ion battery allows for up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G with up to 13 days standby time…the Nexus 4 uses a 3.8 V, 2100 mAh battery with over 10 hours of talk time, while the iPhone 5 is equipped with a 3.8 V, 1440 mAh with up to 8 hours of talk time on 3G.”
The BlackBerry Z10 is composed of parts from Avago, Qualcom, Samsung, ST Microelectronics and Texas Instruments.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.