Analyst Report: Gadget Makers, Embrace the Teardown

Analysis

Websites like iFixit are meant to provide a guide for out-of-warranty repairs, take stock of components and satisfy some geeky curiosity — consumer watchdogs, they are not. Yet DIY sites and the people that run them are also exposing, in the most literal sense, how electronics makers are fashioning their wares and if they live up to their claims, eco and otherwise. Scrutiny aside, online DIY resources are also a treasure trove of insight into the levels of user serviceability that green gadget buyers can expect out of their electronics.

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