Motorola Xoom Gets Torn Down, Is Filled With Screws

Posted: Feb 25 2011, 10:45am CST | by , in News | Android

Motorola Xoom Gets Torn Down, Is Filled with Screws
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The LTE Switch can be handled in minutes, not days.

Motorola's Xoom is one screwy piece of gadget. That's what I took away from iFixIt's wildly thorough teardown of the Xoom. They pulled the new Android 3.0 slate apart and found no less than 57 screws, not bad for a full-sized laptop! Thankfully, those screws were all of the very common T5 and T7 variety. In all, the Xoom scored an 8 out of 10 for repair-ability.

Those of you who bought a Xoom and plan to do the LTE upgrade will find this interesting. Ifixit has figured out what the whole process involves. Apparently, Motorola is making you wait a whole six days for a swap-out that can be handled in a manner of minutes. There is a dummy board in there right now, but swapping it out is almost childishly simple.

Ifixit estimates that a "seasoned technician" can handle the swap in about ten minutes.

Outside of the many, many screws, the Xoom seems built to be tinkered with. Almost all the components attach via individual cables and the LCD separates from the glass. This allows cheap repairs and easy replacement of individual parts. Despite being a CDMA device, the Xoom launches with a dummy SIM card for 4G functionality.

The Xoom's battery is a giant 3250 mAH Li Ion Polymer, good for 3.3 days of MP3 playback. It is comparable to the iPad's battery in terms of size.

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