[Android Phone Teardown] Chassis Pried Open [Part 1]

Oct 24, 2008
Nikkei Electronics Teardown Squad
A comparison of the first-generation iPhone and the "T-Mobile G1." The T-Mobile G1 could start playing a Youtube video more quickly than the iPhone.
A comparison of the first-generation iPhone and the "T-Mobile G1." The T-Mobile G1 could start playing a Youtube video more quickly than the iPhone.
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Nikkei Electronics Teardown Squad started to break down the "T-Mobile G1," an Android mobile phone released in San Francisco ahead of other states in the US.

We began operation in high spirits but bumped into a big problem in a minute: Screws on the chassis did not turn. Two of the four screws were easily unscrewed, but the other two did not move an inch. We tried to remove them with all our might, and, at last, they stripped their threads.

So, we had no choice but to pry open the chassis. After tens of minutes, we finally opened it.

Android Mobile Teardown Video (Japanese)

The back cover was removed.
The back cover was removed.
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Two of the four screws were easily unscrewed, but the other two weren't. So, we pried open the chassis.
Two of the four screws were easily unscrewed, but the other two weren't. So, we pried open the chassis.
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Finally, a board appeared.
Finally, a board appeared.
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The opened chassis
The opened chassis
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The screw that did not turn (lower right)
The screw that did not turn (lower right)
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