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Video: Apple iPhone 4S Animated Teardown

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TJ McDermott
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Re: Still a phone
TJ McDermott   11/29/2011 9:34:09 PM
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NPR recently did an article about phones.  The actual article was not very significant, but the host's (Robert Siegel, I think) lead-in comment was.  He said the phone he was discussing had all the features you'd come to expect: a large touch screen, mult-megapixel camera, GPS.  There was nothing about it being a good phone!

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Re: Excellent tear-down video
TJ McDermott   11/29/2011 9:28:08 PM
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Teardowns such as this have become very popular in a rather short time.  Even two years ago, they were the exceptoin rather than the rule.

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Still a phone
Tim   11/29/2011 9:08:29 PM
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Looking at the amazing technology jammed into such a small space, it is almost an oversight that it is still a phone.  It has come a long way from the brick phones of the '80's. 

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Re: Excellent tear-down video
Alexander Wolfe   11/29/2011 3:44:28 PM
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From the design engineering standpoint, I think many people underestimate the packaging and assembly challenges inherent in such a tightly constrained design. This certainly applies to the Android phones and Blackberrys as well (though with the latter, not as much as here and with Android). Add to this the requirement for robustness, and you have a tough set of engineering requirements across the board.

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Re: Excellent tear-down video
Jennifer Campbell   11/29/2011 1:04:51 PM
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I couldn't agree more, Rob. It also continues to amaze me, even at the end of 2011, that so much intuitive, cool technology fits into something so small and thin. I can't wait to see what features are showcased on the iPhone 5!

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Excellent tear-down video
Rob Spiegel   11/29/2011 12:49:16 PM
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What a terrific tear-down video. I really appreciate the interactive aspect of this. Nice job.

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