There are currently three Android Wear devices that are official, the Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch (up for pre-order) and the Moto 360. The first two have already been given the review treatment seeing as though there is still no sign on the 360, although this gives us more time to look at the other devices.
Today we thought we would talk about the Gear Live, as this has been taken apart by iFixit. The G Watch has as well, but we wanted to concentrate on Samsung’s effort first.
In the video below you get to see just how easy the Samsung Gear Live teardown is just by using 5 tools. The straps are always the first to come off, which is done by moving a release mechanism. Fitting them back on is just a reverse process.
iFixit had to remove the battery before getting to the rest of the inner workings, with the power button ribbon cable the next to come out, and it is then that we get to see something in the video of real interest, a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi antenna, as we were told by Samsung that the Gear Live was not going to be Wi-Fi compatible.
We are not too sure what this means, but there could be an update down the line to add this feature? While we would like to take you through the step-by-step process, it would be far easier for you to watch the video.
The Gear Live is very easy to repair as it has been given a repairability score of 8 out of 10.
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