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Hottest Cracking Open teardowns of 2011

Bill Detwiler counts down the top five Cracking Open hardware teardowns of 2011.

From smartphones and tablets to old-school PCs and LED televisions, I've cracked open a lot of tech this year. And during this special Cracking Open edition of TR Dojo, I'm counting down our top five teardowns of 2011.

Here's a link to each of the teardowns on our list:

  1. Apple iPad 2
  2. 55" Samsung UN55D6300SF LED TV
  3. HP TouchPad
  4. Tandy TRS-80 Model 100
  5. Amazon Kindle Fire

About

Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

4 comments
npiotrowski
npiotrowski

dear bill, i enjoy your breakdown videos , however i find the picture breakdowns tedious, in 2012 could you please post videos instead of pictures of the breakdowns? thanks, np

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

Once again hours of work only to be stopped by a pop up in the final move.Some programs say FREE but will only render a fraction of the files.Stuff like "Will only convert the first three files" or "Puts our watermark on the finished product" or "30 seconds until shutdown.Please save your work".The last on is my favorite.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

Some of these big time file type conversion programs didn't work at all.Long lists of file types but a waste of time.I spent two days to find one that worked.DVD/CD software goes on forever in web searches.Why wouldn't any audio/video generic software program work?You would download some HD desktop backgrounds and make your video.I'm almost afraid to try the DVD in my CD player.For your own place of business just hook up a DVD player's audio and you'll have unending music!The DVD software also will copy from CD's.It's cool software to see run.A computer at it's best.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

Well I converted the Mpeg 4-.m4a London Symphonic audio files to Mp3 files and then burned an audio DVD.In my TV DVD player I was told that the files would not play in my region.The DVD software is really cool.The disk plays just fine in my computer as a DVD.Hours of music.Some movies that I have downloaded and rendered exhibit the same regional problems.In the DVD software there is a DRM removal button.I make three disks in the same run.I was wondering if this is a virus in my DVD unit.So,is there a disk that does a virus scan of my DVD player?I suppose that the London Symphony uploaded the files on a lark."Let's see if we can make it big".Nice work guys the album is stellar.This download is a first copy off a digital master.