Pop Quiz: Cracking Open

Can you tell an Apple iPhone from a Samsung Galaxy S by looking at just the internal hardware? Take our TR Dojo Cracking Open quiz and find out.

We've cracked open dozens of computers, smartphones, and game consoles over the years. Inside all those plastic shells and behind the metal shielding are some pretty cool looking circuit boards, processors, and memory units. But, would you be able to tell an Apple iPhone from a Samsung Galaxy S or a Motorola XOOM from a BlackBerry PlayBook by looking at just the internal hardware? Take our TR Dojo Cracking Open quiz and test your knowledge.

As you take the quick remember the following:

  • I tried to remove any identifying marks (logos, labels, etc.) from the pictures, but it's still possible that some markings may "give away" a particular device.
  • I tried to avoid using images that included easily-recognizable external cases, but again, some case shapes will be a dead giveaway.
  • The images are spread across several pages to make the quiz easier to take.
Note: Unfortunately, our poll tool, which I use to create each pop quiz, doesn't let me indicate a correct answer after each question. To keep from giving away the answers before everyone has a chance to test his/her knowledge, and ruining all the fun, I've published the answers on the last page of this blog post. I encourage everyone to answer all the questions before looking at the last page or using your favorite search engine to find the answers.

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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...

BitHammer 1 Like

I'd guess that more of us had cracked open our Commodore 64s than the rest of the lot!


Come on, the only device in the list of choices that was handheld was the Trash 80 Model 100, and there was only one tear-down with a battery compartment. The Commodore 64 was iconic of the early 80s. And the Amiga 2000 was Commodore's shameful attempt to get into the clone PC market, and that last pic was definitely an 8088 clone.


OK, those were easy, but you're wrong about one thing. The Amiga A2000 was no IBM PC clone, nor 8088 powered. Instead, it was way more powerful than a PC, and used a Motorola 68000 CPU. Not shameful at all for Commodore, or its owner/user. BTW, i'm typing from an Amiga A3000 right now.


Some years ago I had them ALL open for investigation or repairs. Now they're all lookalikes or copies. Wasn't that difficult.


That was some nostalgia

DR HAX 1 Like

for some reason he made naming those quite difficult.

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