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Amazon Kindle Graphite (3G+Wi-Fi) 2010 Teardown

Opening the box

In Summer 2010, Amazon released an updated Kindle reading device. Amazon dropped the Kindle's price to $139 (3G only) and $189 (3G+Wi-Fi). The new device has an improved display, more storage, and offers faster page turns. The redesigned Kindle is also thinner and lighter.

Follow along as Bill Detwiler cracks open the Kindle Graphite (2010).

Checkout Bill's teardown gallery of the original Amazon Kindle and see how far the electronic reader has come.

Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

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22 comments
darkalter2000
darkalter2000

I'd be interested to know if anyone finds a good battery for upgrade and how that goes.

edharris99
edharris99

I also completely disassembled a Kindle 3 (my wife's) after she spilled her entire latte on the keyboard area (I don't recommend this :-) ). I got her a new one and figured I had nothing to lose. I managed to completely disassemble it and wiped down the spilled parts with an alcohol wipe. Upon reassembly it is actually now about 95% functional again. Some of the keys as well as the center OK button are not currently working. After doing some more reading, I ordered some 99% pure isopropyl alcohol (the wipes are only 70% alcohol). As soon as it arrives I will tear it down again and soak the keyboard area. Hopefully it will then be fully functional. If you are very careful it is not too difficult to do the disassembly, once you figure out how a couple of the tiny ribbon cable connectors work.

Rpj101
Rpj101

I believe that the entry level Kindle comes with Wi-Fi only -- not 3G only.

wwgorman
wwgorman

I ordered one of the Wi-Fi only models but it connected only once and then never again. I suspect software corruption. Amazon sent a replacement but it came incomplete and was returned with in the hour and I canceled my order. I'll wait for the "prime time" edition

TaDaH
TaDaH

The $139 is Wi-Fi only, not 3G only.

jwcarlisle
jwcarlisle

wish it was 3G only for 139$ but it's not, it's WI-FI only for 139$

MikeBlane
MikeBlane

Bill, what is normally done with the hardware that you pull apart? If it's put back together afterwards, and it works, where does it go from there?

coolmark82
coolmark82

I was wondering if any of you ever thought of doing a teardown on an Apple iPad...

tracy.walters
tracy.walters

Thanks for doing this...I have an insatiable need to know what's going on inside my electronics, comes from being an engineer. Thanks.. A couple typos on the captions: 'removed' should be 'remove' 'The 3G wireless card is attached to the case with two Phillips #00 screws. To removed the card, you'll need to remove the screws and disconnect the antenna cable.' 'left' should be 'lift' 'With the screws removed and the antenna cable disconnected, you can left the card away from the main logic board.'

tech
tech

I'd like to know what the percentage is to how many of these tear-downs actually get put back together in working order? :)

PhilH123
PhilH123

Bill, My big clock at home needs a teardown - you free this weekend? Impressive dis-assemble? but why do you want to do this?

DadsPad
DadsPad

First thanks for the teardown, it is good to know that I can replace the battery if needed. I bought the 3G/WiFi Kindle 3. When I tried to use the 3G to download a book, it gave an error that I had not updated my information. Since I have bought from Amazon for years and I bought the Kindle from Amazon, it had all my information as default. I went to the settings and did a restart, after it reset everything, I have had no problems. I have not used the Wifi function, but it does recognize my Wifi system at home. I entend to use a public Wifi in the future to test. I find the new Kindle to be very satisfying, the page turns are fast and display is very clear.

LedLincoln
LedLincoln

I bought the WIFI-only model. Download your book at home or at a hotspot and you're good to go. I wouldn't plan to use this for web browsing; get an iPhone, iPad, Droid if that's what you want.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

and when asked says he did nothing, user style.

wanharris
wanharris

It's not only because it's made from China but also in supporting to Moore's Law theory where as the period goes by, we tend to get more faster processors, portability and affordability. :)

LedLincoln
LedLincoln

Yeah, I'm waiting to see the reassembled and working Kindle! :)

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

Chinnng, shatter...... Sure Moore loves the expansion....