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Old 05-15-2010, 12:51 AM   #1
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Teardown: A look inside Kobo's eReader

For those of you tech heads who are interested, here is a couple of links to what's inside that pretty little piece of plastic your holding.

http://www.wirelessgoodness.com/2010...kobos-ereader/

More Pictures of the Kobo's inards:

https://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/prod/oet/f...ive_or_pdf=pdf

Enjoy.
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Old 05-15-2010, 01:03 AM   #2
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Actually, I think the FCC pictures are the originals of all of those. Too bad they are sort of fuzzy. I haven't tried to figure out how to open up my Kobo. I think it is snap together, but it might have glue or ultrasonic welding, too. I don't want to break it I like it (mostly) just the way it is.
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Old 05-15-2010, 01:26 AM   #3
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Actually, I think the FCC pictures are the originals of all of those. Too bad they are sort of fuzzy. I haven't tried to figure out how to open up my Kobo. I think it is snap together, but it might have glue or ultrasonic welding, too. I don't want to break it I like it (mostly) just the way it is.
Pholy, I think most of us like our Kobo just the way it is. AND I really think most people reading ebooks, don't really care what's behind the screen, as long as it works. I was just fulfilling that morbid curiousity that most of us humans seem to have. Yes, it is too bad the pics are sort of fuzzy.

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Old 05-15-2010, 05:32 AM   #4
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If the Kobo comes out with WiFi capabilities - will it be call the i-Kobo? Yak, yak, yak.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:46 PM   #5
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I believe the case is snapped together. I accidently dropped the Kobo & the case broke & a small piece came off (sh*t). I just snapped it back in place.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:51 PM   #6
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The images are also available on our local wiki. http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Kobo...r_disassembled

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Old 05-18-2010, 05:24 PM   #7
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I believe the case is snapped together. I accidently dropped the Kobo & the case broke & a small piece came off (sh*t). I just snapped it back in place.
Ahh... the first person to drop one. was it a bad drop? Does the KOBO still work? I have been wondering about this since I was battered about on a busy subway ride. Ebooks are all good and fine but, if I drop a paper book it still works afterward.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:49 PM   #8
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Thanks for the look inside. I'm still trying to decide what to get. If they improve the sans-serif font and add full-justification, I'd gladly go with the Kobo.

The pictures have me curious about replacing the 1000mAh battery with a 2000mAh one for longer time between charges.

The switches in the 5-way button look pretty standard. I think it would be easy to replace them with a "softer" one that doesn't click.

Also, removing the bluetooth board would likely give longer battery life since I would never be using bluetooth anyway.

I might just have to get one to "operate" on it.
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:59 AM   #9
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Also, removing the bluetooth board would likely give longer battery life since I would never be using bluetooth anyway.
The bluetooth module is only powered up when you explicitly tell the Kobo to sync that way via a menu... as far as I know, I don't think we even have the option to be in always-available mode with the current firmware.
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:20 PM   #10
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Ahh... the first person to drop one. was it a bad drop? Does the KOBO still work? I have been wondering about this since I was battered about on a busy subway ride. Ebooks are all good and fine but, if I drop a paper book it still works afterward.
Yea, it still works fine. I've also read somewhere else here that the bottom left corner appears to be somewhat "flimsy". Guess which corner broke on mine!
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Old 05-21-2010, 05:55 AM   #11
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Thanks for the look inside. I'm still trying to decide what to get. If they improve the sans-serif font and add full-justification, I'd gladly go with the Kobo.

The pictures have me curious about replacing the 1000mAh battery with a 2000mAh one for longer time between charges.

The switches in the 5-way button look pretty standard. I think it would be easy to replace them with a "softer" one that doesn't click.

Also, removing the bluetooth board would likely give longer battery life since I would never be using bluetooth anyway.

I might just have to get one to "operate" on it.
Yeah, those buttons are horrible!, can't believe they used those instead of the soft rubber ones with imprints at the bottom to close the circuit. The stuff you find on calculators.
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Yeah, those buttons are horrible!, can't believe they used those instead of the soft rubber ones with imprints at the bottom to close the circuit. The stuff you find on calculators.
Personally, I totally approve of the clicky switches. I like the tactile feedback. (But then I'm using a model M keyboard!)
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I like that the buttons are pretty 'tough', so I don't accidentally hit them all the time. On the other hand tho, sometimes the presses just don't registers.... even when I feel and hear the 'click'
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I like that the buttons are pretty 'tough', so I don't accidentally hit them all the time. On the other hand tho, sometimes the presses just don't registers.... even when I feel and hear the 'click'
Agreed, on all points.
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:09 PM   #15
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After looking at the pics it looks like it would be pretty easy to fit a new battery when it eventually becomes necessay. The only thing that would worry me is getting the cover off without breaking it, anyone done it yet.
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