These days it's a rite of passage for every new and high-profile gadget: the moment when its tender casing is torn from its frame and all its silicon guts are spilled for the world to see. That time has already come for the HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus, and ZD Net has given Verizon's LTE version the teardown treatment as well. If you're wondering what the inside of the very first Ice Cream Sandwich phone looks like, well, here it is.
There are no real surprises in the teardown. The micro SIM card (as opposed to a mini SIM card) is still slightly novel, but hardly unique. Samsung phones are pretty slim, but hardly impossible to crack as smartphones go; the DROID RAZR, with its armored construction and teeny tiny seams, is a lot harder. A couple of non-standard screwdrivers is all it takes to separate pretty much every bit of plastic, metal and circuit board.
While it's a great opportunity for tech-heads to get a good look at the Galaxy Nexus' hardware au naturale, I'm more interested in the modding possibilities. Inductive charging still hasn't made much of a splash in the gadget world, but for those with the right skills and mindset, adding it to existing phones is relatively easy. It would be a fun project while we're waiting for Samsung to release the Galaxy Nexus docks stateside.