Xreart Review - Is This Gadget X-Ray Art Worth The Price?
Updated · Sep 26, 2022
Best for: Die-hard Apple fans and tech-savvy people
Xreart is a photography studio established in 2019 that lets you preserve tech products of special significance. It does that by deconstructing your favorite devices and then putting them into beautiful frames. The idea came from Xreart’s lead photographer and his unwillingness to part with his broken iPhone. He then came across a displayed device that sparked up this new concept of putting old technologies with sentimental value right there on the wall.
The company collects used phones from authorized suppliers, takes them apart, and transforms them into gorgeous artworks. It all started with disassembled iPhone art and grew much bigger.
Besides Apple products, the company now stylishly frames game consoles and other phone brands, such as Samsung and Nokia. It offers a DIY option as well—you’re able to buy kits and tools right there on the website. You can print templates, take your phone apart and glue the pieces to the paper. All for the purpose of preserving tech devices special to you.
The frames make for a perfect present, be it for yourself or a fellow tech geek. If you just can’t let go of your old iPhone and like to be reminded of the special memories it stored, then you’ll definitely enjoy such iPhone artwork displayed on your wall.
But there’s more! Xreart positively impacts the environment by collecting used electronics that would otherwise end up in a landfill polluting the planet.
Build Quality and Setup
The wooden frames are built with a plastic front, which brings good and bad with it. On the one hand, it can’t be broken that easily, preventing it from shattering like glass. On the other, it looks a bit cheap and doesn’t quite suit the art inside.
Its back is made from cardboard, much like any other frame on the market. There are rotating clips along the edge and two pre-installed hooks. The inner board, the one where the components are glued on, is paper-thin. At first glance, it does feel rather cheap, despite the price tag. For reference, the iPhone is the company’s priciest item—selling at $399. Though this one’s more than iconic, a valuable “relic” most people would want to pay extra for.
The disassembled devices are laid out perfectly bare, with all their components meticulously labeled. It also features a brief history of the release and additional details such as the discontinued date of the device. However, we must mention that reading it might be difficult for some people as the chosen font’s too small.
Some labels are more generic than others. For example, the disassembled iPhone 4 frame has extra information about the motherboard and the display but nothing about its other elements, such as the cameras.
Back to the device itself—its components are authentic to such an extent that some might even have minor scratches, adding to the rustic vibe. The key parts are aesthetically placed and, together with the labeled info, form a well-executed picture.
What about shipping?
The company uses sturdy cardboard boxes with all protective measures to handle the precious package inside.
After it’s arrived, you can easily mount it on the wall like any other photo frame. If you don’t want to drill your wall, you can just as well put it on your desk. It can stand on its sides, but remember that there is no kickstand support.
Xreart Frames Options
We’ve already covered Xreart’s iPhone art. But what else does the company offer? For instance, you can have Samsung Galaxy S and Nokia E71 tear-downs as well.
Actually, phones are not its only artwork. The collection includes iconic handheld game consoles such as:
- Nintendo Game Boy (the original from 1989)
- Game Boy Pocket
- Game Boy Color
- Game Boy Advance
- PSP 1000
- PSP 2000
In this Xreart review, we’ve included photographs of our original Nintendo Game Boy frame to better demonstrate the process (and get you a bit nostalgic). Each component is carefully placed and explained with words and illustrations.
Note the Tetris illustration on the screen—certainly a successful attempt to bring back some childhood memories.
Below, you can see the DMG-CPU and the main board of this iconic handheld.
The only element we find not entirely thought through is the buffer between the parts and the frame, as it’s rather insufficient. If we look at other Xreart teardowns, we will notice the area is wider, making the picture look more stylish.
Framed parts (iPhone or other) come in two shapes:
1. Squares with the following dimensions:
- 12.99’’ length
- 12.99” width
- 1.38” depth
2. Rectangles that are:
- 17.48” long
- 12.83” wide
- 1.26” deep
Both weigh around 2.2 pounds, which makes them perfect for hanging on your wall.
As we’ve already mentioned, Xreart’s collection features other Apple products as well. It’s true—you can also get the extremely rare first-gen Apple smartwatch framed. If you’ve ever wondered how all its valuable features (such as heart rate sensor, speakers, gyroscope, etc.) fit into the tiny device, now you have the chance to find out.
This statement piece features a preloved watch (meaning there might be signs of wear and tear on some elements), which only adds to its beauty.
The whole ensemble is stylishly designed—the watch is placed on an ivory base, all its parts meticulously labeled, with important information adding to its elegant look and special value.
By now, you’re probably hooked on Xreart’s idea, right? Let’s see if summarizing the main takeaways of this article will solidify your opinion:
Xreart’s frames seem to be the perfect combination of technology and art. They are authentic and original, which makes them an ideal gift for tech lovers.
The details are elegantly designed and displayed—the frame comes only in black, adding to the minimalistic vibe and contrasting with the ivory back, further emphasizing the device itself.
They tend to run on the expensive side, which is a substantial drawback. However, such artworks are relatively rare and can be something in your home people haven’t seen before. They also introduce the educational element (besides, of course, hitting some major nostalgic notes). The skeleton effect of the components inside clearly illustrates how everything works.
Additionally, they are really good for the environment! Dangerous e-waste is recycled and reused instead of being thrown away.
All in all, the concept is pretty original, possessing a gift and collector's appeal. The frames are elegant, educational, and green—something extra to beautify your space and make you feel good. So, we’ll finish this Xreart review by expressing our sincere desire to see more artwork from the company and maybe an expansion into other devices and brands as well.
Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.
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