Do you purchase a device based on the hype and specifications only? Do you keep in mind the reparability factor? iFixit has published a list of reparability scores for tablets belonging to current and previous gen. Here’s all

The scores were awarded to the tablet phones depending on the reparability standing. With score 10 being awarded to the “most” and 1 to the “least” repairable phone.

Let’s find out the “who”, “how” and the “what” about the ratings-

“WHO” rated the devices-

The devices were awarded the ratings by the engineers post disassembling each tablet phone.

“HOW” were the devices rated–

The devices were rated based on the difficulty in opening of the phone, the type of fasteners found inside, the complexity involved in the disassembling and in replacing the major components. Based on the points scored for upgradability, use of non-proprietary tools for servicing, and component modularity, the devices have been scored between 0 and 10.

“WHAT” are the scores-

The scores achieved by each device crack the mystery of who stands where. The scorecard is as under:

9

 

Dell XPS 10

image thumb What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· Easy to open. Easy to remove battery.

· Colour-coded screws and labeled cables inside.

· LCD is fused to the glass.

9

 

Amazon Kindle Fire

image thumb1 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· Device is easy to open. No proprietary fasteners.

· Simple design with standard Phillips screws.

· Glass panel is fused to frame.

8

8

Dell Streak

image thumb2 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· Device is easy to open.

· Battery is easy to replace.

· LCD is fused to the glass.

8

 

Motorola Xoom

image thumb3 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· No proprietary fasteners.

· LCD and front glass are not fused.

· 57 screws means a long disassembly time.

8

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

image thumb4 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· Modular design and easy to remove components.

· Front glass is not fused to the LCD.

· Heat gun is needed to replace the LCD.

8

 

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

image thumb5 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· Easy to open. Easy to remove battery.

· Colour-coded screws and labeled cables inside.

· LCD is fused to the glass.

7

7

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

image thumb6 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· Device is easy to open. Only 12 screws.

· Battery is easy to replace.

· Front glass, GlowLight LEDs, and digitizer are fused together.

7

 

Google Nexus 7

image thumb7 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· Device is easy to open. No proprietary fasteners.

· Battery is easy to replace.

· LCD does not separate from front glass.

7

6

Apple iPad 1

image thumb8 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· Front panel is held in place with clips.

· LCD is not fused to the display glass.

· Battery is difficult to remove and replace.

6

 

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

image thumb9 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· LCD is not fused to front panel assembly.

· Excessive adhesive and adhesive strips.

· Battery replacement requires removing motherboard.

6

 

Google Nexus 10

image thumb10 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· Easily removable battery. LCD is not fused to glass.

· The opening procedure is a very difficult process.

· Several components are attached by both screws and glue.

6

5

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

image thumb11 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· With just a few clips, the device is very easy to open.

· Heat gun is needed for fused LCD and front glass.

· Battery and cables are adhered to case.

5

4

Microsoft Surface RT

image thumb12 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· Once the device is opened, the battery is easily replaced.

· Difficult to open device.

· LCD is fused to the front glass.

4

2

Apple iPad 2

image thumb13 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· LCD is easy to replace once the front panel is removed.

· Battery is difficult to remove and replace.

· High chance of cracking the glass during disassembly.

2

 

Apple iPad 3

image thumb14 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· LCD is easy to remove once the front panel is removed.

· Excessive amounts of adhesive holds everything in place.

· High chance of cracking the glass during disassembly.

2

 

Apple iPad 4

image thumb15 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· LCD is easy to remove once the front panel is removed.

· Excessive amounts of adhesive holds everything in place.

· High chance of cracking the glass during disassembly.

2

 

Apple iPad Mini

image thumb16 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

· LCD and glass are not fused together.

· Excessive amounts of adhesive makes any repair difficult.

· Hidden screws complicate disassembly.

2

1

Microsoft Surface Pro

image thumb17 What’s your Tablet reparability score?

Battery is not soldered to the motherboard.

Tons of adhesive holds everything in place.

Opening the device risks shearing the display cables.

1

     

Now let us try to analyze a couple of points here. We should keep in mind the fact that the lower the score, the more difficult is the reparability. Except for the Surface Pro, nearly every tab from Apple falls in this category. This points to a very single but important fact- Apple does not want it’s consumers to repair their devices themselves or get them repaired from places which are not authorized by Apple. This solved two purposes. The first being that the repair business remains with Apple, which is beneficial since it brings in more revenue. The second one is more important- Generation after generation, release of difficult to repair devices helps Apple retain customers.

The Google gang of companies (with all the pun intended) fare much better. We hope that our readers will keep reparability in mind while making purchase for new devices.

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