Tablet Repairability

Our engineers disassembled and analyzed each tablet, awarding a repairability score between zero and ten. Ten is the easiest to repair.

How we rate devices:

A device with a perfect score will be relatively inexpensive to repair because it is easy to disassemble and has a service manual available. Points are docked based on the difficulty of opening the device, the types of fasteners found inside, and the complexity involved in replacing major components. Points are awarded for upgradability, use of non-proprietary tools for servicing, and component modularity.

Dell XPS 10 Dell XPS 10
  • Easy to open. Easy to remove battery.
  • Color-coded screws and labeled cables inside.
  • LCD is fused to the glass.

9

Amazon Kindle Fire Amazon Kindle Fire
  • Device is easy to open. No proprietary fasteners.
  • Simple design with standard Phillips screws.
  • Glass panel is fused to frame.

8

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2013 Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2013
  • Simplistic, modular design.
  • LCD and front glass are not fused.
  • Glass panel is glued to the front plastic frame.

8

Dell Streak Dell Streak
  • Device is easy to open.
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • LCD is fused to the glass.

8

Motorola Xoom Motorola Xoom
  • No proprietary fasteners.
  • LCD and front glass are not fused.
  • 57 screws lengthen disassembly time."

8

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
  • 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 Amazon Kindle Fire HD
  • Easy to open. Easy to remove battery.
  • Color-coded screws and labeled cables inside.
  • LCD is fused to the glass.

7

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"
  • Front panel is held in place with clips.
  • Modular design allows replacement of several components.
  • Battery is glued and difficult to remove.

7

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch
  • 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 Google Nexus 7
  • Device is easy to open. No proprietary fasteners.
  • Battery is easy to replace.
  • LCD does not separate from front glass.

7

Apple iPad 1 Apple iPad 1
  • 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 7 Inch Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
  • LCD is not fused to front panel assembly.
  • Excessive adhesive and adhesive strips.
  • Battery replacement requires removing motherboard.

6

Google Nexus 10 Google Nexus 10
  • 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

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"
  • 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

Microsoft Surface Microsoft Surface RT
  • Once the device is opened, the battery is easily replaced.
  • Difficult to open device.
  • LCD is fused to the front glass.

4

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7"
  • Several modular components can be replaced individually.
  • Battery is difficult to remove and replace.
  • LCD is fused to the front glass.

3

Apple iPad 2 Apple iPad 2
  • 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 Apple iPad 3
  • LCD is easy to remove once the front panel is removed.
  • Excessive adhesive holds everything in place.
  • High chance of cracking the glass during disassembly.

2

Apple iPad 4 Apple iPad 4
  • LCD is easy to remove once the front panel is removed.
  • Excessive adhesive holds everything in place.
  • High chance of cracking the glass during disassembly.

2

Apple iPad Air Apple iPad Air
  • LCD is easy to replace once the front panel is removed.
  • Excessive adhesive holds everything in place.
  • High chance of cracking the glass during disassembly.

2

Apple iPad Mini Apple iPad Mini
  • LCD and glass are not fused together.
  • Excessive adhesive makes any repair difficult.
  • Hidden screws complicate disassembly.

2

Apple iPad Mini Retina Display Apple iPad Mini
Retina Display
  • LCD and glass are not fused together.
  • Excessive adhesive on battery.
  • Hidden screws complicate disassembly.

2

Microsoft Surface Pro Microsoft Surface Pro
  • Battery is not soldered to the motherboard.
  • Tons of adhesive holds everything in place.
  • Opening the device risks shearing the display cables.

1

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Microsoft Surface Pro 2
  • Battery is not soldered to the motherboard.
  • Tons of adhesive and screws hold everything in place.
  • Opening the device risks shearing the display cables.

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