Introduction

Disassembly of the Amazon Fire Tablet 5th Generation revealed a simple design with a LCD display, motherboard, battery, and unfused digitizer. The digitizer and battery adhesives needed some elbow grease to break through, but overall we were happy to award this design a 7 out of 10 for repairability.

Front and back reference shots. Front and back reference shots. Front and back reference shots.
  • Front and back reference shots.

There are only clips holding the assembly together. No adhesive makes for much easier device access. The plastic back cover comes off to reveal the battery, motherboard, and display hiding on the other side.
  • There are only clips holding the assembly together. No adhesive makes for much easier device access.

  • The plastic back cover comes off to reveal the battery, motherboard, and display hiding on the other side.

  • We can also see smaller components, including a speaker and a camera.

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This battery isn't super easy to remove. It's held in with several adhesive strips that require force to separate. We use a card to fight the adhesive and we can pry the battery out with a bit of effort.
  • This battery isn't super easy to remove. It's held in with several adhesive strips that require force to separate.

  • We use a card to fight the adhesive and we can pry the battery out with a bit of effort.

  • At the top of the motherboard there's a little tamper evident sticker.

We can remove the motherboard after removing five Phillips screws, and disconnecting two ZIF and two press connectors. Front-facing camera is modular and easily pops out. Rear-facing camera is soldered to the board and not going anywhere.
  • We can remove the motherboard after removing five Phillips screws, and disconnecting two ZIF and two press connectors.

  • Front-facing camera is modular and easily pops out.

  • Rear-facing camera is soldered to the board and not going anywhere.

Just the display assembly's left. How hard is a digitizer replacement? Hard.
  • Just the display assembly's left. How hard is a digitizer replacement?

    • Hard.

The Amazon Fire Tablet earns a 7 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair): The plastic case assembly is held together by clips and no adhesive, and opening only requires prying with an iFixit opening tool.
  • The Amazon Fire Tablet earns a 7 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

    • The plastic case assembly is held together by clips and no adhesive, and opening only requires prying with an iFixit opening tool.

    • The digitizer and LCD panel are not fused together.

    • All of the screws in the device are Phillips screws.

    • The battery is modular, but it is held in place by somewhat stubborn adhesive.

    • Removing the digitizer and LCD panel requires fighting through some very resilient adhesive.

    • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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