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.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
  • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • Strong adhesive on the front and rear covers makes opening difficult.
  • Battery is buried under several components, making it difficult to replace.

4

Apple iPad 5
  • LCD is straightforward to replace once the front glass is removed.
  • Excessive adhesive holds everything in place, including the battery.
  • High risk of breaking the front glass during disassembly.

2

HP Pro x2 612 G2
  • Manufacturer-provided repair documentation.
  • Easy opening procedure.
  • Intricate construction allows for modularity but makes repair more complex than necessary.

9

Google Pixel C
  • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • The fused display is thin and must be removed to access any other component.
  • Adhesive on some components makes repairs more difficult than necessary.

4

HP Elite x2
  • Easy opening procedure.
  • Simple, modular, glue-free design.
  • Manufacturer-provided repair documentation.

10

Huawei MediaPad T2 7.0
  • Standard Phillips screws used throughout.
  • Adhesive on some components makes repairs more difficult than necessary.
  • High-wear components are soldered to the main board, making those repairs difficult.

6

Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0
  • Most components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • Adhesive on some components makes repairs more difficult than necessary.
  • High-wear components are soldered to the main board, making those repairs difficult.

7

Apple iPad Pro 12.9"
  • Battery has pull tab adhesive to aid removal.
  • LCD and front glass are fused and difficult to open without damage.
  • Excessive adhesive greatly hinders disassembly.

3

Microsoft Surface Pro 4
  • Easier opening procedure than previous generations.
  • Replacing any component requires removing the display.
  • Excessive adhesive greatly hinders disassembly.

2

Apple iPad 4 Mini
  • Battery is not soldered to the logic board.
  • LCD and front glass are fused together.
  • Excessive adhesive greatly hinders disassembly.

2

Amazon New Fire (5th Gen)
  • LCD and front glass are not fused and can be replaced individually.
  • Front and rear panels are fairly easy to remove and replace.
  • Adhesive on some components makes repairs more difficult than necessary.

7

Amazon Paperwhite (7th Gen)
  • The battery is easy to replace once the device is open.
  • Standard Phillips screws used throughout.
  • Adhesive on the display makes opening more difficult than necessary.

8

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • Adhesive on some components makes repairs more difficult than necessary.
  • The fused display is thin and fragile, and must be removed to access any other component.

5

Apple iPad Pro 9.7"
  • Battery is not soldered to the logic board.
  • LCD and front glass are fused and difficult to open without damage.
  • Excessive adhesive greatly hinders disassembly.

2

Google Nexus 9
  • Rear case is easily removed.
  • LCD and front glass are fused together.
  • Very strong adhesive on the display and battery.

3

Apple iPad Air 2
  • Battery is not soldered to the logic board.
  • LCD and front glass are fused together.
  • Excessive adhesive greatly hinders disassembly.

2

Amazon Kindle Voyage
  • Several modular components can be replaced individually.
  • Rear case is easy to remove.
  • The front glass and display are fused together.

7

Amazon Kindle 7th Generation
  • Easy opening procedure.
  • Simple, modular design with few, distinct components that can be replaced independently.
  • Battery adhesive is much stronger than necessary.

8

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6
  • Easy opening procedure.
  • Simple design with few components.
  • Glass is fused to front plastic frame.

8

HP ElitePad 1000 G2
  • Manufacturer-provided repair documentation.
  • Most commonly replaced components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • RAM and SSD are non-upgradable, soldered to the motherboard.

7

Apple iPad Mini 3
  • LCD and glass are not fused together.
  • Excessive adhesive greatly hinders disassembly.
  • Lightning connector is soldered to logic board.

2

Microsoft Surface Pro 3
  • SSD can be replaced.
  • Tons of adhesive hold everything in place.
  • The fused display is very thin and fragile, and must be removed to access any other component.

1

LG G Pad 7.0
  • All commonly replaced components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • Standard Phillips screws used, very sparingly, throughout.
  • Manufacturer does not share repair information with repair shops or consumers.

8

Acer Iconia One 7
  • LCD and front glass are not fused and can be replaced individually.
  • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • High-wear components are soldered to the main board, making those repairs difficult.

8

Apple iPad Mini 2
  • LCD and glass are not fused together.
  • Excessive adhesive greatly hinders disassembly.
  • Lightning connector is soldered to logic board.

2

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

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

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.

1

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

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

9

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

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

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

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

2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8

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

6

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

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

8

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

8

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

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