iFixit: Kindle Fire is the easiest to repair Android tablet, iPads and Surface Pro toughest overall

March 1, 2013
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    Kindle Fire

    There are probably hundreds of ways you can rank the best and worst tablets around. Most of you do it by display size and crispness, performance or build quality, but how about repairability?

    True, tearing a tab apart and then putting it together with your bare hands and a Phillips screwdriver are not the first things to come to mind when scouring the online stores for the best deal. But wouldn’t it be nice to know that you could easily do that if you really needed to?

    The guys at iFixit seem to think so, and, after taking several tablets for destructive spins and then making them look as new, they’ve come to a few interesting conclusions. The most shocking revelation – Dell’s XPS 10 is the best at something.

    Well, not the best, but the easiest to repair slate. The Windows-based 10-incher fell short of perfection, but still got 9 points out of ten. Which basically means that fixing the thing in time of need is a walk in the park for anybody.

    iPad 4

    Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the very worthy silver medalist, with an 8 score, while the podium is wrapped up by… wait for it… the 5-inch Dell Streak. Talk about a blast from the past.

    The number four through six spots on the ranks are all captured by Android, but you’ll never guess who the highly commendable podium follow-ups are. We have the Motorola Xoom, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.

    Wow! That is just… random. A two year-old 10-incher, an early 2012 7-incher and a late 2012 7-incher. There’s one more Android tab in the top 10, the Nexus 7, ranked an honorable eight, behind the Nook Simple Touch (which is also technically based on Android, we guess) and ahead of the iPad 1 and Nook Tablet (again running tweaked Android).

    Surface Pro

    But now comes the fun part. If we look past the Nexus 10 and Kindle Fire HD 8.9, who haven’t made the top 10 cut, but have still got passing grades. The Surface RT has a repairability score of 4, the iPads 2, 3, 4 and Mini get two points each, while the Surface Pro is at rock bottom, with 1 out of 10.

    Pretty depressing, but hey, think of it this way – those four iPads are tied with Amazon’s Kindle Fire… if we add all their numbers together. As for the Surface RT and Pro, they’re seriously not worth our bad puns. They’re bad puns themselves. Ba dum tsss!

    Just for the record, I know this is not the most meaningful competition. After all, the tabs are not ranked here from best to worst, but from easiest to toughest to repair. And yet chances are some of you will want to tinker around with your tab’s internals. In which case you could or could not go for Android, but you definitely should never, ever choose Apple. Just saying.

    Comments

    • kascollet

      Does anyone have failure rates for all these devices so we can correlate the ability to be repaired and the actual need to ?
      After all, if a device is sturdy and/or the support is good/fast, I don’t need to care about its repair ability.

      • Mike Bastable

        A much more relevant question kascollet…

    • xiaobin761

      tinyurl.com/cnaff79

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