The amazing disassembling team at iFixit has put together a handy dandy tablet repairability list. The list takes note all of the tablets that the iFixit team has disassembled along with their repairability scores. So the question remains – how did Apple’s tablet (the iPad) fare against the competition in ease of repairability?
According to the list, not so well. Apple’s first generation iPad did alright, receiving a 6 out of 10 for the repairability rating; however, all of Apple’s later-generation tablets including the iPad 2 and newer did quite poorly with a 2 out of 10 repairability rating. iFixit explains how they rate devices below:
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The two largest complaints from iFixit about the iPad 3 and newer are that there is an excessive amount of adhesive keeping everything in place and there is a high chance of cracking the display during the disassembly. The iPad 2 shares the high chance of cracking the glass during disassembly; however, there doesn’t appear to be an adhesive complaint, only that the battery is difficult to remove. On a more positive note, the iPad 2 and newer all share the convenience of an easy-to-replace display.
The many newer iPads would be at the very bottom of the iFixit repairability list, if it weren’t for that grumpy little Microsoft Surface that iFixit had such a hard time disassembling. iFixit gave the Microsoft Surface a 1 out of 10 for repairability because there is a ton of adhesive everywhere and there is a huge risk of slashing apart the display cables when you open the device.
At the top of the list is the Dell XPS 10, which received a 9 out of 10 in repairability, because the tablet is easy to open, it's easy to remove the battery, and there are color-coded screws and labeled wires so you know where everything goes after you've disassembled the device. Just under the Dell XPS 10 is the Kindle Fire, which received an 8 out of 10 in repairability for its easy-to-open design, lack of proprietary fasteners, and standard Phillips screws.
While it would appear that Apple’s hardware is getting tougher to repair with each new release, that doesn’t seem to matter much for the end user since they can just take their problematic device to a Genius Bar and get it replaced (assuming the warranty is still good). But kudos to iFixit for making the interesting list!
Sources: iFixit via MacRumors