iFixit recently published a list of the most (and least) repairable tablets. Several of them are older devices that may already be collecting dust on shelves, but it’s a reminder of all of the teardowns the company has done recently.
The Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet scored the best with a total of 9/10. The company said it’s easy to open, the battery can be easily removed and all of the cables are easily identified. The problem? The tablet’s screen is hard to replace because it’s fused to the glass. The Kindle Fire scored second best because it’s also easy to open and uses standard screws but, again, the screen is fused to the glass. Those devices are followed by the Dell Streak, the Motorola XOOM, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 2.0, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch, the Nexus 7, the first generation iPad, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, Google’s Nexus 10 and a few other devices.
Not surprisingly, however, Apple’s second generation, third generation and fourth generation iPad, and the iPad mini, received a total score of 2/10 because the battery isn’t removable, there are excessive adhesive on some devices and there’s a high-chance that the glass will break on the iPad 3 and the iPad 4. The Surface Pro scored the worst, with a score of 1/10 because “tons of adhesive holds everything in place” and simply opening the device prompts the “risk of shearing the display cables.”
If you’re a do-it-yourself type of person, you’ll want to stick to the higher scoring tablets. Thankfully Apple has top-notch support, however.