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How Fixable Is That New Gadget? [Chart]


If I drop my iPhone 5 on the sidewalk, how easily will it be to repair the screen? What if my Kindle Fire##Q##s battery stops holding a charge? When we##Q##re shopping for new tablets and smartphones, we seldom take these kinds of things into consideration. Most of us just presume nothing bad will happen. And if it does, well, we##Q##ll deal with it when it happens.

 

As far as the manufacturers are concerned, they##Q##re usually more interested in getting customers to stand in line for the new gadget in another year or two, so making it easy to fix today##Q##s devices is hardly a priority. If you look at the user manual of an iPad, Kindle Fire or Nexus 7, you won##Q##t see instructions on replacing the battery – or opening the device for any purpose. iPhones are held together using proprietary pentalobe screws specifically designed to keep you out of your device##Q##s innards.

But how realistic is that in 2013? Just how fixable isthat tablet you##Q##re thinking of buying?

Thankfully you don##Q##t have to wait until the screen shatters to find out. The folks over at iFixIt have been tearing down the hottest new gadgets as they##Q##re released and posting detailed, step-by-step reports on the guts of each one. We put together this handy chart of how iFixIt ranks popular smartphones and tablets:


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