Gadget teardown specialist iFixit has revealed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is easier to fix than the Apple iPad.
The experts did not break a sweat to offer the newly arrived tablet a full disassembly and reveal its internal hardware specifications.
Based on their findings, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 contains components that mostly stick together through several clips and screws while some parts had some adhesives but are necessary.
The Apple iPad, on the other hand, uses glue to toughen up its internal hardware.
“We like the combination of screws and clips. The screws are enough of a hassle to keep out meddling kids, but will by no means deter anyone who needs to fix anything inside,” said the iFixit team.
Samsung did not attach the Galaxy Note 10.1 LCD screen to the front glass, which makes it more convenient to pull out and replace, unlike the Apple iPad.
“Success! Repair enthusiasts everywhere—rejoice! The front glass and LCD can be separated and replaced individually. iPhone design engineers should take notes,” they remarked.
The iFixit team of experts found that various components connect to the mainboard thru isolated connectors, which eventually saves time and money for repair.
“Having a lot of connectors is a huge boon for repairability. When components can be easily accessed and removed, repairs are much easier,” iFixit reported.
Another easy to remove component is the dock connector.
To which iFixit said, “Just like all of the components that we disconnected in the first few steps, the dock connector can be removed by simply detaching a connector and unscrewing a pair of screws. More points for repairability!”
Overall, iFixit scored the Samsung Galaxy Note an 8/10 for repairability compared to the meager 2/10 score it gave the iPad 3.
Here are iFixit’s notes for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 teardown:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Repairability Score: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
- Once the rear case is off, most components can be individually replaced without removing any other parts.
- The front glass and LCD can be replaced separately, thereby reducing the cost of fixing your Note should you drop it onto concrete in just the right way.
- All screws are Phillips #0, and there are only five different length screws.
- Components are modular. The absence of complicated ribbon cables makes replacing individual components easy.
- The rear case is held on by a lot of clips and a couple screws. There is no adhesive, but the clips can be tricky to dislodge properly.
- In order to remove the battery, you first have to disconnect four cables and some tape.
- The inner frame and some other components are held in with more adhesive than we feel is necessary.
Source & Image: iFixit