Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX gets torn down: battery almost impossible to replace

Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX gets torn down: battery almost impossible to replace
The new Amazon Kindle Fire HDX is one of the best small tablets available right now. It is very similar to the Nexus 7 in size, screen and resolution, but very different in terms of looks and functionality. However, what is it that really makes it tick? Device surgeons from iFixit have put their crafty fingers on Amazon’s latest 7 incher to bring us a glimpse inside the tablet.

Tearing down the Kindle Fire HDX is not easy, but not impossible either. With some prying around, unscrewing and unlocking of clips, you can open the tablet without a heat gun and that’s good news. However for those who like to play around with components, or simply if you need to repair the handset, the challenge just begins.

Under the hood, the battery is glued and in order to change it you need to actually separate the motherboard. Even worse news is that doing so is difficult / bordering with the impossible as you have to separate the screen.

Finally, the LCD is actually fused to the cover glass so you need to replace both if it cracks making repairs more costly. All in all, the Kindle HDX scores a very poor 3 out of 10 for repairability.

source: iFixit

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1. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

---" simply if you need to repair the handset, the challenge just begins."--- Us older people take a lot of abuse from the younger generation that think they know better. However, my continual point on retaining removable batteries comes to reality now. Most mainstream users have no clue how to do their own maintenance on electronics. But, they do know how to change batteries. This is really a d-bag move by the industry to keep consumers at financial bay when it comes to this sort of thing. My question is whether tech sites like this one understand where I'm coming from and if they see our point. It is one thing to lust over a new direction of trend. It is another to show common sense. It would be my extreme hope that the editors of sites like these would begin pushing for a medium balance of consumer advocacy when propping up better construction of devices. We certainly could have a great constructed device while easily accessing the electronic sacrificial lamb. However, the manufacturers are quickly gaining the upperhand in forcing customers to either pay high service rates or even device replacements just for stupid battery failures. John B.

2. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Well said John. These are all tactics that are adopted by these corporates to hold their customer for ransom by the battery (you thought i would say something else, didnt you?).

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