Tablets get ranked by repairability: Dell XPS 10 is first, Surface Pro and the iPads last

Tablets get ranked by repairability: Dell XPS 10 is first, Surface Pro and the iPads last
The crafty folks from iFixit are always unsoldering something the minute it hits the shelves to see what makes it tick, and are an invaluable source of components and repairability information for our smartphones and tablets.

Recently they took apart the Surface Pro, which turned to be packed so tight together that they gave it the lowest repairability score in the quiver. Since the shop has a rating system, it was only a matter of time before they release a ranking, and you can check it out in the source link - from best to worst for tinkering with.

First in line is the Dell XPS 10, followed by the Kindle Fire, and at the tail of the ranking list are Apple's aluminum slates, and the above-mentioned Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet.

source: iFixit

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11 Comments

1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Woa a score of 1! That's quite bad for reparability this also means the cost of a 3RD party repair shop could go really high.... Though the added size and weigh would have made things more laptop like and much more easy to repair

2. joesseth

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

They're making their products disposable.

3. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

they are trying to make you buy a new one,even for a small problem on the device

7. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

lol, burning through natural resources one tablet at a time

4. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Or you could get the extended warranty from ms

11. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You shouldn't have to, this isn't just a question of cost, it's incredibly wasteful to have to throw out a broken tablet for a new one rather than just fix it.

5. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

Interesting that the tablets usually reviewed with the highest build quality- iPad and Surface, have the lowest repairability ratings. With all

6. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Just because it looks nice and has nice outside materials, doesn't mean its of high build quality.

9. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

Are you claiming that the iPad and Surface are not of high build quality? Becaue the general consensus anoung reviewers is the the iPad and Surface are built like tanks and owning one and having used the other, I agree. Plastic builds with snap off back covers seem to rate high on repairability by iFixit, but I wouldn't want to drop one of them, nor are they of high quality.

8. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i heard of reports about surface got late to market because of its tricky assembling process still anyone have one spare i can take good care of it :D

10. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Surface Pro - 1 iPad Mini/4 - 2 Surface RT - 4 Kindle Fire HD 8.9 - 5 Nexus 10 - 6 Nexus 7 - 7 Dell XPS - 9

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