When it comes to repairing, maintaining and upgrading Apple products, things have gotten progressively more difficult over the last few years. You deal with tricky screws to remove cases, and delicate ribbons that are complicated to fit make removing components a considered risk.
Some Apple fans would have you believe that easy repairs are the sacrifice required in order to achieve the super-thin form factor of modern Apple products – which makes iFixit’s teardown of the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 very, very interesting.
The Apple iPad 2 scored a 2 out of 10 on the iFixit repairability scale. Surprisingly, the current generation MacBook Pro got the same score. In contrast, the Galaxy Note 10.1 scored 8 out of 10. The reason: Samsung kept things nice and clean on the inside.
The layout is tidy, the ribbons are simple and the screws holding the whole thing together are Philips heads – all in a system that packs a quad-core processor and 32GB of internal storage. The frame, incidentally, is just 8.9 millimeters thick.
Will a more repairable device win more buyers? While most people don’t care, the people who influence purchasing decisions often do. The Galaxy Note is probably never going to outsell the iPad, but it might help Samsung take a bigger bite out of Apple’s sales.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Teardown [ifixit]