Google’s Nexus 7 beats iPad 3 on repairability

By , Jul 4, 2012

Despite being only one millimeter thicker, Google’s upcoming Nexus 7 slate is more repairable than the new iPad, a teardown analysis by iFixit has concluded. Its components are assembled using standard tools, unlike the new iPad’s innards which are glued together.

A simpler assembly makes servicing the Google tablet fairly easy with standard plastic opening tools that make “cracking the Nexus shell like cutting through butter”

Compared to iFixit’s teardown of the new iPad, the Google tablet wins handily in the repairability department with a nice seven out of ten score. This compares to the Kindle Fire’s impressive eight out of ten repairability score versus just two out of ten for the new iPad.

Unfortunately, the LCD assembly doesn’t separate from the Corning display glass, making the cost of repairing shattered glass high because one will need to replace the whole display assembly, LCD included.

As for the battery inside the Nexus 7 (also quite trivial to replace), it’s a 4326 mAh, 16 Wh package that can last 9:49 hours.

The Kindle Fire, by comparison, has a 4400 mAh, 16.28 Wh battery – but only lasts 7:42 hours. Go figure.

The new iPad boasts a significantly larger battery which has a 11,500 mAh and lasts 9:52 hours for HSPA (9:37 hours for LTE). It’s worth pointing out Google’s product has no cellular connectivity, which helps with battery performance.

Component winners include:

 • Hynix provides 1 GB of H5TC2G83CFR DDR3 RAM, the same unit found inside the new Retina MacBook Pro
• Hydis makes the 7-inch, 1280×800 HD display model number HV070WX2
• Nvidia T30L Tegra 3 processor
•  Hynix HTC2G83CFR DDR3 RAM
• Max 77612A inverting switching regulator
• AzureWave AW-NH665 wireless module
• Broadcom BCM4751 integrated monolithic GPS receiver
• NXP 65N04 Integrated NFC Chip
• Invensense MPU-6050 gyro and accelerometer

It’s also worth knowing that iFixit sells servicing kits and that their CEO Kyle Wiens is quite an advocate for serviceable hardware.

Google’s tablet was co-developed with Asus and comes in 8GB/16GB varieties, priced at $199/$249.

Key components include NFC, WiFi, GPS, a seven-inch 1280-by-800 pixel resolution backlit display with 216 pixels per inch and IPS technology for wide viewing angles, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip with 1GB of RAM, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling (sorry, no rear-facing camera) and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software.

The full feature list is available here.

Here’s a video overview of the teardown.

The Nexus 7 was met with praise as journalists deemed it the most sleek, fluid and feature-complete seven incher to date.

Although Apple hasn’t attempted to assert patent infringement (yet), Nokia has gone out on a limb asserting the Nexus 7 violates its patents, but refused to tell whether legal proceedings were in the works.

WSJ and Bloomberg both gave credence this week to whispers that Apple is getting ready to mass manufacture a smaller and cheaper iPad in September, presumably to take on Google’s and Amazon’s device in the run-up to the holiday.

I wonder what’s your next tablet going to be?

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  • Dan

    Although Apple hasn’t attempted to assert patent infringement (yet)
    lol

  • Loopthree

    I know what I’d like to tear down! :P

  • http://www.twitter.com/GeorgieAce Georgie Acevedo

    Is this supposed to increase sales ?

    • AMB_07

      No, this means nothing to the common people. But for people who would want to repair it themselves (for some reason), it’ll be much easier.

  • notewar

    i rather tear her down = )

  • http://twitter.com/faizcraze FAIZ ALY

    No way will this ever beat the iPad

  • Sina

    Lack of rear camera ?! Are you serious Google ?

    • Dan

      personally I don’t give a rat’s @about having a rear camera on a tablet

      • AMB_07

        Right there with you! Rear cameras on a tablet was a stupid idea to begin with…

      • Kok Hean

        No! It’s fun :)

    • http://twitter.com/iphonejailbrea2 iphonejailbreak

      you pay 200$ only, you cant get everthing in that price…

  • http://www.facebook.com/loadstone Ryan Northcott

    Great. It’ll explode into pieces if you drop it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

    Perverted much guys I’m kidding)
    She’s so funny and beautiful

  • http://twitter.com/macboy76 Michael Alejandro

    I guess it has to beat it in at least on thing.

  • johnrusell11

    when does this come out?

  • http://twitter.com/davester13 D R

    I guess the problem for iFixit is that a zillion people have selected the iPad as their chosen device, while only a couple thousand have the Nexus 7 and/or another Android-based tablet.

    Maybe there is another reason for people to buy the iPad other than how repairable it is?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lgasparjnr Laszlo Gaspar

    Repair ability is always a good selling point,the number of people I see with cracked screens. I ask them why they don’t get it fixed and they say it’s because it cost to much and is too tricky to do themselves. This is defiantly a good reason to buy a nexus 7.