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Teardown reveals new Google Nexus 7 easy to repair

News   •   Jul 29, 2013 11:09 BST

Google has only recently officially unveiled the new Nexus 7. This, however, hasn’t stopped iFixit from getting its hands on the new 7-inch tablet and taking it apart, piece by piece. The teardown reveals that the device is easy to repair.

According to the site, “Nexus 7 2nd Generation Repairability Score: 7 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).”

It goes on to say, “The rear case is very easy to open, and requires minimal prying effort with a plastic opening tool to remove... But we cracked it, even though we were quite careful during the opening procedure.

“All fasteners inside are Phillips screws—no security or proprietary screws here.

“While the battery enclosure is easy to remove, some patient spudgering will be necessary to peel the battery off the tray.

“The front glass is adhered to the display frame, meaning you'll need a heat gun to get the LCD out—or replace the whole front panel.”

This is a different story, however, for the Apple iPad Mini, the Google Nexus 7’s biggest rival. iFixit has given Apple’s tablet a repairability score of “2 out of 10.” It says, “Copious amounts of adhesive hold many components in place -- front glass, logic board, battery, front camera, back camera, ribbon cables -- making repair extremely difficult.”

With a score of 7, are you going to buy the new Nexus 7 once it lands on Google Play UK? Let us know through a comment below.

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