The guys over at IFixit has gotten their hands on the newly-announced Nexus 7 tablet, and as expected, they did to it what they do best, took it apart. IFixit gave it a repairability score of 7 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair. According to IFixit, the following made taking apart the Nexus 7 a little easier:
- The rear case is very easy to open, and requires minimal prying effort with a plastic opening tool to remove.
- All fasteners inside are Phillips #00 screws—no security or proprietary screws here.
- Battery replacement can be accomplished without soldering—or even a screwdriver.
- Many components, including the I/O ports, can be replaced independently of the motherboard.
The biggest headache about the Nexus 7 tablet when it comes to repairing will be the LCD. Unfortunately, the LCD does not separate from the display glass, which will increase repair costs.
Overall, it’s a good idea to keep this repair manual bookmarked. You never know when you might have to take the thing apart.