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Kindle Fire HD spills its guts in iFixit teardown

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:35PM EST

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Ripping apart new gadgets is what the guys over at iFixit do best, and the latest device to get the teardown treatment is the 7-inch Amazon (AMZN) Kindle Fire HD. Unlike the third-generation iPad that received a repairability rating of 2/10 (a score of 10 is the easiest), Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD received a 7/10 from the iFixit team. iFixit praised the ease with which the Kindle Fire HD’s rear case can be removed, the lack of adhesive attached to the tablet’s battery and use of mostly Phillips screws as factors that contributed to the higher than average repair score. But just because the Fire HD is easy to take apart doesn’t mean hacking it will be a breeze, however. There are murmurs over at XDA Developers that suggest the Fire HD’s bootloaders are locked down by tougher security measures found inside the Texus Instrument OMAP processors. Still, we doubt that will deter any tinkerers from trying to crack the new Fire HD.

Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. His writing has appeared on DVICE, Ubergizmo, G4TV, Yahoo News, NBC blogs. You might even have seen his videos on Xbox LIVE.