The repair wizards at iFixit have gotten hold of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and have found that it absolutely bludgeons Amazon’s rival Kindle Fire tablet in terms of battery performance. According to iFixit, Google’s new tablet has “a 4326 mAh, 16 Wh battery that can last 9:49 hours” or more than two hours longer than the Kindle Fire, which “has a 4400 mAh, 16.28 Wh battery ” that “only lasts 7:42 hours.”

The results for the Nexus 7’s battery performance were more mixed when pitted against Apple’s newest iPad models as iFixit says that the new iPad batteries last “9:52 hours for HSPA and 9:37 hours for LTE.” However, iFixit also notes that the new iPad’s battery is “significantly larger at 11500 mAh, 42.5 Wh” compared to the Nexus 7, meaning that Google’s flagship tablet seems to be a wonder of power efficiency. Of course, it also doesn’t have a Retina display or cellular radios to power.

Overall, iFixit gives the Nexus 7 a “Repairability Score” of 7 out of 10, which means that it’s vastly easier to repair than the new iPad that scored a dismal 2 out of 10 for repairability.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.