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iFixit: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 is thinner than the new iPad and not a nightmare to fix

Updated 4 years ago

See, Apple (AAPL)? It is possible to make a super-thin tablet that can be repaired by mere mortals after all. The repair gurus iFixit have torn down the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Note 10.1 and have found that the device is not only thinner than the Apple iPad but also vastly easier to repair. Unlike the newest iPad, which scored a dismal 2 out of 10 on iFixit’s repairability scale, the Note 10.1 scored a strong 8 out of 10 and iFixit in particular praised the tablet for using only Phillips screws and for not using complicated ribbon cables that hinder repairers’ efforts to replace parts. iFixit says that the Note 10.1 was able to retain its repairability despite packing a quad-core processor and 32GB of internal storage into a frame that measures just 8.9 millimeters thin.


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.