By Alexandra Burlacu | Jul 29, 2013 05:22 AM EDT
Google's new Nexus 7 barely made its debut and, as expected, the folks over at iFixit already tore the tablet apart.
Like clockwork, iFixit got the new ASUS-made Nexus 7 and performed a complete teardown to see how well the tablet fares in terms of repairability.
According to iFixit's teardown, do-it-yourself types will be happy to know that the refreshed Nexus 7 got a 7 out of 10 repairability score. For those unfamiliar with the system, the higher a device scores on the repairability scale, the easier it is to fix.
With a repairability score of 7 out of 10, it means that the new Nexus 7 is fairly easy to fix. The teardown specialists first noted that the refreshed 7-incher is thinner, narrower and taller than the original Nexus 7. It also sports a rear-facing camera and stereo sound, among other things.
Opening up the Nexus 7 will require a plastic opening tool, which seems easy enough. Rushing things, however, may result in cracking the rear shell of the tablet, as the iFixit guys did. Once the rear shell is removed, the tablet starts showing its inner workings: a large battery and an inductive charging coil.
All fasteners holding the Nexus 7 in place are in fact just Phillips screws, which further makes it easy to open things up. It's not recommended, however, to tear the whole slate apart, at least not unless you are sure you know what you're doing. Otherwise, aside from changing the display or the battery, it's better to send it back to Google for other necessary fixes.
The folks over at iFixit also warn DIY tinkerers to take seals into account when diving deep into the tablet's inner workings.
"Seals cover two of the screws in the Nexus 7 - one of each of the main boards - so replacing either board will likely void your warranty."
The teardown specialists further note that if new Nexus 7's display cracks, a heat gun will be required to get the LCD screen off, because the front glass is glued to the display frame. The best way to fix this would be to replace the front panel altogether, said iFixit.
For more details regarding the new Nexus 7's repairability, check out the complete teardown over at iFixit.
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