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iFixit Gives Galaxy Note 10.1 a Teardown, Rates Repairability

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Philips screws, non-glued parts and repairable LCDs oh joy!

The DIY repair pros over at iFixit have done it again with another detailed product teardown. With the disastrously difficult to repair MacBook Pro Retina still haunting our dreams, Samsung's newly released Galaxy Note 10.1 scores refreshingly high on the repairability scale. Scoring an excellent 8 out of 10, the Note can be repaired inexpensively without the need for specialized tools.One of the great things about the Note, according to iFixit, is its easy access interior. With only a handful of Phillips screws and clips to release, the Note is secure enough to keep meddlesome kids out, but easy enough to open for anybody looking to make repairs. Once inside, users will notice a modular layout with 16 connectors, allowing for easy component replacement and access.

For more specifics on the Galaxy Note innards and some insight on how to repair yours, head on over to the teardown at iFixit.

 

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    A Bad Day , August 22, 2012 12:18 AM
    idroidI doubt that a tablet with such quality manufacturing will need a repair.


    Murphy's Law: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong"

    There is no such thing as an indestructible tablet. I'd rather pay for a $30 repair job than a full tablet replacement. Thank you.
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    A Bad Day , August 22, 2012 12:06 AM
    I think Samsung's lawyers should have used the phrase, "Our products' repairability and internal design are vastly different than Apple's." in court.
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    A Bad Day , August 22, 2012 12:06 AM
    I think Samsung's lawyers should have used the phrase, "Our products' repairability and internal design are vastly different than Apple's." in court.
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    idroid , August 22, 2012 12:08 AM
    I doubt that a tablet with such quality manufacturing will need a repair.
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    A Bad Day , August 22, 2012 12:18 AM
    idroidI doubt that a tablet with such quality manufacturing will need a repair.


    Murphy's Law: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong"

    There is no such thing as an indestructible tablet. I'd rather pay for a $30 repair job than a full tablet replacement. Thank you.
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    scottiemedic , August 22, 2012 1:22 AM
    What a great job, tear sh*t apart and get paid for it, ahhh my childhood dream (Mom wasn't as pleased as I was) :p 
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    killerclick , August 22, 2012 2:13 AM
    I tend to shy away from laptops and tablets because I can't replace all the parts myself if something goes wrong. Imagine having to send it for repairs with all your data and having to wait for weeks (only to get something 'refurbished').

    Also, the girl that does iFixit YouTube videos is stupidly hot.
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    belardo , August 22, 2012 2:18 AM
    The Titanic was deemed unsinkable... odd how it sunk on its maiden voyage.

    Had the Titanic not sunk, it would have disappeared as just another ship that was broken up. She had two sister ships, one sunk (a mine, and she still should not have sunk - water to shallow, its easy to get to in only 400ft of water) - the other destroyed for scrap.
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2012 9:28 AM
    bit of a petty whine but it does get my back up, "phillips screws"? what are they? surely you mean cross head scews....just as "Phillips screwdrivers" are actually crosshead screwdrivers (Phillips also make flatheads too).....Phillips is a brand name not a type of screw or screwdriver
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    jonnyhuk2 , August 22, 2012 9:57 AM
    FairyLiquid7bit of a petty whine but it does get my back up, "phillips screws"? what are they? surely you mean cross head scews....just as "Phillips screwdrivers" are actually crosshead screwdrivers (Phillips also make flatheads too).....Phillips is a brand name not a type of screw or screwdriver


    The "Phillips screw" is named after Henry F. Phillips who invented and patented the cross within the head type of the screw. No relation to the Phillips electronics company.
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    rosen380 , August 22, 2012 1:26 PM
    FWIW: I googled the following:

    phillips-head screwdriver: 1.4M results
    cross-head screwdriver: 725k results

    cross-head screw: 2.7M results
    phillips-head screw: 868k results

    Based on the internet usage, sounds like cross-head screw and phillips-head screw driver are the common terms. Seems like a confusing way to refer to two things that you'd use together :) 

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    FWIW2
    homedepot.com, lowes.com and acehardware.com have no cross-head screws or cross-head screwdrivers. They do have phillips-head screws and screwdrivers though...
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    g00fysmiley , August 22, 2012 2:02 PM
    idroidI doubt that a tablet with such quality manufacturing will need a repair.



    it can be of great quality built to last, but if i drop it or my dog knocks it off a table and shatters a screen i'd be happier to be abel to fix it than buy a whoel new one. it ws a pain but swappign the screen in my palm pre several years back was $40 vs paying $100 for a replacement through insurance or had i not had insurance $300 for the phone (it was several years ago i know i could now get the phoen for a few bucks)

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    rosen380 , August 22, 2012 2:10 PM
    " or my dog knocks it off a table"

    Why is your dog on the table?
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    scannall , August 22, 2012 2:41 PM
    I'm not sure what the point is. Aside from getting their name out there. The very large majority of people who buy tablets have no interest in fixing them themselves. And even if you actually wanted to, you wouldn't be able to buy the parts. They aren't exactly off the shelf items.
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    rosen380 , August 22, 2012 2:54 PM
    True on point one, but on point two, you can often find devices on eBay with a cracked screen but working otherwise, for a fraction of replacement or repair costs...
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    eddieroolz , August 24, 2012 12:24 AM
    Score one for Samsung for helping third-party repair shops and individuals.