When a new device that is expected to garner a lot of customer attention is announced and you can bet the folks at iFixit are itching to get their hands on it to see what the innards are like. The Nexus 7 certainly falls into this category and with iFixit having had a chance to explore the innards of the device, there are some positives that have come to light.
To begin with is the battery. In the event of a battery failure, the good news is that this part is easy to remove and replace. With a recent Apple product launch, one of the biggest gripes had to be how securely fixed the battery was within the device, with failures requiring servicing be performed by an Apple store. With the Nexus 7, battery removal is said to be “easy”. There is no soldering to hold the battery in place with Google using only a little adhesive.
Overall, iFixit looked at the Nexus 7 tablet and were generally pleased with the ease with which repairs could be performed. Within the device, no fasteners or proprietary screws were used. Additionally, individual parts can be replaced independently from one another for the most part. There is also no thermal paste being used as Google has elected to go with copper-alloy sheets for cooling purposes. On a scale of 1-10, iFixit, ranked the Nexus 7 a 7. This isn’t bad, but to put it into perspective, the Kindle Fire was given an 8 rating.