Unlike Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 is Easy to Repair

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Apple is all in a huff over Samsung allegedly copying the look and feel of its iDevices, but one thing the Cupertino company can't accuse its rival of is making its gadgets equally difficult to service. In fact, based on a recent teardown, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is one of the easier tablets to repair at home.

The tech surgeons at iFixIt did what they do best and carved open Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, both to take a peek at all its organs, and to see how hard it might be for end-users to service. One of the neat things they discovered along the way is that once the backside is removed, most components can be individually replaced without removing other parts.

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That's just one of the high points that led to the Galaxy Note 10.1's high 'Repairability Score,' earning an 8/10 with 10 being the easiest to repair. All screws are of the standard Phillips variety, components are modular, and the front glass and LCD can be replaced separately

In contrast, the iPad 3 received a measly 2/10 score by iFixIt, in part because components are held in place by "gobs, gobs, and gobs of adhesive." This is one case where it'd be nice of Apple flipped the script and copied Samsung's design.
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Jaybk26 replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 1:27 PM

A flip? Apple's been copying other's designs for 20 years:p

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AKnudson replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 1:36 PM

If apple has been the one copying, why is it that Samsung has everyone suing them?

That being said, it would be insanely easier to extend the life of your apple device, if the manically obsessive apple engineers had just let their parts clip in instead of cementing every tiny piece. Then again maybe apple wants it that way. If people can't use there antiquated ipod classic for more than a few years they will most likely buy another more recent ipod.

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Jaybk26 replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 1:56 PM

Not everyone:D just apple.

And lo and behold http://www.examiner.com/article/apple-is-now-sued-for-patent-infringements

Lol, definitely. I'm 80% sure that Apple installs a little time bomb in each of their devices rendering it useless after a certain period of time. Useless, if they still support it anyways.

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AKnudson replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 2:24 PM

Hahaha so maybe Apple takes a little here and there, turns out its pretty much Standard Operating procedure for Compute companies.

Bill Gates said Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.

PS. Kodak Sued Samsung in 2008 as well as apple.


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rapid1 replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 8:04 PM

Apple is and has been holding back development since they started this mess and it is nothing more than child crying that the other children have cooler looking shoes or that there trying to copy them. I do not believe the courts put up with it really. I also will add that from things I have read from the courts the judges are getting sick of them as well. The judge the other day accused the Apple attorneys of acting like Crackheads and that is quoted!

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 8:06 PM

Either way about this I am glad they are simpler to work with I already have people that have inquired about me repairing iPads a couple times now, next time I will say yes. These on the other hand I will say yes first inquiry I get. Generally it is about screen replacement though not internal components.

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You cant argue with an apple fanboi. Apple should be the one getting sued. But in any case i dont see apple going higher than what they are right now. Its only a decline from here on out. I bet that the iphine 5 will be not to par with the competition

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Jaybk26 replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 11:43 PM

lol, smart man, Bill Gates.

P.S. shhhhh

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JBailey replied on Fri, Aug 31 2012 11:00 AM

My job as a graphics designer would be a lot easier with the specs on this phone! The camera I bet is outstanding and apps are plentiful except for the pen (and how do I not lose that pen??). I’d put it on AT&T’s 4G LTE network which gives me a really fast way to show potential clients my work with that beautiful resolution.

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