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

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.

Samsung Galaxy Note iFixIt
Image Source: iFixIt

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.