Google Nexus 7’s Extra Millimeter Of Thickness Makes It Way More Repairable Than The iPad

Google Nexus 7’s Extra Millimeter Of Thickness Makes It Way More Repairable Than The iPad

The Google Nexus 7 tablet is an easy nut to crack.

The brand-spanking new Google Nexus 7 is arguably the biggest non-Apple tablet announcement since Amazon debuted the Kindle Fire. With a starting price of $200, the Nexus 7 isn’t really intended to be an iPad killer, although Google wouldn’t mind cutting out a piece of Apple’s pie.

The guys at iFixit recently tore down the Google Nexus 7, and their findings revealed that a one millimeter difference in thickness makes Google’s tablet infinitely more repairable than Apple’s iPad.

The iPad weighs in at 9.4 mm, while the Nexus 7 clocks in at 10.4 mm. The size difference wouldn’t be noticeable to most, but iFixit has concluded that one millimeter is “the difference between being able to open a device and service all of its internals, and not.” The little bit of extra space Google included makes opening the retaining clips around the device’s perimeter “like cutting through butter.”

The extra space Google included in the Nexus 7 is the “negligible difference between extending the life of your device through repair, as opposed to tossing it in a landfill,” according to iFixit. “And most of all, nobody will complain about that one millimeter difference in day-to-day use, but the user-serviceability it brings will make all the difference when the device breaks.”

Google Nexus 7’s Extra Millimeter Of Thickness Makes It Way More Repairable Than The iPad

Trying to take apart the iPad makes you feel like you’re in a heist movie.

A veteran brain surgeon would likely have trouble cracking open the iPad. Apple makes it nearly impossible — or at least counter-productive — to try and remove the iPad’s display with suction cups and putty knives. And that’s why you buy AppleCare. Instead of fixing it yourself, you take it to the Apple Store and get a new device.

Would you prefer to have a device that you can easily repair yourself, or is it a non-issue in most cases?

  • B066Y

    Although useful…I feel most people view reparability as a non-issue. Either because they don’t have the skill to repair it or, like me, would rather spend their time doing something else. I take technology apart at work all day, both software and hardware, so it’s the last thing I want to do when I get home.

  • c_hack

    If only I had known how tough it was to replace the air filter on my ’10 Honda CR-V I would have bought a Toyota….not.

    iFixit has their own agenda – they want products that people can buy parts for so they can make more money. I can’t fault iFixit for wanting to make money, but I have a different agenda when picking a tablet.

  • Luis Fernando Rocha

    The ones that complain are the techie people. The vast majority of people (which is the intended consumer of iPads and tablets in general) are not about to try opening a device. I could go as far as stating that it’s likely the same consumers that are too afraid to even program a VCR (remember those?) or figure out a DVR. Most consumers do not want to have to worry about repairing their electronics. Back in the old days when I was around 10 (in the late 80s) I learned electronics because I could open up radios and TVs and fix them up. Most other consumers, however, choose to dump the device when it stops working, even if they’re able to open it up and tinker with it. So like I keep saying for many things in life, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. In the case of the new iPad, you can’t, and that is probably for the better.

  • gigolo

    As ALWAYS…

    iTurds, iStupids, iMorons will defend APPLE…

    Also, I just found out that APPLE is paying imbecile trolls in the internet to be their army of defender in case theres something that will hurt their business… ( why i know? Its apple employee who told me that is actually my relative)

    STOP being iRetarded… Dont freaking defend APPLE if they are lying & selling you an overpriced piece of shit…

  • Brandon Dillon

    As ALWAYS…

    iTurds, iStupids, iMorons will defend APPLE…

    Also, I just found out that APPLE is paying imbecile trolls in the internet to be their army of defender in case theres something that will hurt their business… ( why i know? Its apple employee who told me that is actually my relative)

    STOP being iRetarded… Dont freaking defend APPLE if they are lying & selling you an overpriced piece of shit…

    You seem… upset :)

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