iFixit has ranked top tablets by their repairability, and the results were positive for Android. Apple’s iPad line, however, took the opposite honors. While Dell’s XPS 10 Windows slate took top accolades, second place belonged to the Android-based Amazon Kindle Fire. The now ancient Dell Streak tied with that device, as did the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.
Repairability was ranked based ease and cost of repair, as well as the availability of an easy-to-attain service manual. The lowest ranked Android tablets were the Google Nexus 10 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9, but neither of those devices dropped nearly as low as the iPad’s repairability rating of 2.
Android has always been known for having open software, but hardware that is design to be user serviceable is yet another bonus. Of course, just because a tablet is easy to repair doesn’t mean making said repairs are a walk in the park.