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Dell XPS 10 and Kindle Fire are the most repairable tablets, Surface Pro and iPads come in last

Dell XPS 10 and Kindle Fire are the most repairable tablets, Surface Pro and iPads come in last

Warranties have their place, but there's no shortage of techies who prefer to do their own device repair when something goes awry. Unfortunately, no matter how technically inclined you are, some devices seem built specifically to make the task as difficult as possible. The folks over at iFixit have released their Repairability Guide, which shows Dell's XPS 10 as the easiest to repair, and Microsoft's Surface Pro as the worst of the bunch.

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Wii U iFixit teardown shows super easy fix-up

Wii U iFixit teardown shows super easy fix-up

It's time for the iFixit teardown of the Wii U, bringing on more details about this device than you could ever possibly want to know about. Starting with the basics, it's found that along with NFC and either 8GB or 32GB iterations for internal storage, this unit has USB hard drive support, AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU action, and a fabulous IBM Power-based multi-core processor. All that we know about - that and the 6.2-inch 854 x 480 pixels LCD panel on the touchscreen controller as well as a disk slot, sync button, SD card slot, USB 2.0 x 4, HDMI, AV multi-out, and sensor bar connector on the main unit.

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Nexus 4 gets teardown for repairability and science

Nexus 4 gets teardown for repairability and science

If you're not all about science, its time you turned right around - because the Nexus 4 being torn down by iFixit to see what LG has brought to the party is all about how much science they can pack in its innards. It begins with a note that the LG Nexus 4 (see our full review here) isn't exactly made to be taken apart - not by the average citizen - but that if you do want to fix it up, you'll probably be able to without too much trouble. It all begins with a couple T5 Torx screws and a prying of the back from the front.

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iPad 4 teardown: More of the same (and a missed opportunity)

iPad 4 teardown: More of the same (and a missed opportunity)

Apple's fourth-gen iPad may have been a bit-player alongside the iPad mini at the launch event last week, but the 9.7-inch tablet still gets its time under the screwdriver. The tricksy teardown merchants at iFixit have wasted no time in putting the iOS slate in its place: that is, in separate pieces splayed across the table. Unsurprisingly, the team there don't rate it highly for DIY repairability; more unexpected, though, is news that Apple didn't really make the most of the changes it implemented.

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iPad mini gets teardown treatment

iPad mini gets teardown treatment

Apple's iPad mini has gone under the knife, with the 7.9-inch tablet enduring the embarrassing rite of passage as it's torn component from component in a ritual teardown. The cads at iFixit managed to get their hands on an early-delivery of the new mini - which is set to hit preorder customers from tomorrow, Friday November 2 - to see what's going on inside.

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Mac mini late-2012 teardown: Well packed but repair friendly

Mac mini late-2012 teardown: Well packed but repair friendly

Apple's Mac mini may be a masterpiece of origami, but that hasn't stopped the teardown merchants from unleashing their screwdriver sets on the compact desktop. The tinkerers at iFixit have pinned down the new late-2012 model, announced earlier this week, and yanked out its silicon guts to see how flexible it might me. Despite the small size, however, the score is pretty good: 8 out of 10 for repairability.

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Teardown time for Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina

Teardown time for Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina

Apple tried to dissuade the teardown merchants from ripping apart the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display by showing exactly what was folded inside during its Tuesday keynote, but to no avail. The new pixel-packed portable has shown up on the cruel teardown bench of iFixit, only to be dismantled to its slimline parts. Overall, the news for those (few) wanting to do DIY maintenance is not good: the notebook scores just 2 out of 10 for repairability.

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New iPod Nano gets complete teardown

New iPod Nano gets complete teardown

Apple announced a completely-redesigned iPod Nano last month during its iPhone 5 event where the company also launched a new iPod Touch. We already saw iFixit's complete teardown of the new iPod Touch and the iPhone 5, so naturally it's now the new iPod Nano's turn up on the chopping block. And since the iPod Nano is so...nano-like, it doesn't take long for the explorers at iFixit to dismantle the thing.

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