Galaxy Note 10.1 beats the new iPad in reparability

Are you the type that keeps breaking stuff? Do you abuse your daily belongings to the point where your devices are left full of scratches? Are you the type that knows that is clumsy, and always seeks a protective cover for the devices to protect them from damage?

If you are, then getting the new iPad may not be in your best interest, unless you get a really good protector for it. Instead, the iFixit team recommends the Galaxy Note 10.1 for sheer reparability.

The iFixit team is noted to be one of the experts in tearing down today’s popular gadgets so they can show the world the innards of your device. They aim to determine which parts can be fixed or replaced or which parts are deemed irreparable. They are better noted for tear downs of MACs, iPads, iPhones, iPods, and PCs. They then rate the reparability of the devices they take down. Their website is then filled with comprehensive shots and instructions on how to do it all yourself.

They also rank the reparability of the devices they take down, in which case the new iPad only scored a measly 2/10 thanks to the fact that the iPad is full of glued up parts, including the battery.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 on the other hand received a whopping 8/10, detailing how almost everything can be repaired or replaced easily compared to the Apple iPad. The iFixit team details how impressed they were of the combination of the screws and clips, making it just child proof, but not adult proof.

The iFixit team was met with a lot of cables in the device, which usually translates to better reparability, due to easier access to the individual parts and gives a plus for easy replacements and repairs.

Almost each part can be removed when the case is taken out, so each part can just be replaced or fixed individually, including all 3 parts of the Galaxy Note 10.1’s front and back camera.

The best part to note about the Galaxy Note 10.1 is that the LCD and the Glass cover can easily be separated and can be repaired separately, meaning if you crack the glass on your precious Galaxy Note 10.1, you can easily replace just the glass, making the repairs cheaper. Apart from the display, the iFixit team also notes how easy it is to replace the battery, which can easily be removed.

It looks like they had fun taking it out for the most part. You can now rest assured that if you get the Galaxy Tab 10.1, it won’t be a headache at all to take it apart and repair it yourself. It also means that Samsung themselves won’t have a hard time repairing your beloved device. Do take heed that you shouldn’t try this unless you absolutely must, and make sure you get the proper tools for taking it apart.

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Inside the new iPod Touch: “n” Wi-Fi hardware, FM and space for camera

Credit: iFixit

Yep, Steve Jobs may not have disclosed everything in the 9/9 Apple event.

Gadget teardown specialist iFixit dissected the new iPod Touch  and found some “unexpected discoveries” which included a Broadcom  BCM4329 chip  (for those who have no idea that is, that’s a new and faster Wi-Fi hardware) and a layout that appears to leave just enough room  for a camera.

“This is a big deal, as even the iPhone 3GS doesn’t support 802.11n,” Kyle Wiens of iFixit said. “We don’t know yet if 802.11n will be supported in the iPod Touch software, but at least the hardware’s there.”

The chip has also the capacity to support FM transmission and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR which opens up the possibility of streaming music directly to the car stereo, but as Wiens said, “that’s a lot of ifs”.

As to the camera space, Wiens said the 6x6x3-millimeter space between the Broadcom chip and the wireless antenna isn’t enough for an “iPhone-style autofocus still camera, but just enough room for the camera that Apple used in the fifth-generation iPod Nano.”

Oh well, let’s just wait what Apple cooks up. And for the meantime, keep those rumors coming yall! 😉



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