iFixit Tore Down the Kindle Fire HD


By now, I bet everyone knows what is iFixit. For those that don’t, iFixit is a company that wants to tear down every new device out there, and reveal its internals. And its last target is the newly-announced Amazon Kindle Fire HD. And, as the guys over at iFixit always do, they opened the device up, revealed its internal parts, and gave a conclusion. They gave the Kindle Fire HD a repairability score of 7 out of 10, which is a good score. In their words:

  • The rear case is very easy to open, granting trouble-free access to the internals.
  • The battery is held in with absolutely no adhesive.
  • Simplistic design and limited functionality means fewer components and less headache for disassembly.
  • Mostly all screws found inside are Phillips #00 screws—except for one T5 Torx screw.
  • Copper tape over the processor is somewhat difficult to remove and to readhere correctly.
  • The LCD is fused to the front glass and plastic frame, meaning you’ll have to replace both components together.

We wonder what’s the next device on their ‘blacklist’, but it won’t be long until we discover that. After all, it’s the time of the year when many smartphones are being announced and are appearing on the shelves, so they will surely be full of treats.

Source: iFixit