In an idea world, tech products would never become defective, but this is not an ideal world, which means that they sometimes, if not often, do. Here are the tablets that don't necessarily depend on their warranties.
Warranties are a great boon for customers of certain companies, like Apple. The iPad, MacBook and other products just don't get on well with tech repairmen.
That is because Apple has a way of putting a device together that doesn't lend well to being disassembled. When a Mac, MacBook or iPad breaks, the best thing to do is call support or go to an Apple store and turn it in, instead of trying to fix it yourself.
On the other hand, there are some tablets that aren't too hard to fix, since they use a hardware layout easier to comb through.
According to iFixit
, the Dell XPS 10
and Microsoft's Surface Pro are the easiest to repair.
By extension, they are also the ones most likely to survive and maybe even thrive once owners have tinkered with their insides.
On the XPS 10, the back panels can be unscrewed, and internal parts can be detached from one another safely, etc.
The only impossible feat is to separate the LCD (liquid crystal display) from the glass on top of it, but this is no great loss, unless owners have a better screen, somehow, and really want to use it instead.
Dell even included labeled cables, color-coded screw, and an easy-to-remove battery.
Second on the list is the Amazon Kindle Fire
, with standard Philips-head screws and no proprietary fasteners in need of special tools.
Third place goes to Dell Streak, which is easy to open and has a battery that can be changed simply enough. The LCD is fused to the glass here as well, but at least it's not stuck to the device frame like on the Kindle Fire.
In sharp contrast, many Apple and Microsoft products populate the bottom of the list: iPad Mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, Microsoft Surface RT (hard to open with a fused LCD). The main risk with iPads is the risk of cracking the glass when taking it apart.