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Amazon's latest and greatest scores pretty poorly for reparability 

While we're well aware by now of what specs lie within the new 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, for the hardware nerds among us actually seeing those parts brings a warm sense of satisfaction. The folks at iFixit have done their thing, taken apart the new tablet and scored it for its repairability. And that's where things go sour for the HDX. 

The Snapdragon 800 chip, the 2GB of RAM and all those other goodies are all there for the world to see, but the problems, at least if you break something, lie within the construction. The battery is well glued in beneath an almost impossible to replace motherboard, which immediately spells disaster for wannabe fixers. 

Positive points are few, but iFixit does note that the volume buttons, microphone and headphone jack are all individual pieces, meaning replacements of these is much easier than on previous models. But, all in all it's a low scoring outing for the Kindle Fire HDX, receiving a 3/10 for reparability. The worst score of any Kindle device to date. 

To see more glorious internal shots and details on the repairing nightmare, be sure to visit the source link below. 

Source: iFixit

 

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Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch torn down, exposing tablet parts within

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OK enough with the "smartphone/tablet parts inside" headlines. It was funny for awhile, but now it's just old. Maybe just say there weren't any surprises inside?

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These and the "new rumor about phone xxx: still don't know anything" headlines are getting old. We get it, you know there will not be anything amazing in a $200 tablet and that rumors are just that until a device is released. Just let your readers have fun with this stuff.

From my knowledge of the Blackberry Playbook, this looks like an upgraded model of that which shared dna with the previous amazon tablet who's name is evading me right now. Fire?

That's because the Fire was a copy of the Playbook.

In fact, Amazon bought unsold Playbook components to build the Fire, and sold it for cheaper by bypassing the R&D costs.

I'm sure your average kindle buyer will be gutted to hear that removing the motherboard might prove tricky

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OK enough with the "smartphone/tablet parts inside" headlines. It was funny for awhile, but now it's just old. Maybe just say there weren't any surprises inside?

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Yeah, lol. They probably design it this way on purpose so you have to buy a new one when something breaks.

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