Amazon Fire HDX Is Least Repairable Kindle to Date: iFixit

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-10-17

Amazon unveiled its third-generation of Kindle Fire tablets Sept. 25. The 7- and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablets feature twice the memory and three times the processing power of their predecessors and include a brand-new, and potentially distinguishing feature: a Mayday Button that users can push, free of charge and 24/7, if they have questions about the tablet. The Fire HDX also stands out for its starting price—$229 for the 7-inch, 16GB, WiF-only model. (The least-expensive fourth-generation Apple iPad starts at $499—or does at least until Oct. 22, when Apple plans to show off its newest iPads.) While the Fire HDX outdoes its Kindle predecessors on nearly every spec, it underperforms each of them when it comes the ability for Kindle owners to have a cracked display or a lame battery replaced. Following a teardown, the team at repair site iFixit gave the Fire HDX, on a "repairability" scale of 1 to 10, just a 3—"the lowest score for any Kindle we've ever taken apart," iFixit reported. Blame the battery, which Amazon aggressively glued in and placed beneath the motherboard and other delicate bits. "What was that?" wrote iFixit. "The sound of the HDX's repairability score free-falling into the abyss." (Teardown photos are courtesy of iFixit.)


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