Kindle Fire HD Scores A 7 Out Of 10 In iFixit’s Repairability Testing

The Kindle Fire HD has received the ritualistic iFixit teardown, exposing all of its innards as well as giving us an idea of what to expect should it need to be fixed. Despite having the LCD fused to the front glass and plastic frame, the Kindle Fire HD scored reasonably well on iFixit’s repairability scale. In fact, the Kindle Fire HD score a 7 out of 10, the same score handed down to the Nexus 7 and only 1 point below the original Kindle Fire.

Key factors in Kindle Fire HD’s repairability score:

The Good

  • 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.

The Bad

  • 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.

It’s always nice to know the device you have can be repaired fairly easy. It gives do-it-yourselfers peace of mind as well as giving those less inclined an idea of repair costs.

And for those interested, here are a few of the various parts found within the Kindle Fire HD:

  • A 3.7 V, 4400 mAh, 16.43 Wh Li-ion battery
  • Samsung KLMAG2GE4A eMMC 16 GB Flash Memory and Flash Memory Controller
  • Elpida B8164B3PF-1D-F 8 Gb (1 GB) DDR2 RAM
  • Texas Instruments TWL6032 Fully Integrated Power Management IC
  • Broadcom BCM2076 Multifunction Monolithic IC with GPS and GLONASS AGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and FM Receiver/Transmitter
  • Wolfson WM8962E Ultra-Low Power Stereo CODEC
  • An InvenSense MPU-6050 six-axis (Gyro + Accelerometer) MEMS MotionTracking IC.
  • The display is manufactured by LG Electronics, and is labeled as LD070WX3-SL01.
  • An Atmel maXTouch™ mXT768E mutual capacitance touchscreen controller hiding underneath a piece of tape

Those guys over at iFixit really do a great job and I recommend heading over to their site for a better look at the ins-and-outs of the Kindle Fire HD.