The best tablets on the market are also the worst to drop.
Here at Maximum PC we love to strip machines down and rebuild them just to see what makes it tick, but with modern gadgets that isn’t always easy. Screws have been replaced by glue, and the simple pleasures of popping the cover off to perform upgrades seems to be a lost art. iFixit has emerged as the Internet’s ultimate authority on gadget reparability, and its newly updated list of tablets puts both Microsoft and Apple fighting for the distinction as worlds least fixable tablet.
Microsoft edges out a victory as the worst of the worst, but only by a very narrow margin. The Surface Pro’s 1 out of 10 score in particular is a huge let down for many of our readers. Microsoft is hoping customers will choose a Surface over a conventional laptop, but then take away from us the ability to replace the battery, upgrade the Ram and SSD, or even clean out the fans. With a starting price of $899 it’s also a very expensive mistake should you accidentally drop it.
If reparability is important to you check out the Dell XP 10 for Windows 8, or the Amazon Kindle Fire. If you’re still keen on the Surface or an iPad, we would highly recommend taking out the extended warranty coverage offered by both companies. This covers accidental damage (minus a small deductible), but is really your only option if you don’t plan to jam it in a case made of thick bouncy rubber.