The HTC made Nexus 9 has been receiving mixed reviews. The Google s new tablet has failed to impress the reviewers with its camera and speaker quality. Also Read - Google announces Android M Developer Preview 2 for Nexus holders: Here's what's newAlso Read - Google Nexus 9 on sale in India via Amazon India, priced at Rs 28,990
The folks at iFixit tore down the Nexus 9 to find what s wrong with the tablet. In the latest teardown, they have found that the Nexus 9, unlike the previous generation Nexus tablets, isn t as easy to open and repair. Also Read - HTC roadmap leak reveals Hima Windows Phone version, RE camera successor and new HTC tablet
According to the folks that cracked open iMac Retina, new Mac mini, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 last month, the Nexus 9 isn t living up to the reputation set by its predecessors. The tablet comes with a rather unimpressive rear camera. As revealed by iFixit, it is the same shooter as the mid-range HTC Desire 610. The front-facing speaker, too is a weak point of the device. They “look a lot more like low-volume earpiece speakers than the far-heftier speakers found in the latest iteration of the iPad Air.”
But in the scheme of things, poor speakers and camera were just part of the problem. The biggest issue that iFixit guys ran into while opening the device was adhesive. Lots of it, to be more precise. The use of adhesive makes any device more difficult to open and repair. The folks found copious amounts of glue used to stick the 6,700mAh battery, and tablet s display. They noted that a lot of heat is required to separate the fused display panel and front glass from the body of the tablet. Additionally, the “maze of tape and thin, delicate cables” used inside the tablet also makes repairs “difficult and perilous.”
For the aforementioned challenges, the iFixit gave the Nexus 9 tablet a repairability score of 3 out of 10. Although this is much lower than the previous generation Nexus 7 tablets (both of which had gotten a repairability score of 7), iFixit concludes that the Nexus 9 tablet is still more repairable than iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3.