The last thing people probably consider when buying a new gizmo or gadget is how hard it might be to fix, but according to the teardown team at iFixit, Microsoft's shiny new Surface tablet is easier to repair than the latest iPad, but it is still difficult to take apart.

The online teardown site rated the Surface's "repairability" a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the easiest. That is a marked improvement over the iPad's 2 rating, but far short of the Amazon Kindle Fire's 8.

Getting inside the device was where the Surface scored over the iPad.

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