Which technology company sells the most tablets? Dell? HP? Lenovo? No, of course not. Apple is the leader in tablet sales with iPads– probably 10-million sold in the last quarter. And, Apple is the leader in PC sales. Provided we use the same PC definition Microsoft uses.
Type? Or, Not?
If iPads are included in total PC sales– that’s what Microsoft does with the Surface line of so-called tablet-notebook hybrids– then Apple is the world’s largest PC maker, and about 98-percent of all PCs Apple sells are notebooks and tablets.
I bring this up because technology writers who should know better point out that Microsoft’s Surface Pro X is better than the iPad. Well, why not? If you need to run Windows, an iPad won’t do the deed. If you want to repair your own tablet, then Microsoft might be worth a look because that particular model can be opened up and, well, you can see the parts inside.
That’s about it.
The Surface Pro X is one of the more repairable tablets we’ve seen lately
Where’s the list of such tablets?
It ain’t gonna be an iPad, but, then again, iPads don’t need much. Nathan and I work in a Chicagoland private school with many, many hundreds of PCs, notebooks, Macs, Chromebooks, and iPads. The only iPads that needed to be repaired were dropped on the floor and glass broke.
So, compared to Microsoft’s Surface Pro X?
Far more repairable than any iPad in the past nine years.
What can you replace?
The SSD. You can’t do that so easily on an iPad. What else? The display can be removed without an engineering degree, and the battery should not be removed because it is glued down.
Look, I am all for the Right to Repair movement. Both customers and third-party repair shops should have access to manuals and parts to help repair anything– including Apple’s hermetically sealed iPads, Macs, and iPhones.
I’m not going to do it.
Besides, Microsoft’s Surface Pro X is a notebook that is sold without a keyboard. The iPad is a tablet; also sold without a keyboard. I can make an iPad work more like a notebook with a keyboard. There isn’t much you can do to a Surface notebook to make it work as well as an iPad.