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Google Nexus 7 teardown shows off honking great battery

The enterprising chaps at iFixit have torn the Nexus 7 apart to show you its intriguing innards.

The enterprising chaps at iFixit have torn the Google Nexus 7 apart to show you its innards, revealing a buxom battery and a surprising lack of annoying proprietary screws.

Known for pulling new technology apart and revealing the silicon-scented gubbins within, the teardown gets you an inside glimpse at Google's Android Jelly Bean-powered tablet, including the 7-inch display and motherboard.

iFixit, which sells tools for cracking gadgets open and indulging in home repair, reports that the Nexus 7 is much easier to repair that Apple's new iPad, noting that the 1mm thicker casing can be unclipped using an opening tool, and that the screws inside are of the Phillips #00 variety rather than the weirdly shaped screws Apple uses to stop owners getting inside the tech they've paid for.

Awarding the Nexus 7 a 'Repairability Score' of seven out of 10 (where 10 is easiest to repair), the site says owners could replace the battery without needing to embark upon soldering, or even using a screwdriver.

That means your Nexus 7 could last longer before you need to chuck it out completely, though starting at £160 it might not be much more expensive to just buy a new one should yours conk out. That's not as environmentally responsible, however. The Nexus 7's LCD display can't be separated from the display glass either, hindering repair efforts.

The large 4,326mAh battery is interesting to see -- as anyone who's stuck an iPad through an airport security scanner and had a peek at the x-ray will know, the inside of a tablet is mostly battery. If you're intrigued by the Nexus 7's guts, be sure to check out iFixit's teardown for yourself.

Whether tech should be easy to repair and upgrade is an interesting question. My laptop-addled colleague Andrew recently criticised the new retina display MacBook Pro for being almost impossible to upgrade, meaning buyers are stuck with the RAM and storage that comes with the machine.

Do you think gadgets should be easy to repair and upgrade? And will you be buying the Nexus 7? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

Image credit: iFixit