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Cracking open the HP TouchPad

Cracking Open the HP TouchPad: Completely disassembled

So what are my observations about the HP TouchPad?

  1. It's much easier to disassemble than the Apple iPad 2, but not as easy as the Motorola XOOM.
  2. HP used standard Phillips screws inside the case and most of the internal components can be removed and replaced. Provided you can find replacement parts.
  3. The display and digitizer are separate components. This lets you replace one without the other.

But along with these significant positives, there were also a few negatives.

  1. The battery can be replaced, but you must remove the main PCB to do so.
  2. The batterr is also attached to the case with adhesive.

Overall, the HP TouchPad is a tablet that's built more like a PC than an iPad. Which is good if you want to repair the device, but it also means that the components require a larger case.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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