Cracking Open the HP TouchPad: Completely disassembled
So what are my observations about the HP TouchPad?
- It's much easier to disassemble than the Apple iPad 2, but not as easy as the Motorola XOOM.
- 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.
- 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.
- The battery can be replaced, but you must remove the main PCB to do so.
- 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
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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 support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.
You forgot step. There are two parts to back plate! Power &volume are separate. The plastic u see is mounting plate & back cover is separate. I found this the hard way today when my 60 year old mother accident my pried off the whole thing from the HP logo plastic today.
you should not do that you could scratch the LCD and then when you put it back together it'll look like your screen is smashed where you scratched it.
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I am disappointed what a piece of crap this thing is so many problems, I even had a guy in sales admits its a piece of shit why would HP make more of these they can not be of the same quality as the original production has anyone compared I am a novice in search of information . It just does not make good business sense Hp is gonna get ripped a new one , can't wait for a full version of android for this. Does anyone have any good ideas what to do with this tablet Thank All
I have a question. I got my touchpad but i live outside the us and i have no access to paid apps. I agree with you about supporting developers, but cant because of that hp policy? So, is there anyway that i can access to paid apps,??? and buy them, even when the touchpad detects my location and the app cayalog wont let me see any paid app??? I would appreciate any help. imarion@BTscene
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the hp touch pad uses a sandisk 16 or 32 gb inand chip for memory,correct? Could a 32 gb be used in a 16 gb slot? Could one use a 64 gb inand chip in a touch pad?
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While the TouchPad's software is beautiful and intuitive, overall the tablet is more of a "meh-sterpiece" than a masterpiece. Mike Jain - Asst. Sales Manager http://hamarahost.com
Looks like HP have adapability plans with all the 'bits' inside being changeable. If they can control the mfg cost to compete with iPad and if WebOS flies, this could be good for HP and create some stiff competition in the touchpad market.