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.
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