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HP Touchpad Exposes Its Innards For All To See

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TechRepublic took a new HP Touchpad and ripped it to shreds out of curiosity. What'd they find? For starters, it's built more like a computer, which is to say that most of the components are user replaceable (including the battery).

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They also say that it's pretty easy to disassemble, requiring little more than a phillips screwdriver. And if you're curious as to what each and every component looks like up close, check out the full teardown over at [Tech Republic].

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I discussed this in another article where the innards of a new device from HP, RIM, or Dell show poor or incomplete thinking in the design and engineering that reflects upon the rest of the product, where Apple thinks everything through from the internal layout to the external design and finishing.

To me, it looks like a sloppy, unoptimized layout and lack of proper use of space. It's like the engineers designed the guts first, handed it off to another department that does the design and said, "Ok, now quickly cover all this up any way you can."

The two-colored, crooked, twisty cable that runs across the majority of the device is a nice touch.