Tuesday, November 22, 2011

iFixit Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Teardown

Fresh off their teardown of Amazon's Kindle Fire, those geeks over at iFixIt have turned their attention to the competition The new Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet.

This $249 competitor to Amazon's $199 slate. It's a good thing they did, too, because iFixit says the Nook Tablet is tougher to disassemble and service than the Kindle Fire. Giving the Nook a repair-ability score of 6 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair), compared to the Kindle Fire's 8/10 score.

Image courtesy iFixit

Inside the Barnes & Noble Nook iFixit found:
  • 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor (likely a Texas Instruments OMAP4 1 GHz dual-core processor)
  • Texas Instruments 6030B107 Fully Integrated Power Management IC)
  • 1 GB of Hynix H9TKNNN8P DDR2 RAM
  • Up to 48 GB of storage (16 GB SanDisk SDIN5C1-16G internal)
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Custom OS (based on Android)
  • 3.7 V, 4000 mAh battery provides an advertised 11.5 hours of reading time

Some of the more significant points iFixit notes is that the LCD is not fused to the front panel assembly, making replacement easy, if necessary. This however is offset by some areas that made other repairs a bit more tedious. Mainly the addition of hidden screws to prevent removal of the rear panel and an excessive amount of adhesive and adhesive strips.

Replacing the battery also requires a bit of work. You have to remove the motherboard as well as do some serious prying. Components such as the headphone jack, microSD slot, etc. are soldered to the motherboard and would require a bit of work to replace.

You can checkout the full teardown as well as the usual detailed step by step guide here.

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