Motorola XOOM teardown suggests 4G upgrade procedure is unnecessarily tangled
It's been a couple of days since the launch of the Motorola XOOM, the first serious contender to the iPad, and that means the time for a complete teardown has come. ifixit's crafty crew took the XOOM apart to find out just how repairable the new tablet is and how easy it is to upgrade it to 4G. As you probably know, getting the tablet now, would mean that you have to return it back to the store for an upgrade to 4G. Not only you have to get the tablet to the store, but it'll take almost a whole week before you get it back with 4G connectivity.
Tearing it apart reveals that the XOOM uses the standard torx screws in a whopping number. There is 57 of them, holding the tablet together. But curiously enough, taking down the bottom part where the 4G radio should be located is as easy as unscrewing two screws. Unfortunately, this simple process is accompanied by a tangled procedure.
Apart from that, the tablet's LCD is not fused to the glass, which lowers the cost of repair. In addition, other parts like the cameras are connected via separate cables allowing you to only replace them in case of a malfunction. Check out the detailed teardown below to see all the circuitry responsible for the speedy performance of the XOOM.