Building a tablet PC sounds like a very ambitious project for one to attempt; manufacturers from the likes of Samsung, Motorola, and LG have spent millions to mass-produce their very own Android tablets. But surprisingly enough, building your own tablet PC can be done – just as long as you have the necessary equipment and enough cash for components.
Before getting into the requirements for improvising a tablet, there are advantages and disadvantages in doing this ambitious project. On the side of the advantages, there’s the freedom of the inventor to create a one-of-a-kind tablet; a customized tablet can be made based on the inventor’s tastes and preferences, and that’s a good thing. Another advantage of creating a tablet PC is the purpose of creating low-cost computers; with the right construction methods using the lowest cost possible, a creator can use his/her invention to full use and market the finished improvised product to earn a good deal of money out of it.
On the other hand, making an improvised tablet is a very messy job. There are a lot of wires to connect, a lot of chips to tinker with, and a lot of materials to secure. Creating a tablet can be ugly as well, as problems concerning hardware and software incompatibility may come in as the project goes along. It might also be a possibility that the finished product will malfunction or perform at a sluggish pace, depending on the build quality of the improvised tablet. Lastly, the costs of creating a tablet may vary, although the overall costs could match or exceed the retail price of a known manufacturer’s tablet.
But if you’re serious about building your own tablet PC (bugs, messy wires and all), then here are some necessary components one willing inventor should purchase:
His choice of processor for running applications and programs
His choice of operating system, ranging from Linux to Android
An LCD screen for the tablet’s display
A resistive or capacitive touch-screen film as an input method
An internal battery for running the tablet
On-board memory for holding programs
His choice set of extras such as microUSB ports, microSD slots, cameras, internal microphones and speakers
Acquiring these mentioned components is achievable, as on-line shopping sites such as eBay and Amazon provide an inventory of the needed items. Prices of each required component may vary, depending on the quality and type. With that, it is up to the inventor to come up with a compatible set of required items needed for creating a one-of-a-kind tablet.
Regarding the steps of building your own tablet PC, a short article such as this cannot provide the full details and the step-by-step procedures. Fortunately, there are successful tablet builders who are willing to share their knowledge and information, and these people have posted articles online that explain the nitty-gritty of the tablet-building project. Not only that, these veteran builders offer their own set of tips and tricks on adding good features, reducing costs, ensuring functionality, and so on.
Once again, creating your very own tablet PC is possible – just as long as the necessary components have been acquired and the correct steps have been done.