Converting cellphone to tablet

  1. Hello everyone, I'm sort of bummed that no one seems to be doing anything with their old cell phones, so I thought swapping a 4in LCD screen on a cellphone with a 10-12in one off the internet would be a unique project that I could document for other interested people. The problem is that I lack the necessary EE knowledge and experience to do it on my own. I was hoping an EE on here would find such a project interesting, and sort of guide me along the project. I figure my old Samsung Droid Charge (i510) would make a good donor cellphone.
     
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  3. Swapping out for a bigger display (Assuming you could find a compatible one) would only give you bigger pixels. Kind of like digital zoom on a camera. The bigger it gets, the worse it looks. You couldn't increase the number of pixels because that is "baked in" to the video drivers.

    You would need to find a display with a compatible interface (same connector pins, etc).

    Unless you are willing to develop custom software for the phone (possible for android). But even that would be a waste since the older phones have less powerful processors.

    There are projects to turn old android phones into security cameras, etc.
    http://www.howtogeek.com/139373/how-to-turn-an-old-android-phone-into-a-networked-security-camera/

    And lots of other ideas.

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/arti...old_Android_device?taxonomyId=75&pageNumber=1

    Android phones can be usefull computers since the the OS is open source and they are easily messed with. I can't say how easily since I have not actually programmed one yet.
     
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