You can actually separate the side casing from the white 'base' with EMI shielding. No screws there, just pry and it pops off. The plastic clips are pretty durable, actually. They survived being pried by a screwdriver (I did it like field-stripping a rifle, no mercy to cosmetics...heh)
They're just not interchangeable as the Apple's has different pin layout.
Nah you don't need an iPad for it - it's just there for show.
The Galaxy Tab is really easy to disassemble because it's so big and friendly. No mess. My Galaxy Tab from Singapore doesn't appear to have vulnerable mic and display connectors, everything is flush to the chassis and metal-reinforced. Foolproof.
It did however have a faulty "Made in China" early-version battery but the problem of going from 70% charge to 1% is easily solved - just take out the battery connector and reconnect it. Great 'little' device.
I ripped out the white packaging on the battery and poked some small vent holes in the back casing too as there was some gas building up. Scary, and caused a bit of overheating. Temperatures dropped after the mod.
Early-release Asian models of the Galaxy Tab may have battery problems 6 months to a year after heavy usage - the battery life from 50 to 70 % charge suddenly drops to zero after a mysterious temperature spike to 65 to 70 degree Celcius (battery temperature).
One of the fixes, aside from throwing the Tab at your telco and demanding a replacement, is to open it up and disconnect the battery, then put it back together again.
This procedure is actually quite easy to do - if you aren't going to resell your Tab and can tolerate some cosmetic damage to the soft plastic casing, then you can field-strip the Tab and put it back together in just a few minutes thanks to the lack of screws. Everything snaps together intuitively.
The Asian Galaxy Tab appears to have minor differences from the specimen photographed in this article. I bought mine in Singapore and it appears to be able to come apart at the front and the back (you can access the battery by just pulling away the back cover - no screws). It doesn't have the vulnerable mic connector and display connector as indicated by some teardown articles. Everything is flush to the chassis and indestructible... even if you pry it apart with a screwdriver and substitute guitar picks with paper clips .. .don't try it at home :)