Nexus 5 teardown reveals plastic clips, little glue and standard screws

November 5, 2013
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The Nexus 5 has been the center of attention lately. Thankfully, we are on the side of official chatter as opposed to the rumors and as such, the folks at iFixit have recently shared their Nexus 5 teardown. This time around we are seeing a 15-step process that ultimately resulted in a repairability score of 8 out of 10. Perhaps more important, this teardown also confirmed some earlier rumors.

The confirmed rumor dealt with NFC. Prior to the release of the Nexus 5, chatter was suggesting the handset would have a Broadcom NFC controller, which would serve to (potentially) remove some of the carrier control in terms of using Google Wallet. Well, the iFixit crew found the Nexus 5 has a Broadcom BCM20793M NFC controller on the inside.

Shifting back to the repairability score and while this may not be something that everyone wants to do -- this teardown was shown to use few tools and perhaps even nicer, not huge amounts of glue. The handset is held together with standard screws (#00 Philips) and the back cover is held together by plastic clips. Another point mentioned dealt with labeling.

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It was mentioned the WiFi, MIMO and GPS were all clearly labeled on the back case. Bottom line here, we suspect most will leave their phone in one piece and enjoy the pics and descriptions from the iFixit teardown. But with that in mind, this score along with the details we are seeing, suggests that you should be able to get your phone fixed quickly and relatively easily -- in case the unthinkable happens.

SOURCE: iFixit


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  • Android Developer

    for those who wonder why it got 8 out of 10 , here are the reasons:

    “The back cover is held in place with plastic clips. Sturdy and rather difficult to remove, but easier than glue.

    The glass and LCD are fused to the display frame. Fixing broken glass will be either expensive or very difficult.