Google released its killer Android phone Nexus 4 on November 13. The phone went viral and sold out from the Google Play Store in U.S. within an hour of its releasing. After its release our friends at iFixit have teared down the Nexus 4.
Nexus 4 is a smartphone that’s put together with just four different-length screws, 15 in total. All the screws are of common types, combined with easily manipulated pressure contents to make the device simple to take apart and the components “a breeze to replace.” Nexus 4 has a 3.8V and a 2100 mAh unit battery. The battery is stuck to the frame with a lot of adhesive. So it is very difficult to detach without puncturing the battery. Therefore, you can say it’s a non-replaceable battery. On the other side, the display of Nexus 4 is fused together with the front protective glass and digitizer, as well as glued to the actual display frame. Therefore these stick together very strongly. But this strong stickiness has a negative side too. If someone needs to replace it, that will cost a lot.
The LG Nexus 4 has 4G LTE chip embedded deep in the motherboard. Yes, it’s a LTE chip, even though the phone doesn’t support LTE. The earpiece speaker and vibrator motor of Nexus 4 are attached to the motherboard with pressure contacts and housed in the front panel. So, it is easy to access them.
The iFixit team has advised, “Don’t crack the glass unless you’re good with a heat gun, or you’re fond of replacing the glass, display, and frame together.”
iFixit has rated the Nexus 4 in terms of “repairability” a 7 out of 10. No doubt the Nexus 4 has earned such points for being easily opened and accessed with the simple T5 screws on the bottom.