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Nexus Q Receives Tear Down: Made in USA, But Parts May Be From Somewhere Else

The Nexus Q, one of the more intriguing announcements that took place at Google I/O, has received an official iFixit tear down treatment. Taking it apart is a relatively easy affair as long as you have the right tools. The Nexus Q stands up there right alongside the Nexus 7 with its repairability score of 8 out of 10 (10 being the easiest to repair). And what about that claim that the Q was “built and manufactured in the USA?” 

One of the reasons the Nexus Q was so high in price ($299.99) was simply the fact it was put together in the States. People like the sound of that. iFixit has found however that while overall the device was manufactured here in the States, a few bits and pieces of the device had to be imported. Nothing too major though and other than the risk of touching the large (warning label applied) capacitor, it is fairly easy to tear the Q down to its basic parts.

Via: iFixit

  • Built and Manufactured in the USA. 100 percent. Parts that go into that don’t matter. Everything could be from China. As long as it was made in the States, then they can say manufactured in USA.

  • wow , slow news day,almost noon and nothing new

  • FortitudineVincimus

    $150 retail value.. max

  • Sven Enterlein

    Maybe they should put a label on the Nexus Q that is similar to a bag of mixed nuts: Every part has its origin stated… No seriously, does it really matter? Most high-quality electronics are made in Japan. If Google decided to have most components Made in USA and and assemble it here then KUDOS! It’s not like it reads “Designed in California, assembled in China”. Apple probably already TM’ed this anyway.

  • Sully

    Still won’t buy one regardless of where it was manufactured. The Roku line of set top players is far more attractive.

  • Bionic

    I might buy one of these to simply put down my pants and that way when a girl unzips them to blow me this thing comes out to her surprise. She’ll say “whats this?” and i’ll say “this is how we make google bables”

    • Andy Christiansen

      the worst joke I have ever heard in my life.

  • Bionic

    Oy, what a slow news day……..I was really hoping to hear one of two things at least. Either another Bionic ICS leak/release date or the Nexus 7 ship date. Maybe tomorrow?

    • Jack Coleman

      how fast do you expect the bionic leaks to come? there was just one the other day.

      • Bionic

        Very true, but there were 2 leaks in like 5 days. It was like WOW. I really hope it drops soon.

        • Jack Coleman

          yeah that would be nice seeing as it came out before the razr…

    • Liderc

      Throw that Bionic out the window, you’ll feel better about yourself.

      • Bionic

        why? its a great phone. Besides, even if i did that, I would get another Bionic in the mail. They dont let you upgrade early due to phone breakage anymore.

        • tvjrc603

          I’m pretty sure that you would get another Bionic in the mail the next day, even if you never reported it as damaged. It keeps coming back – like a Ouija board.

          • Bionic

            I can understand why some people hate the bionic, but once the phone is actually in your hand after they fixed the radio issues, it really is a great phone and im sure ICS will make is bombastic, as has been reported by people who have flashed it.

          • Liderc

            That whole looking through a screen door doesn’t bother you? I kept waiting for my dog to run into it.

          • Bionic

            I have 20/20 vision and I simply don’t see that effect unless I hold it real close. Everyone is different.

          • Liderc

            Everyone is different, only a few of us are intelligent.


          • tuxdreamerx

            I ran an early ICS rom on that phone and it did make the phone awesome except data was broken but thats fixed with leaks I believe! I now have a razr. 😀

  • Bionic

    “Russian components, American components. ALL MADE IN TAIWAN” – Armageddon

    • Liderc

      Damn’t, I insulted you above and now you say this epic line?

      I hate myself now.

      • Bionic

        Damn straight, lol

    • This is how we fix things in Russian Space Station.

    • Trevor K


  • David Parrella

    Who cares if some parts come from other places? The effort comes out of the USA, the payment is to American workers. We could never develop technology like this without assistance or contribution from a world-wide economy.

    • TheDrunkenClam

      Actually at one time in the not so distant past, we did develop many electronic components entirely here. Union labor has a lot to do with why that’s no longer the case, and probably also has a lot to do with that $300.00 price tag.

      • bigdav1178

        Actually, cheap overseas labor has even more to do with it than union labor; union labor isn’t as plentiful as some people seem to believe it is/was. When you can pay some foreign worker a few dollars for a day’s work, it’s hard to even compete with minimum wage salaries. The difference in monetary value is what makes it cheaper using overseas labor, not the absence of labor unions.

  • NorCalGuy

    what about a system dump i want Magic 8 ball on my JB Gnex!! Please

  • Michael

    That is seriously one of the coolest tear down images i’ve ever seen!

    • snowblind64

      Yeah, it would make a cool Google doodle.

    • Liderc

      It’s almost like Google planned on this happening lol.

      • michael arazan

        Google needs that shot in their search engine icon for a day, kudos for that. And when you click on it it should give you a taste of what the device can do for you and sample its features for people who don’t know what it can do.
        Also somewhere a star wars nerd is turning that into a thermonuclear detonator device from star wars, may the force be with us.

    • Mack

      Didn’t even notice that until I read your comment. I scrolled up and was looking at the smaller images and was all “what the hell is he talking abo….NO WAY”. That top shot is seriously amazing, how did I miss that in the first place?!

      • brando56894

        I saw it but didn’t even realize it was spelling out “Google” until I looked again.

        • JoshGroff

          Mind = Blown

          (I just noticed too, good thing these comments are here)