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Nexus 5 Receives Teardown Treatment, Receives a Solid Repairability Score of 8

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Whenever a new devices pops onto the market, it is the job of iFixit to tear it down, and then report back to the world how easily it is to repair the device. Most times, if you have something go wrong with your phone, there is a possibility you can fix the problem yourself, which would spare you hundreds of dollars for a new phone. Although, if you have insurance, then who cares, right? Beyond knowing the repairability score, we just like seeing these phones go through teardowns, so check out the gallery below of the Nexus 5 courtesy of iFixit

According to iFixit, the Nexus 5 is actually quite repairable. It received a solid score of 8 (10 being easiest to repair), for its use of standardized screws, only mild adhesives keeping the battery place, and a “very modular design that allows for the replacement of worn components.”

So, if you are a tinkerer, then maybe the Nexus 5 is for you.

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Via: iFixit

  • BAoxymoron

    “We’re pretty sure this warning icon indicates that it’s unsafe to let pets smaller than this battery anywhere near it.” -ifixit

    best quote from a teardown ever….

  • afazel

    Except for the screen, which is the part that breaks most often >.< That should take off more than 2 points imo.

  • WCM3

    I was glad to read it has good repairability. Hoping for someone to create an upgraded speaker. This thing sounds awful next to my GS4.

  • Mike

    So, how do I go about enabling this FM transmitter?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Soooooo Speaking of Tear Downs…. There is this random issue with the N5 where the Volume rocker and power button rattle when you tap near them.

    How did I find this out? I was tapping away at my screen trying to figure out the “Secret” way to get the Falcon Pro token…(i know). I thought it was the interals or camera but it’s just the buttons. They go clickity clickity. Though it’s not noticeable in regularly using the phone. Just a heads up

    • Larizard

      +1 for “clickity clickity”

  • Daniel Cabrera
  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    So there is a removable battery!

    • eddy

      Mine gets deliverd tomorrow, hope the battery life is good.
      Wonder if a bigger battery might fit in there?

      • afazel

        Or a same-size battery with better chemistry and MOAR POWA!

  • Juan Werd

    That’s some first rate plastic right there.

  • Morbid138

    Anyone else’s Nexus 5 “out for delivery” today? About damn time!

    • Mayoo

      Holy unrelated comment Batman!

      Mine will be out for delivery on Thursday (Canada)

    • Steve B

      I wish, tomorrow for me.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Got mine yesterday. Soft touch back feels so good in hand, though it’s a magnet on the back… Finger Print grease fever

      • Morbid138

        Black or panda?

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Black. Which is why I’m worried about the panda because if it’s the same material then I can see it getting dirty pretty fast.

          • GentlemanScholar

            I got one of both not knowing the panda was not soft touch and initially wanting white. Glad I did as I am going to keep the black.

          • Larizard

            wait, so the white is not soft touch??

          • JRomeo

            they are both soft touch. feels awesome.

          • GentlemanScholar

            I wouldn’t call the panda soft touch in the same sense as the black nexus 5. The white version is matte and smooth. The black is the traditional soft touch. I have both of them.

          • GentlemanScholar

            It’s different material. It’s simply matte and not soft touch. I got one of each thinking I’d keep the white, but I like the feel of the soft touch much better.

    • Butters619

      Got mine last night. 32GB Black.

      • Morbid138

        Are the display colors really washed up? How’s the battery life and camera?

        • Butters619

          The colors look great! The screen is bright! If I hold it next to my One X or an iPhone, the white isn’t quite as white, but you would never notice it unless you held them side by side.

          Camera is ok with HDR off. Camera is pretty good with HDR on. Obviously it is slower with HDR on, but I’ll take it.

          Too early to tell on battery. Again, seems like it beats my One X. Stand by time is amazing with the 800, but we will see about on screen.

          • Morbid138

            Im coming from a one x plus. I hope it’s not a downgrade from my camera. Its already a downgrade in storage from 64gb to 32gb.

          • Butters619

            I actually had a lot of problems with the One X camera. Mostly with the auto focus going out of focus while taking pictures. And with video the auto focus would go crazy and keep going in and out. Also had troubles focusing on anything closer than 18 inches or so.

            However, it is definitely slower than the One X camera.

          • Michael Nyitrai

            i feel so broke next to you 2

          • Butters619

            Also front camera is leagues better than the One X camera because it’s not recessed so it doesn’t get filled with crap. Finally I can snapchat decent pictures

          • JRomeo

            Make sure you activate auto photo backup, you get unlimited photo backup if you choose standard size in the options, and unlimited video backup… then organize that into albums in the photos cloud app, and make sure you delete them off your phone to save space.

        • Brian Menius

          I find the display to be exceedingly washed out, but I’m coming from two years of Samsung devices, so it’s going to take a minute to get used to the world of normal color saturation.

        • Butters619

          Battery life isn’t the greatest. I am now using an auto brightness app to pull the auto brightness down because the display seem unnecessarily bright indoors.

          • Larizard

            Keep the updates coming! Camera, video, battery life, games??

          • Butters619

            Battery life is better than my One X, but not great. Expect around 3 hours on screen time. I will say one thing, if you are in an area with no signal, but the phone in airplane mode, or even airplane mode with wifi on.

            I sit in an engineering lab at work and had my phone not in airplane mode and cell standby ripped through the battery. Turned on airplane mode and wifi and everything was all good.

          • JRomeo

            I suspect standby only hurts battery if there is a weak cellphone reception.

          • Morbid138

            Read what I posted above or below!

          • Morbid138

            Yeah I just got mine last night and killed the thing in 4 hours! Let see how today goes. I’m not gonna lie, I’m having second thoughts, everything feels like a downgrade from my One X Plus except the Nexus is faster.

          • JRomeo

            Every new phone you get will die quickly due to constant use…… just wait until you get used to it, this phone will last you the day because you will no longer be heavy duty fascinated with it.

          • Morbid138

            I understand that. That’s why I’m giving it time. I still can’t believe the screen on a one year old phone is better in terms of colors and brightness than the Nexus 5. Also, the camera on my One X plus demolishes the Nexus 5 by far. I’m hoping software upgrades will fix these issues.

          • Butters619

            That’s funny because everything feels like an upgrade from my One X. My One X battery lasted just over 2 hours of on screen time, so I’m definitely getting more usage. Plus the One X took ages to charge. If I put the Nexus in airplane mode, I can get a full charge in 90 minutes. The front camera on the One X was always full of junk and took crap pictures because of it. The earpiece in the One X was low to begin with, but would get progressively worse as those micro drilled holes got full of dirt and oil.

            The camera on the Nexus is definitely slower, but I haven’t had enough use with it to say how pic quality is. Like I said before, I had auto-focus issues with the One X.

          • Morbid138

            I never had any problems with my One X+ camera. I’m sure gonna miss that burst feature though. Man, my battery is already down to 61 percent and I’ve been using my Nexus 5 moderately for 2 hours! Dissapointed man, dissapointed…

          • Morbid138

            On a side note, I’m on att and where there was usually a 4g (not 4g LTE) sign, there’s now an H. Any idea on what this is? Am I running on 4g?

          • Butters619

            Sorry I didn’t respond to this one. The H is for HSPA+, which AT&T would have show as 4G on AT&T branded phones. On unlocked and international phones, HSPA+ shows up as an H.

          • Butters619

            Does your Nexus 5 charge surprisingly faster than your One X+?

          • Morbid138

            Maybe by a bit. Almost the same probably. The one x + had some sort of fast charging feature. My nexus charges in like an hour and 20 minutes. How’s the battery life treating you? I’m struggling with it.

          • Butters619

            Yeah I full charge in under 90 as well. Battery is pretty bad but about equal to the One X. On screen time is about 2.5 hours and that is if I leave my phone in airplane mode and on wifi all day at work. I’m used to it, but it still sucks. I would love a phone I didn’t have to consciously manage.

            The One X has one cool (albeit slightly annoying) feature. If it couldn’t find the network it would give up for a few minutes and try again, instead of constantly searching. This sucked when I would leave my lab because I’d have to toggle airplane mode on and off so I wouldn’t have to wait to connect, but at the same time it definitely saved battery. I had my Nexus sitting on my desk out of network but not in airplane mode, and it was rocketing through battery.

            I absolutely love the phone and think it is beautiful and I am glad I purchased it (I was having a ton of issues with my One X), but I have an upgrade coming in 6 months. If Motorola releases a Moto X2 this summer with a 5″ 1080p display packed into a small frame like the X with battery like the X, I would most likely jump.

          • Morbid138

            I’m thinking of disabling Google now and NFC. Maybe that will help with the battery life. Hopefully they release an update soon that fixes some of these issues.

          • Butters619

            I turned both off this morning and turned location services to battery saving mode.

          • Morbid138

            Have you seen a difference in battery life by turning those off? I’ve got 30% left with 2 and a half hours of on screen time and 10 hours since I unplugged it this morning. This is with little to medium usage.

          • Butters619

            Crap. I went to look at battery and realized I forgot to turn on airplane mode after lunch. Like I said I have no signal in the engineering lab I sit in and no signal kills battery. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it is. But honestly you are doing better than I am with on screen time.

        • JRomeo

          I noticed the camera takes better pictures when the flash is on OR when HDR+ mode is enabled. consider shooting ONLY in those two modes….. in these modes the pictures came out nice in my tests last night. However, perhaps my results weren’t accurate because I just noticed the thin plastic film on the camera lens is still there and I need to remove it.

    • JeffColorado

      Mine is! I was not expecting it till tomorrow…but I will have it today.

    • NYCHitman1

      Mine is out for delivery, but the driver is MIA. Normally packages are delivered to my office before 11 AM. It’s 1 PM and no sight of the truck that normally parks on the corner to do the route.

      • GentlemanScholar

        That happened to me yesterday. In the end the didn’t even deliver it, but I was able to pick it up last night from the UPS sorting facility. It’s a nice phone.

    • Thaliff

      Mine is as well. Can’t wait. Should have bribed the UPS driver

    • Kayla A. Echols

      Just received mine!!!!!!!!!!

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  • thedonxr

    Take LG G2 Verizon CDMA radios install them into Nexus 5!

    • Cory_S

      Or its battery…then make a duct tape back :)

    • j

      is that really possible?

    • JDub

      I thought it did have the frequencies for Verizon’s CDMA. I believe it lacks LTE 13 which is Verizon’s most used LTE band.

  • whereismyn5

    Does this mean we would be able to switch out the backplate of the phone relatively easy? Would be awesome if we could go back and forth between blacked out and panda version

    • Tyler

      No, because you would also need to swap out the trim around the sides of the phone and earpiece. If you want to be official that is.

  • Josh Carroll

    I don’t suppose any glimmers of hope into enabling band 13 were found? :D

    • Mike

      Has anybody tried using a Version LG G2 sim card in the Nexus 5?

      • Josh Carroll

        Not sure, but I don’t think it’d be any different than any other active VZW sim card and that’s definitely been tried with no success.

        There are two major hurdles: supporting band13 somehow (hey, if they could enable the LTE radio on the N4, maybe they can do this on the N5) and CDMA. I don’t think there’s any legal way to make CDMA work, so that means no voice or 3G data.

        • Mike

          What if the IMEI on the Nexus 5 was changed to look like a Verizon lg g2? It has cdma for Sprint and the modem should be able to handle Verizon’s LTE bands. Just wondering? Of course you could just install KitKat 4.4 on a Verizon LG G2. However, it would be nice to have a phone I could use on Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile.

          • Josh Carroll

            That’s why I said “legal way”. Spoofing an IMEI is not legal :)

          • Mike

            I’m just curious is all if anybody has tried it. The Nexus 5 is not supported on AT&T but on xda developers there are plenty of people suggesting going to an AT&T store and getting the IMEI off a demo phone and using that to activate the phone on their network. I didn’t order a Nexus 5, but if Verizon offered it, I would probable get one. Anyway, thanks for the response.

  • Curtis

    I really like it when a company doesn’t mind you digging through their hardware.