The folks at iFixit have dug into Google's latest smartphone, the LG Nexus 4.
Their teardown resulted in the Nexus 4 earning the same 7 out of 10 repairability score as Apple's iPhone 5.
Other Nexus 4 highlights:
- Compared to the Galaxy Nexus -- the phone it succeeds -- the Nexus 4 is a hair heavier (139 g vs 135 g), thicker (9.1 mm vs 8.9 mm), and wider (68.7 mm vs 67.9 mm).
- Screws hold the battery connector in place. At first the disassembly looks easy, but the battery is secured to the case with quite a bit of adhesive, requiring a lot of prying.
- The entire device only contains four different-length screws -- all common screw types -- for a total of only 15 screws. Once the back cover and inner frame are removed, pressure contacts make all of the inner components a breeze to replace.
- The glass is fused to both the display and the display frame. So 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 (which requires muchos buckaroos).
- The Nexus is equipped with a 3.8 V, 2100 mAh battery. Just like Apple did with the iPhone 5's 1440 mAh unit, LG is utilizing a 3.8 V battery (instead of the more-common 3.7 V variant) to power the Nexus 4. Unlike Apple, however, LG manufactures their own battery.
- The speaker enclosure is held in place with two screws and no cables -- spring contacts connect it to the rest of the phone, making its removal a snap.
- In addition to providing some support and stability, the front panel frame houses the earpiece speaker and vibrator motor, both of which attach to the motherboard via pressure contacts.
- A Synaptics S7020A touchscreen controller ensures your fingers morph into super-accurate pig-killing machines in a certain popular game. The 4.7", 1280 x 768 pixel, WXGA IPS display is naturally manufactured by LG Display.
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