Nexus 5 gets iFixit teardown: Scores impressive 8 out of 10 repairability rating
Good old iFixit, the bods who like to tear gadgets apart, have given Google's Nexus 5 its dismantling treatment. And the results are impressive.
Marked on a score out of ten the iFixit team gave the Nexus 5 an 8, meaning it's actually relatively easy to fix. Compared to the iPad Air's recent 2 out of 10 score, that's very impressive.
The back cover is stuck down with some glue, but that can be easily removed. Once open handy labels make finding everything easy even for a novice. The battery is also glued in but with the perfect amount of glue so it can be easily replaced.
A rather interesting find, for American users at least, is the inclusion of a Broadcom BCM20793M NFC controller. This means that carriers won't be able to block use of Google Wallet on phones – something that was rumoured to be happening.
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One negative is the front cover's single fused piece. Replacing a cracked screen won't be easy then. As iFixit words it: "Imagine if one cavity meant losing all your teeth. Talk about a hard pill to swallow."