Nexus 6 Gets a TearDown; Despite Tons of Screws it Scores a 7 Repairability


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The hot new Nexus 6 from Motorola and Google just went through its final "unofficial vetting process"... it has now been dissected by those crazy mobile surgeons at iFixit! Somewhat surprisingly, the phone scores a 7 out of 10 on their repairability scale. This is in spite of the fact that it was filled with a dizzying array of screws. There were also a few components hard-soldered to the motherboard.

Here's a quick recap of the final analysis:
Motorola Nexus 6 Repairability Score: 7 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
  • Pressure contacts and cable connectors make the modular components (cameras, buttons, headphone jack) easy to replace.

  • The Nexus 6 uses a single kind of screw, although it's a fairly uncommon size (T3).

  • Many many screws hold the midframe in place—this makes its removal somewhat tedious, but also means no clips or adhesive are needed to secure it to the front panel.

  • The glued-in battery is less accessible than we'd like, but it can be replaced.

  • Several components (vibrator, SIM slot, speaker, USB port) are soldered directly to the motherboard and will be more difficult to replace than if they were connected by cable.

  • The digitizer is fused to the display, increasing repair costs for a cracked screen, but it is easy to get to the bare display assembly.
Be sure to check out the full breakdown at the iFixit site for all of the gory images. :)

Here's our dedicated Nexus 6 section: Nexus 6 Android Forum at

Source: iFixit


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Components soldered to the board... Big disappointment there. I've replaced the speaker on an earlier device so being soldered on makes that very difficult. However the SD and USB sockets are soldered on in every case to date that I've seen.