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- Dec 30, 2010
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- Austin, TX
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.
Here's our dedicated Nexus 6 section: Nexus 6 Android Forum at DroidForums.net