The Nexus 5 is already a hit. Google’s latest flagship device has been getting nothing but positive reviews, and it’s already backordered on Google Play. Now what is perhaps the most important review for the device has finally rolled in.
The guys at iFixIt are back with their traditional teardown review of the Nexus 5. All you ever wanted to know about the internals of Google’s latest flagship device are laid bare, and we’re told just how easily the device can be repaired.
So, how repairable is the Nexus 5? The iFixIt team had a mostly pleasant experience with the device rating it an 8 out of 10. The only serious problem they ran into was that the glass and LCD are fused to the display frame. This makes replacing broken glass very difficult. They also ran into some trouble with removing the back cover as it was secured by plastic clips, but stated that it’s much better than some devices that use glue to secure everything.
Here’s the full video review complete with images of the teardown:
In comparison to some other recent major smartphone releases, the Nexus 5 scores relatively well. The iPhone 5S got a 6 out of 10 thanks to Apple’s use of proprietary screws and the additional complexity from the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner. At the bottom of the barrel is the HTC One with a repairability score of 1 out of 10.