Google Nexus 6 teardown reveals it is fairly easy to repair

Repair experts at iFixit have taken the Google Nexus 6 apart, piece by piece. The teardown reveals that the smartphone is fairly easy to repair, giving the device a “repairability score” of “7 out of 10” (10 being the easiest to repair).

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What makes the Google Nexus 6 easy to repair? According to iFixit:

  • 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.

Minor problems with repair:

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

Major problems with repair:

  • 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.

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