The guys over at iFixit are back with another teardown. This time they take a look at the newly released Nexus 6 phone. They gave is a 7 out of 10 repairability score, meaning that it is fairly easy to open and fix as long as you know what you’re doing of course. Here are their findings:
- 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.
Cameras, button and the headphone jack are pretty easy to replace according to iFixit. The 3,220 mAh battery is considered non-removable is hard to get to but once you get to it, it can be replaced – and that’s a good thing. However, it looks like fixing a cracked Nexus 6 display could be a pain and expensive because it is fused to the display. You’d have to replace both. iFixit also torn down the Turbo charger which comes with the N6 which they opened with a rotary tool.
Overall, you may be able to open up a Nexus 6 and replace things if you have what it takes. We sure hope that you don’t have.