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The Google Nexus 4 is taken apart

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The Google Nexus 4 is taken apart
The Google Nexus 4 is the latest stock Android handset and has already sold out in the Google Play Store. The gang at iFixit did their usual teardown and found some interesting tidbits about the device. For example, the rear cover of the phone, usually just a slab of plastic designed to keep the battery from falling out, is actually a beehive of activity on the Google Nexus 4. That is where the NFC antenna lies and a few pressure contacts power up the NFC antenna and connect the induction coil used for wireless charging, to the motherboard. Even though the Google Nexus 4 supports wireless charging, the accessory does not come with the phone out of the box.

The teardown did have its difficulties. Getting to the battery was a little tougher than usual, requiring the removal of two screws, a connector, and some adhesive material. Speaking of the battery, instead of putting the Micro SIM card under the battery, LG put it on the side of the phone and included a tool to pop out the card when needed.

The back cover of the Google Nexus 4 contains the NFC antenna

The back cover of the Google Nexus 4 contains the NFC antenna

Some of those who ordered the device found out via email that the device is on backorder and that they will have to wait as long as 3 weeks for the phone to arrive. Until the handset does land at your home or office, you can go through the teardown below and look at what's inside the handset you're waiting for. If you are a butterfingers type, you might find it of interest that according to iFixit, the Google Nexus 4 has a repairability rating of 7 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to fix.

Making it easy to repair the phone, all it takes is a screwdriver to open the device and the unit is held together using common screws of four varying lengths. Once the back and inner frame are removed, the pressure contacts make it easy to replace the components inside the phone. On the other hand, getting to the battery makes repairing the unit harder than other phones. Because of the adhesive used to keep the fuel cell in place, trying to remove it could lead to an accidental puncturing of the battery. In addition, the glass is fused to the display and the frame meaning a crack in the glass will require replacing the display and the frame, an expensive proposition.

source: iFixit

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posted on 16 Nov 2012, 21:49 4

1. GTR722 (Posts: 222; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Battery seems "easy" to replace..I wonder if that battery model is easy to buy in amazon....but anyways....until they release a 32GB version....this phone is a no buy.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:03 5

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 10122; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Agreed 16 gig, which is only 13 user available is simply not enough.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:17 7

7. nwright94 (unregistered)


If you upload your music to google music and keep it off your device it's plenty IMO. I have a 16gb iPhone 5 and haven't run into need for more space yet. But different folks need different things.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:31 3

9. Aeires (unregistered)


Exactly what I do with my GNex. Add to that, since I bought the N7, I really don't play games on my phone as much as I used to so there's less space being used for that.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 23:47 2

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 10122; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I prefer phones with max storage. My ip5 is 64 and I'm gonna grab the 64 gnote 2

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 23:58

21. nwright94 (unregistered)


You have microsd expansion with the note 2 :)

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 08:06 2

27. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Do not bother paying for the 64gb Gnote 2,simply get the 16gb model. A 64gb class 10 Ultrafast sandisk micro sd card are available for roughly 40 bucks online.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 01:53 1

22. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Meh. My Android has only 2.65 GB of internal memory and i'm contended and now i don't even know what to put in to it. (Occupied 1.5gb out of 2.65 Gb now)

16 Gig with 13 gig is big enough i must say....at least this may have SD card slot instead of the iPhone with 8GB and you are stuck with it forever.....and updating iOS may require 2GB... so u'r left with 6GB... ouch.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 07:58

26. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3881; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It's not really that bad if you think about your options. You could just get an external microSD card reader, or you can get a USB (F) to MicroUSB (M) cable and get any memory stick you want. The Nexus 4 does have USB host abilities, take advantage of that.

It is kind of inconvenient, but if the only thing really bad about the Nexus 4 is the lack of expandable storage, why not fix it?

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:14 8

5. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


16GB aren't enought? What are you going to store there?
4 Movies in .mkv 720p?
2500+ mp3?
It's a smartphone, not an Hard Drive!
And if you want more space, just plug a USB stick with the micro USB connector converter!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 01:54 1

23. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


16 GB Not enough?- What Geeks think.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 01:56 1

24. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Agreed. Not enough?? GET CLOUD STORAGE DAMMIT!

BOX in android is having a promotion of free 50 GB of cloud storage! STOP WHINING ABOUT 16GB IS ''TINY''....My android phone has 2.65GB and i ain't complaining- My previous Wildfire S has 180MB of storage- Worse.. and i ain't complainin.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 08:09 1

28. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


From Daily experience alot of customers don't like or trust cloud storage. Plus it all depends on network coverage for reliant speed and access as well as the battery usage implications involved from streaming media from a cloud rather than accessing it from memory card storage. I'd use a 64gb micro sd card myself anyday over online cloud storage

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:20 6

8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


8GB. I am still puzzled why Google thought having only 8GB in this day was a good idea.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:36 3

10. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


If You have everything in the could (remember that here Google Music+Drive+Youtube are FREE) 8GB are Fine for 299$ !

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:56 6

12. rusticguy (Posts: 2819; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Perhaps it will be fine once Apple releases a 8GB model to offer a cheaper iPhone :)

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 23:03 1

13. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


well said.......but some how i dont think hes going to wake up my friend .....he seems to be in a DEEP slumber..... theres hope for him.....but maybe thats all :(

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 23:54 2

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 10122; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


It's not that there's anything wrong with 8, but that won't work for everyone. I have almost 8 n just music and videos, 12 n pics/vids, then my app/games. I still have over 30 gigs left. I don't have unlimited data so I don't have the luxury of streaming from the cloud all day, so having a large amount of flash comes n handy

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 23:04

14. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Didn't they release a 8GB iPhone 4s right before the iPhone 5 came out?

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 23:09 2

15. nwright94 (unregistered)


No it's 16gb. But for $299 off contract, who can complain? It's only $50 more for double the storage.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 23:10 1

16. nwright94 (unregistered)


I'm talking about the nexus 4 btw with the $299 off contract :p

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 23:49

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 10122; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple has 8-64 gig

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 23:48 1

18. Hammerfest (Posts: 362; Member since: 12 May 2012)


you sir have broken my script...

find user = mxyzptlk > apply thumbs down > repeat...

not an actual script, but your normally just troll while making ZERO sense...

your troll comment that made sense is unfair, I demand it be edited away!

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:07 2

3. andersensam (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Also has a 7 band LTE chip. Just waiting on XDA to figure out how to enable it :)

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:14

6. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I was thinking the same :D

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:45

11. Hemlocke (unregistered)


You and me, both. That made my day.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 03:27

25. TylerGrunter (Posts: 864; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I was wondering exactly the same thing!!
Qualcomm WTR1605L Seven-Band 4G LTE chip in the phone, but it´s suppossed to not have LTE, can someone explain that?

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:11

4. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


"Step 17
Qualcomm WTR1605L Seven-Band 4G LTE chip"

I thought it was a non LTE Phone, so what is that ?

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 11:03

29. TA-21 (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


Which one is better ???
Google NEXUS 4 or HTC One X+

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