Nexus 5 Smartphone Gets Good Marks for Repairability


There’s a lot to like about Google’s newly introduced Nexus 5 phone. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat, the most recent and feature-rich build of the mobile OS currently available. It’s got a powerful processor and a sexy HD screen. And it’s just $349 off-contract, making it almost half the price of an off-contract iPhone 5S or Samsung Galaxy S4.

If that’s not enough to like, tech repair website iFixit has one more piece of excellent news about the Nexus 5: It’s easy to repair. In a newly posted piece-by-piece teardown, Google’s new smartphone earned a lofty reparability score of 8 out of 10 from the site. (The iPhone 5S, by comparison, scored just a 6 out of 10.)

Specifically, iFixit raves about the phone’s modular design that “allows independent replacement of several wear-prone components – like the headphone jack and speaker.” Also working in the phone’s favor…

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