The LG Nexus 4 besides its launch related issues is one of the most desired Android handsets today. Sadly though, there are plenty of users out there who are being made to wait a couple of more weeks to be able to get the device. However, iFixit managed to get one in their pockets and have managed to get a decent teardown of the device to give us an idea as to how repairable it is. They managed to tear the whole device apart without much surprise and with comfortable ease too. So what did they find unique about the device?
Well, we’re all well aware of the fact that the Nexus 4 doesn’t have LTE support. But according to iFixit’s discovery the Nexus 4 has a 7 band 4G LTE chip inside. It pretty much seems like LG basically used the same innards on the Nexus 4 as with the Optimus G which has support for 4G LTE. The chip inside (Qualcomm WTR1605L) apparently supports most 4G LTE networks around the world. Sadly though, it doesn’t seem to be activated. And if you are wondering about the device probably getting 4G LTE support in the future via modding, that’s not going to happen either. iFixit found no LTE power amplifier on the Nexus 4 nor is there a guarantee of the device bearing a 4G LTE antenna. So it seems like the chip inside is as good as dead and wouldn’t come to any good use for the users. It is surprising though that there is a chip inside which supports the fastest data network in the world and yet isn’t activated. Not that HSPA+ speeds are bad, but 4G LTE is a whole different ball game. Perhaps Google and LG decided on no LTE fearing carrier obligations and a cut down in battery life. But considering that most reviewers added this in the cons list of the phone, one can’t help but wonder.
Speaking of other aspects of the device, it seems like the so called removable battery (which was initially believed to be non-removable) is non-removable after all. After making their way inside the device by removing the two screws from the bottom, the battery is revealed in all its glory. However, it is then held together with two more screws and stuck to the body with a strong adhesive so as to make it hard to remove without potentially ruining it. So it seems like LG wants to keep it non-removable and I don’t think the users would mind that as long as it manages to offer decent life. The gang at iFixit gave the device a repairability score of 7/10 with 10 being the easiest to repair, so the Nexus 4 did okay. Apple products are generally considered pretty hard to repair given that most of the components are stuck together closely. The Nexus 4 however was on par with the iPhone 5 in terms of repairability according to iFixit’s teardowns.
The device is currently on backorder and could take at least three weeks to reach customers. So while you frown over the fact that you couldn’t get one, you might be assured that you now have the choice to wait and learn more about the device. The non-removable battery (to some extent), is certainly a minus. The rest of the components of the device are top notch. But the 4G LTE chip inside is something which will make a lot of noise in the forums.