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LG Nexus 4: Awesome Exterior, Insides Not So Much

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There has been a lot said about the LG Nexus 4 since it was released and a lot of it has been good. However as yet there hasn’t been enough intel about the device given that the first teardown happened just yesterday. The folks over iFixit found out that the LG Nexus 4 does in fact have a disabled LTE chip!

LG Nexus 4 complaints

That aside, how about its inner workings? Word is that LG may have cut corners in the internal design of the handset.

It seems that the LG Nexus 4 may not have been put together as well as one would have hoped. This was the thoughts of a member from XDA after they took a look at the internal hardware photos. If you ever want to take the battery out from the LG Nexus 4 then you will have to have a screwdriver to hand and you will have to take great care not to damage the tabs on the edge. If this is damaged the signal will be lost as the tension between the back plate and the board is lost. This is generally seen if the device gets dropped or it warps when sat in hot sun for some time.

The durability of the device is also in question. Many devices of Samsung and others have impact regions on the edges of the handset and around the bolts. These ensure that the handset is strong and resistant to an impact. The LG Nexus 4 doesn’t and this could explain why over at The Verge, their handset cracked for no apparent reason.

Tape has also been used for internal parts, to hold them together. Any device that needs tape to hold it together hasn’t been designed very well. There are numerous problems with tape, including that when taken off it could leave a sticky residue or components could be brought off the board with it. Using tape could cause build quality problems later and this is not the answer to physical structures.

The LG Nexus 4 was released on 13th November, and since this time red flags have been raised about the lack of a working LTE radio, SD card support and poor battery life. However with many advantages on its side, we’re sure Google isn’t worried about its $299 handset being stuck on shelves.

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