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Nexus 4 Teardown Hints LG May Have Cut Corners

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There have been many photos of the LG Nexus 4 teardown posted online and one of the images that caught the eye of a member of at XDADevelopers forum showing the internal parts of the device has brought up some interesting questions. The photo seems to show that LG may have cut some corners with the Nexus 4 in order to keep the price economical. And we’re not talking about just the lack of LTE and smaller storage option.

LG Nexus 4 teardown brings up interesting question

For one thing, the XDA member pointed out the poorly way the the Nexus 4 was assembled. The Nexus 4 not only has a battery that needs a screw driver to remove, but you have to be very careful as it’s easy to break the plastic table on the edge if its not removed properly. If these tabs are broken then you will lose quality of the signal from the connection and the Spring Antenna Connections.

The problem with these is that if the tension is lost then so is the signal. Lost tension may occur on the back plate and the board when the tab breaks or the back plate happens to be warped, which can easily happen. This is often due to the handset being dropped, stress, impact or even spending a day on the dashboard of a hot car. Older handsets often creak when you press them and this is due to warping. Breakage or warping on the LG Nexus 4 is critical when it comes to the connections for Wi-Fi, NFC, Data, Bluetooth or GPS.

Another problem has to do with durability. Many of the handsets from Samsung have impact areas on the edge of the handset and around the bolts. These provide the handset with strength to sustain any impact, yet they don’t change the structure of the board. The lack of impact zones in the LG Nexus 4 means that the handset will be more fragile and it will have less resistance to impact.

Lastly the XDA member called out the use of tape to hold the internals together. Lack of structure and shielding is a problem as a device that has been designed well will have its structure to help hold the components in place. Tape is disposable and has no place being inside a device that is supposed to be well built like the LG Nexus 4. Tape can take the components off the board when the tape is removed and it is messy as it leaves a residue on the board, along with the components. Tape should never be used instead of physical structures and it may bring about other build quality problems later on.

The LG Nexus 4 will go on sale November 13 and given the number of red flags raised by this individual we won’t be surprised if a full-on teardown will be in order. We’ll keep you posted as more develops.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.