8 MP/1080p rear camera with optical image stabilization, and 1.3 MP front-facing camera
4G/LTE wireless support, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz) dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and wireless charging
16 GB or 32 GB built-in memory
Android 4.4 KitKat
Sounds of joy emanate from the teardown factory as we find this Nexus is held together by…plastic clips!
These clips are plenty stubborn, but nothing like the headache that a glued panel would be.
Agent P.O.T. (plastic opening tool) is deployed to handle this noble mission.
We may have cheered too soon—either someone spilled some chocolate syrup, or that's adhesive securing the bottom of the case.
Finding glue in your gadget is as much fun as finding chewed gum on your shoe.
Luckily this bit of foam adhesive is no match for a few swipes of a plastic opening pick. Our poor fixer souls have seen much worse recently.
With the adhesive out of the way, we get our first peek inside this delicious new device.
Before taking another bite, we pause to chew over the back case:
We find conveniently labeled antennas for the Wi-Fi, MIMO, and GPS. It's not quite instructions, but hey, we'll take what we can get.
The NFC and wireless charging cables' spring contacts aren't so nicely identified, but are present and accounted for.
The vibrator is held in place with only a small amount of adhesive. That means an easy repair, should your phone lose its ability to shake it up.
How many licks screws does it take to get to the center of a Nexus 5?
No matter the number, our Pro Tech Screwdriver Set is up to the task.
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Google gives us the Goldilocks of glue: It's just enough to hold the battery in place, but not too much—the battery can still be removed with minimal prying and virtually no bending.
Non-LG manufacturers, take note! We don't want none of your "that ain't possible" funny business when it comes to using glue in devices.
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LG's 3.8 V, 2300 mAh battery offers a slight jump in capacity over last year's Nexus 4.
Google boasts that this pack will keep you sugar-high for 17 hours of talk time, 300 hours of standby, or 7 hours of LTE web browsing.
We're pretty sure this warning icon indicates that it's unsafe to let pets smaller than this battery anywhere near it.
Time to break us off a piece of this KitKat phone!
The speaker pops out with minimal fuss; it's only secured by few screws and no cables. This is the Nexus standard single speaker, despite the dual grilles.
No, this Nexus is not preparing for a BBQ—the second grille is for the microphone. Don't worry; we'll get there soon.
We free the Oompa-Loompa-colored daughterboard, and she's got more goodies than the Easter Bunny:
RGB Indicator LED
Speaker spring contacts
Antenna spring contacts
Less tasty, but more powerful than a Pixy Stick, ourspudger makes motherboard removal easier than taking candy from a baby.
We quickly spudge away the wireless charging control and NFC board. LG built this little board into an EMI shield assembly that pops in right over the motherboard.
This shape reminds us a little of thishelpful KitKat map…
NFC is the tech behind Google Wallet—one of the Nexus devices' most loved features and one often blocked by carriers. Last month, the rumor mill speculated that the Nexus 5 would feature a Broadcom NFC controller that could eliminate carriers' ability to wallet-block customers.
Lo and behold: the Broadcom BCM20793M NFC controller.
That's some scrumptious silicon! Feast your eyes on these ICs:
The Quad-core, 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC is layered beneath the RAM
Qualcomm WCD9320 audio codec
Analogix ANX7808 SlimPort transmitter
Qualcomm PM8941 power management IC
Texas Instruments BQ24192 I2C controlled 4.5 A USB/adapter charger
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Out next is the 8MP rear-facing camera.
Google has taken some criticism for the less-than-impressive image capture in last year's candy-powered devices. This year they've added Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), but we've only heard tepid reviews so far.
The Nexus 5's OIS is powered by an InvenSenseIDG-2020 dual axis gyroscope.
We pop out the last of the bite-sized morsels in the Nexus 5:
1.3 MP front-facing camera.
What a treat! These components were modular and only lightly adhered, seasoned just to our repair tastes.
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Unfortunately, our hopes come crashing down like a blood sugar crash after a candy binge: the front panel is one fused flustercluck.
While we saw this in the Nexus 4, we had hoped the LG/Google team could learn the error of their ways.
Alas, the front frame, LCD, and glass are doomed to a single shared death sometime down the road toCandy Land.
Imagine if one cavity meant losing allyour teeth... Talk about a hard pill to swallow.
Tucked in at the base of the display, a Synaptics S3350B IC provides touchscreen control.
Nexus 5 Repairability Score: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
Very modular design allows independent replacement of several wear-prone components—like the headphone jack and speakers.
Only very mild adhesive holds the battery in place, making it fairly easy to safely remove and replace.
Standardized screws (ten identical #00 Phillips) simplify repairs and reassembly.
The back cover is held in place with plastic clips. Sturdy and rather difficult to remove, but easier than glue.
The glass and LCD are fused to the display frame. Fixing broken glass will be either expensive or very difficult.