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Nexus 4: Did LG Cut Corners To Save On Costs?

There have been many reviews of the LG Nexus 4 since its official announcement however there is yet to be a proper teardown. Hence why this may have been overlooked. A recent review of one photo of the internal parts of the LG Nexus 4 by an XDA member has led to some questions about how LG put the device together. It seems that corners may have been cut so as to keep the price of the LG Nexus 4 down, and it’s not just lack of storage or LTE that we’re talking about.
LG Nexus 4 internal parts photo raises questions
The LG Nexus 4 has been put together poorly said a member of XDA after inspection of the assembly photos. If you want to remove the battery from the handset you will need a screwdriver and you will also have to be very careful not to break the tabs on the edge pointed out the XDA member. Should these be broken you will suffer from signal loss from the Spring antenna connection and the connection.
If tension gets lost between the two then you will lose signal. This could happen if the tab breaks as there will be lost tension between the board and the back plate. This typically happens if the handset is dropped, put under stress or you leave under hot sun.

Durability will also be another issue. Samsung devices typically have impact regions on the bolts and the edge of the device and these give the device strength and are there to sustain impact. The LG Nexus 4 lacks impact zones and this will make the device more fragile and of course it will not have resistance to impact. This might explain why recently the folks over at The Verge were surprised to see their test model cracked without knowing how it may have happened.
The XDA member also pointed out that tape had been used to keep the internal parts together on the LG Nexus 4. Typically any handset that is designed well doesn’t have tape holding it together, and tape is disposable. The problem with tape is that components can be taken off the board if the tape is removed and then it leaves a residue on the board and the components. The use of tape could see more build quality issues later and is should never replace physical structures.
The LG Nexus 4 is sets to be released to the public on 13th November. However the device has seen red flags raised in terms of poor battery life and lack of common features like LTE and expandable storage. Given what is mentioned above, there could well be a more detailed teardown of the handset coming very soon hopefully, ifixit will have one soon.


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Semi-Retired. Love writing about all things techie. My first computer was a NCR 386 pulled from a main frame at the NCR development center used for ATM design in Dundee.
  • PeterEccles

    The battery isn’t user removable! If you’re going to start ripping it apart you should expect problems.

  • cynicist

    That’s some amateur hour sleuthing right there. I’m quite sure Google and LG combined know how to build a proper phone…

    • John doe