There is one aspect of the Google Nexus 6P that is often overlooked, and it has to do with the build of the device. It’s not that the Huawei made something as fragile as the Samsung Galaxy S6, but it did create a phone that’s terribly difficult to fix.

From a scale of 1 to 10, iFixit gave the Nexus 5X a repairability score of 7, which means that it’s reasonably easy to fix. But for the Nexus 6P, the score was 2.

The repair specialist noted that the Nexus 6P has a solid external build that is incredibly durable, though those who had to deal with the spontaneous camera panel cracking issue may be inclined to disagree.

However, it is very difficult to open without hurting the device in some way, plus its internal construct features a lot of tough adhesive which makes removing parts doubly difficult.

This is set to be the same issue with the HTC Nexus Marlin, the direct successor to the 6P. According to Nexus Blog, the build of the Marlin and Sailfish (successor to the 5X) are going to be dissimilar.

HTC Nexus Marlin Render via TechDroider

HTC Nexus Marlin Render via TechDroider

Apparently, the larger of the two is going to employ a fully aluminum construct akin the HTC 10 while the Sailfish uses a combination of plastic and metal. If this is true, then future Nexus Marlin users who intend to repair any internal hardware issues with their device would surely run into a great deal of frustration.

That’s because the all-aluminum build from HTC has always been the most difficult to repair. At the bottom of the iFixit repairability rankings are the HTC One M9 and M8 sharing a score of 2, and at dead last is the only device to get a score of 1, the 2013 HTC One M7.


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1 Comment

Lane Moore · July 29, 2016 at 7:41 am

So let me get this Straight. If you are a manufacturer and build a flimsier phone with less metal and seals you get a higher rating? I own a 6P and five 5Xs(family/employees) and my 6P is a rock. Never had the first hardware issue. I know some folks have but if you invested in a 6P it wound make sense to have the Nexus Protect plan so and RMA is no big deal. My son recently dropped his 5X resulting in the SIM card not being read. Yes it was easy to disassemble and repair but I think I would prefer a device that didn’t require such gymnastics just from a simple drop. Of course if I was in the business of phone repair I’d think differently. Remember the Maytag repair man?

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