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LG G5 pays a visit to the iFixit offices for a 'friendly' teardown

LG's latest flagship smartphone, the LG G5, brings all its friends to the yard with the new magic slot. The team over at iFixit decided to see just how easy it is to take apart the G5, beyond that of simply swapping out optional modules. The result is LG produced quite the repair-friendly handset, but the company already enjoyed a head start in tests by offering a stunning unibody smartphone with a super-easy removable battery.

What makes this particularly interesting is just how easy the G5 is to take apart. Simply remove the battery, take out two screws and everything can be accessed. Utilizing standard Philips screws also gives LG some added bonus points. So if you happen to experience an issue with your LG G5, there's a solid chance you'll be able to carry out the repair without seriously damaging the device or gluing your hands together.

Check out the full report over at iFixit.

33 Comments
  • Super convenient for those 6 monthly mother board swap outs. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or 3 months if you're as lucky as I was.
  • Lol at gluing your hands together Posted via the Android Central App
  • BTW. I thought Jerry would have written this. He likes taking his toys apart. :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Too bad this "stunning unibody smartphone" is actually painted to look like metal :-)
  • It's actually metal. You're feeling a really thick layer of primer and paint, so it doesn't feel like any other metal phone.
  • True.
    But it doesn't change the fact that it feels cheap. I mean...what's the point of having a metal phone if you're going to paint it to feel like plastic? Better to keep plastic and paint the plastic to look like metal. At least you wouldn't have neither the antenna problems nor have to abdicate wireless charging.
  • Why? For the glory of being different, of course! :P But to me, I'm not big on how it feels since I slap a case on all my phones, but to people who were expecting a "premium" metal-feel, this might be quite the disappointment.
  • Did you really just try to use neither, nor, and or together like that...*facepalm* Posted via the Android Central App
  • With that logic cars must not be metal seeing how they are also painted? Posted via the Android Central App
  • You can't reason with people who refuse to see reason. Similar to religious zealots. [Not all religious people are bad, just a majority] Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly, it's not like a car made of plastic travelling at high velocities is going to shatter into pieces when it hits a solid object instead of bend like a metal would. Let's not forget that plastic is extremely resistant to water, sand, sun, heat, cold... You know all the things a car gets exposed to while flying down the road. It only makes sense that a smartphone is exposed to all those things too, that's why manufacturers make them with steel unibodies like cars not soft aluminium alloys. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Easy to repair the backlight bleed huh?
  • Yeah, it's one of the easiest phones to take apart. Definitely a big plus for a unibody design. Which is useful if this phone suffers from #BootloopGate2.0....... (Yes, I'm still bitter about my G4)
  • Stunning? I don't think it's quite as ugly as many people have remarked but I'd call it okay at best. No way is it stunning. LOL ... Joe K. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Stunning new phone. You stumbled onto a great idea for a new module... stun gun. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Now THAT would be a friend I'd like to play with! ...Joe K.
  • I WILL BUY the phone AND that module if it exists.
  • Ain't gonna happen. A stun gun that actually incapacitates a perp requires alotta juice. One use, and your phone will be d.e.a.d. Probably not enough battery left to call 911....
  • As someone who does phone repair, I like this, but I doubt I'll ever see it because it's mostly iPhone that people bring in lol Moto X 2014 XT1095
    Nexus 7 2013
  • You mean OLD iPhones? Or do you work at the Genius Bar (you know where someone would take their NEW IPhone to be repaired)
  • New as in less than 1 year old? Because I'd never use their repair service outside the 1 year limited warranty. Not only that, but their LIMITED warranty doesn't cover screen repair, water damage, or pretty much any damage, all of which Apple overcharges to repair. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I work at a general phone repair shop that has nothing to do with Apple, that just seems like the kind of phones most people bring in and it pretty much ranges from the 5 to the current models and maybe a 4 or 4S every once in a while. Moto X 2014 XT1095
    Nexus 7 2013
  • I always appreciate that, whatever else LG does, they always make sure that their phones are easy to disassemble and repair. HTC could do to learn a few things. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They need to sell phones before worrying about that bud Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Lol
  • Has the AC review for the G5 gone out yet? Don't think I see it on the site.
    I'm probably waiting for the M10, but would like to see what the consensus for this one is.
  • Not yet. According to Phil, it's coming out sometime this week.
  • Read GSMarena's review, Android Police's review, and watch Erica Griffin's first impressions video. Pretty good range from glowing to scathing, all of them quite in depth.
  • Nice to see it get a good repairability score. From what I could work out, the SoC is facing the screen and not the back though, I expected it to face the back for heat dissipation. Although there does seem to be more metal on the back of the screen in that area which will help transmit the heat around the body too...
  • This is great news for all those G5 owners. Now they can all fix their lightbleed issues with their screens right at home.
  • Most of the light bleed issues are not issues....
  • I really like this particular part of their teardown: "LG G5 Repairability Score: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair) The user-removable, slide-out battery is a huge boon to phone lifespan." This is refreshing in today's Samsungized (and others) Android world of built-in obsolescence of sealed/embedded battery throw away mobile devices! Screw that sh*t and Samsung! This Note 4, the pinnacle of the Note series, will be my last Samsung device!