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Nexus 6 Teardown: A Big Beast Full of Beautiful Guts

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The Nexus 6 is Google's new (and wonderful) behemoth flagship, so of course the folks at iFixit took the first opportunity to vivisect it for your pleasure. Inside that big, beautiful body is plenty of room for the requisite guts: A big battery, badass brains, and even a secret LED.

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The Nexus 6 is hiding no especially nasty secrets. Its non-removable 3,220 mAh is glued in, but not insanely hard to remove or replace and its rear-facing, optically-stabilized 13MP shooter has the same sensor you'll find the OnePlus One. The digitizer for its AMOLED screen is fused to the display, so be careful not to crack that sucker or it's gonna cost a pretty penny to fix.

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Illustration for article titled Nexus 6 Teardown: A Big Beast Full of Beautiful Guts

Probably the most interesting thing about the Nexus 6's innards—aside from the standard circuity beauty of a gadget dissection—is the notification LED hidden behind the speaker grille. But what isn't back there is any explanation for why Google decided not to use it.

On the off-chance you're planning to repair your phone down the line, you'll be happy to know the Nexus 6 gets a respectable 7 out of 10 on the repairability score. You can hop over to iFixit to read more about, or just to look at more pretty photos of phone innards. [iFixit]

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OrangeYouHappy

I cancelled my Nexus 6 preorder and bought a Note 4. I have until tomorrow to decide if I want to keep it, but I think I am. Coming from a Nexus 5, the camera, display, and battery life just absolutely blow me away. Touchwiz sort of sucks, but I think the hardware pros outweigh the software cons. Plus, I still have a Nexus 7 for a stock experience.