Another one bites the dustGeneral

  1. ajdroidx

    ajdroidx Well-Known Member

    Okay, I am hard on my devices. I now have officially broken two nexus 5s! Shattering the screen on both of them. It depends on how they fall. Both phones will still boot up. But otherwise unusable at least in the general sense.

    I now know I have the option to get perhaps the last one I dropped replaced, but I am having a hard time trying to do so. A couple factors:

    I got some meaningful photos and text info on the latest one. The other issue is I have other obligations for the requisite hold they put on the card that made the purchase. Now, I do understand the reasons for the hold, but since the way I have structured things, waiting for things to process while things are in transit is not good for other more needful bills. So, at this point what am I doing?

    A few questions I am asking myself is, do I even want another nexus 5? I have had trouble typing on both of them, I miss the spacebar or when using the nav bar, end up hitting the home button, so I turn that off, which moved the keyboard down some and I still have issues, so I think its due to the size of the device and the keyboard and the way I hold and type. Its not the devices fault, I don't think anyway. Because I also have a bit of issue on my N7.

    And the N4. So now I am trying a different keyboard again.

    In the meantime, I am back to using the N4 with dirty unicorns running xposed and gravity box. I miss having LTE. Battery life on both devices was non to impressive no matter what I did, set CPU / greenify deep sleep battery saver. Just too much getting in the way. And working out in a low service area.

    I don't know if I want to order yet another N5 or try for a replacement. I enjoyed running pure android, the battery and typing issues was the nagging issue for me. Battery was so bad that as soon as I took it off the charger, less then 10 min later it was at 97% I suspect due to all the tweaks and dirty rom flashes and what not. But dropping the thing I can't start fresh.

    Do I wait for the N6? Get another N5 and start totally fresh? Order a pure Moto x 2014? Get a LG G3 or note 4 with bloat?

    Sorry, just doing some out loud thinking again

  2. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Id say either way try to get it replaced, so even if you do move onto a new device you can at least recoup some of your money by selling the new nexus 5 you receive. Google will replace a cracked screen once free of charge if you are in the US and bought it from the play store.

    If the device was rooted, we can help you get your photos off the device using ADB/fastboot commands. (It can be done on a non-rooted phone as well, but chances are if its not rooted you don't have developer options enabled)
  3. mk_ultra19

    mk_ultra19 Well-Known Member

    My Nexus 5 randomly power cycled by itself last night and when it booted up, it was stuck at the Google splash screen forever. I got into fastboot mode and tried to select recovery, but when I did..the screen was black. No recovery options. So I spent the better part of last night trying to fix it through ADB and fastboot to no avail. I was running stock ROM, rooted, with xposed. I researched the issue and some folks on XDA said they've heard of this happening and has something to do with one of the chips.

    Either way, I ordered mine from the play store and I am within the warranty time frame. I also didn't know whether to get a replacement or just wait the 2 weeks and get the new Nexus 6. I decided I am going to get it replaced and if I get the Nexus 6 I will be able to sell a practically brand new Nexus 5 32gig for some loot.
  4. ajdroidx

    ajdroidx Well-Known Member

    I am still thinking on just buying a new one. Yeah, I suppose I could try to get it replaced but like I said, important funds would be in limbo for a while. I could just buy another one, maybe sell it later. Or just go a different route.

    A few options have crossed my mind. The LG G Flex because its unique, but not sure if it can be rooted - at least easily on my mac, or perhaps the LG G3, both have larger batteries, larger screens, and have user replaceable batteries. A nice boon and easier then bringing a spare charging cable along.

    I do think some settings on my N5 screwed up my battery a little bit. I think DS battery saver kind of broke something, namely my wifi shutting off completely! So, I am not going to use that program anymore.

    I am kind of in a catch 22. I love pure android, but the smaller device and un removable battery kind of sucks for me. I am going to hopefully check out the LG G3 today, I hope I can find one not attached to the counter.

    There of course is the purported whale due out when ever. Maybe use an upgrade for now and see what the next device offers.

    Update / Edit

    After messing around with my Moms moto x (rooted) and an update (that I ended up postponing) I figured the best thing to do would be to just order another Nexus 5. So I did. No fuss, no muss, (I hope). Yeah, a larger battery would be nice, as would a slightly larger device, but the software bloat and skins that was the deal breaker. Hopefully N5 number 3 is the charm.
  5. JBentleyR

    JBentleyR Well-Known Member

    This made me think. Why do most smart phones (including iPhones) have non-removable batteries?

    In the case of Apple, it occurs to me that it may be a ploy to make purchasers pay for a battery replacement service, being as they are money-grabbers!

    But Android phones?
  6. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    They're able to make the phones slimmer. The batteries are still replaceable once it degrades.
  7. JBentleyR

    JBentleyR Well-Known Member

    Yes, I've seen the 'teardown' videos, but it seems rather fiddly to me and always with the possibility of doing some damage if you're not very careful.

    I reckon that the back, pretty much as it is, could be provided with four or six of those tiny cross-head screws that you find on some products, which would allow its removal without the need to prise it off. OK, I suppose some people wouldn't like the appearance of some small holes around the edge!

    Just a thought.
  8. xdrc45

    xdrc45 Guides Guide

    While I do agree with both Rxpert and you... There is that... Opportunity for a battery replacement charge or even better yet a phone upgrade as this point.

    Although truthfully... The battery replacement and pretty much any other part on the N5 is specifically made to be reasonably easy to replace, while I do agree an easy set of screws would be ideal in removing the back plate (but yes leas attractive) The actual prying off of the back is much easier than it seems and the connector ribbon to the battery is quite easy to connect and reconnect.
    I removed my back plate to clean out the speaker ports/grill, (they were quite dirt and plugged) I didn't want to blow the dirt and debris that had built up in the port holes back inside the device. So I removed the back plate and blew debris from the inside out. Easy peasy!
    So in would have to say, a battery replacement would be quite easy and cost less $ than sending it in or taking it to a repair shop.
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