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  1. JCampbell

    JCampbell Well-Known Member

    I previously posted about wanting to replace the back glass of my N4, and I finally got around to starting the process by removing the back glass. I will have pictures up soon, but the short story is that I strongly suggest you DON'T do it. As it turns out, the black reflective surface isn't plastic, but is more of a sticky film. On the bright side, it's much easier to remove the glass than I anticipated due to the lack of epoxy. The bad news is that my phone is unusable until I replace the glass with wood. Many components, such as the Qi charging coil are immediately behind the sticky film, while others, such as the speaker grill are held only by the film. Overall I'm disappointed in the build quality from LG on the back of this phone.

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  2. realizm

    realizm Well-Known Member

    Idle hands are the devil's workshop...

    You pssed the bed, now you have to roll around in it.

    Your assessment of build quality...is this before or after you ripped the back glass off that wasn't intended to be ripped off?

    And just so I understand you correctly, you did this and the back glass was intact with nothing wrong with it? What possessed you to do such a thing?

    Not trying to be horribly rude, just want to make sure I understand where you're coming from.
  3. JCampbell

    JCampbell Well-Known Member

    The glass was already significantly cracked from a very short fall (~2ft) onto (albeit thin) carpet, including the part directly over the camera lens.
    I wouldn't dream of doing that to a perfectly good phone.
    The good news is that after removing all of the glass, the phone still works perfectly. Now for the ebony veneer to come in...
  4. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

    I'll be interested to see pictures of how this turns out.

    Good luck.
  5. ou7shined

    ou7shined Well-Known Member

    As someone who works with wood (and occasionally veneers) I'm particularly interested in this potentially awesome mod.... not that I'd set out to do it to mine. :)
  6. Rusty

    Rusty Well-Known Member

  7. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Well-Known Member

    Can't wait to see the pictures! An ebony back - could start a trend .. so long as the heat + wood combination doesn't result in scalded skids, of course :)
  8. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

    Well that looks terrible.

    I'm a little confused, what exactly is behind the glass?

    Is the glass etched with Nexus and the sparkle pattern? What's behind that, which gives the black finish?
  9. ou7shined

    ou7shined Well-Known Member

  10. realizm

    realizm Well-Known Member

    Hey I got an idea!

    Let's take the sexiest phone out there and turn it into a 3rd rate subway whore!!
  11. JCampbell

    JCampbell Well-Known Member

    [​IMG]
    Here's what it looks like now, sans glass but still with some film on it. It wasn't a very clean job, but it's not too bad considering I literally pried the glass off with my knife. The ebony is in my PO box now, and I should have everything done by Monday.
  12. Thats

    Thats That guy is This VIP Member

    Wow, I really wouldn't touch this phones back glass panel now that I see what hides behind it.

    Yuck.
  13. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

    Can't see the picture???
  14. ou7shined

    ou7shined Well-Known Member

    Some things are best left unseen. :D

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