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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bjrosen, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. bjrosen

    bjrosen Newbie
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    I'm a Verizon Galaxy Nexus user that's planning on switching to an N5 on AT&T at the end of the year. My GN is rooted (currently using CynaogenMod). On many occasions my GN has gotten wedged because of a bad ROM or because some app did something bad (most recently I ran into a problem when I installed the Pebble app which it asked to enable a voice feedback feature that breaks Samsung phones). When that happens the GN ignores the power button and the only way to reboot it is to pull the battery. The N5 has a non-removable battery which means that pulling the battery isn't an option. My question is does the N5 have a fool proof method of forcing a reboot? Does holding down the power button always work or is there a pin-hole reset like you find on routers?

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  2. Rukbat

    Rukbat Extreme Android User

    The only absolutely reliable way to power-cycle a device (which is why you pull the battery - to force the hardware to reset) is to remove the battery. You can not always reset the hardware by pressing buttons. Which is one reason that I won't own a device with a non-removable bttery. (The other reason is that Lithium Ion batteries have a failure mode in which they get hot enough to melt many metals. Quickly removing the battery from the phone and tossing a few yards away makes it quite harmless. Holding the phone, trying to rip the back off to get the battery out, while the battery ignites the phone, can be lethal to the owner. Tossing the whole phone away just makes for a flaming missile.)

    IMO, non-removable batteries may save the manufacturer money (and earn them more - many people are going to replace the phone if the battery goes bad, rather than invest money to have a new battery installed in an older phone), but it's one of the worst ideas they've come up with. (And carrying a spare battery, for those emergencies where the battery is dead and only a cellphone call will save your life, is useless.)
  3. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Welcome to the forums!! :D

    Every phone with a non-removable battery has the power killed by holding the power button for ~10 seconds. It works every time

    This is the exact same thing as if you pulled the battery. :thumbup:
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The Nexus 5 release date was November 2013. Features and Specs include a 4.95" screen, 8MP camera, Snapdragon 800 processor, 2300mAh battery, and 2GB storage.

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