In case it wasn’t already crystal clear Google let LG and Huawei do their own thing with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P designs, likely welcoming as many distinguishing elements as possible, the two’s teardown reviews couldn’t be more different.
While the lower-end polycarbonate-housed 5.2-incher is relatively easy to disassemble, put back together and therefore have its internal components replaced in need, the anodized aluminum unibody-rocking 5.7-incher is best left to professionals.
As HTC Ones taught us, this type of super-premium metallic construction doesn’t usually leave room for home repairs, and in fact the only phone ever tested by iFixit to yield a worse repairability score was the 2013 M7.
Meanwhile, the Huawei Nexus 6P ties the 2014 One M8 and this year’s M9 at 2 out of 10 points, falling massively behind the Motorola-produced N6, as well as both Nexus 5 editions. How bad is the 2 grade? If you’re merely interested in device durability (and most people are), it’s actually pretty good, signaling the phablet is about as strong as it looks, probably handling the occasional (light) drop without spilling its guts all over the place.
As far as DIY enthusiasts are concerned though, the 6P is the stuff nightmares are made of, with the display assembly physically impossible to oust sans “tunneling through the entire phone”, a very delicate glass camera lid that can be easily damaged when opening the gizmo, and the rear uncovering procedure a huge pain in the behind due to tough adhesive, not screws holding everything together.