Originally Posted by dilzo
I'm saying If I get some generic port off eBay for a couple quid will I be able to solder it onto the old board that looks like the one in the picture? I stupidly posted this in the nexus 2013 forum however this is indeed for first gen. Thanks.
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The only thing which is standardized about the connector shell is the mechanical details of the mating portion of the connector. How the rest of it mates mechanically and electrically to a supporting PCB/PWB does not need to be standardized at all. So, if you happen to end up with the exact same connector, then great. Just any connector? Not so much.
You might be fine attempting it, but there are risk of damaging the PCB (cracking vias barrels from their land pads (too much heat), accidentally tearing surface copper pads off during component removal, etc.
A good electronics technician will have a number of tricks & techniques for rework/repair operations (e.g. using an excess solder flood during component removal), but chief among these is being able to carefully control the amount of heat being applied (tip choice and a variable temperature controller for the iron).
I bring this up because the cost of everything you need to perform the job well exceeds the part cost for that whole headphone jack/USB port flex cable assembly (US $50) unless you have those good tools already. (I have to suppose you don't; otherwise you could have answered your own question)
If you can find the right connector shell and are determined to do the job with a cheap soldering iron, do yourself a favor and at least buy some paste flux (Kester?) and some fine copper "solder wick" braid along with the solder you buy. And it is probably also a good idea to disassemble the N7 so you are not trying to perform the repair "in place").
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