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Confirmed: the Samsung Galaxy S III is polycarbonate, not plain plastic

0. phoneArena 21 May 2012, 13:45 posted on

Just about every article around has been giving the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III generally good reviews except for one downside: the casing. Everyone, including us, were convinced that the Galaxy S III was using a plastic case...

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posted on 21 May 2012, 14:12 12

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I am with you, plastic makes the phone get better reception, last longer weigh less & get less scratches. I have no problem with the build quality of all Samsung products. The phone can look good but if it sucks with what’s inside then it’s all a waste. Panasonic ELUGA I am looking at you.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:37 2

33. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Dude, they use glass to make plates and glasses for a reason... it's better than plastic.

Somehow that applies to phones and means your plastic phone is cheap but I don't know how.

Oh s**t... I need taco to help me out.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:48 7

35. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no, taco said because they make Vases at hotels out of glass, that means that glass on your phone is more premium than plastic. You know.. because those 2 subjects merge together so well.. lolol

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:58 2

45. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)


glass is not a structurally supporting material.. they make plates and glasses from glass so you can see through it. why do you think the iphone shatters so easily? its glass

posted on 21 May 2012, 15:06 1

50. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


know what a glass window is surrounded by? plastic. lol

posted on 21 May 2012, 15:45 1

55. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I was being sarcastic. We have a "friend" around here who insists that because certain things are made of glass that somehow transfers to the mobile phone industry where glass > gold.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:14

61. PaulNotFromSweden (Posts: 55; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Dude, most glasses have plastic or poly lenses. And most plates are made of ceramic, not glass. There's a reason neither of these things is made of glass; it breaks. Easily. If you want something to last beyond the first drop onto a relatively hard surface, you don't make it from glass.

posted on 21 May 2012, 15:50 1

56. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


to bad the OS will be outdated in 6 moths... stock it with the unnoficial version

posted on 21 May 2012, 21:33

104. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


if it gets out dated it gets out dated as long as it means the phone still functions like the day its brought then thats all tha matters...

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:11

59. ph00ny (Posts: 1268; Member since: 26 May 2011)


But Polycarbonate is plastic

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:16

65. PaulNotFromSweden (Posts: 55; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Swing and a miss.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:20 1

67. Bangthering_007 (Posts: 36; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Seriously I have to admit the GS3 dint look that great when it was first unveiled. But now after getting accustomed to the pebble design I kind of like it. It's got that zing!!

posted on 21 May 2012, 13:59 6

8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ohh Ok, but isn't polycarbonate a thermoPLASTIC? It's still plastic & if I am 100% correct that means it didn't come from "natures" plastic tree right?

Here is a link: http://www.sdplastics.com/polycarb.html

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:19 3

20. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Indeed! Polycarnate is still plastic.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:23 3

27. SleepingOz (unregistered)


*Polycarbonate

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:21 7

22. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


plastic comes from oil, which is drilled out of the ground. :) hydrocarbon based oil is the left overs of millions of dead plants and animals. So, is there anything about plastic that ISNT from nature? :) its nature concentrate! lol

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:23 4

26. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Everything comes from nature.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:31 1

30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok Mr. Technical. lol Yes the same can be said of anything that is manmade. Sure the ingredients do come from Earth. But if it's concocted in a lab then it's really not inspired by nature. If they need to make it in a lab with centrifuges then it really is not inspired by nature. To me nature inspired means sand to form glass or ceramic, metal, & wood. Those can be used without a lab.

P.S. I know you are messing with me! lol

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:48 1

36. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Apart from wood, none of the materials listed above make me think about nature. And they're also manmade materials, even metal and wood must be treated by man in order to fit our needs.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:50 1

37. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


nothing in the modern world would be able to be made without the wide array of plastics and other things that petroleum gives us. So, technically, NONE of its made by nature if plastic isnt.. since none of these electronics would be here without plastic! :) :) :)

i win (does goofy hip shake dance).

of course im messin.. im always messin around :)

posted on 21 May 2012, 20:31 1

97. tedkord (Posts: 12310; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'm pretty sure glass is manufactured from natural materials (sand/silica). There are no glass trees either.

Alloys also, man made.

posted on 21 May 2012, 21:00 1

100. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


aluminum is naturally occurring. we just have to process it out of ore. Processing sand to glass is just heat, not a whole lot different. plastic from oil is slightly more complicated, but its still derived from natural substances.

technically EVERYTHING is derived from nature. Unless we start producing our own atoms like Tony Starke, its all natural. :)

posted on 22 May 2012, 02:55

114. FunkyEyez (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That what I was thinking too... where the hell can I find Natural glass??? f**k glass is made by processing silica under high temp and pressure!!! basic chemistry!!

posted on 21 May 2012, 15:55

57. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


SuperAndroid, you are indeed correct my friend. The correct term is polycarbonate plastic. So yes, it is still plastic, however stronger than just any ordinary plastic. Much more resistant to scratches and so on.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:30

70. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Polycarbonate is the same as plastic in the same way Kevin Durant and Brian Scalabrine are both basketball players. Quality makes a big big difference.

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:44

88. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes you are 100% correct but never the less it's still plastic. Just like Durant & Scalabrine are both humans who happen to play basketball. Anyways I am just messing with you. lol

posted on 21 May 2012, 22:33 1

110. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


@michael, how could you mention the white mamba with kevin durant in the same sentence? lols
so polycarbonate is made to lessen the scratches. i wonder it would look the same as my macbook plastic polycarbonate after a year. especially the white one!

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:04 11

9. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


But the plastic won't break like iPhone

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:07 3

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Sorry but gotta say it. IN YOUR FACE RAY S!

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:10 5

12. asahi (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 May 2012)


LOL! Polycarbonate is just a kind of plastic. So if ever gs3 is made of polycarbonate, it is still a plastic!! PA, do some research first.. Hahahaha!

**********http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-polycarb​onate.htm

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