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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, 16:12

60. ph00ny (Posts: 1379; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Exactly.

I've been responding to every HOX/Lumia900 owners who comments with polycarbonate that polycarb is plastic

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:14

16. Guile (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


You're so right... it's probably the best plastic that they can use... but it's still plastic. On the other hand the confirmation from Samsung doesn't says that it's not plastic, they just give the type of plastic...

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:17 3

19. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


That's like deriding Phonearena for making a distinction between Gorilla Glass and any plain old glass.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:20 3

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Kevlar is a form of plastic too. I rather have Kevlar than polycarbonate.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:15 1

18. ddxmms (Posts: 170; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


but the question is does it feel polycarbonate or it feel plastic??..lol

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:21 1

23. murati (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


HTC one X looks sooo much better, they are both polycarbonate plastic but HTC still can make phone that does look amazing not like s3. Only plus for me in s3 is SD card and removable battery, Sense 4.0, display and design on X are pluses for me.

posted on 22 May 2012, 05:47

117. Bronx (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Only plus???? There are lots of pluses there mate! True that HOX is a looker compared to GS3 but other than that everything else is a point for GS3 including the once untouchable Sense.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:22 6

24. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)


I honestly can't belive how much people are bitching about how much "plastic" a modern electronic device like the S3 using. Farking duh people! Look around you! What DOESN"T have farking plastic in it nowadays, especially portable electronics?

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:27 2

28. Galen20K (Posts: 545; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


People just like to complain, no matter how amazing a product may be.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:36 2

32. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yep this world is built on plastic. Without plastic this world that we live in now just can't be possible.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:46 1

34. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Fun trivia: plastic was originally conceived in the search for a material to replace ivory.

posted on 21 May 2012, 15:08

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


whats your tv casing made out of,or your desktop or speakers or headphones,ps3,xbox etc plastic is durable and can take bumps and knocks etc its why it used alot along with the fact that it is cheap :)

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:05

81. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Exactly. Until someone actually makes a metal that can "un-dent" itself, plastic is just praticually unbeatable for many, MANY applications.

Metal is nice and very good in certain devices, but smartphones just aint one of them

posted on 21 May 2012, 21:02

101. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i remember back in the olden days with my 8086 CPU PC in its big arse metal casing. That case was probably 60-70lbs with the PC in it. Now you can get a case that weighs just a few pounds because its filled with plastics with some aluminum inside it.

For some things, like MOBILE things, plastics are superior in weight, the ability to distribute vibrations from a drop, dent protection,ect.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:29 1

29. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


If it looks like plastic and feels like plastic (from what I've read), then it might as well be plastic. Fancy name or not.

posted on 21 May 2012, 15:04

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


just cause it looks and feel like plastic doesnt make it just like any plastic...it is actually very strong and i would rather have a plastic phone then a glass phone and not have to worry about dropping it.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:51

38. andsteroid (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 May 2012)


I dunno what ppl r talking bout?? I love every aspect of this phone.. Its Jizz-worthy..

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:56 1

42. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Nice avatar! ROFL

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:55

40. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I figured this, but it still looks like a very poor build quality. Granted, it probably feels pretty solid, I wouldn't know, but still. HTC used polycarbonate too, but because they don't use a gloss (usually) finish it looks a lot better than the GS3. The One X even though using the same materials as the GS3, looks a lot better aesthetically. Samsung really skimped out on the design in my opinion. Though some people do like the plastic, many people would prefer a matte polycarbonate design with metal accents. Too bad that rumored ceramic casing didn't come true, it would've been really nice. Though, with the problems with the One S and it's ceramic chipping, I can kind of see why they chose to lean away from ceramic. But not having metal, or a matte finish instead of glossy polycarbonate, that's just kind of ridiculous.

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:59

46. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Agree, I'd prefer a matte finish also.

posted on 21 May 2012, 21:37

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


finally someone who understands just cause its glossy doesnt make it cheap...agree i too would have prefered a matte finish,am sure there will be a third part back cover which is metal or matte...i got a metal back cover for my s2

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:56 1

43. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Still big and ugly though.
And the battery is unimpressive.

Otherwise, it's a good phone. I would get it on Verizon if they weren't discontinuing grandfathered unlimited data.

posted on 21 May 2012, 15:02 3

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


have you seen the battery test on gsmarena...it beats many phones that have smaller screens...big and ugly depends on the person...i think it looks great but i understand that my opinion is not fact.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:14 1

62. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it has a 2100mhz battery. Off the hip, thats the biggest battery this side of the Razor Maxx, with a chip that uses 25% less juice than the one in the SGS2 while throwing nearly double the power.

Yea, unimpressive indeed.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:44 2

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


some people just judge phones without really knowing much about it.

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:55

91. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


You're wrong. The biggest battery this side if the RAZR MAXX would be the Galaxy Note. And coming from a MAXX user, that S3 battery is still unimpressive. For a phone that power-hungry, it should have a better battery out of the box. I'm not saying it's inadequate- it'll make it through the day with moderate use, but for a phone that came out months later than mine, is that impressive? No.

And, taz, obviously I know my opinion is an opinion. I find it rather elementary to state the obvious, but since you brought that up- there you go.

Again, I'd get the phone- I don't think its a bad phone. I just find it unimpressive in terms of aesthetics and battery life, for a phone with as much hype as it has gotten.

posted on 21 May 2012, 20:53

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


sorry mate didnt mean to offend you in anyway..just saying that outside of the maxx the battery on the s3 is great and better than most android considering the screen size...to get 10hours of non stop video on a 4.8'' screen with 2100mah battery where as the maxx gets 14 hours on a 4.3'' screen with 3300mah battery just shows that the s3 battery is good and will easily last you a day...again sorry

posted on 21 May 2012, 21:05

102. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The chip inside the SGS3 is a quad core that gets 20% better battery life than the dual core in the SGS2 and the Note. Do you know what the battery life king was until the MAXX came out with its massive battery? The SGS2. Check phone arena's review. They had that going 2 days with regular usage. The Maxx is just a phone with an extended battery out of the box, so it doesnt really count anyways.

You dont have much of a point.

posted on 21 May 2012, 21:39

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


one thing i dont get is if moto can fit in a 3300mah battery in a phone the size of the maxx then the s3 and one x etc should have managed 3000mah easily you would think right

posted on 22 May 2012, 14:07

123. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I thought Moto patented whatever they did to get such a huge battery in the MAXX? Could be wrong

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