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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 22 May 2012, 14:41

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


there is a size and weight difference between the razr and the Maxx. Samsung obviously felt the balance tipped to far in the wrong direction

posted on 21 May 2012, 14:59 3

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


lol been saying from day 1 that the s3 used polycarbonate plastic but ''certain people'' refused to accept it...love it when am right

posted on 21 May 2012, 15:32 1

53. Tenka (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Ridiculous title. Polycarbonate is a type of plastic.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:33 1

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


Granted, but the title isn't meant for the strict definition, but more to the connotation each has to tech geeks. Plastic connotes something cheap and flimsy, which is not true of the SGSIII because it is polycarbonate.

posted on 21 May 2012, 15:36

54. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


People like the Iphone design but to me it just looks so simple and boring. I like The Galaxy S 3 design. I think everyone imagined it looking like something totally different from a smartphone, probably something an alien would use but it didnt come out like that. I think the design they went for was a safe and a little different from everyone else because of that home bottom which I think will stand out in a room of smartphones when looking from a far.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:10

58. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


All mobile devices are made from plastics included iPhone.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:33 2

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


True, but not all plastics are created equal

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:16

66. ron1niro (Posts: 54; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Proves my point, Nokia innovates, fools copy and make it seem like it was their idea, remember the first phone with polycarbonate was the nokia n9, then it came to the Lumias and now copycats are doing exactly what they are expected to do.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:35

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


It's not "innovation" to use better materials when the technology to use that material presents itself, it's just good business. And, it's not "copying" to also use that better material.

Would you rather just because Nokia used polycarbonate on the N9 that no other manufacturer ever use the material again? With that theory, we'd run out of materials pretty quickly.

posted on 21 May 2012, 19:12

95. ron1niro (Posts: 54; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Ok, forgive my ignorance but I thought that the point in innovation is coming up with something that has never been done before! The fact that Nokia thought of using a more premium type of plastic when everyone else was using cheap plastic over and over again is innovation to me. Are you trying to say that if everyone comes up with something new then we would run out of ideas? There are many materials or even alloys that could try out. If everyone keeps doing the same thing then where are we headed? When was the last time you heard of Samsung coming up with an original idea, not a gimmick but real innovation?

posted on 21 May 2012, 21:08

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


innovation is finding better ways to do things, not specifically finding brand new things to do.

So for example.. Goodyear (just throwing the name, not throwing facts) invents the rubber air filled tire that we use today. So if no one else was ever allowed to design similar technology, what would Michelin, Toyo, and the rest have to sell?? Wooden tires?
They have all taken the technology and innovated and evolved the products in their own way.

posted on 21 May 2012, 21:42

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


samsung have used polycarbonate before i think it was the samsung d600 a long time ago way before the lumia and i wouldnt be surprised if nokia also used it before and just called it plastic back then when plastic didnt mean cheap in every case but now that plastic is put together with cheap they decided to probably just get away from that term.

posted on 21 May 2012, 21:45

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


samsung spend alot of money on innovating the bits and pieces like cpu and screens etc that make a phone,they might not be innovative when it comes to look but they do in other areas..they just recently made a breakthrough on the use of graphene.

posted on 22 May 2012, 00:12

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


New does not equal innovative. New equals new. Plenty of new things are simply the logical progression of things. It wasn't innovative to make cell phones smaller and easier to hold, that was just the logical progression of the technology. It wasn't innovative to make mobile networks that run faster data. And, it's not innovative to take a stronger version of a material that everyone is already using to build a product.

Whoever created polycarbonate was an innovator. Whoever uses polycarbonate to make a better product is just doing their job.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:25 2

68. ycouldbe (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 May 2012)


wheres taco?!

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:27 1

69. Iphone4 (unregistered)


Dose it really matter plastic or polycarbonate? It stills the best android phone ever. No one can touch it. HTC one x can’t even do a simple thing as multitasking. Samsung galaxy Ace can do better job then HTC one X. That is a fact. If you looking for a well built and good design go and buy yourself an iphone 4s or HTC one x or s. S3 all the way

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:33

72. Iphone4 (unregistered)


Dose it really matter plastic or polycarbonate? It stills the best android phone ever. No one can touch it. HTC one x can’t even do a simple thing as multitasking. Samsung galaxy Ace can do better job then HTC one X. That is a fact. If you looking for a well built and good design go and buy yourself an iphone 4s or HTC one x or s.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:50

78. Alfred03 (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Hi! That sounds great! My next device will be a SGSIII....greetings! ;-)

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:54 1

79. jeraldjamescapao (Posts: 23; Member since: 17 May 2012)


LOL. I don't care about the haters... I will buy this phone next month! Hahaha

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:05

80. matrix_neo (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Nice article, now we know what kind of plastic it is made of. Now those s 3 haters will stop complaining., hopefully. Samsung departed from a rectangular design which a very common design now, look the HTC one, right? ! If I have money I still prefer to buy the galaxy s3, it's completely different kind of phone .

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:08 1

82. JunitoNH (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


How many barrels of oil did they have to waste to built this monstrosity? Wow and they want $800 for this ugly thing.

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:40

86. KOUROS (banned) (Posts: 36; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


Right.

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:16 1

83. skymitch89 (Posts: 1307; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I don't really see why most everyone doesn't like the design of the GS3. I like it and think that it's a good addition to the line of Galaxy devices.

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:19

84. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Funny, it looks just like the cheap plastic used in the Galaxy Note (Great phone, mediocre build quality). I have owned plenty of Samsung phones, and just one HTC (Int. One X), and the difference in the material feel is pretty extreme, weighted in HTC's favor.

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:27

85. oldmandaddy (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 May 2010)


Polycarbonate is fancy name for plastic or mean high class plastic, it's still a plastic and fell like plastic.

posted on 21 May 2012, 18:14 5

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


Just like a BMW is a fancy name for a car, but if it looks and feels like a Yaris, what's the difference?

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:42 1

87. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


If you dont want the phone then dont by it plan and simple

posted on 21 May 2012, 18:01 5

92. barondebxl (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


S3 is king! Love thumbs down.

posted on 21 May 2012, 18:51 1

94. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)


It'd apparent from all the plastic.haters on here that there will be plenty of g3s to go around, as we wont have to worry about all the plastic haters getting one as they would rather stick with their ourdated, overrated and frageelay iphones

posted on 21 May 2012, 19:33 1

96. alifbata (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 May 2012)


in case you don't know polycarbonate is a thermoplastic. so, its a plastic.

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