Galaxy S5 tipped to come with 20 MP camera and 'state of the art iris sensor', still plastic
1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
There is still nothing wrong with plastic - it's the thin shiny plastic that'd the problem, the thicker matte policarbonate on the Lumias is pretty good. Better than thin metal for sure.
10. maherk (Posts: 3883; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Right on. I hope the next flagship will be made of plastic. I would take a replaceable battery everyday over a unibody aluminum phone. It's more durable, much better in hot environments like where I live(dallas). And it makes it easier to customize my phone the way I like, there are hundreds of fancy battery door replacements on ebay and amazon.
11. XaErO (Posts: 323; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
I agree, plastic is okay for me .. but it should be better build .. or something different like the Faux-Leather back on Note 3 .. it's awesome .. especially black color.
Plastic makes the phone light and I feel better than metal, which is prone to scratches and dents.
36. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Actually metal feels premium (kinda cold,has weight) in the hands,thats why a lot of people prefer it over plastic,but durability and thermal conduction can be a problem,as well manufacturing issues (see defective htc one)
12. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
31. JC557 (Posts: 1541; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I agree and hope that the plastic is of high quality and a matte finish or rubberized.
Nokia and HTC's use of plastic are really good and durable but tend to add thickness but can also make the phone comfortable to hold.
Let's not forget that Motorola makes some really tough phones that are plastic & kevlar with the only metal being some sort of ring around the body.
39. hapticg (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Jan 2014)
Samsung needs to learn from HTC in terms of design. One X has plastic yet its feel is more premium than any samsung device ever created. I love it more than HTC One. Other than that samsung needs to keep doing what it does innovation
2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
It's not a big deal, but please use "premium plastic" like on the Note 3 this time, it's better than using cheap glossy plastic cuz it sucks. Or Samsung can also use the ceramic-like material like on the Oppo N1.
4. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
'Premium plastic' =))) . Do you work for samsung R&D by any chance ?!
9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
I should've said "faux plastic" *facepalm*. Oh well, whatever plastic it is, no more glossy plastic. -__-
20. elocom (banned) (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)
definitely there are many kinds of plastic
3. Rockbottom (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
Plastic, Metal, Wood... the american public doesn't care what the phone is made of. There going to put a sparkle case around it anyways :)
My problem with the S3 to the S4 was that it didn't feel as big of a leap like the Note 3 did from the Note 2 for me. I'm hoping they do something more than add camera modes that no one ever uses and a bigger battery. Besides hardware spec bumps, I'd like to see something different. Hopefully this nature UI goes away.
5. addicted2088 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
Er, Phone Arena, is your tipster simply repeating what has already been said? Your battery tech rumor was refuted by the ones who made the battery tech, and I think the design part from your tipster is also using what Samsung's official said recently about the company having gone back to the drawing board for the design on the Galaxy S5.
7. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
Faux plastic sounds like a plausible choice of material:P plastic so real that it feels just like it! Definitely a marketable feature!
8. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 987; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
I'll take polycarbonate over metal on my phone any day. With the iPhone scuffgate, Htc One denting so easily and Z1 bending issues, not to mention metal does drop RF quality, I prefer high quality polycarbonate like what is on the Nokia Lumia range.
23. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Strange, i own my One for quite a while now and mine is not dented nor scratched, it looks like new still...
21. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
How is that the case? The G2 has a 3000mAh battery with about the same screen size & it's one of the kings of battery life. That's only 3% bigger. The name of the game is optimization, my friend. The relative size is not as important. The original Note had a 5.3" screen & a 2500mAh battery.
30. adecvat (Posts: 266; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Screen resolution too much for this battery
32. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
People need to get past the screen resolution thing. Higher resolution doesn't necessarily transfer to more battery being used. The Note 3's screen is more efficient than that of the Note 2.
40. adecvat (Posts: 266; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Search for LG G Flex (with HD screen) battery results. You will be surprised.
41. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I said not necessarily. I didn't say it was always the case.
14. ThePython (Posts: 893; Member since: 08 May 2013)
Every plastic phone will suffer the token PhoneArena trademarked con: "Plastic build".
42. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Plastic > bent "premium" materials. :D
Anyway, everybody puts a cover on their orichalcum-built phones. You only feel the phone naked for the first few minutes before you head to a cover kiosk.