Poll results: What's your favorite material for a phone/tablet?
Plastic (in its polycarbonate form in higher end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and recent Nokias) has the advantage of not interfering with signal, but the downside of often looking cheap. Metal conveys a feeling of solidity, but it blocks signal, so it’s hard to come up with an all-metal design for a phone. Finally, glass, is the middle ground, but it has one important downside - it tends to shatter easily.
So which one do you prefer? Your votes show that there is an overwhelming preference for devices made out of metal (mostly aluminum in the case of smartphones), as it grabbed more than 52% of the votes. After all, devices that are considered the gold standard for design are made of aluminum: we’re speaking about the Apple iPhone 5s, and the HTC One M8 here. This beauty often comes with the downside of harder repairs, batteries that are not user-replaceable, and often, no expandable storage option.
The most prolific material, plastic, is just fine for nearly 21% of you. After all, it's all about the finish on the plastic - this material has proven that it can feel good if treated right (think about the Galaxy S5 or the soft touch finish on the Nexus 5). Then glass gets 14% of the preferences, which earns it a third place. Lastly, only around 12% of you said they’d rather have other material, or don’t care at all about what’s a phone made of.
- What's your favorite material for a phone/tablet?
981 votes (981 votes) Plastic
2197 votes (2197 votes) Metal
571 votes (571 votes) Glass
513 votes (513 votes) I don't care / I want something even more exotic like wood
1. ashouhdy (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
Glass. Its premium and has a solid grip. And strong enough to resist shutters. Metal is a beauty but slippery as hell and scratch super easy. Plastic polycarbonate is ok my second favourite option after glass
18. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Carbon Fiber is like metal.. it doesn't transmit frequencies!
38. fireblade (Posts: 634; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
carbon fiber is as hard as metal but still transmit electromagnetic wave
27. brrunopt (Posts: 396; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
It depends a lot on who the plastic is used , Nokia's have an amazing build quality while using plastic
44. Fellwalker (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)
Glass for the front screen only. My nexus 4 is the first phone I've ever had that broke it's back, which was glass. I'm very happy with plastic on my nexus 5 as without a good signal, a smartphone is useless, but I really liked my HTC HD2.
2. grahaman27 (Posts: 345; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Didn't I see this exact poll a few days ago?
6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2261; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Yes. And these are the results of that exact poll.
13. grahaman27 (Posts: 345; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Well I guess it confused me since I can still vote.
9. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5461; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
And here is what elephant thinks about your wish :D
29. AnukulVcool (Posts: 117; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)
go hunt an elephant yourself , be a murderer
33. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 487; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
You do know I was kidding, right?....
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
For smartphone usage (99.5%): thick matte plastic for good grip and damage resistance, possibility of high IP rating, replaceable back cover for battery access and easy repairability, no winter cold / summer sun heat discomfort and wireless charging.
For flashing off (0,5%) precious metal finish with unibody contruction, thin profile and shiny finish - plus a plastic cover in the pocket to put the phone back in when nobody's watching.
30. RuiBacelar (Posts: 106; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
The grip on metal is not so good but scr ew you, the M8 looks so freaking awsome next to cheaplastic S5. I had both in my hands a while ago. The S5 in black it's ok, grippy and confortable, but the M8 looks like a freaking Lamborghini!
A true Pussimagnet as my friend Borat would say.
34. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 487; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
If you consider a phone a pussimagnet, you might consider highering your standards in women...
41. RuiBacelar (Posts: 106; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
I'm just kidding ;)
But really, pick up the M8 and then a white S5. Then tell me what you think.
42. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 487; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
That's easy, M8 is a beauty to see and hold. My sister has a black S5 and I must say in real life it looks less worse than on pictures. But still not a beauty.
11. akki20892 (Posts: 3255; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
U do have Nokia 8800...I got u, I know who r u....hint: ©®™
15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
I figured it last month at gsmarena blog comments. Same power user pretending.
36. Kamehameha (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)
Why not platinum, or (since you are crazy) Adamantium or Vibranium??
14. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
If its plastic it must be of nice design like moto x, g, nexus 5 or the lumias and sony nxt. Last week i had a two hour face to face with the humongous z ultra, oh boy the glass felt so cold and premium ahh the feel was just awesome. Btw i'm getting a m8 to play for a week this saturday, cant wait.
16. tmcr7 (Posts: 148; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
This poll just goes to show that majority of people are superficial fools who would prefer form over function. These people would choose "premium feel" over better signal reception on a phone. The irony is that aluminum is a cheap metal used for manufacturing billions of Coke and beer cans.
21. true1984 (Posts: 582; Member since: 23 May 2012)
that's probably why it uses aluminum alloy instead. maybe you should acutally research something and look into the (few)benefits before claiming anyone is a fool, before you look like one yourself.
25. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Aluminium/Aluminum has several forms.. And for small manufacturing like smartphone or like you said "for Coke" is cheap for making, but for something like car frames or body is very expensive(not like carbon fiber, magnesium or titanium, but more expensive than steel)!!
31. RuiBacelar (Posts: 106; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
I'm sorry but if I pay 700€ or more I dont want a freaking piece of plastic!
19. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
You mean like this one
22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6139; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Metal is great but i don't think manufacturers are going to listen to us consumers to make a METAL TYPE phone
24. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
My signal is perfect, never had any problems. Metal.
26. flipjzn (Posts: 126; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
Design and materials go together. A well designed phone should go with high-end materials.
If both fails then it won't sell.
32. RuiBacelar (Posts: 106; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
Unless it's the S5...then it sells even better.
28. punet (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
My dream phone has hi-tech ceramics unibody and sapphire
Otherwise from the options provided:
What I like – metal unibody (titanium, magnesium, aluminum with DLC coating).
What I know is more practical - polycarbonate unibody.
What I own currently – glass (plus a little tiny bumper that follows the original design – Nexus 4).
What I hate and will never do – buying a great looking phone and putting it in a case that has totally different design and feel.
35. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
As an iPad owner, metal is the worst material you can use.
You cannot get a firm grip on this thing.
37. phatdaddio21 (Posts: 15; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)
Aluminum and glass or full aluminum like HTC1 ,,,,,and Apple -5S I own both ,,have no problem with interference and the feel of em are a lot better than the cheap feel of plastic
39. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 517; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
The iboys won this "poll" too.
43. xperian (Posts: 43; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
1. Glass. It has good grip and feels solid. (Xperia Z,Z1,Optimus G)
2. Metal. Durable and looks good. (iPhone 5,5s)
3. High quality polycarbonate (iPhone 5c, Nokia Lumia)
999. Sh***y plastic (Samsung)