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Samsung Galaxy S IV to be impressive performer, but made out of plastic?

0. phoneArena 04 Mar 2013, 03:02 posted on

The Samsung Galaxy S IV puzzle is getting solved each day by the rumor and today’s part is about the materials it is made of…

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posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:40

69. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i don't know why you had so many thumbs up. but all i can say is that your comment really defined premium, but you should put on the specs and usability of the phone. just saying. :)

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 14:08 1

128. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1378; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


What you're basically touting is form over function. If the display, performance, and OS was subpar, you'd be okay with it as long as it had a "premium" look to it?

"Premium" is the whole package. It's not just specs, but it's also not just the case either. To take your car analogy from before a step further, would anyone buy a Bentley or Lamborghini with an inferior motor? No, because premium vehicles like that don't skimp on things like that. That's what makes them premium.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:01 3

57. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Doesn't feel/look cheap. The GS3 doesn't fit that. It's glossy and looks like a toy, and the plastic used on it often creaks when gripped and has been reported to crack around the sides. I don't mind the polycarbonate the GS3 uses, it's just the glossy finish and flimsy back plate that is unattractive.

A primary example of polycarbonate done right; HTC One X. Matte finish on the plastic and a tough unibody build. You can go ahead and make a list of cons on that phone, but you're crazy if you don't admit that it is one good looking and durable handset.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 10:54 3

113. Taters (Posts: 2948; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I don't admit that and I am perfectly sane. I don't consider poor finishing marks, screen that I can push in, loose power button/volume rocker, screen tint, uneven sim tray etc to be good looking and durable.(One X)

Where do you guys get creaking GS3's from? I call BS on that.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:42 7

35. shuaibhere (Posts: 1428; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Others don't realise that consumers need removable battery .

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:45 4

42. Jphones (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


ha its HTC they might be down right now but everybody thinks HTC when it comes to the best build quality

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:56 1

52. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


last year murtazin claims that s3 will have seramic body !!! so i dont believe him

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:41 2

71. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


and HTC

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 06:19 4

82. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Sony Xperia Z for me is premium & powerful phone which is well build & build to last !

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 06:43 2

85. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


only for you ...

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 08:34

97. tedkord (Posts: 4739; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But they know how make a selling phone, and Sony needs to learn that from them.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 12:21

124. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5593; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


and Moto....and HTC. Samsung could learn something from everybody. xD

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:11 11

7. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


no doubt that S4 will be the king of phones when it launches but they must pay great attention to their materials and designs.
people need change.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:11 2

8. clark (Posts: 51; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


Oh well we will see that on press release but it never bothers me if its plastic or what. I'm waiting for S4 then buy it.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:12 10

9. MartianMe (unregistered)


Pretty much every high end android phones have the same specs now...I was hoping for Samsung to give us something different but I guess is not going to happen and on top of that the good ol' plastic is coming back boys ....I don't know about you but i'm getting bored already..

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:13 3

12. datsyuk (Posts: 159; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Why are they saying Snapdragon for states? Doesn't the Octa support LTE and didn't the last article hint at a "world" phone?

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:11

61. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Samsung is probably struggling to meet demands with the Octa, a pretty fresh technology, so to have enough devices ready for the bang, some will go Snapdragon. It may be better suited for US LTE carriers too where performance-wise the SD600 @ 1.9GHz may very well outperform the Octa.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 10:59

114. Taters (Posts: 2948; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


100 million all at once is even too much for Samsung. That is why they are building another huge facility. So they can either release in select markets first and slowly give the Exynos to everybody. Sort of like how Apple does Asia 3 months or more after North America. Or they can just use both the Qualcomm chip set and the Exynos for a truly global release like they did with the GS3.

I don't think Samsung has enough clout to make markets wait too long so using Qualcomm to handle a big chunk of the load makes sense.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:16 9

14. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


Plastic again.... even tough plastic is durable, it dosent FEEL and look good. The worst is that the plastic they are using is GLOSSY PLASTIC wich is not really great and feels cheap. Samsung why dont you try ALUMINUM or GLASS or even SOFT TOUCH PLASTIC would be better.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:31 2

26. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I don't think its possible to remove battery when it comes with a glass or aluminum unibody design so maybe that could be a reason.Though I agree with anyone who wishes to see a better build quality. If they can sort that out everything will be settled for a perfect and genuine smartphone.
I have feeling that its gonna look like xperia z.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:19 13

15. nitinrana (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Shut up and take my money!

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 09:38 1

104. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6440; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Please that joke is getting old. Just buy the gs iv when it launch

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:19 11

16. reyenrique (Posts: 92; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


well what it count is the software on the phone and u will see then the result on the phone

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:20 4

18. Chiddu (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


No, most of the Galaxy S4 body is made of plastic but it come with metal back cover for battery removal.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:43 2

38. shuaibhere (Posts: 1428; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Source?????

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:20 1

19. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I wonder why don't they just use Gorilla Glass all over. Well we know why, it's the branding to differentiate Samsungs looks, but they could still have rounded design but use strong unibody design like the Oppo Find 5.

The Note II improved on the build and the Gorilla glass, the metal around and the plastic on the back can take damage no doubt, but they should add at least one matte option.

BTW, is it technologically possible to have metal body AND wireless charging?

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:23 9

21. Andrewtst (Posts: 315; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


If S IV was PLASTIC against... sorry la... I not going to buy it. HTC One will be mine. :)

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:26

23. mydi.maus (unregistered)


so lame why?is that that you can do?hahah

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:29 3

24. ravigill (Posts: 24; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


mind and heart moving towards htc one or xperia z becoz of premium look

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:32 7

29. joesseth (Posts: 56; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


I don't like heavy phones, would you like to carry a brick in your pocket?

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:46 8

43. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Premium materials =/= heavy.

GS3: 4.69 oz (133 g)

Xperia Z: 5.15 oz (146 g)

HTC One: 5.04 oz (143 g)

I'm sure you couldn't tell the different between less than half an ounce.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:42 2

72. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


lol! yeah 10 g its much more heavy! my back is hurts in the end of the day with that extra wieght

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 05:25 1

79. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


My soul gets crushed by an extra ounce.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:33 6

30. asingha94 (Posts: 288; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


not going for another plastic & sold it...already bought premium lumia 920...best phone i have ever had..but i will think about optimus g pro..

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:43 7

36. clark (Posts: 51; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


Lumia 920? What's that?? Is that a food? Oh I see it is a trash bin lol

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:22

63. asingha94 (Posts: 288; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


obviously that is plastic...nokia made of polycarbonate..that is also made of policarbone but that is not pure plastic..there are also some material inclided which gives a perfect build quality...if i go to your view every phone is made of plastic...i know you love plastic fool..

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:38 3

32. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


i disagree as much as people on this site talk about premium build. ergonomics is more important than build.

most of the time i am using the android i am going in and out of menu's and switching between a sleeping screen to the lock screen.

htc, apple and others are really annoying having to look for a button on top of the phone.
the squareness of most of these phones is equally annoying as its easier to slip.
a dedicated home button on the samsung is definitely more friendly and efficient than simply the on screen buttons.

you would know what i am talking about if you have used tons of phones. i have and there's nothing like the s3 in comparison. its comfortable to use, the placement of buttons makes sense, its light, has reasonably ok battery life, and it has the developer support.

htc can top samsung, but the ceo is a complete idiot.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:49 1

48. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Its true that when it comes to ergonomics sgs3 is much better.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 07:08 1

86. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Ergonomics wise nothing beats HTC One at the moment.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 17:38

143. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


It's a rectangle, and perfect rectangle, that's not ergonomic that's a Optimus G or Enlarged Iphone

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:39 2

33. tiara6918 (Posts: 1402; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Samsung please change the way you design your phones and stop using cheap plastic materials. Just look at what your competitors are offering, better materials and build quality. I wish that they would also remove the shiny parts on the side,earpiece and home button because it easily gets dented

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:41 9

34. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2447; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Samsung is garbage....HTC one, Xperia Z, and Motorola X phones will all be better choices than Samsungs powerful yet boring and cheap phones again........o and if you think the Z is all that sony has....think again, there will be more, trust me.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:45 5

41. darkskoliro (Posts: 970; Member since: 07 May 2012)


The average consumer will buy a phone that they feel secure with, they wont really care about the specs. Hell they wont even know the difference is. Brand recognition. Its why SS has a lead over other competitors. They really nailed it with things like the Olympics etc.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:51 4

50. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Exactly, the main thing carrying Samsung and Apple right now is brand recognition. If HTC or Motorola were marketing their products as frequently and as well as Samsung or Apple, the market share would be more evenly spread out.

To the average consumer, they can't really tell the difference in overall software quality. They go by the logo on the phone, not the software, and only a margin of average consumers go by design. As long as it's fast and has a top brand name, they'll buy it.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:59 2

56. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I don't think so. They don't just go for logo, they have faith in their devices and as always they deliver great products. There are lot of people in US who would put these two companies products in top priority before they can look into someone who delivers it much better than these two. This is one solid reason why they are on top and remained untouched.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 19:05

147. darkskoliro (Posts: 970; Member since: 07 May 2012)


At first I thought everyone knew what came with the phones, but then after I started talking to my friends about phones, they made ridiculous claims about other companies and phones, which only goes to show that the average consumer isnt really interested in whats really inside the phone (or software for that matter). In fact most of my friends find the Samsung apps hard to use, and prefer just to use it as a daily driver rather than a smartphone.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:46 4

44. shuaibhere (Posts: 1428; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Troll detected...

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 07:28 2

88. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Just because he doesn't agree with the rest of Android/samsung licking guys on this site doesn't make him a troll. Like Berzerk000 said, the only thing that is working for Samsung/Apple is brand recognition. The fact is Nokia/HTC/Motorola have far better/well built phones than these two. I don't agree with Sony being exactly top-notch since the last great phone from sony that I've used is the Neo. Honestly, I don't see anyone apart from Jolla/BlackBerry/Google innovating on the software front while only Nokia is thus far innovating on hardware. All the rest continue to ship decent phones which are nothing but obvious hardware advances in terms of specs and carry a couple of gimmicks in software. Long story short, I'd prefer Nokia/BlackBerry/Jolla products over anyone else's.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 11:10 1

115. Taters (Posts: 2948; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


LOL You guys are a riot. I am an educated individual who is perfectly capable of deciding what products that I think are the most well made. I have biases just like every other human being but I always try to be objective.

This BS about Nokia/HTC/Motorola making far better built phones is laughable. You might truly believe that but that doesn't mean everyone does. I think that is a load of crap and so far from the truth.

The truth is, Apple and Samsung(and I HATE APPLE and never will support them) makes great products that people do not complain about. I recommend them to my friends because those are the only two brands that has not given me any issues.

I don't have any problems with Nokia or Motorola. My old Motorola and Nokia dumb phones were great, but their current phones are just not as appealing as Samsung phones. That is all there is too it. There is no conspiracy theory. Nokia/HTC/Sony fans just need to accept that and stop looking for a reason why no one agrees with their point of view. No, it's not marketing. lol

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 11:22

118. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


"I'm an educated individual", " I don't have any problems with Nokia/Motorola", "Nokia/HTC/Sony fans just need to accept that and stop looking for a reason why no one agrees with their point of view. ", Since you've said you're an educated individual, I think you need to cut some slack and look and accept different opinions. You don't, have your own comments contradicting themselves, and then call yourself an educated guy, yet refuse to believe anything than what you think is true. LOL.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 19:11

137. shuaibhere (Posts: 1428; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I will don't any problem if he likes sony or other brand...
Even my best friend uses iphone...
But how can he post senseless statements always bashing samsung for copying(actually it isn't copying) that rectangle with rounded corners...
I am not saying this by only this post...
Go and see the article about knox...you will see how senseless he is..

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:44

39. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 425; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


To lower down prices, well i guess they try to make people pay for the S4's power other than the S4's body. If premium materials and high end specs are combined the S4 would be possibly expensive

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:46

45. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2447; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Ever heard of the nexus 4?

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 07:14 2

87. shuaibhere (Posts: 1428; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Ever heard of nexus 4's price out side play store?????

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:44

40. galanoth (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Just wondering because I don't know but everyone says premium materials are glass, aluminum, or soft touch plastic (lumia or 8x).
Are there any phones with the materials listed above that also have a removable back for removable battery?
Just a guess but maybe Samsung uses plastic so they can have this feature.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:50 2

49. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


removable battery is one of best features that i always look for ... aluminum with non removable battery sorry ... i want my phone to live for 5 years and not become a use and throw object once battery dies completely :)

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:46 9

46. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


I love plastic! Looks great, feel great to me but besides that
Stronger
Lighter
Alot More scratch resistance
Allows for better signals
Won't shatter or crack like glass
Paint wont peel and wont bend like metal
More cost efficient

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:51 3

51. linas_ltu (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I want to get rid of my GS III for HTC One. I just feel like I've had enough plastic for my whole life.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:03 1

58. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I don't mind plastic as long as features are there. I'm deciding between this S4, HTC one and Sony ZL

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 08:52 1

100. shem2409 (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Most likely the price of S4 will be comparable to the other 2, so you might as well get a full package and get a premium looking device and not cheap plastic. I think that specwise all devices will be very similar.

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