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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, 03:15 11

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

I agree on you, it should be judged by specs not on body. What is the use of polycarbonate or aluminum body if the specs and features are crap? Watta waste.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:20 9

17. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

If you can read my comment, I am not comparing S4 with S3 its with Sony and Nokia trolls. read the whole comment first before commenting

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:22 5

20. naveenstuns (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

all apps u mentions are available on s3 then why s4?????

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:24 10

22. dil2abu (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

The Build Quality, Build Material, Unique Design

Which makes the phone fell premium when u Hold it.. Rich feel for the money u spend..

Xperia P, Ion & Z fo eg..

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:30 10

25. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Dude, WTF ! are a stupid bat ! Read my whole comment first !

I never mentioned S3 or compared with S3. I am comparing S4 with Nokia and Sony, thick headed !

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:32 18

28. belovedson (Posts: 1045; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

samsung can make use of other materials over plastic for their phones. but will mostly not do so, they will repeat their builds until they have to change and right now plastic with bits of metal is fine

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:37 11

31. MrNobodyWTB (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)

It could feel like a million bucks, but if whatever phone you have doesn't offer a great user experience, it wouldn't matter how it feels.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:42 7

35. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

Others don't realise that consumers need removable battery .

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:43 8

37. dil2abu (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

I have used Xperia P & Ion.. It worth every single rupee I spent on it.. And no doubt with Xperia Z..

These are Premium and Enuf Powerful..

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:45 4

42. Jphones (Posts: 235; 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, 03:47 5

47. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

Please dont take your personal preference as PREMIUM

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:57 6

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

but sony has no idea about how to make poweful phones

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:58 7

54. MrNobodyWTB (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)

Excuse me. But please elaborate, with proper grammar so we can understand you, where great user experience directly translates to having "enuf powerful"?

TouchWiz (at least the Nature UX version) has actually been a pleasure for me to use.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:01 3

57. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; 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, 04:10 9

60. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

Sorry those might have premiun feel for first grip but inside is full of s**t

Im not even talking about its inside components
You dont even need to know them
All you need is to play with them for like an hour and compare them with GS3. Then you will realize how s**tty sony phone is...
I got this conclusion after I played Xperia Z vs, the latest sony shiny stuff and now I know why sony is almost on the verge of bankruptcy;
"Dont make smartphones for your freaks"
"Make them for normal users"

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:19 6

62. VJo003 (Posts: 360; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)

So as per you the physical appearance is a factor that supersedes the performance of the device.
As long a it's made of metal all is well.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:28 9

64. nasznjoka (Posts: 412; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

yeah man whats inside is what judges the premium phone. a phone with 'SMART FEATURES' to differentiate you from fellows' phones. IF ITS BY OUTSIDE LOOK sammy know that after a day or two YOU GON BUY A PLASTIC COVER FOR YOUR PHONE THEN HIDDING YOUR PREMIUM LOOKS BY 'cheap' PLASTIC.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:38 8

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

your comment is so absurd you should feel sad.

Seriously? so premium now is based on the specs and not the body? you can make a super spec'd device but you can't always make it as premium as others.

Premium doesn't mean specs alone. It's a part of being premium but there are things to consider like build quality, materials used and design.

You can always use same material like what nokia used, but you can never say that it would be a premium product. You can use aluminum, but can still be look crappy if the design sucks. You can use polycarbonate plastic and great design, but with lack of build quality, it's nothing more like the chinese made products.

if you would want to comment such thing, you should not put yourself on a place where you favor a company.

All i can say is that samsung puts the best specs there is on a phone but the build quality of their products is not that impressive.

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, 04:41 2

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

and HTC

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 05:02 6

76. jsdechavez (Posts: 758; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

Agree.. It has to look, feel, and work as a premium device should. The WOW factor starts on the outside.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 05:31 5

80. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

You need to understand that it was a reply to an earlier comment. So you should read the earlier comment first before calling me sad.

If you'd read that you would know I am saying is that if there is a TFT screen and u cant play all apps then whats the point of being a premium handset ? Ofcourse, everyone needs a phone with 'premium' finish but if it has less functions, is it worth it ?

Moreover, design is subjective, whereas material isnt, thats why I pointed out that its made out of polycarbonate and durability.

Put some thought when posting a comment next time !

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, 06:26 7

83. Oxygen (Posts: 125; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

So true mate!
I made the switch from the "premium" Xperia S to the S3 since the user experience on the Xperia was plain, boring and horrible. No optimization, boring ui and it lagged often. My gf is happy with it though, since she's not a heavy user and because it's stylish and have a "premium" design.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 06:43 2

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

only for you ...

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 07:56

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

I agree with you in the part where functionality should be also a factor to consider for a phone to be categorized as premium. But saying that "premium phone is judged by what is inside not by its body" makes me nod. That's what I'm pointing out here.

There are a lot of factors to consider. Not the specs alone. We could categorize something premium in papers, but we should also consider performance.

Also, do you think you could consider a phone with a super ridiculous design? I guess not. It comes hand in hand. I know we have personal preference when it comes to design, but it should be considered.

The part where you told that "u can't play all apps", I don't get it. So you're saying that if an ecosystem lacks apps, it can't be considered premium? I guess not. As long as the functionality and performance satisfies most consumer, it's enough.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 08:07 2

93. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Nothing is ever judged by what's inside. High specs make it a high specced device, not premium. Mercedes is a premium / luxury brand. They can put a 800cc Fiat Panda engine and still sell the car as premium quality. Put your plasticky looking Samsung toy next to an iPhone or Nokia on a table and see which looks more premium and gets more eyeballs.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 08:11 2

94. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

That's still called premium. Vertu used Nokia's S40, and yet they were premium quality phones costing >1000 euros.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 08:34

97. tedkord (Posts: 13158; 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, 09:12 3

102. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4681; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

So if they came out with a device with all of the specs of a G1 or original iphone, but the body was made out of titanium and the screen out of bullet resistant glass, it would be a premium device?

A premium device should have it all, specs and hardware. But this whole anything plastic is bad, anything metal is good is getting ridiculous. Metal feels stronger and more sturdy, but in a fall shock absorption would be worse. By that I mean the force of the shock would be transferred to a greater degree to the mainboard and the screen. And by the way, not all plastics are cheap. Go check out "unbreakable" outlet covers, they'll bend and flex all day long but won't crack or break. Now granted they don't feel like platinum, but they'd be a helluva lot more durable than anything we have now.

But it seems to be even less about durability, but about show off points. When you can say to people "my phone is made out of glass" you feel better about it. We've seen how glass phones hold up (iphones 4/s, nexus 4). While they look cool to some, they'll never be as durable as a metal or even a plastic bodied phone, but they have the cool factor and the "sense" of being premium.

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