Samsung Galaxy S4 becomes the first smartphone passing TCO certification
The Galaxy S4 is the first handset to get such a certificate. This means the device has passed the sustainability, social, environmental and economic requirements of the organization.
To pass through certification the Galaxy S4 had to show compliancy with the International Labour Organization and the United Nation convention standard for lack of hazardous components. Samsung also claims the device features a reliable and power efficient design.
1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5276; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Congratulations Samsung, you deserve it!
15. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)
Congratulations xperiaDROID! First positive comment about Samsung.
24. ebubekir26 (Posts: 311; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
first ? I've seen him congratulating Samsung in many posts
41. chocolaking (Posts: 430; Member since: 22 May 2012)
The way I look at samsung, I don't think Sfall deserve it. wonder how much does it take to get that certificate.
44. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Basically means the display is amazing while using low power and having minimal impact on environment.
48. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)
Your mother didn't give enough chocolates for you
53. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5276; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Come on, the Galaxy S4 got the TCO eco certificate for being environmentally-friendly.
54. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
And by the way it's not the true energy saving screen they mentioned at ces 2013 wait till they bring that out
5. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
Cheap and Ugly plastic is environmentally friendly??
10. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Have you realized that actually cheap things are environmentally friendly? recycling saves money, so it is cheaper to buy something which was recycled or partly recycled. Plus that "plastic" is not really cheap. Ugly? well they say beauty is the eye of the beholder. Just because you were told you are ugly, doesn't mean everything in the world is. Then why are millions and millions of people across the world keep buying this ugly device? huh? Cos the sales says it all, your HTC one is not even closer
Just saying. Haters bonn hate.
Still love my iPhone 5 though, but the truth be told. S$ is the best smartphone ever. FACT.
36. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Yes Aluminum production is a great polluting affair right from mining bauxite to smelting, carb plants for cathode/anode production etc. We just go gaga over aluminum for no good reason. What's CARBON footprint of Aluminum production and plastics?
6. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
You know, even dogs poo is environmentally friendly!
9. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Ur such an idiot. It's ppl like you we don't need on this beautiful planet of ours. Maybe you should volunteer for the mars expedition thing. And never come back
11. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5276; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Go poop yourself, and let's see how environmentally friendly your poo is.
23. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
Yes, my poop looks like a galaxy S4 only without the lag, so it is environmentally friendly .
29. Topcat488 (Posts: 1126; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Hahaha, You left yourself "WIDE" "OPEN", with that sorry come back... Maybe your poop don't lag, because of your slippery bong hole. Hehehehe, Hahahahaha...
38. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
What are you implying, you want to go out with me?
I'm free on Friday, bring the Note 2 stylus, we can make fun with it, if you know what I mean ;)
30. darkkjedii (Posts: 10622; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
LMAOOOOO Xperia he got you with that one man. Comeback time
40. tedkord (Posts: 4530; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Your lag is all located on the other end of your body.
42. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
Yes, you're right, this is what happens when using Galaxy s3 for a full year.
55. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Now now frames use it to fertilize their farm
56. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5276; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
And now cows can drink pee right? I thought pee is healthy and "tasty" YUCK!
3. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Good job, Samsung!
45. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
How much radiation does the S4 output compared to other handsets like the HTC One?
I found it the HTC One produces at most 1.260 (sar) the S4 produces only .45 (sar) at most. Samsung is without a doubt more eco friendly.
57. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
That was my point in the post bellow.
Galaxy phones were always far bellow the numbers of the competition.
Both the iPhone and the One emit several times more radiation.
I think the use of PLASTIC has a lot to do with that..but nor entirely. I had an all plastic Xperia Arc and it had SAR value of 0.66, compared with 0.24 of the Galaxy S1, at the time.
PA, please do an article about SAR levels!
4. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Now let's keep complaining about that "plastic". Now you see why Samsung went with "plastic" instead of all metal body. Plus I still don't understand why people complain about the "plastic" part cos its only the back of the device.
I guess people that are compiling about the "plastic" are people that know they won't buy the device and prevent that they won't buy it because of the "plastic". pathetic fanboys if you ask me. I'm into apple, but I appreciate innovation and technology.
Congratz to Samsung.
8. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
I meant: ...pretend that they...
Not: ...prevent that they...
43. tedkord (Posts: 4530; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Because its all they've got. Nevermind that the plastic is strong as the thin aluminum, lighter and will retain its shape after bending (ask iPhone 5 users how well aluminum springs back into shape). It also different interfere with radio waves line metal will.
The plastic back is also easily replaced with an aluminum one for a total of maybe $10 and two minutes on Amazon, of its that important to you.
46. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Metal soda can vs plastic bottle = plastic wins. I would love to see you pop a metal soda can back into place, the iphone 5 and htc one use the same type of aluminum that you find on coke cans.
7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
..but idiots will still keep bashing you for using "cheap plastic".
In my mind, environmentaly aware product design >>> fancy product design
16. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
samsung previous models are of plastic... S3 S2 and so on .... they didn't get this certificate ... the device is environmentally-friendly not because of its cheap plastic
Plastic is not cheap ..Cheap is samsung made Plastic...
anyway a good step towards nature... Congratulation samsung for this ..achievement and i think every manufacturer should build eco-friendly products....
18. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
But is it the same "plastic"? Is it the same materials?
19. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
frankly i don't know.. may be they have made it bit differently .... the comment was for durability of the product.. we have plastic in Nokia.... they made this Cheap plastic look premium ... haven't they... ?
i appreciate samsung for being eco-friendly ...
21. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Then don't start something you won't finish.
22. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
so can you prove this achievement is because of their "cheap" plastic?
47. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Anyone saying this is because plastic is a dumbass. This certificate has nothing to do with the phones body. It is for the screen and nothing else.
12. Ibarra (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 May 2013)
The one who usually complains are the one's who usually don't buy
14. HouTexan (Posts: 306; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)
The ones that hate are the ones with inferiority complexes.
13. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Also, everyone seem to forgot about the SAR(radiation) levels.
No one mentions it anymore!
And traditionally, Samsung phones were always having among the best (lowest) SAR values on the market..Galaxy line being no exeption.
25. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Wow, people who thumbed that down.. really?
Attacking me on the basis of saying a FACT?
Are you feeling proud of yourself?
Now lets see what you can do..oh let me guess. You can press that red button again.
Go ahead, loser
28. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
Oh would you look at that Samsung r is starting a new trend. It's called being socially responsible and sustainable. Did they have to.do this...no..
IS Samsung setting a new standard of excellence? Yes
31. Arpad (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)
I am guessing its the motherboards and the battery that has changed.
I am purely speculating now, but these components are probably manufactured in a more environmentally friendly way that produces less pollution....in China...
But this smells a little as a marketing campaign. Most likely other brands have not bothered to ecolabel their products, yet.
Here is an example what is required from a product if you want to receive the Nordic Svan
33. SoulEater1667 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)
Plastic Hater I Want to tell you something: Life in plastic
49. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)
This might be the reason for galaxy note3's plastic :)
50. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)
Samsung not all about money but also cares not only for their consumers but also for other people. They did not have to do this but they did.
52. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)
You mean this was just an accident that the S4 was environment friendly?
58. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
yes might be.. or may be marketing strategy.. o.O
59. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)
I dont think they just accidentally made an environmentally friendly device as it would require research and effort. Marketing? Maybe, but its still positive.
60. Trex95 (Posts: 543; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)
Congrats Sams. I'm just wondering Nokia start this things since nokia 3210 and didn't get any TCO certification till date!