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Samsung Galaxy S4 becomes the first smartphone passing TCO certification

0. phoneArena 16 May 2013, 08:51 posted on

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has become the first phone to get the TCO eco certificate for being environmentally-friendly…

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posted on 16 May 2013, 09:00 13

4. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; 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.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:05 1

8. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I meant: ...pretend that they...

Not: ...prevent that they...

posted on 16 May 2013, 14:04 2

43. tedkord (Posts: 12285; 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.

posted on 16 May 2013, 18:27

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.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:03 12

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

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:28

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....

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:35 1

18. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


But is it the same "plastic"? Is it the same materials?

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:41

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 ...

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:46 3

21. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Then don't start something you won't finish.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:53

22. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


so can you prove this achievement is because of their "cheap" plastic?

posted on 16 May 2013, 13:30 1

35. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I didn't say it is

posted on 16 May 2013, 18:29

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.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:16 9

12. Ibarra (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 May 2013)


The one who usually complains are the one's who usually don't buy

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:22 7

14. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


The ones that hate are the ones with inferiority complexes.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:17 6

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.

posted on 16 May 2013, 10:48 7

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

posted on 16 May 2013, 12:48

34. SoulEater1667 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


You're right!

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:44

20. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Congratulation Samsung but BEWARE..

posted on 16 May 2013, 10:55 2

26. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Well done Samsung very nice.

posted on 16 May 2013, 11:15 1

28. belovedson (Posts: 998; 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

posted on 16 May 2013, 12:12

31. Arpad (Posts: 40; 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

http://www.svanen.se/Templates/Criteria/CriteriaGetFile.aspx?fileID=150426001

posted on 16 May 2013, 12:41 1

32. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


that my boy sammy... nice job samsung

posted on 16 May 2013, 12:47 2

33. SoulEater1667 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


Plastic Hater I Want to tell you something: Life in plastic
It's FANTASTIC!!!!

posted on 16 May 2013, 19:12

49. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 810; Member since: 11 May 2013)


This might be the reason for galaxy note3's plastic :)

posted on 16 May 2013, 19:16

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.

posted on 16 May 2013, 19:30

51. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Be honest! Who really cares?

posted on 16 May 2013, 19:41

52. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)


You mean this was just an accident that the S4 was environment friendly?

posted on 17 May 2013, 04:25

58. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


yes might be.. or may be marketing strategy.. o.O

posted on 17 May 2013, 09:14

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.

posted on 18 May 2013, 06:31

60. Trex95 (Posts: 938; 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!

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