Do you like metal smartphones, and why?


There's more than one way to skin a cat, the gruesome saying goes, and it's true in the world of smartphone design. Whether it's plastic, leather, glass, ceramic, wood, metal, or something else or in between, by now we've seen plenty of Mother Nature's goods put to use in our precious pocket buddies. Times change, however, and like fashion, so do the materials used with smartphones come in—and go out—of fashion.

The latest victim to this not-so-unpredictable way of life has been plastic. Good ol' plastic. And in its place, we've seen a serious spike in the number of smartphones made out of solid metal—whether aluminum, stainless steel, magnesium, or something else. Of course, not all designs incorporate 100% of the stuff, as some makers decide to adorn just parts of the phone with the precious stuff. Others—like HTC and Apple, for example—go full out. And fully metal bodies are definitely trending up. Which probably explains the outrage surrounding the discovery that LG's new darling, the G5, is made out of metal, but not in the way some people were expecting.

In short, after it was revealed that the LG G5's aluminum back is covered by a relatively thick layer of what we initially thought is plastic, the company has come out with an official statement, saying that what we're seeing is, in fact, primer. Apparently, LG is using primer on top of the aluminum (or as part of it, seeing as how the two are bonded together) in order to keep the minimalist look of the G5's back, without having to settle with visible antenna bands. We should point out that as early as LG's pre-briefing at MWC 2016, we were suspicious of the G5, as the surface really didn't feel like most metal phones we're used to. And so we asked, and were told that it is metal. And in complete honesty, it's hard to argue otherwise, despite the primer layer.

All of this got us thinking about the reasons people seem to really like metal phones. We obviously have a few ideas as to why, but we wanted to get your input on this one. So vote below and let us know whether you dig metal phones at all, and if yes—why? And yes, we're aware that for some people, members of our team included, there will be more than one reason. If you fall within that group, just vote for the factor you feel more important, or if your reason isn't available as a voting option—let us know in the comments below!

Do you like metal smartphones, and why?

Yes, because of the way they feel in the hand
38.8%
Yes, because of the way they look
23.45%
Yes, because of the structural advantages they bring
17.45%
No
20.3%


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52 Comments

1. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Considering I have an iPhone 6S Plus, I like its look (Silver), but not so much on the feel (slippery af), and I dislike it can't support wireless charging :/ what about u guys?

5. marchulya

Posts: 56; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

agree, the look is great - s6+ s7 etc, but the feeling is not pleasing, unspeaking of just slippery matter )

44. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

When a metal phone doesn't have wireless charging, then I don't want metal all around the phone. I want better LTE and wireless charging.

54. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I buy a phone to use, not look at. Plastic feels better, is less slippery, is lighter, and, most important, is transparent to radios. Metal's one advantage may be that it is more resistant to deformation but your screen will break before your metal or plastic body and I suspect carbon fiber would surpass metal in "will it bend" tests. Plastic is better unless you are the type who doesn't use a case and likes to show your phone off. Although, in that case, a leather backed Moto will still trump your metal (or glass) phone.

13. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

For me the ideal approach is LG V10s.. The device end up looking premium and at the same time no sacrifices of essentials in a power users.. Otherwise metal is major for aesthetic purposes and feeling of class to human minds

32. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Can't agree more. V10 looks great, feels great and is super durable. Perfect design IMO. I'm not sure if it can be scaled to 5" though.

42. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Mine will be the Note 4. A perfect combination between grip, durability, and the premium feels. The only cons in the design were the chamfered edges (hated those), the texture of the front glass, and the speaker placement.

49. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Agreed. Note 4 was the closest phone to perfection IMO

48. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I prefer aluminum. Only an idiot buys a phone entirely made of fragile glass.

56. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Indeed i had similar feelings when i'm holding my M8, most people probably end up using plastic case on their metal phones.

3. RichardYarell

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

I'm trying not to laugh at this silly article, let's be serious market share is the real deal rather than this.

4. marchulya

Posts: 56; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

i don't like. my son has sam gnote4, & the feeling not so satisfying, sort of harsh. i like more s4 note3, but better prefer composite matter - sort of carbon )

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Ummm the GN4 doesn't have a metal back.

7. marchulya

Posts: 56; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

the frame )))

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Ah ok, my mom's galaxy alpha has the same frames but I haven't really held it much without a case.....I'll go do that now lol.

8. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

why i cant chose more than 1 option ? i like them for the look / fell in hand / structure advantage

9. Zapp_B

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I would like to see more phones with plastic unibody like iphone 5C or Lumias. I feel like there are too many compromises with metal phones, no wireless charging, antenna breaks that look ugly, scratches easily etc. The only full metal design that I like is iphone 6.

27. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

No scratches nor dents on my GS6, even if I have dropped it quite a many times. I also can charge it wirelessly if I want, and imo it's a far better looking phone than most Lumias (excluding 925 and 1520) and 5C, even with the antenna lines.

10. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

I like plastic with metal to make it sturdy.

11. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No all metal phones are too cold & heavier. Prefer Plastic with maybe metal trim.

35. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Lol it's too heavy? Are you a lil betch that can't hold a 6 ounce phone? Plastic retains heat so when the phone gets hot it stays hot and effects the performance of the phone.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Metal phone get hot and stay hot as long as you are making the CPU/GPU hot, effects the performance of the phone. So it isn't really better, is it?

45. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

metal body can dissipate the heat more than plastic

53. canner

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

i actually prefer the added wieght :/

14. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yes and No, I like the way metal looks and that it doesn't collect fingerprints like glass. I don't like the way cold metal feels in the hand, if the phone has any edges like the G5 the sharpness of metal can cause a device to be uncomfortable to hold, carbon fiber or plastic wouldn't be sharp even if it had the same edges. Worst of all wireless changing(as of this moment) doesn't work with metal. Maybe those rumors that said the iP7 would go back to the glass and metal design of the iP4 is true because Apple is working on a new method of wireless charging (to extend the range) so if Apple wants the iP7 to have this new wireless charging then they have to ditch the all metal design. Sorry I know this wasn't an iPhone article but I just thought of this ^ when I brought up wireless charging in paragraph 1.

20. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Too slippery and you need to put it in a cover, which make it even thicker. I prefer rubbertype back, feels better in my hands too.

46. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Imagine your GF saying this to you.

55. gskelter

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 23, 2016

that's one of the things that I love about the moto syle (or pure edition in US). it is metal but the back cover is not and has a design which make it great in hand and not slippery

21. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

What is the point of a metal phone if it is so slippery that you have to put a silicone backing on it in order to hold onto it? I would prefer some material that is not so cold and slippery but has a good grip so you don't need to add a silicone backing at all.

34. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I think most of these metal designs are missing a trick - keep the metal but machine in some light grooves for grip, simple!

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