Glass or metal, which 'premium' design material do you prefer?


The demise of the plastic phone chassis was as abrupt as it is starting to get annoying in the past year or two. Ever since Samsung moved to metal or glass designs, even for its low-end or midrange phones, other Android makers followed suit, and it now seems harder to find a decent brand-name phone made out entirely of plastic than it is to score a metal or glass design. 

Apple, of course, has utilized both "premium" material types over the course of the iPhone's existence. Google, on the other hand, might have been so perplexed what to use in its new Pixel phones so that they are unique but still premium, that it made them with half-glass, half-metal backs. This resulted in a bit of a schizophrenic backside look, and some very unique drop test results indeed. 

Apple is currently utilizing metal unibodies in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but is rumored to move to all-glass design for the 2017 crop, while Samsung seems poised to stick with the glass-flagship-metal-midrange scheme in the foreseeable future. That is why we wanted to ask you which of the two most ubiquitous "premium" chassis materials for today's phones you prefer - glass or metal?

Glass or metal, which 'premium' design material do you prefer?

Glass
26.8%
Metal
65.11%
Why choose, Pixel for the win, baby!
8.08%

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63 Comments

1. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Glass is sexy but risky

39. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Motorola has proven to the world with the Moto X force and now their Moto Z force that they do not break or shatter. So if they use that glass/composite materials on the front and back. Then it's a win. I think Motorola should start selling that to other OEMs. That certainly would put a lot of screen repair places out of business.

48. Pabliell

Posts: 187; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Problem is the shatterproof display Motorola uses is made of plastic. It scratches really easily. You need to apply another layer of protection on top of that yourself.

49. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

OEM don't have to buy from Moto, they have the capability to make their own. Moto basically just went back to using plastic for the top glass. They made it softer which prevents breakage, and they put a real layer of protection on top to help with scratches.

56. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

In today's standards, I prefer only CERAMIC... It's just awesomely gorgeous and almost 100% scratch proof....

60. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Glass is like going bare and nothing compares to that feeling.. Metal is more protective but the sensation isn't as good, to be honest no one uses protection now anyway...

2. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Metal. I'd even take plastic over glass.

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I want a phone made from vibranium.

17. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

and replace battery with miniature arc reactor

32. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Lol. But a drawback of metal is wireless charging. I still prefer glass anyways, as it tends to be a lighter build than metal.

41. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

i dont like wireless charging.. cable one is like 2-3 time faster..

45. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Metal also has issues of weak signal reception, no? Glass over metal any day. But, Samsung's Glass and Metal combo is so stylish.

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? Samsung's Fast Wireless Charger is only 15 mins slower than the wired one. Works just fine. Quickcharge 2.0 whether wired or wireless is faster at charging, than any phone using normal charging standard. Even wireless, the S7's and Note 7, wireless fast charge, faster than 90% of the phones on the market.

52. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It just require a special case. It doesn't prevent wireless charging if its a metal phone. It just makes it less convenient.

4. iushnt

Posts: 3156; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I still prefer plastic

53. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Poly-carbonate?!

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Metal all the way. My S7 edge is the first phone I've had where I absolutely feel like I *need* a case on it.

6. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I'd definitely choose Metal over Glass. But if I had my way, I'd take Ceramic over both of them in terms of durability and "sex appeal".

31. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

But ceramic will break too.

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

44. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

It can, but it's still more durable than glass.

7. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Glass is far prettier but more risky... there is apple's glossy metal but scratches like nothing... I'm just gonna vote metal because it feels nocer and is more durable (unless it's jet black)

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

er... ceramic?

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Mi Mix baby ;)

9. truthwins unregistered

I want a phone to be made from titanium

19. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Metal it is for you.

46. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

There was such a phone last year, being shown on phonearena.

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Polycarbonate ftw.

11. Feanor

Posts: 1420; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Glass because 1) it allows radio signals to pass through and it doesn't need plastic antenna lines, or other plastic insert parts 2) it comes in so many finishes (from super mirror shiny of the Z5 premium to the matt frosted of the simple Z5) 3) it is in real life less prone to scratches than both aluminium and plastic and it keeps its condition better as long a you're a bit careful not to drop it.

12. rkoforever90

Posts: 478; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

what about good ol` polycarbonate like the nokia lumia`s and htc one x

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