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Metal body for Samsung Galaxy S4 would have meant delay

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Apr 2013, 21:23

Samsung employees are beginning to get the message about the "plasticky" look and feel of some of its high end devices kike the Samsung Galaxy S III and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4; a report stated that Samsung had considered a metal casing for the phone, but rejected the idea when it sold have meant delays for the new flagship model...

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posted on 13 Apr 2013, 22:55 8

25. SleepingOz (unregistered)

I like none of them. Metal interferes with signals and is prone to dent, scratch, flaking and bending. Glass is too fragile.
Carbon fiber or Kevlar similar to the Razr would be better.
I don't really mind polycarbonate though, as long as the build is solid like on my GNOTE II.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 23:08 3

30. SleepingOz (unregistered)

By metal I mean Aluminium..

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 00:19 5

62. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

Aluminium is not solid at all, it is very east to scratch/dent. Probably one of the worst materials to use on a phone.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 08:12

129. SleepingOz (unregistered)

But it has a "premium feel" in hand. lol

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 00:43 1

74. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

For a change, they could sacrifice .5 mm of thickness and thicken the back cover a l'le bit and use matte finish instead of the glossy one.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 09:53 1

147. SleepingOz (unregistered)

I also prefer matte finish to glossy one but at the end of the day, you'll find yourself putting a nice case on it, so it doesn't really matter.

Also there are many third party cover replacements available on eBay; matte, leather, python, croco, stainless steel, anodized aluminium and even wood..

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 10:44

158. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

That's true. But you know, there something about making the device case-free that makes it more appealing. Sure it keeps the device more safe and sound...but nothing like holding a bare, comfortable and handy device.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 11:19 1

161. SleepingOz (unregistered)

If you love your smartphone naked, then get of of these for your phone..
As for myself, I'm a case addict! haha.. I have like 8cases for my GNOTE II! My fav is from UAG..

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 12:07 1

163. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

Ooo...that UAG looks like some cool military, ultra dangerous prototype! Lol.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 19:48

182. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Would love not to use a case too but when you just got a £500± phone you really don't want to damage it

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 22:58 2

26. Hemlocke (unregistered)

Having owned the iPhone 4 and 4s, as well as two Nexus 4's, no you don't want glass. It feels premium and looks cool, but the Nexus 4 has had problems breaking without even being dropped (It costs $140 to have fixed). There is a reason Google revised the Nexus 4 to put rubber bumpers on the back. A couple of guys on CTO received pre-broken Nexus 4's, and one had the back crack while he was holding it.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 03:22 4

96. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I would rather have Kevlar or carbon fiber than any glass, metal, or plastic. Glass looks extremely nice, but is a high risk for cracks.

Aluminum looks great and has a nice cool feeling (literally cool), and though it won't crack like glass it still gets dents and scratches.

Plastic doesn't feel or look as high quality as metal or glass (especially when given a glossy finish), but is very durable.

Kevlar and carbon fiber give a nice middle area between premium feel and strength.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 03:55

101. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

won't crack like glass????? - Where have you ever heard aluminum to crack? EVER... and you talking abt fricking kevlar and carbon fiber now? What you goona do, use a kevlar phone to stop a bullet? you in iraq or afghanistan? cuz you sound a little off.. Wherver you are and whatever your dream is, i'll leave you alone. peace!!!

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 08:47 2

138. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

You just went full retard.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 09:07

144. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

What the hell is your problem??
I guess you have the tendency to understand everything backwards.

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 04:49

196. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3585; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

He doesn't say aluminium (not aluminum) cracks, he states it doesnt crack... like glass does crack.
And kevlar & carbon fiber are used in so many areas not related to stopping a bullet (motorcycle safety, high speed cars and bikes, jets) that your remark is as stupid as they come.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 21:47 19

7. GoBears (Posts: 454; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

I'd rather the plastic with removable backs and batterys. I use a case anyway and couldn't care less what the phone is made out of. I'm so sick of hearing about Sammy's build quality. I've had the Nexus, GS3 and the Note2 and never had an issue with the build of any of those phones. Guess it's all personal preference, I just hate sealed up unibody phones.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 23:32 5

47. bigstrudel (Posts: 530; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Different folks different strokes.

They use plastic to save money and make more profit off your purchase. Is that a better way to put it? Cause that's the bottom line.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 00:22 9

63. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

WAKE UP CALL: The lumia 920 uses polycarbonate just like the s4. Last time I checked aluminium wasn't exactly considered a premium metal either, and its relatively inexpensive like plastic.

Take a metal soda can and a plastic soda bottle. Tell me which one is easier to break and then GTFO with your metal BS.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 01:45 1

85. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

What about a car frame and a DVD. It might be hard to grasp, but aluminum is actually pretty strong. You sound like a fanboy.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 02:00 2

90. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

Actually, it depends on the one who has the phone; carelessness the culprit.
Aluminium is strong but when it falls, it leaves permanent dents, plastics are prone to break but is easily replaceable (But not in case of the 920 type of build).

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 02:04

91. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

I fully agree. I was just stating aluminum can be as durable as plastic and HDShatter's comparisons were ridiculous

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 02:20

92. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

I have an aluminium phone with plastic back cover...the frame is still strong with some few dents and scratches but the battery cover is not in a good condition. But, it's 3 years old now so...:)

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 08:13 3

131. ph00ny (Posts: 1520; Member since: 26 May 2011)

dvd? it uses plastic for protection.
Car frame? Usage of aluminum to reduce weight in structural component is more to do with the advancement of structural engineering than the strength of the material itself. (I've seen more aluminum control arms breaking due to "hard" bumps than the steel counterpart)

Plastic is an engineered material and can be made to different specifications. (ie soda bottles vs pvc pipes)

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 00:14

193. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

Actually DVDs use polycarbonate ,just like the S4

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 10:13

149. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Aluminium may "absorb" shock better than other metals like steel or iron but it's a well known fact that rigid metals have mediocre shock absorbing ability. Even if the moment of inertia has to be three times as great for an aluminium extrusion to achieve the same deflection as a steel profile, it cannot be compared to polycarbonate when it comes to shock absorbing ability. One of the reason why aluminium get easily dented/deformed on strong impacts is because it doesn't cope with stress like plastic does, even though it's a soft metal. It just takes the shock from one point(a) and transfers it to another point(b). The aluminium part that took the shock may not break, but the other parts around it probably will. Plastic, polycarbonate in this case, will absorb shock better and distribute it more uniformly over the its body.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 10:57 2

160. gustavoace (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

You couldnt be more wrong... A few weeks ago, PA posted that GS3 plastic costs to samsung more than tha alumminum from Iphone 5 costs to apple. So, its not about being cheap, but I think plastic is more durable. And all the "3 months old iphone 5 looks horrible" speaks for itself.

I dont like either, but they do have great quality.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 11:22

162. BadAssAbe (Posts: 465; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

Yes plastic does save money but galaxy's phones also have better parts like the G Glass 3, DDR3 ram and so on

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 04:51

197. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3585; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

You are aware that a S4 costs more to produce than for example an Iphone 5, so stating they use plastic to make more profit is rather ignorant.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 21:55 16

9. Apartments (Posts: 17; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)

Really people is that the best complaint you have is plastic
most of you will use a case anyway..it's about the features people
thanks Samsung for awesome features

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