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People crave a premium Galaxy S IV that's made of metal, but Samsung wouldn't listen

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:14

Samsung's smartphones are definitely among the better ones on the market, but there are certainly not top performance when it comes to style and design. The white versions of "nature-inspired" products like the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S III Mini may be suitable for women, but it's obvious that the male part of society desires something a bit more aggressive...

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posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:40

9. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)

I don't want a phone made out of a material that scratches easily. I want something that's durable and feels nice in the hand. An S4 with the same back cover as the HTC 8X would be awesome.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:44 3

10. feres13 (Posts: 307; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

I'd pick a premium unibody design with a non-removable back over a cheap shinny plasticky ugly, fingerprint magnet, "hyperglaze" finnish, put a huge battery like the razr maxx and no one would complain about a non removable battery, and we can still have an SD slot even if the phone is unibody, like the xperia z.
Samsung has to realise that the Galaxy S series is the "Flagship" android phones, they have to give it a flagship design, flagship materials. For me if this is the GS4, it's not a flagship phone.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:51 3

11. djoscar4u (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)

here we go again with another samsung plastic design phone....I'll stick with iphone 5

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:56 5

13. Furbal (unregistered)

I'd rather have better reception and a removable back panel than metal

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:06

17. nikenturd (unregistered)

AMEN TO THAT.....aesthetics is soo Apple, besides once cloaked with a protective case, it really doesnt matter anymore. To buy a premium phone without slapping at least a protective outer shell layering is just stupid.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:36 1

78. dimil11 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)

But it is also stupid to pay a premium price for a phone which is plastic. In the country where I live there are no subsides. An iPhone5 16 GB is 800 US d and a GS3 16GB is 700 US d. The iPhone 4s is actually cheaper than GS3. 700 for something which is plastic... I think it's arrogant. And by the way, I have a transparent shell so it doesn't hide anything from my iPhone.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:59 2

14. faisolbauuz (Posts: 121; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)

Well isnt metal case is bad for nfc devices ?

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:07 1

18. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

Lumia 920 user but I feel it doesn't matter that much. The most GS3s I see are in a case. The should keep the thin plastic they use because it is light and when it is in a case the device doesn't get much heavier. That is unless they go with a harder plastic where you don't necessarily need a case like the 920.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:10 2

19. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

metal doesn't automatically make it better, that primitive thinking perhaps has just come from the apple side after all the aluminium crapbooks :P perhaps some other material like polycarbonate etc etc.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:22 2

21. sunny131089 (Posts: 22; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Why are all mixing d good design part wd premium materials.....i dont give a rats ass for metal but a design a decent design will that stop ur economiws of scale Samsung obv it wont so stop fooling by bringing up metal whenevr market asks for a decent design!

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:35 4

24. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

What great fun is a so called metallic premium phone clasded in casing? It's the casing that matters and Samsung knows that well ... every phone gets cladded in some casing or the other wo why we crib about aluminium? Just because Apple does it?

METAL production has a higher CARBON Footprint as compare to PLASTICS right? If yes then why be hypocritical ... let's talk GLOBAL Warming before we talk Metallic phones :D

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:36

25. georgeromo12 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

Guys Try Hammerit.in it is cool place to compare..

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:37 1

28. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Let's just face it guys, what can we do? But, if the GS4 is made of metal, no NFC is included right? So, plastic isn't a bad idea.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:48

29. imkyle (Posts: 1086; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

When I had my Galaxy Nexus and my S II, I had no problem with the back being plastic. In fact I liked it better. I dropped mine several times on the hard plastic and nothing happened.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:52

31. Leo_MC (Posts: 2688; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

If "stupid" is not a good word to caracterise the people that buy plastic phones and then complain about their build quality, I don't know what is.
As a conclusion to what I have said, when looking at S3 sales (a phone made of bad plastic) one can use the same word to characterise its buyers.
So who wants a good quality phone buys Nokia and Apple while marketing influenced-manga liking-low educated consumers buys the rest of the phones.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:58 1

41. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Your last sentence gave me a good laugh.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 09:51

50. Leo_MC (Posts: 2688; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

I use a aluminium HTC and, although it's the only Android phone maker I would use, it needs a pouch to keep it's paint on (and all the aluminium phones - either the new One, either iPhone 5 - needs that).
I touched a S3 and "threw" it away when I felt that s**t*y build quality and I saw it's cartoonish UI; I bought another Samsung (one with flowers) for my niece and now I regret doing it; meanwhyle I looked at numerouse Sonys and LGs which are rather ugly when looking at their UI.

On the other hand Lumia 800 is a beautiful, great build (except the buttons) phone, 900 is the same; WP and it's live tiles are the future (HTC copied them, Google did it to with G+, Flipboard - you have an entire article on phonearena).
I had an E71, 1100, 6100, 5110, i still have a 1110, 8800 - they don't die, ever.

Apple 4 and 4S are beautiful designed, premium build, great materials, buttery smoth os (not even JB can compare to it).

So, please laugh and buy sh*t; I prefer to pay for premium build Nokia and Apple.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 11:19

55. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1743; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

HAHAHA "premium" pffff

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 13:27

62. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Again, last sentence...funny...I have a droid RAZR...excellent build there....and my captivate had an excellent build and is very unique looking, when looking at the newer models. Nokia does intrigue me. As for Apple, by the looks of how they market their products, they live in the past, running on fumes.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 23:29

71. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

the Captivate was certainly the exception from Samsung's camp...

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 09:26

73. Leo_MC (Posts: 2688; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Please let me know when did Samsung released the RAZR; even if it would have been the strongest truth, it wouldn't have any relevance in a topic about shi*ty Samsung build quality phones and their buyers.
Your logic is like saying Ace should cost 10k euro because Vertu also uses Android...

I remembered Ericsson T28: great plastic and there was also a titanium built model.
So sorry to see Ericsson out of mobile phones market.

Eclipse: 4S is glass+corrosion free/scratch resistent metal; too bad 5 has that stupid alluminium crown.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 11:20

56. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1743; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

LOL me too, this guy is a complete tool

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:58

32. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

Man, I still love that design. It just stands out I think. I don't see why they use the same method as they did with the Samsung Captivate...I loved that phone. It felt sturdy with the metal back. I drop my captivate so many time too...still no major cracks on it. Actually, I think there's no real scratches on the screen ether.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:22

35. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

"INSPIRED BY SPACE" would be cool for S4 with that design

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:30

38. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

By the Samsung, nature didn't inspire you, liars. Nature wants you to use biodegradable materials. What is she supposed to do when all that plastic lands in the landfill three years from now?

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:59

42. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

I still really like the feel and build quality of my Captivate and Droid RAZR...never stray from th edd classics.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 13:28

63. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Lol, the classics.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 14:56

65. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I love my RAZR too... I'm looking at either the GS IV, The HTC One (currently in a tie with the..) Iphone 5s (yes, I'm considering buying another iPhone) and the Moto X, I keep phones for two years, so I gotta be happy with it!

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 09:06 3

44. talon95 (Posts: 753; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

When i voted for #1 I thought it WAS plastic.
I have no problem with plastic, it doesn't change color when scratched, it bends without yielding, it is impact absorbing, light, has color options, and is tougher than steel as a wear surface. The fact that it is cost effective doesn't make it cheap, it is an ideal material for consumer products.
I think the quality of the design is what gives it a premium feel, and while material is a part of that, I think plastic can also be premium.
Slide your aluminum unibody across your garage floor once and see how it fairs. (use a case you say) well now that you've completely covered every ounce of quality in truly cheap plastic cover I don't even know why you care to bring up quality in the first place. I want a phone that's tough enough to survive without a case, or a very minimal clear one at most.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 09:10

45. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

well... based on sales of 2012 flagship android devices.. the phone with "cheap plastic" wins by how much again?

10 devices? no?
100? 500? 10,000? 50,000?

is this "the more you hate, the more you love" thing?

go figure..

funny how people bash a device they are yet to see.. smh..

we can say iphone5 is a piece of sh** cause we already see and hold it with our two hands.. but gs4?? nah.. sip it till march 14..

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