Poll results: What's your favorite material for a phone/tablet?
posted by Victor H. / May 08, 2014, 9:45 AM
Plastic (in its polycarbonate form in higher end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and recent Nokias) has the advantage of not interfering with signal, but the downside of often looking cheap. Metal conveys a feeling of solidity, but it blocks signal, so it’s hard to come up with an all-metal design for a phone. Finally, glass, is the middle ground, but it has one important downside - it tends to shatter easily.
So which one do you prefer? Your votes show that there is an overwhelming preference for devices made out of metal (mostly aluminum in the case of smartphones), as it grabbed more than 52% of the votes. After all, devices that are considered the gold standard for design are made of aluminum: we’re speaking about the Apple iPhone 5s, and the HTC One M8 here. This beauty often comes with the downside of harder repairs, batteries that are not user-replaceable, and often, no expandable storage option.
The most prolific material, plastic, is just fine for nearly 21% of you. After all, it's all about the finish on the plastic - this material has proven that it can feel good if treated right (think about the Galaxy S5 or the soft touch finish on the Nexus 5). Then glass gets 14% of the preferences, which earns it a third place. Lastly, only around 12% of you said they’d rather have other material, or don’t care at all about what’s a phone made of.
Finally, we want to wrap this post up by thanking everyone who contributed to the great discussion in the original poll, if you've missed it - take a look at it here.
What's your favorite material for a phone/tablet?
I don't care / I want something even more exotic like wood
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Glass. Its premium and has a solid grip. And strong enough to resist shutters. Metal is a beauty but slippery as hell and scratch super easy. Plastic polycarbonate is ok my second favourite option after glass
posted on May 08, 2014, 9:48 AM 1
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posted on May 08, 2014, 10:20 AM 4
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Glass for the front screen only. My nexus 4 is the first phone I've ever had that broke it's back, which was glass. I'm very happy with plastic on my nexus 5 as without a good signal, a smartphone is useless, but I really liked my HTC HD2.
posted on May 12, 2014, 2:09 AM 0
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Didn't I see this exact poll a few days ago?
posted on May 08, 2014, 9:49 AM 0
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Yes. And these are the results of that exact poll.
posted on May 08, 2014, 9:56 AM 2
I want a phone made of ivory
posted on May 08, 2014, 9:51 AM 0
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And here is what elephant thinks about your wish :D http://www.phonearena.com/news
posted on May 08, 2014, 10:01 AM 1
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For smartphone usage (99.5%): thick matte plastic for good grip and damage resistance, possibility of high IP rating, replaceable back cover for battery access and easy repairability, no winter cold / summer sun heat discomfort and wireless charging. For flashing off (0,5%) precious metal finish with unibody contruction, thin profile and shiny finish - plus a plastic cover in the pocket to put the phone back in when nobody's watching.
posted on May 08, 2014, 9:55 AM 10
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The grip on metal is not so good but scr ew you, the M8 looks so freaking awsome next to cheaplastic S5. I had both in my hands a while ago. The S5 in black it's ok, grippy and confortable, but the M8 looks like a freaking Lamborghini! A true Pussimagnet as my friend Borat would say.
posted on May 08, 2014, 12:35 PM 0
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posted on May 08, 2014, 9:55 AM 4
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posted on May 08, 2014, 10:18 AM 6
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