Poll results: What's your favorite material for a phone/tablet?

Poll results: What's your favorite material for a phone/tablet?
At the beginning of the week we asked you whether the material a smartphone or a tablet is made of actually makes a difference for you. You've cast your votes and now, the verdict is in. Today’s smartphones generally come in one of three materials: plastic, metal, and glass. Some exotic offerings like wood are also available in limited quantities for just a handful of phones. All in all, though, that’s the choice you get.

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?

Plastic
23.02%
Metal
51.55%
Glass
13.4%
I don't care / I want something even more exotic like wood
12.04%

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48 Comments

1. ashouhdy

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

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

12. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Carbon Fiber

18. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Carbon Fiber is like metal.. it doesn't transmit frequencies!

38. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

carbon fiber is as hard as metal but still transmit electromagnetic wave

45. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Something that I didn't know

20. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nothing is better than graphene

23. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Carbon nanotubes??

27. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It depends a lot on who the plastic is used , Nokia's have an amazing build quality while using plastic

44. Fellwalker

Posts: 516; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

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.

2. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Didn't I see this exact poll a few days ago?

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yes. And these are the results of that exact poll.

13. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Well I guess it confused me since I can still vote.

17. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

this is the results....

3. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I want a phone made of ivory

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Ivory Lagiacrus is so freaking awesome.

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

29. AnukulVcool unregistered

go hunt an elephant yourself , be a murderer

33. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

You do know I was kidding, right?.... Lol@PAU

46. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Or coral

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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.

8. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Very well said

30. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

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.

34. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

If you consider a phone a pussimagnet, you might consider highering your standards in women...

41. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

I'm just kidding ;) But really, pick up the M8 and then a white S5. Then tell me what you think.

42. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

That's easy, M8 is a beauty to see and hold. My sister has a black S5 and I must say in real life it looks less worse than on pictures. But still not a beauty.

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Titanium

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

U do have Nokia 8800...I got u, I know who r u....hint: ©®™

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I figured it last month at gsmarena blog comments. Same power user pretending.

36. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Why not platinum, or (since you are crazy) Adamantium or Vibranium??

47. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Hahaha

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