Poll results: go away, glass phones?

In the past, we used to love glass-backed phones. They were rare and unique, and their shine brought about something different. Nowadays, most major manufacturers have glass-backed phones. Is that a bad thing?

Glass looks nice, sure — it's shiny, it's cool to the touch, it just reeks of "premium". But being exposed to it with every flagship out there revealed one ugly truth — it's a magnet for fingerprint grease, can be slippery, and feels particularly unpleasant when your hands are sweaty. Thus, not everyone is a fan of glass backs.

But glass isn't there just for the bling. Manufacturers use it because wireless charging, or at least the way we have it now, can't work through a clean metal back. So, a different material had to be employed.

All that said, we thought we'd ask you — would you rather get rid of glass backs and wireless charging altogether, or do you actually like the way phones are right now? Here are the answers we got:

Would you prefer to be rid of glass backs, even if it means no wireless charging?

Yes! I'd do it in a heartbeat!
No, I kind of like glass backs!
No, wireless charging is just too good to drop!



1. mikehunta727 unregistered

A metal back Note would be cool too but that'd get rid of wireless charging

9. aegislash

Posts: 1537; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Didn't Qualcomm announce that they came up with a solution for wireless charging through metal-backed devices? I don't understand why no OEM has put it to use yet (unless it still isn't ready; but I recall the article I read saying Qualcomm's wireless charging through metal tech was ready for prime time).

18. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 746; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

You know that metal is a good conductor of electricity. Which is why the known wireless charging smartphone brands have glass on its back. So that you can pick up your unit from the charging pad. If it was a full metal on the back. The user will be shocked.

20. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

It is very easy. Make a metal back with a hole in it. Put the wireless charging plate in it, cover with plastic, and have metal behind the plate to keep the frame strong.

11. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

All you need to do is add a wireless receiver to your phone and you're good to go.

31. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Note with removable ''leather'' back will be the BEST. Period!!!!!!!

2. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I dont need durability. Gimme that shiny sexy glass Bcuz of it I bought Note8...

5. Peacetoall unregistered

This is what I think glass back really makes the phone look more premium and pleasing to touch

3. Jacksie66 unregistered

My xz premium mirror finish is great. I can see my fat ugly head super clear..

28. drunkenjay

Posts: 1704; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

hey... do you want to talk about something?

4. Peacetoall unregistered

I think glass back should stay as it makes the phone look more premium and aesthetic. Again its just my opinion

32. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Agree, but only if it's removable. So, easy to change if breaks, and to swap the battery if needed. Do it Samsung.

6. plsnoregforcomments

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

unibody cases like HTC did and OnePlus did to the 3 always appealed me more...

7. Cat97

Posts: 2030; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The authors act like metal or glass are the only things from which you can build objects. What's wrong with plastic ? Blackberry KeyOne has a plastic back that looks very good.

8. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

You can charge with metal cases using a Wipower. None of the OEM's must have been interested in adapting the tech. https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2015/07/28/qualcomm-becomes-first-company-enable-wireless-charging-mobile-devices

10. surethom1

Posts: 31; Member since: May 01, 2009

Glass has nothing to do with wireless charging, plastic is just as good & can look premium. I also Hate shiny back phones, Just give me Matt Plactic backed phones with wireless charging.

21. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

Does the G5 look premium?

33. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Note4 still looks premium.

12. ph00ny

Posts: 2079; Member since: May 26, 2011

I don't think i can give up wireless charging. More furniture and appliances are coming out with integrated chargers to boot

13. aegislash

Posts: 1537; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I love the glass-metal-glass sandwich design language, and hope that it sticks around for years to come. It truly does make for some of the most beautiful devices.

26. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I never once looked at a phone and said I want it to be more beautiful. It's in our pockets, it has cases on them. I hope you're a woman

30. aegislash

Posts: 1537; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

So a guy can't say something is beautiful? How fragile your masculinity must be....

14. Xilam unregistered

This shows that most dont care muchfor inductive charging - I would take metal phone over glass or plastic any day! Metal made unibody is 100x more applleing to me than inductive charging.

15. A_A_A

Posts: 229; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

People just tired of glass phones. There are too many of them around and there is no any fresh idea. As of wireless charging... you have to get charging base connected to power source through cable anyway.... I don't even understand the whole idea behind "wireless" charging and couldn't care less about it's presence in my phone...

23. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"couldn't care less" That means you still care because you used a double negative preposition.

24. Xilam unregistered

nope.. his grammar is correct. If he said "I couldn't care more" would mean that there's still room to care even less... but he said he "could not care any less" than he cares right now.

16. pablumatic

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

I want replaceable batteries. Not sealed glass backs. I'm still using a Note 4 and see no reason to upgrade any time soon.

29. Peacetoall unregistered

You can go for LG V20 as it has removable battery and IR sensor at the top. But the battery life is miserable

17. willy.4

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I agree one hundred percent , with my 4 batteries , two as backup not yet been used.... still fast enough for me and camara still half decent .... Will have to take it from my clenched fist with me kicking and screaming.... lol :)

19. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

I hope to see a phone from Shiny Chrome in future! I think it will be soo cool

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