Would you rather get rid of glass backs, even if it costs wireless charging?
by Preslav Kateliev / Oct 24, 2017, 9:17 AM
Over the past few years, wireless charging has been all the craze in the smartphone world. Most major manufacturers have steadily been moving towards making the feature a standard and are working on making it work faster.
But since the current version of wireless charging — that's inductive charging — doesn't work then the phone's exterior is pure metal, manufacturers have turned to glass backs.
And glass looks nice, sure — it's shiny, it's cool to the touch, it just reeks of "premium". But it's also a magnet for fingerprint grease and feels particularly unpleasant when your hands are sweaty. Thus, not everyone is a fan of glass backs.
So, we thought we'd ask you. Is wireless charging worth having a glass back on your phone, or would you rather stick with a pure metal build and forfeit wireless charging? If your phone doesn't have a glass back, vote based on preference.
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!
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I prefer other material like polycarbonate.
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 9:19 AM 13
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Unapologetic polycarbonate, or the plain kind?
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 9:21 AM 0
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The seal healing kind. I really don't like glass backs. They are slippery and have no function. I got to use a case due to the phone being slippery. So never get to see or feel it any ways. I used to put invisishield on the backs of my phones. I'd buy a clearanced tablet screen protector and cut to fit.
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 9:32 AM 2
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Why all of a sudden do you want to ask this question now that the iPhone has wireless charging? Also, the iPhone 4/4s has a glass back with no wireless charging and millions were sold. What’s the big deal?
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 10:15 AM 0
I prefer.. You know, there's Ceramic too.
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 9:58 AM 1
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Yeah, I believe this is the way to go. The glass-look phones(including the ceramic ones, as you pointed out) are clearly much more beautiful than the metal phones, except for the M7(which takes the crown among all the smartphones). Even the S6, S7, S8, Note 8, OnePlus X, Moto Z, Xperia Z phones are better than the metal built Chinese OEMs phones among Xiaomi/Oppo/Vivos apart from the biggies phones like M8/M9/10 and iP 6/6s/7
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 12:01 PM 0
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Exactly. There are waaaaaaay better options than glass. Kevlar, carbon fiber, ceramic, etc. Motorola has had wireless charging for years and never seen a glass or metal back once so this is a non-issue. Only Samsung and iPhone does this seem to be a problem. Gotta think outside the box guys!
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 1:35 PM 0
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Note4 is the greatest design. Period. Samsung should make Galaxy Note4S edition together with next GS9. Note4S will be Best Seller. The real Note users wait for it. Just new SoC , and newer FPScanner(so Samsung Pay can work) Everything else just same(replacable battery, IR, same great multi-pixel camera) Samsung have nothing to invest there, but just collect the profit. And millions of happy ppl.
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 3:15 PM 0
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No glass for me because I value wireless charging. But I also like metal like the OG HTC M7 and M8.
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 9:25 AM 0
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The most Gimmicky tech is wireless charging! the only usage is charging in high-end cars while driving
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 9:37 AM 1
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Not true. I update my phone once a year and have had wireless charging for the last 4-5 years. I have a wireless pad on my desk at work, one next to my bed at home, one next to my computer in my office at home and a dock in my car (pick-up truck, not "high-end car"). Basically, I never have to carry cables with me and anywhere I go I always have a charger so full battery all the time! All without fumbling with plugging it in, I just set my phone down while I do something else and when I need my phone again it has more juice!
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 1:41 PM 4
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how about they figure a way to do wireless charging with other materials eh? its almost 2018
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 9:48 AM 2
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Well there are other ways, but they cost too much and slow production. One way is to use carbon fiber. But you have to make the case by hand and not machine. Lowing production, raising costs. It can be done with metal backs. But it requires a dampening cover which adds costs.
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 2:35 PM 0
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wireless charging is not an useful spec. Id rather go for non slippery back material
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 9:57 AM 0
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With a glass back you end up putting a cover... Then what's the point of having glass if you're never touching it or even seeing it. Metal, plastic, kevlar, fabric, ceramic. I don't feel that "wireless" charging is all that convenient, but if OEMs want to put it in a phone there's a lot of different materials that should be compatible.
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 10:06 AM 2
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I like wireless charging, not glass backs. I'd gladly go back to polycarbonate backs. Then I wouldn't have to buy a case to protect the glass back. Metal is fine, but I have had wireless charging since the 920 came out, and would not want to lose it. So, until somebody releases a way to charge a metal backed phone, I won't be getting one. My hope is once android auto goes wireless, I can just put my phone on a charging plate in my car.
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 10:14 AM 1
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Love the look of glass, but like the iPhone notch, it is not the most practical approach in phone design. I would love a combination of metal and a polycarbonate... Heck, I was fine with all plastic phones....lightweight!! Maybe the note 4 approach Metal frame, plastic back
posted on Oct 24, 2017, 10:21 AM 1
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