Relative to a year ago, are you more or less interested in Android smartphones with a premium build?

Relative to a year ago, are you more or less interested in Android smartphones with a premium build?
Are you tired of the never-ending stream of plastic Android smartphones? It seems that for every smartphone with a premium build (read: metal, glass, ceramic) we get about a hundred made of polycarbonate. This has long been accepted (by some) as a necessary evil on the road to an affordable, mass-market smartphone that doesn't suck.

Polycarbonate makes sense -- it's easy to produce and tailor a manufacturing process around. It's also significantly cheaper than most any metal, all the while providing excellent protection against the elements and the realities of everyday life (polycarbonate is shatter proof and impact resistant). Surely, then, nobody would be wanting a smartphone made out of, say, aluminum? Well, if we're any judge of popular opinion, we'd say that a trend is forming, and that trend actually says the opposite. Whether it is because some see their smartphone as a sort of a status symbol or even a fashion statement, or simply because they're just tired of dolling out hundreds of dollars for plasticky devices, there's an obvious influx of voiced out concerns over the lack of variety in the premium sector. Of course, manufacturers such as HTC, Sony, and Apple have products that should satisfy that niche, but the split still is far from even remotely balanced, and we've been witnessing the displeasure this continues to cause.

So what say you? Is your patience with polycarbonate running thin? Or do you stand on the other end of the spectrum, trying to figure out what everyone's problem with a perfectly reasonable choice of material is? Heck, some of you are probably just fine with the current status-quo and see no reason for a change. Whatever it is, make sure you have your voice heard!

Relative to a year ago, are you more or less interested in Android smartphones with a premium build?

I'm definitely more interested in Android smartphones with a premium build than before
63.06%
I still stand where I did a year ago. We have an okay balance as it is.
17.67%
What's the problem with plastic? Enough with the premium build mumbo-jumbo
19.27%

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80 Comments

1. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Happy customer with a Nexus 4 here. =)

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I was an apple if00l till a year ago and was not considering andriod phones due to too many plasticky options but thanks God, my illness is cured now and andriod is full of great options

26. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

So proud of you :')

50. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

'Options' are exactly what you get with Android. There are many Android "SMART" phones with "premium build" which, for me, is a matter of internal hardware (processor, ram, cameras, speaker, battery, etc) and screen resolution; not the case they're enclosed therein. Apple's definition of "premium build" is shatter-prone iGlass and Gorilla Glue connected via LooneyTunes.

51. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

O GOD THAT LAST SENTENCE MADE ME ROLL ON THE FLOOR AND LAUGH MY EFIN AR SEE OFF your posts makes me so laugh whenever you post, i always wait for your posts to appear, your so funny honest to god

71. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I almost purchased iPhone 1st gen which will make me more than a fool so I glad I waited bought the atrix 4g then switch to the Z1 premium build material.

36. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I just want premium looking phone.

41. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

HTC EVO4G SONY Z LENOVOK850

46. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Let's be honest here, this vote is pointless. Everything we buy in lifE, gadgets, cloaths, cars, etc at least 50% of the decision is made by design/premium build. People who think otherwise.. A good balance needs to be struck between design features and premium build. Iphone 5s is a benchmark for this minus the features. However there are a few android phones that do come very close as in HTC one or Sony Z2 BUT at the expense of a considerable larger size. It's amazing that other important players such as Nokia have not really got this yet. I mean I'm not saying the lumia range is a no no, but considering what Nokia used to do in the past It's def a step back. Lets see how the new One is going to be in reviews, so far I'm not that impressed, and if I'm honest considering the size they could have done better.

47. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I would pick a premium build if one was available. Which is why I went with the Maxx instead of the Ultra. Oh, and the 3500 mAh battery didn't disuade me either. :-)

66. Chinda3

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

Buy the OnePlus One :)

55. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

:-/ I owned an HTC One for 8 months and I had it in a Seidio Surface case to keep it nice. I popped open the case to find a couple pieces of dirt had worn small pits in the aluminum. From then on I view Aluminum phones as better looking yet inferior to Polycarbonate. At this point I'm totally happy with my faux leather yet still plastic Note 3 design. I guess I place physical resilience higher than physical beauty on my importance scale.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

If I pay a high price on something, I also want the product to have that "high price feeling and looks"

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

sapphire alround or kevlar or all stainless steel clad or even all carbon fibre i would pay the extra 100+ dollars or even 200 dollars efin hate cheap trasy junk plastic

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

All leather phone would be super cool and comfortable in the hand. Like some Vertus. I guess it wouldn't add too much price. Just thickness. Considering that premium leather cases are about 50 euros

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

like pure leather not cheap ones or snakeskin or tiger ones would be great

18. Ashoaib

Posts: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

If sapphire is scratch proof then why not sapphire? I am willing to pay extra for that

68. Chinda3

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

Hi there the new OnePlus One has 2014 specs & premium build quality. Plus interchangeable real kevlar, bamboo, denim backs. Check out OnePlus.net

3. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

With nice design, i would not care for premium build.

4. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Yes I do. That is why I left Samsung Galaxy

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

even i did to sony has the best build they use all dragontrail glass not cheap gorrila glass3

9. Sauce unregistered

JohnNokia has left his Samsung Galaxy.

74. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Before you shooting me like this guys, I want to clarify something:- I love cellphones so much and I'm currently having 24 cellphones. Tweelve of them are new high end phones. I like to try every company phones and every OS. I really do love Nokia so much and regard it the best phone manufacturer. But, I don't like WP. I wish Nokia had adopted Android and produced high end Android phones. However, I said I left My Galaxy because I really quitted using the Galaxy S3 and I had not a good experience with it. I don't have one cell phone that I use it every day. But, I'm currently mainly using iPhone 5s, Nexus 5, Moto X, Lumia 1020 and BlackBerry Z10. I love them all and use them from time to time. Also, I like to try other phones from my collection, and finally, I don't have any intention to buy Galaxy S5 because of its hideous design. Thank you all Guys

76. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

you love phones like me i have a note3 htc one sonyz1 1020

77. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Yes Arte-8800, Among my collection, I found Nexus 5 the best phone that I used in my life. I'm planning to buy the OnePlus One., Let's see how it would look. By the way, I like your name. I had that phone three years ago and it was simply awesome. Flop just destoyed everything. I hate him

78. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

i hate that eflop sk um bg to ev il of him to kill destroy nokia

24. Ashoaib

Posts: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Johnnokia, your name is like an advertisement of nokia.. which means you are a noks fan, can you explain nokia is not made with plastic? can you explain about cartoonish looks of nokia premium phones? and can you explain why nokia look like kids phone? then I will understand why you left galaxy n switched to nokia as I am feeling from your name

32. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

there 8800 series and e series are good and well made, but since migrating to wp nokia has started to make average plastic phones nokia no longer makes 8800 series which was there status prestige brand, that pathetic elop has killed everything, i hope same happens to him what hes done to nokia

44. papss unregistered

Say what? My 1520 is anything but cheap construction dude..

48. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

i didnt say anything bad its using polycarb same as s3, s4, s5 but a more layered and tougherr version and its still plastic

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