Would you buy a plastic flagship again?

Would you buy a plastic flagship again?
Have you noticed something different in Samsung's Galaxy line phones since 2015? Yes, that's precisely the year after Samsung's current design chief was promoted, and what followed was the demise of its plasticky flagships and midrangers. The Galaxy S6-S9, not to mention the newer A-series or J-line, have all come with more premium chassis materials like metal and glass, culminating into the "Infinity Display" concept. Virtually all Android phone makers have now followed suit, too.

It's not just premium design that phone companies are after with their glass-y casings, though. Wireless charging would heat metal bodies to ungodly heights, so, last year, Apple also moved to glass iPhones, just when it introduced wireless charging to the lineup.

Glass looks premium and lets you top up your phone sans cables but it has just as many negatives - it is prone to cracking very easily when dropped, and is a fingerprint magnet. Thus, replacing a shattered rear now costs a pretty penny and is, in the case of iPhones, more expensive to repair than the screen itself.

Looking around, there are only a couple of metal midrangers left and just one phone with flagship specs like Snapdragon 845 that comes with unassuming but durable plastic body - Xiaomi's Pocophone F1. This is why we wanted to ask if, a couple of years after their demise, you would buy a plastic flagship phone again.

Would you buy a plastic flagship again?


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Pocophone F1
  • Display 6.2" 1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh



1. Huck33

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

at the end you use a plastic case, even if you phone is made of glass or metal

13. JCASS889

Posts: 539; Member since: May 18, 2018

I use a rubber case, a plastic case is useless

39. notfair

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Uuuu, rubber case, you rich Fancy guy!.

23. Ali888

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

I use a glass and aluminum case on my s8+

2. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Certainly would. I was perfectly happy with the build quality of my previous phones like the SE Xperia X10, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4. The best combination to me was the Metal & Plastic combo of the Galaxy Note 4 (Plastic battery cover, metal frame and then the glass front), happily used it without a case for a long time.

21. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Samsung used a horrible plastic in S3 and S4, both developing small cracks almost everywhere around the camera, the ports, at the top, sideways in the middle.

3. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

If it resulted in CHEAPER phones, yes I would. But, even if they went back to plastic or a non metal/glass back, you can bet they would explain away why the price didn't drop. As for the glass, if you are crazy enough to walk around with the PIH syndrome (phone in hand 24/7) naked, then, you deserve to crack/shatter it when dropped. As expensive as these things are, you are nuts not to put them in some sort of protective case.

4. path45th

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Plastic = pollution

10. baldilocks

Posts: 1506; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

So does glass and metal and especially electronic components.

7. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

I see there is nothing to write about yet again. Thanks Phone arena! You never fail to dissapoint

8. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Plastic back, removable battery. Hell yes

9. notfair

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Back when sammy was making plastic flagships my friends with iphones always were mocking me on how cheap it feels and how premium their iphone is; being hypocrite is a tendency in the apple eco-system; they were buying "premium" phones and immediately strapping a cheap 2$ case on them to not break it.

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

If it came with swappable batteries again... absolutely.

12. mahima

Posts: 730; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I'll take lumia flagship colourful design with modern flagship internal over any other phone anyday

14. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 276; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

What newly released flagship isn’t using premium materials these days? It’s sort of the industry standard now so I’m not sure why this poll exists.

32. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It’s completely hypothetical, and just for kicks. Don’t take it so seriously.

33. middlehead

Posts: 457; Member since: May 12, 2014

Any phone with a glass body. Glass is not a premium material, no matter what line of BS sites like this push at us.

15. surethom

Posts: 1693; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Hell yes I really don't like all glass backs.

16. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Absolutely. Some of my favourite designs/feels were the polycarbonate devices in the Lumia line.

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

And HTC.

17. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Absolutely. Some of my favourite designs/feels were the polycarbonate devices in the Lumia line.

18. middlehead

Posts: 457; Member since: May 12, 2014

I'd prefer it. Glass bodies are the second dumbest thing to happen to modern phones, behind the over-focus on thinness.

19. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I like a strong metal frame but the back could be plastic if it looked and felt premium. I like the Kevlar and carbon fiber backs, and if they could design in the corner and screen guards that would be nice and avoid need a case. See profile image. I like theft proof designs that have sealed batteries and eSIM that prevent it from being turned off or disconnected from the network.

20. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

PC, more durable than glass, allows wireless charging, fingerprint free, all positives, so why not. In the end, it'll be in a case. Rather it be taken out of the case in one piece than some small spiderweb crack from a hard drop prior. Dropped my LG G3 a few times from chest height with a screen protector and a those cheap aluminum bumpers that were popular on eBay. The back survived in one piece with minor scratches that rubbed off. As long as it has a great sturdy frame and IP68, it's solid.

24. Rager722 unregistered

I prefer metal over glass because I don't use wireless charging.

25. Seanetta unregistered

And what's wrong with plastic?? Nokia used to make some of the most rock solid polycarbonate phones in their Windows days

34. middlehead

Posts: 457; Member since: May 12, 2014

People complained about the feel of the plastic that was being used. Instead of fixing that, manufacturers abandoned plastic entirely so they had an excuse to use materials that justified sealing the body.

26. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

In a heartbeat ! I really hate glass !

27. tgom222

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

What a phone is made is secondary to me. I put all mine in a case anyways.

36. emjoigently

Posts: 152; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

This is it. That lovely all glass phone, slippery and fragile. You have to cover it in plastic anyway.

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