How is a stainless steel iPhone XS better than any other aluminum phone?

Stainless steel vs aluminum – what's the difference? Why are most phones made of aluminum when stainless steel is a better material? And what are those aluminum series you may have heard of? Join us as we provide the answers.
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28 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Stainless Steel? Essential Phone and Red Hydrogen will laugh at that.. Titanium FTW..

4. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Titanium? Black Panther will laugh at that.. Vibranium FTW..

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

How about adamantium?

8. tedkord

Posts: 16979; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I guess Wolverine is laughing at them all.

21. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

RIP Logan.

14. JCASS889

Posts: 406; Member since: May 18, 2018

How about a non made up material

18. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

How about you limit the number of replies.

15. JCASS889

Posts: 406; Member since: May 18, 2018

How about a non made up material

16. JCASS889

Posts: 406; Member since: May 18, 2018

How about a non made up material

17. JCASS889

Posts: 406; Member since: May 18, 2018

How about a non made up material

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2670; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Diamond FTW. Koh-e-Noor is laughing at them all.

2. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1059; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's aluminium, not aluminum. Aluminum is what a 5 year old would call it.

5. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Different countries, different pronunciations...obviously you're not an American.

22. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1059; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Even in America it technically is aluminium.

25. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 951; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

No American I've ever come in contact ever has said "Aluminium"

26. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

No. It's not. It's Aluminum in the US.

10. NateDiaz

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Stop living in mammas basement.

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Congrats on making yourself looks like 5-year old..https://www.dictionary.com/browse/aluminum Not everyone on this planet write/read it as aluminium.

19. whatev

Posts: 2032; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Lmao, thanks for the laugh and making yourself a joke. Btw, I made my profile pic for you and haven’t said anything :(

3. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Aluminium is better in my opinion. I love its matte finish. Hairline scratches are visible in stainless steel. I have a greasy hands. It slips off my hand and I don't want to wipe the edges all the time. I think Essential and Red are more premium than Apple. It has a ceramic, kevlar and titanium body.

24. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Apple is the only premium, the rest is garbage.

6. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Stainless steel definitely feels more premium

9. mahima

Posts: 698; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Fitting title for th site

12. OneLove123

Posts: 590; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

My lg V10 already had stainless steel.

20. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

OMFG when apple went for ALU, it was the top dollar. Now they use stainless steel, and suddenly that is back on the crown. If apple made an iPhone body of poop, would that also be the best?

23. wickedwilly

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

"How is a stainless steel iPhone XS better than any other aluminum phone?" Both metals have pros and cons and for me having stainless steel is more of a disadvantage. For one the metal is a small part of the phone, it is just a band. iPhones have never been the most robust phones, more often less than many of their peers, the stainless steel versions are no different, so it gives no noticeable improvement in strength. So if SS is not better for protection, using a more expensive metal is pointless unless for aesthetic reasons. Yes, SS is shiny, but it is obvious that from the day you unbox a SS iPhone, micro scratches accumulate very fast even with a case. Yet weight has always been a crucial factor on phones, Apple boasting about thin and light and maintaining this only by missing out on features that are arguably far more important, so this by their standards in bad news. If it was better why is the iPad not made of steel? So SS on an iPhone does not make it better and in some ways makes it less desirable. As always it is just a marketing ploy by Apple to persuade gullible Apple fans that the phone is better. It seems PA is one of these.

27. almostdone

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Another iPA article. They're so blatantly obvious all these writers must be paid to be like a sheep.

28. romeo1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I like stainless Steel more. The in hand feel of the z3+ is still unmatched for me. It feels really expensive.