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Old November 26th, 2011, 07:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering why doesn't Samsung use metal materials for their smartphones.
Samsung phones are excellent, but i hate that they're enitirely plastic.
I chose the Desire S over the Galaxy S because of the alumin(i)um unibody.
Just curious if anyone else have the same thoughts?

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Whats wrong with plastic? the Galaxy S2 is the lightest and one of the most durable phones available as seen in drop tests, partly due to the weight.

Besides many of us will put a case on our phones to protect them anyway, at this point the only noticable difference is that one is light and barely noticable in your pocket and other is well not.
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i'd much prefer a metal body, i bought a lg2x over the samsung s2 because its heaver due to the metal, i know the phone is in my pocket without having to check.
(just a shame lg are rubbish with os updates)

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I was wondering why doesn't Samsung use metal materials for their smartphones.
Samsung phones are excellent, but i hate that they're enitirely plastic.
I chose the Desire S over the Galaxy S because of the alumin(i)um unibody.
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Old November 26th, 2011, 08:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Whats wrong with plastic? the Galaxy S2 is the lightest and one of the most durable phones available as seen in drop tests, partly due to the weight.
Yeah, i guess it's personal preference.
I like the heavier phones. And metal just feels better in the hand and somewhat more elegant for me.
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My phone has plastic materials, the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate. I've always kept it in a case and I've even dropped it down wooden stairs, on concrete, banged it on my desk out of rage (not that hard though...) and I've never had a problem with it. Screen is not cracked, there is no scratches. I've had it for 10 months.
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Its a cultural thing. Koreans like their stuff lighter, and making it with metals would basically make them not like it. Western culture is more like bigger and heavier is better, but not so in Korea. I know HTC is Taiwanese, but that country is very westernized already. Korea still has a lot of its own culture. Just take it this way, straight guys in Korea would be "gay" under western standards in terms of fashion and vanity. The Koreans like their stuff more, "delicate" for lack of a better term.
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I think with full plastic there is a more easy handling of the antennae for their places in the phone.

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They are plastic, but they are still very sturdy. Metal just feels more "high class". Plastic phones, no matter how well-made, will always seem "cheap".
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@earthwormjim. I know what you mean. I feel the same way to be honest. I like how HTC make their devices with the aluminum unibody metal. I don't use a case and like to have that solid feel of my device. For the most part, I just haven't found a samsung phone that grabs me.
 
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i prefer metal construction.. but love light weight too.

but in the real world.. most use some kind of case (i know I do).
so, the metal is hidden..
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This has everything to do with profits. Has nothing to do with light weight.
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I hate phones that has a plasticy light feeling almost like a cheap feeling. thats what happened when i had the Tmobile Sidekick3..

THAT was a sturdy phone and nice! then when the more expensive SIDEKICKLX came out it was totally cheep, flimsy and plasticky! felt like a toy


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They use plastic because they can turn a bigger profit than if they use metal. Remember I never heard a person say their phone broke the plastic parts from a drop. Its always the glass screen that breaks. So I guess they are doing something right with that cheap plastic.
 
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They use plastic because they can turn a bigger profit than if they use metal. Remember I never heard a person say their phone broke the plastic parts from a drop. Its always the glass screen that breaks. So I guess they are doing something right with that cheap plastic.
My guess is that the posters are talking about the steel body or using some steelbin the body encasement over an all plastic body. Plastic bodies break too..
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the plastic parts are flimsy.. so they bend.. and dont break from regular abuse. but feel cheep, because they feel not firm.

these plastic parts only have to last 4 yrs.. because most of them will be disposed of. and the refurbished ones get new plastic covers.
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the plastic parts are flimsy.. so they bend.. and dont break from regular abuse. but feel cheep, because they feel not firm.

these plastic parts only have to last 4 yrs.. because most of them will be disposed of. and the refurbished ones get new plastic covers.
True yet some (me included) prefer devices with some steel to its body. I wont spend 400 for soft cheapy feeling plastic.
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What about the SAMSUNG GALAXY ACE? - thick metal band around the edge, firm grippy (plastic) back & a good weight. Feels good in the hand & not cheapo! Good price too for a mid-range phone. There you go, problem sorted, everybody should build like the ACE! In case you haven't guessed, I've got one!
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What about the SAMSUNG GALAXY ACE? - thick metal band around the edge, firm grippy (plastic) back & a good weight. Feels good in the hand & not cheapo! Good price too for a mid-range phone. There you go, problem sorted, everybody should build like the ACE! In case you haven't guessed, I've got one!
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they dont use metal because they know, it does not matter what material they use, they will always have a great phone to sell..

just like apple. Why dont they make the screen bigger?
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they dont use metal because they know, it does not matter what material they use, they will always have a great phone to sell..

just like apple. Why dont they make the screen bigger?
Cause there will be more people that dislike a screen larger than the now 3.7 inch than there are people who really really wat that in a phone..
It's better to go for a high quality 3.7 inch than a moderate 4.5 inch or something like that..
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I was wondering why doesn't Samsung use metal materials for their smartphones.
Samsung phones are excellent, but i hate that they're enitirely plastic.
I chose the Desire S over the Galaxy S because of the alumin(i)um unibody.
Just curious if anyone else have the same thoughts?
I think the same, plastic looks cheap and low quality.

On the other hand, metal looks high-end and modern.

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There are some disadvantages of having an all metal phone.
Like signal suffrage; block the antenna whole holding it you'll most likely lose signal.
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I've got a Samsung S7562 Duo (2 SIMs)... and it's mainly metal and quite surprisingly heavy... compared to my previous phone... but not too heavy: just "heavy-quality": it weighs 118 g. I;m new to smartphones and I love it... but I hate the fact they seem to have engineered things to make it v difficult to connect to a PC... no "USB Mass storage" option. That is VERY VERY bad
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I've got a Samsung S7562 Duo (2 SIMs)... and it's mainly metal and quite surprisingly heavy... compared to my previous phone... but not too heavy: just "heavy-quality": it weighs 118 g. I;m new to smartphones and I love it... but I hate the fact they seem to have engineered things to make it v difficult to connect to a PC... no "USB Mass storage" option. That is VERY VERY bad

that seems very odd.. that it does not have a usb mass storage..

maybe.. you need to download a driver from samsungs website.
and there are options main setting... under storage to enable it.
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I would like to have some premium devices here and there.
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Being an engineer with partial materials science background and career in metals industry I have to give my vote to... plastic!

Plastic is perfect material for short life cycle products like mobile phones. It absorbs shock protecting the glass display and the components inside. It is cheap to manufacture and certain plastics even can take hits like metal. Sure, plastic may break but the cost of replacing a plastic part like back cover for example is nothing compared to replacing anything else. I used to also think not so high of plastic construction of pricey items until I bought my first lens in Canon's top range L-series with plastic casing. Not only is it lighter than metal but it gives better shock absorption to protect the glass components. On top of that it expands and contracts less when warmed up or cooled down (supposedly the reason for larger lenses being white) and feels much nicer in hands, especially in sub zero temperatures.

Metal has basically only one thing going for it and that's the "premium feeling", all feeling no doubt. The cost difference of stamping metal covers instead of casting plastic ones is too insignificant to make me feel any premium feelings or cheap feelings. In fact it's too small for me to believe that there are actual intended monetary savings behind choosing plastic instead of weight savings.

Personally I never use any covers on or around my phones so dropping a plastic phone leaves probably a dent or crack while a metal body would relay the shock to the glass or the components inside. When I get a new phone every few years, I sell the previous one for cheap enough price so nobody compains about few scratches. I also feel better using the phone as is without any screens or cases.
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From what I read, the S5 will be plastic as well.

You might want to look at the Galaxy F series, the new premium phone from Samsung with metal all around.

I love my HTC One which is aluminum.

Plastic attract fingerprint and it can get easily greased.
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I prefer plastic because it has less mass. I don't care how my phone case looks, I just care about how my phone screen looks after I drop a dozen times.
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There is a metal border around the S4 Active...
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real metal???

my Note 3.. has a metal border on the sides.
but it is plastic.. with chrome paint.
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As someone mentioned, I would be concerned with signal degradation/loss due to metal features absorbing or redirecting the cell signals.

I work in an industrial environment, so I need some protection for my phone-- I use Otterboxes, and have to replace 'em about every five months or so (which is still cheaper than replacing a phone every six months).

Unlike most of my coworkers, I am not trying to peer through a cracked screen all the time, so plastic is not a problem for me, nor heft, since the Otterbox Defender almost doubles the thickness of my phone.
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Well, if you believe the marketing materials, then it is real metal: aluminum, which should also not be an issue with antenna blocking, etc. The iPhone 4, 4s and 5c are all made completely out of aluminum (with the exception of the front glass), so that apparently isn't an issue.
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