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General Question for S4 owners ONLY

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Europa76, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. Europa76

    Europa76 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Not that it's important to me but I was just wondering whether the sides of the device are made of aluminium or plastic. No guesses please, only answer if you own the phone, thanks!


  2. Tsepz_GP

    Tsepz_GP Android Enthusiast

    It seems to be plastic. It's winter here in South Africa and the best time to find out if its metal or plastic is when the phone has sat without any use for a long period. With a metal phone you IMMEDIATELY feel the cold aluminium, with the S4? Nah, it's plastic, also, in direct sunlight if you look closely at it you'll notice the brownish plastic it's made of. It seems to be Polycarbonate.
  3. sincarafan

    sincarafan Well-Known Member

    Its plastic.
  4. itsallgood

    itsallgood Android Expert

    Plastic, but looks really good though.
  5. marine one

    marine one Well-Known Member

    Put a Spigen Neo Hybrid case on it and call it a day....
  6. hansangb

    hansangb Android Enthusiast

    I will say that I tried to answer this for you...but couldn't do it easily. I looked but couldn't really tell one way or the other!
  7. lotus49

    lotus49 Android Expert

    I saw the replies above saying it was plastic and thought, no it's not, I'll get my ohm meter out and prove them wrong. Well I did, but I haven't.

    It looks exactly like metal (although not aluminium) but it doesn't conduct electricity so it is either covered in a clear non-conductive coating or it really is plastic. Even on close inspection it really looks like metal though.

    Out of interest, why do you care?
  8. Goodspike

    Goodspike Android Expert

    It doesn't look like metal to me. It looks like plastic.
  9. sincarafan

    sincarafan Well-Known Member

    Guys, it IS plastic.
  10. m3incorp

    m3incorp Well-Known Member

    It's plastic. Hmmm if not important, have to wonder why the question? What if someone that didn't own the phone knew the answer :D
  11. lotus49

    lotus49 Android Expert

    There is an almost identical thread on xda and, like this thread, it's just a series of opinions. No-one actually seems to have any evidence one way or another.

    I had a quick Google but I didn't immediately find anything definitive but I quickly lost interest as it doesn't much matter to me one way or the other. I am mildly curious though just because it looks like metal to me.
  12. tytlyf

    tytlyf Member

    I have the black 16g on verizon and it looks aluminum or metal to me. If that's plastic, they did a good job of making it look identical to aluminum.
  13. planeluvr

    planeluvr Lurker

    That's what I did. :smokingsomb:

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