Samsung's Galaxy S4 will continue to use a plastic body

By Shawn Knight · 12 replies
Mar 6, 2013
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  1. Details about Samsung’s next generation Galaxy smartphone continue to trickle in as we’re just over a week away from the big reveal. The latest news on the Galaxy S4 comes courtesy of Samsung executive vice president of mobile Y.H. Lee...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    My SIII is always carted around in a pouch anyway so apart from the screen you can't see anything anyway. As long as they pass the cost savings onto the consumer they can make it from anything they want. I don't care.
  3. fraggleki

    fraggleki TS Rookie Posts: 17

    This is the ONLY reason I haven't switched from my iPhone 5! All the Galaxy's fill cheap and not solid! Please Samsung use Metal or Glass something!
  4. ArthurZ

    ArthurZ TS Rookie Posts: 79

    I'd say Polycarbonate makes a lot of sense indeed!
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Being an iphone would be reason enough for me to switch.
  6. TrueBooleanFals

    TrueBooleanFals TS Member Posts: 76   +12

    fraggleki :

    Why? I love my S3 more than I liked my Droid 1 (which was metal, heavy) and Incredible 1 (plastic, light) combined. I bought it a month after it came out and have NEVER put anything on it other than a screen protector. No case, no shells, no belt clips. I have dropped my S3 on asphalt, in humvees (HMMWVs), had it sling out of my pockets, stepped on, buried in sand, rained on, a lot of stuff has happened to this phone over the past eight months. No major scratches that you would expect from this kind of abuse.

    I love how the weight of the S3 is SO much lighter than that of the iPhones. Then again, I suppose that is preference.
  7. How about use magnesium alloy on its side, so it would be a bit lighter than aluminum. Then use polycarbonate not just plastic as back cover. With these combination, will add some premium-feels but still easy to manufacture
  8. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 463   +136

    The main reason I'd choose an iPhone over a Galaxy S(X) is because they all feel cheap. I'd settle for brush metal because not only is that b-e-a-utiful, but it's a really strong atomic structure that ends up being really scratch and dent resistant.
  9. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Galaxy phones tend to be lighter than HTC phones or iPhones. For that reason alone, I am happy with plastic.
  10. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    The Galaxy S3 is made of polycarbonate... if the S4 is made of the same stuff, then it is also polycarbonate.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Polycarbonate is simply just a thermoplastic polymer. In other words it's just fancy plastic but plastic nonetheless.
  12. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    Yeah, that's why a lot of people get it mixed up with a simple plastic. It is, however, much stronger. Researchers still aren't sure whether aluminum or polycarbonate is better at protecting electronics (as far as my Google searches can tell). They both have their pros and cons. For example, Polycarbonate is extremely difficult for someone to dent or damage, whereas Aluminum (as you might know) dents and damages pretty easily. On the other hand, Aluminum is very resistant to scratches, whereas Polycarbonate is better than other plastics but still not nearly as good as Aluminum.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    You just have to look at some cars clear polycarbonate headlamps and the beating they've taken to know how strong it really is. It tends to scratch quite easily though.

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