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I Just Don't Get It


May 10, 2013, 7:22 PM
---"Though it clearly makes gains over the GS3 in terms of quality, it doesn't go far enough to compete with the superb build of devices such as the HTC One and Apple iPhone 5"---

I've used cellphones for over 27 years and have never once had a problem with MPM(Molded Polycarbonate Material). While I may understand the wish for better materials by some individuals, MPM doesn't seem to be effecting sales of the Galaxy. In fact, a recent poll of smartphone users on another site, gave 52% to those that prefer to have plastic if it means retaining removable batteries.

This tells me that less push should be on metal alloy phones until it can incorporate best of both worlds. Manufacturers should pay attention to this.

And while we are on...

May 10, 2013, 8:53 PM
Slammer said:

I'm disappointed that phone geeks don't look further at the landscape. You are a musician Eric. How inconvenient would it be to have your battery short for wireless transmitter with no way to swap it out. Or how would you like not being able to change the battery on your BMW? Having elite taste shouldn't compromise common sense.

John B.

Well said man. That's exactly happened with me. Believe me I was the first to criticize Samsung for it's build quality and I was quite vocal about it. I was even gonna get the One but in the end, common sense prevailed - for my particular needs anyway. Not to say the One is a bad device in any regard but compared with the GS4 it has it's shortcomings. ...

May 10, 2013, 9:55 PM
I expressed my concern to HTC when they launched the EVO LTE. I felt they were heading in the wrong direction with fixed battery. HTC claimed I was not alone. Yet, here we are with the ONE. I don't think battery technology has changed radically to ward off the common failures. A battery is a battery. It doesn't matter what shape or form they make it to accommodate phone design. Because the engineered design is essentially the same. They still have a high fail rate as time moves forward during usage.

I don't know what it is going take to prove to these editors that some of us represent the majority. These editors get new phones all the time and never sustain full usage through contract as myself and others. Just once that these people ...

May 10, 2013, 9:32 PM
First of all I would say that MPM is a BETTER material than a metal phone. There is a reason and that is because metal blocks radio signals more than MDM!!!

Also once upon a time people said they would not buy a car with fiberglass bumpers. Um. Now you can't buy with out and it is proven just a safe and reliable. Metal rusts, metal, dents, metal blocks RF.

Plastic does not. Plastic is forgiving. Metal is not. I personally won't buy a phone made out of metal as plastic makes a better phone. It does not feel "flimsy" It feels more like a phone. Besides I don't recall a single desk phone made out of metal???? Reason: People don't like metal phones!!!

May 10, 2013, 10:46 PM
We are not just talking about any metal. Aluminum.

Aluminum has a molecular base that can make it unstable as opposed to MPM. It is also highly intolerable of environmental elements that are corrosive to it. The first corrosive element that comes to mind is salt. What does the body expel especially through hands? Holding an aluminum phone with bare hands, will start the chemical reaction.Tarnishing, pitting and discoloration.

The other factor aluminum has is its ability for heat and cold transfer. Imagine leaving your aluminum phone on a dash in the sun. You can say hello to overheat and exploding batteries.

So now the life long argument starts. "I'll just put a case on it." Sort of defeats the purpose now of owning a phone with pr...

May 22, 2013, 3:00 PM
It's that it creaks like crazy and has backlash when gripped tightly after a couple weeks of usage. I haven't had a phone feel this flimsy since my first-generation Sprint PCS phone from 2004. This isn't acceptable anymore and hasn't been since the Motorola RAZR became the de-facto 'free' phone some 6 years ago.

In Samsung's case, the plastic grazes and scratches. It's slippery and is uncomfortable to hold after your hands start to sweat. This isn't befitting of a $600.00 device. It was nasty on the iPhone 3GS, too. Samsung's is especially atrocious for the fake metal texture they put on it.

I actually like polycarbonate- it's gorgeous on the HTC OneX and Nokia Lumia series. HTC has also found a way to do a soft-touch coating that doe...

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