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I Just Don't Get It

by Slammer    May 10, 2013, 7:22 PM   edited May 10, 2013, 7:28 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 this subject Eric, since our last conversation regarding how you haven't heard of any issues with broken charging ports, two more of my friends have experienced the issue and have celebrated the implemention of having removable batteries so they can desk top charge. One lives 30 miles away from the nearest service center. He is overjoyed that he didn't have to be immediately inconvenienced to drive in to town. It bought him time until he was in the area. This is why people(especially editors of sites), should be more in tune with the down faults of hermetically sealing components that still suffer from large fail rates such as batteries.

It really is a douchebag move by manufacturers to force consumers to trek to the store and have their phone detained for a stupid battery. I don't consider this a highlight of a "High End" device. The HTC ONE is no good to me if it is bricked by failed battery.

Say what you want, but having removable batteries has saved my tail more times than I can remember over all my years of owning phones.

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.

Manufacturers have the ability to design an elegant phone with the best of materials yet still retain consumer friendly access. Don't we deserve this? I think we need to slow down and hammer the manufacturers more before allowing them to control our financial offset.

John B.

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