Galaxy S4 with "cheap, plastic" back cover

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  1. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

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    The early reviewers were really pounding Samsung for the S4 plastic back cover. I have had a Ip4, a Galaxy S3, and Iphone 5 and now a S4. The back cover is a total non-issue. I have a nice case on my phone.( Element Atom case). The back cover on the S4 is actually very good if you want to change batteries or micro sim. It comes off very easily and fits back on very precisely. I have many Apple products and would have stayed with Apple for the next iphone, but I am not going to wait another 12-15 months for a larger screen. I am totally happy with my S4.
     
  2. Jibbajabba macrumors 65816

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    Urban Armour Gear - another awesome series of cases.
     
  3. Virginaustralia macrumors regular

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    It's plastic though. If youre paying $800+ for a phone it should be made out of something more premium than that
     
  4. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Not really

    It's what the phone does is what matters

    I don't buy a phone based on what it's made out of...most must feel the same hense why s4 is the phone most are buying and why alot of iphone lovers have jumped ship.
     
  5. Southernboyj macrumors 68000

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    This isn't really true. I prefer the back of the Nexus 10 and 7 more than the iPad/iPad Mini. Just feels more comfortable.
     
  6. Explicitic macrumors 6502

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    I prefer the Galaxy S3/4's design to most other phones out there simply because it feels comfortable. I don't need my phone to feel "expensive" or "premium," I need it to feel good in my hands without a case.
     
  7. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Like the metal the iPhone 5 is made of? The one that scratches as soon as you breathe on it? Very premium. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Fireblade macrumors 65816

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    Haha

    +1
     
  9. adder7712 macrumors 68000

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    You'll snap on a $30-50 case anyway.
     
  10. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    Plastic phobia is unique to Appleland. The faithful will argue ad nauseum that this material is inferior, even though it's highly regarded in mainstream society. Light, strong and durable, it's the material of choice for many premium products. Yet that's not good enough for the elitist clan that is obsessed with aluminum.
     
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    I thought the back cover bent so easily so that it didn't shatter under shock. I want durability. A "premium " product shouldn't have to be babied by a case.

    The ironic thing is people slander the plastic, and then often cover the phone, in a protective plastic case.
     
  13. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Ill just say that the white S4 back feels a lot more premium than the black mist S4 back which looks and somehow feels horrid in comparison. Whatever effect they have applied to the white version somehow feels noteably more premium.
     
  14. appleisking macrumors 6502a

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    lol yea this aluminum obsession with Apple is crazy. In fact, I nicknamed my macbook the aluminum block because that's what it is :p. Plastic can "feel" nice and look great too and gs4 is a great looking phone.
     
  15. OceanView macrumors 65816

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    At the end, who really cares what anyone else thinks?
    If you're happy with your new S4, then that's all that matters.
    Congrats and enjoy the freedom.
     
  16. Assault macrumors 6502a

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    You shouldn't pay $800 for a phone made from cheap aluminum that easily scratches, dents and bends.

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    And isn't it ironic that high end supercars use plastic, carbon fiber and Kevlar over aluminum.
     
  17. surjavarman macrumors 6502a

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    Its funny how people here make fun of people that do appreciate the heft and the feel of premium materials such as aluminum. But then you complain about scratches. Well who is pretentious now?

    I have use a naked iphone and I don't care about scratches. It still works, it still looks great and the iphone 5 is proven to be the most durable phone on the market. I would rather have a butchered iphone where each scratch has its own story and adds its own personality to the phone. Its like a battle scar. I'd take that over soulless mass produced flimsy plastic any day.
     
  18. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    Hehe funny and very predictable comment.

    Tell me, what would you say to the plastic products Apple made in the past and still cost a premium compared to the competition? iBook, iMac, Cube, Power Mac G3/G4, etc.
     
  19. Assault macrumors 6502a

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    Or the soon to be released plastic iPhone.

    I remember the Apple faithful saying, "Apple won't make cheap plastic phones again. They only make products with 'premium' material."
    I guess plastic has 'become' premium then? lol
     
  20. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Apple's plastic is magic! Only Apple plastic good! Samsung plastic bad!
     
  21. Technarchy macrumors 603

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    Nothing wrong with plastic, but it does feel cheap.

    HTC One feels like the better built product and is certainly the better looking.

    If there was nothing to the charge of cheap, creaky plastic builds then we wouldn't see these slick new designs like the One, One X, Moto X, Nexus S, Lumia line where they are trying to move away from cheap feeling plastic and toward and more premium feeling device.

    Apple obviously put a spotlight on this in a big way with the release of the iPhone 4, which I think is stunning.

    Fwiw I think the GS4 is a nice looking device. Way better than the GS3.
     
  22. surjavarman macrumors 6502a

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    Hence its rumored that its going to be cheaper than the current iphone and its targeting a different audience. The SGS4 is selling at a premium price for a flimsy disposable phone that is not more durable than the iphone5

    But I don't expect people that go by specs to appreciate fine craftsmanship. You wouldn't understand the niche people that do appreciate the premium feel and heft of a phone.
     
  23. throAU macrumors 601

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    We ordered a couple of S4s for a couple of the management team (we don't generally get them, we usually run iPhones) and they back case feels so flimsy it felt like I was going to break the damn thing trying to get it off to put the battery and SIM on it.

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    I haven't used the new HTC One yet, but its the first android phone i'm actually interested in, specifically because it's built properly.
     
  24. Assault macrumors 6502a

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    LOL. Sure junior.
     
  25. throAU macrumors 601

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    You jest, but compare the feel of an iPhone 3/3G-S to a Galaxy S4 and its not even a comparison. One of them feels like a happy meal toy, and it's not the iPhone...
     

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