08-20-2018 05:58 PM
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  1. pvcleave's Avatar
    Many people pick up a phone that is plastic and say it does not feel premium. So some manufactures use metal, but that interferes with wireless charging. Others use glass backs. My question is, what is under the glass? Is it plastic or some other material. We can be pretty confident it is not metal.

    I am wondering if it really makes sense to put glass on the back of a phone, so it "feels premium", if it actually in no way contributes to making it premium. I have a glass backed phone, metal backed phone and a plastic phone. When I hold them, they all feel the same, because I put a case on it. In actuality, I did not always use a case on the plastic one. It is the glass that always has me worried.

    Am I missing something does glass actually improve quality, or is it there simply for tactile reasons.
    07-26-2018 12:04 PM
  2. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Most glass panels are just electro-plated (so there is SOME metal there, just not conductive and that would be very frail on its own). Does it add anything to the phone? Nope. It is prettier than plastic, but maybe not as durable. It's lighter than metal, but not as sturdy.
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    07-26-2018 01:09 PM
  3. Mooncatt's Avatar
    It's mostly a case of form over function that the manufacturers can charge you more for.
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    07-26-2018 02:18 PM
  4. Morty2264's Avatar
    My Honor 8 is a glass phone (both sides); and it was a beautiful phone and I loved it. However, my LG G3 and my Pixel 2 felt/feel just as good. It wasn't as if the glass made the phone feel any more "premium" - but I too would put cases on all of my phones; so I suppose it would be harder for me to comment on that. I just figured that the glass was an extra "benefit" but it was also an extra worry as I am clumsy and often bang into things!

    All in all, I'd buy a phone whether it had a glass, metal, or plastic back.
    07-26-2018 08:57 PM
  5. chanchan05's Avatar
    From the tear downs I've seen on iFixit, Samsungs have some sort of paint under the glass. Jerryrig even just has instructions how to remove the paint thing and have a transparent back for those who want that.
    07-26-2018 09:37 PM
  6. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Glass is the worst in my opinion but some swear it makes for a premium feel. I'm not even sure exactly what that means.
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    07-26-2018 10:13 PM
  7. Morty2264's Avatar
    Glass is the worst in my opinion but some swear it makes for a premium feel. I'm not even sure exactly what that means.
    I suppose glass also adds a nice aesthetic; but I thought every phone I've ever owned looked nice, regardless of its material makeup.

    And yes, what exactly does that term even mean anymore? It's always going to be up for debate, I guess!
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    07-27-2018 07:22 AM
  8. amyf27's Avatar
    Glass is the worst in my opinion but some swear it makes for a premium feel. I'm not even sure exactly what that means.
    Well, plastic feels cheap. Glass feels heavier and more durable, appears to have a nicer quality.
    07-29-2018 08:54 PM
  9. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Well, plastic feels cheap. Glass feels heavier and more durable, appears to have a nicer quality.
    It's not more durable if dropped and very easily scratched. The problem today is that there aren't many non glass options if you want a top tier phone especially US carrier compatible.
    07-30-2018 11:42 AM
  10. amyf27's Avatar
    I'm not saying it's more durable. I'm just saying it looks that way. I'd never carry my Note 8 around without a case
    It's not more durable if dropped and very easily scratched. The problem today is that there aren't many non glass options if you want a top tier phone especially US carrier compatible.
    07-30-2018 12:02 PM
  11. Mike Dee's Avatar
    I'm not saying it's more durable. I'm just saying it looks that way. I'd never carry my Note 8 around without a case
    That's cool and most phones are better off in a case regardless of phone composition. A case does negate the feel somewhat though.
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    07-30-2018 01:01 PM
  12. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Found what's under 'Glass' :P


    (Sorry, like none of you thought about it :P haha)
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    07-30-2018 01:38 PM
  13. thebatmangoeth2's Avatar
    Remember when people made fun of the iPhone 4 that had glass that always broke? Now manufacturers are reaching to put more glass on the phone. It is dumb.
    08-01-2018 08:34 AM
  14. spiff_p239's Avatar
    I want a glass back on my phone only if it is to enable the device to use wireless charging methods. I’m one of those people who ALWAYS has a case on my phone so I neither see nor feel the backside. As such, I’d be totally fine with a phone made out of the same material as the Nokia Lumia phones. They felt extremely durable and the only glass on the phone was the screen.
    08-01-2018 08:46 AM
  15. JamieLawrance3's Avatar
    its a foam
    08-01-2018 09:40 AM
  16. masseurca's Avatar
    Glass is so fragile and doesn't look or feel any better.
    08-01-2018 10:38 AM
  17. SpookDroid's Avatar
    I'm sorry, but I do think it feels and looks better. Sure, it comes with the frailty trade-off, but TO ME (and pretty sure tons others, or we wouldn't be having this conversation) glass just looks better on a phone than plastic or badly-made metal. And glass on a phone 5 years ago is not the same as glass on a phone now, they have improved. It's US that haven't adapted our ways of actually taking care of a phone (which is why case manufacturers still make tons of money off of us).
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    08-01-2018 11:41 AM
  18. Morty2264's Avatar
    I'm sorry, but I do think it feels and looks better. Sure, it comes with the frailty trade-off, but TO ME (and pretty sure tons others, or we wouldn't be having this conversation) glass just looks better on a phone than plastic or badly-made metal. And glass on a phone 5 years ago is not the same as glass on a phone now, they have improved. It's US that haven't adapted our ways of actually taking care of a phone (which is why case manufacturers still make tons of money off of us).
    I definitely respect your point. My glass Honor 8, though 20 months old, still looks beautiful and pristine. I do miss having a glass phone.
    08-01-2018 12:23 PM
  19. Daj Jer's Avatar
    Personally I think that having glass on the back of a phone is not worth it. Wireless charging is not worthy enough for a glass back. I would rather have a metal back because it actually feels premium and won't crack like glass.
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    08-01-2018 12:33 PM
  20. DBMaSterRWB's Avatar
    A glass back looks and feels good, but can it take a hit? can it survive a fall from a standing height into a concrete sidewalk without damage to the back or the screen? I am a firm believer of durable cases that both protect the phone and give it a better grip. Now if the glass had solar receptacles embedded or beneath it that would help the phone recharge itself . If you are going to use glass then why not make it useful and not just pretty?
    08-02-2018 03:44 PM
  21. MachtSchnell's Avatar
    Glass backs and non field replaceable batteries are dysfunctional.

    iPhone fashion is not progress.
    08-03-2018 12:33 AM
  22. Mike Dee's Avatar
    A glass back looks and feels good, but can it take a hit? can it survive a fall from a standing height into a concrete sidewalk without damage to the back or the screen? I am a firm believer of durable cases that both protect the phone and give it a better grip. Now if the glass had solar receptacles embedded or beneath it that would help the phone recharge itself . If you are going to use glass then why not make it useful and not just pretty?
    I'm not even sure it looks and feels good. It's a print magnet and since it would be foolish not to case it, looks are a non-event.
    08-03-2018 06:28 AM
  23. methodman89's Avatar
    If I owned a cell phone company, I would love to sell a 700 plus product that is made of glass, and is a phone, which gets knocked around and dropped.
    I'm sure they did studies of how often people drop their phones, along with statistics of people replacing phones due to drops. How to increase the profit in that? Make the back glass like the front, now it doesn't matter which side lands down.
    It is nothing more than a modern twist on planned obsolescence. There are high quality plastics that work fine with qi charging. Notice also these all glass phones appearing at the same time as people are starting to keep phones longer every year.
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    08-03-2018 08:06 AM
  24. LeoRex's Avatar
    I often long for the feel of my old Nexus 5. The soft touch black plastic chassis felt great in hand. I could lay it in my palm and go near vertical and it wouldn't slide off. And it was tough as nails. It once popped out of my shirt pocket as was walking and launched off my foot as it was coming forward, sliding back down across a good 10/15 feet at a Target... The only 'damage' was the corner was separated sightly but snapped back together... No scratches, no cracks.

    It was the last phone I owned that I never put in a case and I never felt the need to get one. When I turned it in after a year, it looked almost new (had a glass screen protector on it). Now, when I get a case for my phones, I go with a low profile case that feels as close to that Nexus 5 as I can find... Have yet to find an exact match though.

    I just don't see the point of 'premium materials' when most everyone takes that premium material and slaps it in a $15 plastic case. But it is what it is.
    08-06-2018 10:36 PM
  25. Mike Dee's Avatar
    If I owned a cell phone company, I would love to sell a 700 plus product that is made of glass, and is a phone, which gets knocked around and dropped.
    I'm sure they did studies of how often people drop their phones, along with statistics of people replacing phones due to drops. How to increase the profit in that? Make the back glass like the front, now it doesn't matter which side lands down.
    It is nothing more than a modern twist on planned obsolescence. There are high quality plastics that work fine with qi charging. Notice also these all glass phones appearing at the same time as people are starting to keep phones longer every year.
    Makes an easy sell of insurance too.
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    08-06-2018 10:59 PM
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