1. quietlybrilliant's Avatar
    Just wondering...since most reviewers complained about the cheap feel of the back on the S4, can't a third party simply make an aluminum (or kevlar) version of it to replace it?
    05-11-2013 11:08 PM
  2. jaxterzz's Avatar
    Yea, that's what I didn't understand what the big deal about the plastic is. As a matter of fact, I just bought an aluminum back plate a minute ago on ebay. I saw my friend have a similar one for his S3 and it looked amazing which is where I got the idea from searching for it.

    I just bought this. $7 including free worldwide shipping!

    Gray Aluminum Battery Back Cover Case for Samsung GT I9500 Galaxy S4 Stylus | eBay

    I also bought one of the colours on this variation of an aluminum back plate for $5 with free worldwide shipping.

    Aluminium Metal Brushed Battery Door Back Cover Case Samsung Galaxy S4 IV I9500 | eBay

    So many colours to choose from!
    05-11-2013 11:40 PM
  3. brianphrack's Avatar
    Yea, that's what I didn't understand what the big deal about the plastic is. As a matter of fact, I just bought an aluminum back plate a minute ago on ebay. I saw my friend have a similar one for his S3 and it looked amazing which is where I got the idea from searching for it.

    I just bought this. $7 including free worldwide shipping!

    Gray Aluminum Battery Back Cover Case for Samsung GT I9500 Galaxy S4 Stylus | eBay

    I also bought one of the colours on this variation of an aluminum back plate for $5 with free shipping.

    Aluminium Metal Brushed Battery Door Back Cover Case Samsung Galaxy S4 IV I9500 | eBay

    So many colours to choose from!
    I don't have the desire for one of these myself, but I would like to know if they affect the signal.
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    05-11-2013 11:42 PM
  4. Raymond Tan's Avatar
    You usually lose 1-2 bars with aluminum, foil covered, and metal cases. That includes bumper cases also. Carbon fiber cases have no signal degradation.
    brianphrack likes this.
    05-12-2013 01:03 AM
  5. palebluedot77's Avatar
    You usually lose 1-2 bars with aluminum, foil covered, and metal cases. That includes bumper cases also. Carbon fiber cases have no signal degradation.
    Can someone that actually has an aluminum back replacement please confirm that you do indeed lose signal bars for both wifi and 4G?

    I'm very interested in hearing your findings.
    07-04-2013 02:07 PM
  6. satannik's Avatar
    You usually lose 1-2 bars with aluminum, foil covered, and metal cases. That includes bumper cases also. Carbon fiber cases have no signal degradation.
    You lose nfc too

    Sent from my rooted Samsung Galaxy S 4
    07-04-2013 04:24 PM
  7. palebluedot77's Avatar
    You lose nfc too

    Sent from my rooted Samsung Galaxy S 4
    Aluminum replacement backfail.
    robstunner likes this.
    07-04-2013 04:46 PM
  8. GS4Bob's Avatar
    No need.........

    SlimArmor.... done!
    07-04-2013 05:54 PM
  9. palebluedot77's Avatar
    No need.........

    SlimArmor.... done!
    Aesthetically pleasing, yes, but it's not sensible why anyone would want an aluminum back with such glaring deficiencies.
    07-04-2013 06:28 PM
  10. Kilgore Trout's Avatar
    You could replace it with the OEM inductive back. Feels a bit more substantial and less slippery.
    07-05-2013 01:05 AM
  11. GS4Bob's Avatar
    Aesthetically pleasing, yes, but it's not sensible why anyone would want an aluminum back with such glaring deficiencies.
    The SlimArmor is a TPU case...no aluminum!
    Works Great.
    Get your facts straight next time.


    From my 32gb GS4 via Tapatalk
    07-05-2013 08:16 PM
  12. MRQturbo's Avatar
    I thought that the feel would be really cheap but it's actually much better than I thought...much nicer than s3 feel..

    Posted via Android Central App
    07-05-2013 10:11 PM
  13. Tele_Phone's Avatar
    If the boot fits

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using AC Forums mobile app
    07-10-2013 10:56 PM
  14. jaxterzz's Avatar
    i've been using an aluminum back almost since the beginning and i've faced no problems with reception. No decencies at all and nfc still works. all of that and my phone looks sleek as hell!
    07-11-2013 11:22 PM

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