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There goes the build quality argument...
    
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There goes the build quality argument...
Glass breaks? Who would've thought.
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There goes the build quality argument...
Uh, no. It doesn't matter how well you put glass together it's going to break sooner or later if you drop it. It feels much better than plastic though. Just don't drop your phone, or if you're prone to it... put a nice case on it.
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Uh, no. It doesn't matter how well you put glass together it's going to break sooner or later if you drop it. It feels much better than plastic though. Just don't drop your phone, or if you're prone to it... put a nice case on it.
So high build quality = using cheap breakable glass?

The Galaxy S II's screen is glass, but it didn't shatter like the iPhone's. In fact, I'm not sure I've ever actually seen an Android phone with a broken screen, although I've seen a ton of broken iPhones/iPods. I've dropped my Desire from waist high onto concrete a few times before and it's faired just as well as the SGS II. A few nicks on the metal frame but not a single scratch on the screen.


I just don't get how a dense brick of a phone with comparatively sharp edges that makes it harder to hold on to and that will break after 1-2 serious drops is better than a lighter and thinner device with rounded edges and a contoured back that makes it easier to grip so that its less likely you'll drop it. But even if you do drop it, the materials that went into it are of higher quality than the iPhone 4S, so its unlikely you'll ever seriously damage it.
    
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So high build quality = using cheap breakable glass?

The Galaxy S II's screen is glass, but it didn't shatter like the iPhone's. In fact, I'm not sure I've ever actually seen an Android phone with a broken screen, although I've seen a ton of broken iPhones/iPods. I've dropped my Desire from waist high onto concrete a few times before and it's faired just as well as the SGS II. A few nicks on the metal frame but not a single scratch on the screen.


I just don't get how a dense brick of a phone with comparatively sharp edges that makes it harder to hold on to and that will break after 1-2 serious drops is better than a lighter and thinner device with rounded edges and a contoured back that makes it easier to grip so that its less likely you'll drop it. But even if you do drop it, the materials that went into it are of higher quality than the iPhone 4S, so its unlikely you'll ever seriously damage it.
Lol. I've dropped my iPhone 4 several times from waist high and it still looks freaking awesome. The problem is that the glass on the front and back protrude beyond the metal frame. If the frame doesn't make contact, than the glass will. Plus the phone being built very precise and rigid using stiff materials (glass + metal), the shock of impact is going to be greater. It's just the way it's designed to achieve that look as well as be structurally stiff. Which could be good or bad depending on how you look at it. For those of us who's got used to the feel of a solid phone, it's hard to go back to using a creaky plastic one.

Sure, drop the phone facedown from higher than the waist and it'll prob break. But if you are that clumsy, you prob should've got a case or a more "durable" phone. I think you guys are confusing build quality vs. durability. The iPhone definitely has a better build quality.
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post #66 of 79
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So high build quality = using cheap breakable glass?

The Galaxy S II's screen is glass, but it didn't shatter like the iPhone's. In fact, I'm not sure I've ever actually seen an Android phone with a broken screen, although I've seen a ton of broken iPhones/iPods. I've dropped my Desire from waist high onto concrete a few times before and it's faired just as well as the SGS II. A few nicks on the metal frame but not a single scratch on the screen.


I just don't get how a dense brick of a phone with comparatively sharp edges that makes it harder to hold on to and that will break after 1-2 serious drops is better than a lighter and thinner device with rounded edges and a contoured back that makes it easier to grip so that its less likely you'll drop it. But even if you do drop it, the materials that went into it are of higher quality than the iPhone 4S, so its unlikely you'll ever seriously damage it.
No, but let's just lose the build quality argument eh? It's a bit of a pointless one. I prefer glass over plastic. The iPhone 3GS also has a glass front but it doesn't break as easily as the iPhone 4 or 4S. I'm betting the reason why it happens so easily on the latter is due to... I don't know how to say it but I guess, the screen being further in front?

I noticed a massive difference between my 3GS and 4S. The 3GS screen almost looks like it's sitting back inside the phone, whereas the 4S's screen looks like it's literally pressed up against the device... not sure if that makes sense but I think the glass on the 4/4S is more vulnerable because of it.

And you know "how" exactly that the materials that went into it are a higher quality? The 3GS would survive that test too... but it doesn't look anywhere near as good as the 4S. I've never seen an SG2 in real life so I can't compare it.
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You have to define build quality before you can rate it. Is build quality a subjective "feels good" or is it a scientific "survivability". Both of these are thrown around under the term "build quality". One is, well, subjective, and the other, I have to say, does not favor the current iPhone design. You can give reasons for it (like exposed glass) but it it was it is, a prone to damage design. I've seen plenty of broken android screens, but the iPhone 4 seemed to take that crown by a landslide (for it's price class).
    
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You have to define build quality before you can rate it. Is build quality a subjective "feels good" or is it a scientific "survivability". Both of these are thrown around under the term "build quality". One is, well, subjective, and the other, I have to say, does not favor the current iPhone design. You can give reasons for it (like exposed glass) but it it was it is, a prone to damage design. I've seen plenty of broken android screens, but the iPhone 4 seemed to take that crown by a landslide (for it's price class).
Well, you definitely have feel but lets not forget things like engineering, design, tolerances, and materials. All of which are pretty important as well. I don't know about you, but I think sandwiching 2 pieces of glass and wrapping it with a metal band that also acts as an antenna is pretty dang cool. Not to mention, the tolerances of all the pieces is very tight. Materials? No plastic, big plus in my book. Glass, will break. Especially with the design of the iPhone 4/4S, but obviously that doesn't seem to be a big deterrent. We all have to look at and handle our phone, whenever we use it. You only need to replace the glass if you break it
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You have to define build quality before you can rate it. Is build quality a subjective "feels good" or is it a scientific "survivability". Both of these are thrown around under the term "build quality". One is, well, subjective, and the other, I have to say, does not favor the current iPhone design. You can give reasons for it (like exposed glass) but it it was it is, a prone to damage design. I've seen plenty of broken android screens, but the iPhone 4 seemed to take that crown by a landslide (for it's price class).
You're correct the iPhone 4S doesn't really fit into the second category but it does the first. It's really nice having the display the way it is, I keep looking at it and going
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Then we can agree that the Galaxy S II isn't some cheap piece of plastic? That's all I really wanted.

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I foresee a class action lawsuit in Apple's future. I haven't seen them mention that some of Siri's services only work in the US in any of the commercials.
    
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