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Give me the durability of plastic any day over flaking aluminum.

Umm... you are talking about scuffing right? That is COMPLETELY different from flaking...
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i like the dense, slab-like feel of the iphone vs. my gnex, just sayin. Also the touch glass on my gnex is pretty lame. After a few weeks of not having a protector there's 2 hairline scratches. not from dropping, and I mindfully put my change in my other pocket. My keys are on a carabiner off a belt loop.

I do love my gnex though for other obvious reasons.
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post #33 of 56
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Umm... you are talking about scuffing right? That is COMPLETELY different from flaking...

I believe he was trying to refer to the bad batch of iphones that came scratched from the factory due to a bad hard coat or lack there of ( which when done right is freaking strong ). Either way, that's still not a big issue.
post #34 of 56
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i like the dense, slab-like feel of the iphone vs. my gnex, just sayin. Also the touch glass on my gnex is pretty lame. After a few weeks of not having a protector there's 2 hairline scratches. not from dropping, and I mindfully put my change in my other pocket. My keys are on a carabiner off a belt loop.
I do love my gnex though for other obvious reasons.

It happens. I have had many iPhones, Galaxy S', and current an HTC ONE X and they all get scratches on the LCD after a short while even though the phone has its own pocket in my pants and I take very good care of it. The Gorilla Glass coating can only do so much and nowadays I just don't care anymore.
    
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This. Foxconn should have not made the deal if they weren't ready to meet the deadline.
This. I'll take aluminium and glass over cheapo plastic any day, especially at the same price as plastic alternatives ( on contract at least ).

Give me the durability of plastic any day over flaking aluminum.

The iPhone 5 survived drop tests better than the S3 in some cases. The "flaking" of the aluminum (you actually mean scuffing) is a cosmetic issue, just like a scratch in plastic. That doesn't affect the durability of the phone.
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post #36 of 56
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Given the fact that the iPhone 5 is in a league of its own in terms of design and build quaity this isn't surprising (I'm not being a fanboy - it's the truth). There's also the fact that Apple decided to use new manufacturing processes for aluminium anodization which foxconn workers probably aren't familiar with.

If it had such a great design it wouldn't be so hard to manufacture. People seem to think that design it's just about making stuff look pretty, while in reality includes funtion, use, manufacturing processes, form language, expression, psychology and even market analysis.

Apple’s industrial designers should have taken in account the manufacturing capabilities avaliable instead of making the iphones harder to produce while demanding higher quality expecting everything would go ok.
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post #37 of 56
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This. I'll take aluminium and glass over cheapo plastic any day, especially at the same price as plastic alternatives ( on contract at least ).

Well made polymers are far, far better than glass and aluminum for a smartphone chassis. Not all plastic is created equal. There is no scenario in which a phone will be subjected to and be expected to continue working that a glass/aluminum body would be superior to proper polymer body. You don't even have to go back too far in time for phones to see this; Nextel, Nokia, and Motorola built their names in the industry on super-durable plastic-bodied phones. Once you have the right mixture and the right mold... well, Pmag vs USGI mag.

PS - Gorilla Glass is overrated. tongue.gif
    
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Well made polymers are far, far better than glass and aluminum for a smartphone chassis. Not all plastic is created equal. There is no scenario in which a phone will be subjected to and be expected to continue working that a glass/aluminum body would be superior to proper polymer body. You don't even have to go back too far in time for phones to see this; Nextel, Nokia, and Motorola built their names in the industry on super-durable plastic-bodied phones. Once you have the right mixture and the right mold... well, Pmag vs USGI mag.
PS - Gorilla Glass is overrated. tongue.gif

Which is completely beside the point when it comes to cosmetics and peoples choices, and if you've seen a few of the drop tests between the iphone 5 and galaxy s3, the 5 survives with a few minor nicks, where as the s3 get's demolished in comparison. And while yes, some polymers may be better, find a phone that actually takes advantages of such polymers.

My old work Nextel got abused to hell and back, but it was pretty much designed to be abused. But my S2 had a crack within the first week ( fell and hit the corner, caved in and cracked a good chunk of it ), my iphone 4g lasted forever ( although I did buy an otterbox for it after the s2 ), same for my s3 after the iphone 4g. I don't plan on getting another iphone though as now I've sold both my old 4g and s3 and went for a much cheaper android phone tongue.gif
Edited by Shrak - 11/7/12 at 5:42pm
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Well apple is pushing its luck and needs greed counseling, because seriously, I'm waiting for foxconn to cancel their contact with apple and see the stupid look on apple's face when they do this unfair to foxconn as a whole, the workers especially because it insults their effort on the product itself
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Well apple is pushing its luck and needs greed counseling, because seriously, I'm waiting for foxconn to cancel their contact with apple and see the stupid look on apple's face when they do this unfair to foxconn as a whole, the workers especially because it insults their effort on the product itself

Doubtful Foxconn would cancel their contract with Apple.

1) Foxconn took on the challange without being able to supply, all their fault.
2) That's a good chunk of money they'd be missing out on.
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