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Cheap and inexpensive are two different things. Did you know e use plastic on out MBTs? I bet the crew feels more safe with a plastic shell then a metalic one. Ploymeres are much better to use to make better fail safe designs, such as dropping the phone, which is a known to happen. These plastic arguments are mute.

As has been said, polymers can be great, but those particular polymers aren't regularly used in phones. So yes, cheap in the case of plastic on phones is cheap.
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Personally, I have yet to touch a polymer that feels better to my fingertips than brushed aluminum or glass.
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I'm sure if Apple or Foxxcon do improve conditions, the price of the iphone 5 will go up another $100-$200 odd. It's not as if people will stop buying it.
I would definitely not buy it then.
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Well at least Apple is pushing the boundaries. You dont stay on top buy making products with thats available.
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And don't bring up India, just look at all the issues TaTa motors faced when trying to find skilled workers in his country, they don't exist. Tata had to spend almost a year just to train workers qualified enough to work the assembly line.

TTM wouldn't happen to be related to TaTa Consulting, would it? If so I don't have a single positive thing to say about them...

I guess I'm a minority in not really caring how a phone surface feels; if the body has enough texture to grip and the glass is smooth, I'm happy. Durability is not something you can often touch and feel, however much the average consumer thinks so. I absolutely love brushed aluminum (FiiO E17 is damn gorgeous aesthetically), but I've also seen first hand the structural limits of alu vs high-end polymer.

I'll have to settle for wishing in one hand, I suppose, until one of the flagship makers finally comes around. Unless someone wants to spring for some Weldalite and design better impact resistance, I'll be game for an aluminum phone. biggrin.gif
    
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aluminum and glass are considered more luxurious than cheap plastics by the market, they are more valuable materials

Material and design are not the same thing
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