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Poll Results: Do you prefer a phone to be more light or more heavy

 
  • 41% (7)
    Light
  • 58% (10)
    Heavy
17 Total Votes  
post #1 of 19
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Hi guys, I was just thinking today, why is every company competing to make their phones lighter and thinner, and almost boring, I simply couldn't understand it.

Take for instance any of samsung's recent phone (s3, s4, etc) while the feature list may be awesome, when holding them in the hand because they are so thin and so light they feel as if they are going to break, I've had an S4 in my pocket before too and it feels almost as if it wasn't there.

Because all these phones are so light they feel rather cheap. Personally I'm an android person myself, however when apple released the iPhone 4 is was astonishingly impressed with how solid it felt, heavy, thick, and it *felt* reliable.

Why are all these companies trying to move to making all their products feel like cheap chinese toys, instead of durable reliable devices.

Something else I was thinking about is why hardware buttons are being phased out, at the moment I'm on the Xperia Arc and I love the fact that I can physically click the home button when something goes wrong, it feels reassuring, I'm not saying I want qwerty keyboards to come back however, having a few physical buttons makes a phone feel bold and well rounded, instead of just being a screen.

I'm planning to upgrade to the Xperia ZL within the next week and the reason I chose so was because it has a dedicated hard reset BUTTON, so just encase the software goes funny, I can be reassured that I'll still be able to get my phone working, or at least off.

Share your opinion of this trend

Thanks
post #2 of 19

HTC One/One Max. Has the same feeling of quality that theiPhone has. It also isn't a complete lightweight phone, as it is machined out of a solid, single chunk of aluminium. 

 

I've used both the SG4, and the HTC One, and have the exact same feelings about phones as you do. Switched out the SG4 for the HTC One, and haven't looked back.

post #3 of 19
The iP4 was reliable, just saying. Mine was a freakin' tank when I had it. 32GB iP4 bought on release, dropped at least 10+ times and put in my pocket with keys, etc. No noticeable scratches and nothing got cracked/broke. Just recently sold it over the summer, it lasted from 2010 to 2013. My 64GB iP5S though, stays in a case. I don't want to test if it's as durable.
post #4 of 19
Light for a couple reasons

Easier to hold

If it drops, more chance of survivability (due to a lower mass the amount of force that the phone happens to recieve is lower)

large cases like an otterbox don't make the phone seem heavy as lead.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by zemco999 View Post

Light for a couple reasons

Easier to hold

If it drops, more chance of survivability (due to a lower mass the amount of force that the phone happens to receive is lower).

definitly wouldn't agree with easier to hold however you do have a point about the mass when the phones dropped, very good point
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Kinaesthetic View Post

HTC One/One Max. Has the same feeling of quality that theiPhone has. It also isn't a complete lightweight phone, as it is machined out of a solid, single chunk of aluminium. 

Yep agreed the recent htc phones do feel quite nice in the hand, and solid more companies should be making aluminium bodies, gives a really nice premium feeling
post #7 of 19
I don't really care what material it's made of as long as it's light and durable. All this complaining about plastic is nonsense, unless it breaks the moment you open or touch the phone, which the Galaxy phones don't do. If I hadn't dropped my S2 a few times too many it'd still be working fine right now but no material quality can protect a phone from my clumsiness.
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post #8 of 19
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I don't really care what material it's made of as long as it's light and durable. All this complaining about plastic is nonsense, unless it breaks the moment you open or touch the phone, which the Galaxy phones don't do. If I hadn't dropped my S2 a few times too many it'd still be working fine right now but no material quality can protect a phone from my clumsiness.

I'm not saying that plastic = bad build quality, however light plastic phones (personally) feel like rubbish, if i'm paying anywhere from $500-$1000 wackosmiley.gif for a phone it shouldn't fell like a $2 chinese toy
post #9 of 19
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I'm not saying that plastic = bad build quality, however light plastic phones (personally) feel like rubbish, if i'm paying anywhere from $500-$1000 wackosmiley.gif for a phone it shouldn't fell like a $2 chinese toy

That is personal preference but I'd rather have a plastic phone I can open and remove the battery than a beautiful, aliminium body that is sealed and will cost loads to open just to replace the battery (iPhone). Anyway, as has been said light phones have less mass thus less chance of shatter or breakage when dropped and dropped they will be one day.
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post #10 of 19
well strap on a battery pack and your problems would be solved and you get extra run time
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