Originally Posted by dasanman69
It's still cheap plastic and criticized by many on here of other manufacturers that use it. It's hypocrisy no matter what words you use.
Terrible to be called hypocritical by the most helpful and constructive professional poster around here. Since the word come from the Greek hupokritēs
, for stage actor, someone who pretends to be what he is not, I stand accused by the very person who is most acutely aware of this sort of pretense.
In my defense, I can only say that I have always, since this topic of plastic iPhone came up, pointed out that there are two ways of doing plastic, Samsung's and Apple's, as examples.
Samsung seems to find glossy and greasy-looking surfaces acceptable. Just go to a store and look at the ceiling lights reflected in the back of any recent Galaxy phone. Earlier ones were worse, though. Samsung's plastic engineers found a way to embed some crazy simulated woven texture underneath the polyurethane-looking glop layer. Later Galaxies are using the post-biege nightmare from the 90s, silver grey, again under a glossy-sticky layer.
Contrast with Apple's approach, like the white polycarbonate used on the 2nd generation iBooks and the basic MacBooks. I have one of these, and the look and feel of it never gets old. I'd compare it to the ivory-colored plastic that Mercedes used for their steering wheels in the 50s and 60s, but I don't know if anyone would know those. Still fewer would know the similar plastic used for the knobs and buttons used on 50s Grundig radios, but I imagine Jony Ive is aware of it. When you look at Bakelite and cellulose plastics of the past you see that resins and polymers have a long history of being beautiful, and Samsung seems to have no idea of it.
The new Fiat 500 has an ivory dashboard plastic that looks very tasty, particularly when combined with that light green paint color that they've resurrected from the 50s.
I doubt that Samsung's designers will be able to catch up with the retro celluloid look and feel that's going on in plastic right now, which I think Apple will be referencing for the European and Asians in particular. Just watch them sell tens of millions of their Bakelite and celluloid colored phones.
As for their commitment to machined aluminum, it's totally inappropriate for something that gets knocked and scraped around like a people's phone will. Save the art pieces for the customers with more comfortable lives.
Edit: afterthoughts.Edited by Flaneur - 7/27/13 at 1:35pm