Originally Posted by nikon133 Maybe it looks better in real, but on pictures it really looks cheap plastic to me. Maybe the shape, maybe the gloss. Wondering if non-gloss would look better..?
The shape is dictated by function: bigger batteries, straighter edges for taking pictures (e.g. bracing the phone against a wall, etc.)
Non-gloss would be a nightmare: looks nice for about 5 days, after which greasy fingers would make it look part-gloss, part-matte, part-just-plain-greasy-dirty. Just think of what happens to egg-shell wall paint in conjunction with small kids who touch the wall with food on their fingers, and you know how a non-gloss iPhone would look like a few days after unpacking...
Originally Posted by nikon133 I'm still using my 3Gs. Again, based on available photos - 5c plastic back just looks cheaper, uglier to me than 3Gs. Maybe because of the shape, 3Gs had nice curve while 5c is basically boxy flat. Maybe it is the metal frame on 3Gs, or metallic logo and other info on the back; I think those elements have added nice premium touch to plastic. Which is missing on 5c.
The only thing that made the 3g/3gs look "more premium" was the staid black& white "non-color" scheme. But the whole point of the 5c is to be the fun phone, because the stuck up premium phone snobs are supposed to buy the 5s.
There's a reason why Smart-Car (made by Mercedes) looks different than an A-class Mercedes (not sold in the US) which looks different than a C-class Mercedes, which looks different from an E-class Mercedes which again looks different from an S-class mercedes.
To stick with the car analogy: everyone was expecting the iPhone 5c to be a SmartCar, but it turned out to be equivalent to an A-to-C-class Mercedes, while the 5s is equivalent to an E-to-S-class Mercedes.
Similarly people forget that Mercedes outside the US isn't a "premium" car manufacturer, but instead they make everything from SmartCar to dump trucks, delivery vans, city busses and police cars. What they don't make (and what for that matter no German car manufacturer makes) is cheap shit. Neither does Apple. In some ways, Apple is the most German of US companies these days.