The Samsung Galaxy s III is one beast of a device, but there’s been one thing about the design that some users just can’t get down with: the plastic body design. In a time when we are seeing quite a few feature phones rolling out with aluminum, glass and high quality plastics, Samsung is sticking to its guns on the decision to stay with plastics in the design of their smartphones, including the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV.
So, why is Samsung sticking to its plastic body design? According to CNET, aesthetics are not the only factor that Samsung considers in its smartphone design. It looks at a variety of variables, such as how efficiently and quickly it can manufacture its devices. With Samsung products flying off of the shelves, keeping it plastic ensures that Samsung can meet supply demands.
Samsung is also insisting that its removable plastic back cover is more durable than other materials, because of its propensity to absorb physical impact. Samsung also thinks that the removable back cover is a good idea, as it allows owners to replace the battery if they so desire, and allows easy access to SIM and microSD slots.
Hopefully future owners of the Samsung Galaxy S IV don’t fret too much over the decision to stick with plastics for the body of the unit. With slick phones like Apple’s iPhone 5 and the upcoming HTC One using super thin metals for the bodies of their handsets, Samsung may have to make the switch from plastics soon.