Some smartphone users (myself included) and manufacturers prefer all metal smartphone construction as seen in the HTC One M8. Others tend to lean towards the more lightweight, resilient plastics found in Samsung or Nokia smartphones. Manufacturers as well as consumers have all sort of preferences.
Why Plastic Wins
Why would plastic phones make more sense though? Let’s delve deeper.
No reception issues: The biggest issue with metal and some glass devices is that they interfere with internal antennae, which frequently results in call and signal problems.
There are virtually no handsets with polycarbonate exteriors that suffer from network issues. This is not only more helpful and suitable for the consumers, but it is more reliable for the manufacturers and the material allows manufacturers to place antennae inside the handset rather than on the exterior.
Low cost: Polycarbonate is significantly cheaper than both metal and glass. As the smartphone market becomes increasingly saturated, the ability to produce handsets for cheaper becomes a factor that can’t be overlooked. As the cost of other materials reduces however, the case for using plastic becomes less and less pronounced.
Flexible & easy to use: For example, they have high impact resistance and are relatively more flexible than glass. Moreover, unlike metal casings, smartphones with polycarbonate shell don’t interfere with network signals. Production costs are very low.
Among all the types of plastic, manufacturers prefer polycarbonate for several reasons. Also it is better looking, stronger, sturdier, and more resilient than ever before. At the very least, we can all agree on that. Perhaps it is time to for you to upgrade?