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Which brand has the best build quality?

Which of the big manufacturers has the best build quality - Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, LG...?

Most Useful Answer MDrX  Oct. 25, 2011 at 09:12

Nokia phones made in Finland are second to none. They can be made out of metal, glass, plastic or whatever I find in my cat's litter tray and the build quality still puts the Asian and American companies to shame.

However, I'm not sure if they still have Finland manufacturing. It has been a while. You used to be able to tell the difference by 'Made in Finland' or 'Made by Nokia' (China) on the case... or box. I forget.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 24, 2011 at 17:02

I'll be in trouble now... Heck, Nokia and Apple (though there are all sorts of caveats.And they ALL have good and bad in their respective catalogues)

Treab  Oct. 24, 2011 at 17:39

difficult to argue bob my boyo...

Apple has issues with its dual glass casing meaning they shatter easier...

samsung uses plastic which feels crap but allow for a little more give if dropped for example (and like HTC offer a 2 year warranty)

HTC use aluminium and gorilla glass in their high end phones which gives a nice premium feel and work very well

Nokia - been too long since i have used one to comment...

motorola - feels cheap somehow but the new RAZR looks well built but only offer a 12 month warranty which could be seen as a little like they dont place much faith in there phones...

LG - crap crap crap... owned LG phones in the past and havent been impressed imo.

SE - arent bad the Arc is a lovely feeling phone well built but often pricer than there competitors..

soo difficult IMO.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 24, 2011 at 19:03

Treab,
agree about LG.
The iPhone glass issue...hm, it's a style vs function. Without a case you need to be real careful. I still think it's high quality. Just inappropriate :D

HTC are okay. I have tired of their designs, but that's me.
My Nokia C7 is rock solid. As is the E6. X7 feels and looks excellent. Shame about the plastic corner grilles on such a sturdy device

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 24, 2011 at 19:05

PS, are you sure about the SE Arc? It's gorgeous, but mine creaked. The buttons felt cheap.

Treab  Oct. 24, 2011 at 19:36

well the ones i have tried have been nice but... creaking buttons... maybe that was a one off... still nice feeling phone ;)

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 25, 2011 at 08:01

SE Arc S looks very stylish. It's about first impression and it sure does leave a pleasant one.
Agree with Jan about buttons and it feels plastic. I don't think it will fare well after 6 month, unless you keep it in the case.

MDrX  Oct. 25, 2011 at 09:12

Nokia phones made in Finland are second to none. They can be made out of metal, glass, plastic or whatever I find in my cat's litter tray and the build quality still puts the Asian and American companies to shame.

However, I'm not sure if they still have Finland manufacturing. It has been a while. You used to be able to tell the difference by 'Made in Finland' or 'Made by Nokia' (China) on the case... or box. I forget.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 25, 2011 at 09:21

Treab, can you illuminate the 2 year warranty relevance? Samsung will not repair a cracked or scoffed case you damaged when dropping the phone. They will not give you a new flimsy battery cover, either. Worse, both HTC and Samsung won't do anything if you don't pay for certain non-covered damage first. Example: you drop your Desire. The screen cracks. It's just a bit in the corner, it doesn't bother you, and you know accidental damage is not covered by HTC's warranty. So, you keep using the phone with that hairline crack. Then the Desire's power button stops working. Now that is covered under T&Cs. But: HTC won't fix the power button unless you have the screen fixed first. So, to get the button repaired f.o.c., you first have to pay for a new screen even though the crack didn't bother you.

So, there, long warranty means little with regards to accidental damage or craftsmanship...
But maybe you meant something else? Do tell :) ;)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 25, 2011 at 09:24

MDrX http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/08/15/compal-set-to-deliver-2-million-windows-phones-to-nokia-beginning-september/

Seems Nokia received at least 2,000,000 devices from Compal in Aug/Sept... Not Finnish, for sure. My C7 was Chinese, and of top quality.

MDrX  Oct. 25, 2011 at 09:34

Ah that's interesting, I'm sure they'll still be pretty good. I wonder if anything is made in Finland if their new flagship isn't.

Not knocking the build quality of Samsung or Apple, they're still very high, but Nokias of old from Finland were a cut above.

I remember the difference between the Finnish and Chinese N95. Little things like the smoothness of the slide after 4 months of ownership and how the buttons felt when pressed. You could just tell.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 25, 2011 at 10:50

Agree. Like RIM's 3 grades - Canadian, Mexican, Hungarian... Our local indie phone shop only imports Canadian ones.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 25, 2011 at 13:33

It used to be Toyota ... :p

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 25, 2011 at 13:47

ct, you alright? :p ?????

Treab  Oct. 25, 2011 at 15:44

well my 2 year warranty reference (imo) shows a little more commitment to their product... i agree they wont cover accidental damage but for me any company who works with their customers to fix any issues which may arise from the manufacturing process a long time after they have to always impresses me... too many manufacturers offer the 1 year warranty just to ensure they match the competition to exceed it is (imo) noteworthy...

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 25, 2011 at 15:50

Oh, right. Gotch ;)

johntanner125  Mar. 18, 2013 at 19:22

in one word apple i know the iphone 5 is out but i still have the first gen iphone and it's still working perfectly m brother got the iphone 4 th day it came out and it is also working just perfectly so i do recommend apple and nokia

Gudd  Jun. 25, 2014 at 12:55

Oppo & Vivo has the best build quality, if you differ then use one to believe.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 25, 2014 at 14:20

Ah... reheated this thread....
Well, recently the Lumia 1520 and 1020 have blown me away. The 1520 in particular is very stylish, sleek, precise and yet rock solid...
On the other hand: the M8 I'm currently using? Metal-schmetal...I'd hate dropping it. It doesn't inspire confidence. The back? Not one but two cameras to damage? Phew...

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 30, 2014 at 10:58

I haven't seen either Oppo or Vivo. And before previous post I haven't even heard of Vivo.

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