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Glass smartphones - why?

Is there a reason we're still seeing glass smartphones after the iPhone 4? Is it particularly cheap or easy to manufacture?

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Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 21:19

Strong, adds some rigidity to phones, doesn't block signals. Definitely more expensive than a plastic back.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 21:43

Strong, adds some rigidity to phones, doesn't block signals. Definitely more expensive than a plastic back.
Strong? I think brittle is a more appropriate word to describe glass.

The rest I agree with. It also, arguably, looks better than a plastic back.

Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 23:19

Yeah kind of I suppose.

Well initially until it gets scratched up :)

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 23:26

Yeah kind of I suppose.

Well initially until it gets scratched up :)

Plastic gets wrecked too. I guess more plastic backs can be replaced, I can't think of any (officially) user replaceable glass back panels. The iPhone 4(S) is really easy with the right screwdriver, but officially it's not user replaceable.

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