Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 02:14 UTC
Google "The Nexus 4 is absolutely wonderful, but it's also vexing. Frustrating. Annoying. It's easily the best Android phone on the market right now, and has some of the most powerful software that's ever been put on a mobile phone. It's an upgrade from last year's Galaxy Nexus in every way. It's terrific - save for one small thing. " Lack of LTE, obviously. Bigger issue for me as a European: glass back. Apparently it cracks. Who'da thunk?
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RE[4]: Glass back is good
by ilovebeer on Sun 4th Nov 2012 15:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Glass back is good"
ilovebeer
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2011-08-08

Care to explain a bit more? I will gladly admit that the OP was needlessly harsh in his conclusion, but it seems to me that he makes a valid point regarding the fragility of glass, and thus how using it prioritizes aesthetics over sturdiness.

Soulbender already answered the question. All glass is absolutely not created equal. One of the ways glass is rated is in hardness. The higher the rating, the more tolerance it has before being compromised. You bundle that with protective film/layering and you easily have a very durable & scratch-resistant glass which works great for applications such as cellphones where the product is highly susceptible to accidents like dropping & scratching.

There's a reason Gorilla Glass or similar is used in so many portable devices. It's not because it looks pretty and jewelry-like as the OP suggests. It's because of the high durability & resistance to scratching and breaking. This is not a matter of opinion. It has actual science behind it, unlike the OP's idea that using glass in a cellphone is merely vanity and fashion.

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RE[5]: Glass back is good
by WereCatf on Sun 4th Nov 2012 16:06 in reply to "RE[4]: Glass back is good"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

There's a reason Gorilla Glass or similar is used in so many portable devices. It's not because it looks pretty and jewelry-like as the OP suggests. It's because of the high durability & resistance to scratching and breaking. This is not a matter of opinion. It has actual science behind it, unlike the OP's idea that using glass in a cellphone is merely vanity and fashion.


I can attest to the strength of Gorilla Glass: I have this 10-inch tablet that I just kind of slap around, sometimes piling stuff on it, throwing it in my bag with all of my other gadgets, books and the likes and so on, and I still can't find a single scratch on it, let alone anything worse. All I see on it is a whole lot of smudges!

Of course, this is only anecdotal evidence, but I sure wouldn't call Gorilla Glass fragile.

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RE[6]: Glass back is good
by zima on Fri 9th Nov 2012 22:50 in reply to "RE[5]: Glass back is good"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Makes you wonder what some people, for whom it breaks, do it with... (or maybe that's mostly just the expected crop of units with production flaws)

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