It’s time for phones to embrace fun stuff again 2022-05-01 09:00:44


OnePlus 10 Pro back on leather showing phone materials

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A while ago, we asked you about Favorite phone materials. I answered with a familiar list of glass, plastic, and metal, but there were some answers that hit the right note of nostalgia. Praise for the Pleather of the Galaxy Note 4 and the wood of the Moto X got me thinking how much fun the phone’s materials were. If fashion can come back every few years (or maybe decades), why can’t phone designs?

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Old sandwiches (glass)

Different phones side by side display phone glass material

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One material has become more dominant in phones – or at least feature phones – than any other in recent years. Glass has become the go-to, and we’re eager to complain when the newer phone skips gorilla glass. It is durable and efficient in terms of wireless charging and comes in several colors. For a while, it was fashionable to move to a flagship glass phone.

However, glass phones seem to end up in one of two categories: glossy and smooth eel in a grease factory, or satin and ready-made Powerpoint 300 slides in a conference room. The Google Pixel 6 Falls in one camp (slippery), while Samsung Galaxy S22 The series falls into the category of other works. Both are among our favorite phones and they are well built, but once you see one fancy glass panel, you’ll see almost all of them.

Telephone materials are often either buttoned up and conference room ready or smooth as eels in a grease factory.

There are, of course, some exceptions to the glass roof – take OnePlus, for example. The OnePlus 10 Pro It offers a Gorilla Glass back panel, but it is neither glossy nor satiny. Instead, it feels like it’s being sandblasted. It’s still glassy, ​​but flirts with just enough texture to feel unique in his hand. The texture is a small victory, but a good reminder of the ghosts of OnePlus’ past. It’s hard to forget the original OnePlus One’s Sandstone, Wood, and Bamboo StyleSwap covers (pictured below).

OnePlus is perhaps the best example of OEMs still trying to have fun while living in a glass case. after every thing , Nord 2 Pac-Man Edition It was a reminder that collaborations don’t always have to be professional. Nord 2’s own features a back panel that, although satin, pays homage to the classic arcade title in a clean and simple way.

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Living in a material world

Google Pixel 5 back showing phone material

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There are a number of reasons why OEMs choose glass as their preferred material, as defined above. It’s tough and often looks very good. at this sceneglass phones are Richard Hammond’s Fords, but I’d prefer something like Jeremy Clarkson’s Volkswagen — something like the Pixel 5, if you like it.

The Google Pixel 5 It’s an excellent example of how to get rid of glass and make a phone that people – or at least some people – will love. Google went with an aluminum build, but it didn’t have to sacrifice wireless charging in favor of style. Instead, the engineering team cut a hole in the otherwise metallic body to allow the charging coil to collide directly with the puricine coating. This puricine paint felt (and looked) very different than glass, too. It wasn’t slippery, but it wasn’t rough either. It also doesn’t hurt that Sorta Sage was probably my favorite color on a smartphone ever.

Imagine it – Pixel 6 with Pixel 5 textures.

If I had gotten my way, I would have convinced the minds at Google to combine the Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 designs into one. Get rid of the glass, cuddle the camera tape, and return the aluminum and puricin. If Google can make a metal phone that works well with wireless charging, why can’t we bring back the other fun stuff? As the six million dollar man said, “We have the technology.”

Maybe I’m alone in this. The leather and wood of the phone cases may have succumbed for some reason. I certainly do not recommend that anyone repeat what Microsoft did with a program sonic the hedgehog controller. But perhaps, if for no other reason than to replace the glass, it is worth trying again. for antiquity.

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