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LG Nexus 4 & iPhone: Plain Sexy Or Plain Silly?

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When you consider how expensive phones are today and how we rely on them, we keep them as safe as possible and in the best condition possible. So why is it that some smartphone makers seem to think that glass on the back of handsets would work in helping us to make sure the device lasted longer?

LG Nexus 4 & iPhone 4S glass back

Phones that come with glass backs with slippery finishes spell disaster. The LG Nexus 4 is the new device on the block and it is superb, however it has a glass back. People complained about the glass rear on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, so why are makers still designing handsets with glass on the back?

Is there any positive things to a glass backed smartphone? Well glass happens to be harder to scratch for one thing. We know of this after seeing how easily the iPhone 5 scuffs compared to the 4S. Products made with glass backs may be fragile but there is no getting away from the fact that they look great and give a sense of higher quality and luxury, compared to being made of plastic.

Of course the glass used for mobiles is not the cheap and nasty kind as makers of handsets are well aware of the problems. Glass that has been specially formulated is used as this is supposed to offer some resistance to damage.

The build quality of the LG Nexus 4 with its glass back may look great but it does increase the risk of shattering the device when dropped. PocketNow points out that if you have the LG Nexus 4 on a counter top for instance and it vibrates, the smooth glass and counter top could mean your device slides onto the floor with vibration.

When you have a device with a back that is slightly curved that is made of glass this problem becomes magnified and of course when glass is broken it tends to spiral in a spider web as opposed to breaking a piece of plastic and the damage only being in one area.

If the glass gets too hot or too cold too fast or switches between the two too fast, this poses another problem and the back could crack instantly without it even being dropped.

So the question is, do smartphone makers see devices as being disposable? They look great when you take them out of the box brand new, however they should be thrown away and swapped when they become old and damaged. If devices were built to last then less extended warranties would be sold. So shouldn’t manufactures change the materials used on handsets and turn to using materials that are not known for breaking so easily?

Does anyone miss those solid Nokia phones from the yesteryears yet?

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.