1. Bentstraight's Avatar
    I have to ask, many here felt the polycarbonate GS3 looked cheap because it had a glossy finish. And they felt the matte finish of the 900 made a difference. So what's your opinion now since Nokia has gone with the same glossy polycarbonate look as the GS3. I personaly have never had a problem with the gloss.
    I also feel many seem to equate lightness to cheap feel which is quite unfortunate. Because the GS3 feels as solid as any phone out there, and there's no creaking of it's polycarbonate shell when you hold it. So the only real difference between the S3 and other polycarbonate phones was it's weight and glossy finish. So....
    09-11-2012 07:40 PM
  2. Reflexx's Avatar
    I think the GS3 looks pretty nice.

    I think glossy CAN look cheap. It depends on the overall package.
    09-11-2012 07:47 PM
  3. trazer's Avatar
    I don't mind matte or gloss really, but I'd prefer matte. Gloss scratches way to easy on most phones I've had even in cases so I prefer matte. I wonder how durable this gloss finish will end up being?
    09-11-2012 07:48 PM
  4. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    Glossy is good, my gf have a GS3 and it does not feel cheap, it's a nice piece of hardware. Samsung is getting a lot of bashing these days, but they make good devices.

    The Lumia is good looking glossy or not.
    09-11-2012 08:20 PM
  5. GoodThings2Life's Avatar
    I didn't feel they were high gloss... just somewhat so, if that helps. :)
    09-11-2012 08:30 PM
  6. squire777's Avatar
    I agree with the OP that a lot of people equate lightness and plastic with cheap build quality these days when it might not be the case. The HD7 got a bad rap when it came out just because it had a thin, plastic battery cover. I gave that phone a lot of beating through daily use and it held up fine.

    With that said I don't find the glossy finish to look cheap. A lot of people put a cover over it anyway so you probably won't see it too often.
    09-12-2012 12:02 AM
  7. brmiller1976's Avatar
    Glossy often looks cheap. Glossy scratches easily. And worst of all, glossy is SLIPPERY. I used to drop my original Sprint Palm Pre on a several-times-a-week basis because of its slippery (non-inductive) back. It would shoot right out of my hands like a bar of soap.

    A few of those drops did it in and smashed it. The later Pre I had with an inductive charging back was matte plastic and MUCH less slippery.
    09-12-2012 12:07 AM
  8. Winterfang's Avatar
    I want all the gloss you have to offer.
    09-12-2012 12:16 AM
  9. undisputed n00b's Avatar
    IMO the gloss on the Lumia 920 doesnt make it look cheap, also it does not feel cheap. I heard that the gloss white Lumia 900 felt cheap but I have never held or touched a white lumia so I cant say how it compares to the 920.
    09-12-2012 01:41 AM
  10. VagrantWade's Avatar
    The GS3 is one of the cheapest feeling smartphones I have ever held. The plastic/rubbery bendable back is just awful
    09-12-2012 02:34 AM
  11. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    The GS3 is one of the cheapest feeling smartphones I have ever held. The plastic/rubbery bendable back is just awful
    I'm holding one at the moment and it does not feel cheap, I don't know you like your phone to be made of gold with incrusted diamonds but the GS3 feels solid, in fact the Lumia 900 feels a little more like a toy to me... even if it's heavier.
    09-12-2012 05:42 AM
  12. crystal_planet's Avatar
    Without actually handling one, I can't say - same goes for any other device. I can't make a judgement based on images.
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    09-12-2012 05:46 AM
  13. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    I think that the best way to know if a phone fits you if to go to the store and try them... otherwise you're being fooled by the hype.
    09-12-2012 05:57 AM
  14. larrynj's Avatar
    I haven't seen it in person but from videos & pics I think the glossy finish looks much better. I was going to buy a cyan 900 until I saw it in person and thought it looked cheap. The bright colors look better glossy, black and gray matte finish is better. I think they did it the right way. Although I may change my mind when I actually see the phones.

    I never owned a GS3 but while playing with it it seemed to be much better built than the Galaxy I did own.
    09-12-2012 08:29 AM
  15. AngryNil's Avatar
    I'd take matte any day of the week. I'm not a huge fan of the glossy 920s, and unless they really stun me when I see them in person it will probably be black for me.

    Sent from my Lumia 800 using Board Express
    09-12-2012 08:33 AM
  16. andrelamont's Avatar
    In some markets glossy equal high quality ( thinking piano finish )

    In some markets glossy equals cheap. I run a photo business on the side and I always always give customers the most matte finish as possible. Glossy photos is equated with cheaper photos.

    Glossy car finish = great
    Glossy wall paint = cheap
    Glossy wine glasses = great
    Glossy fingernail polish = greawt

    Non-reflective coating on eyeglasses = premium

    I do know this, a lot of consumers do not like the look of fingerprints...whether its walls, phones, TV bezels, photos, laptops, desks, power tools, and etc.

    So who can figure out the mind of the consumer?
    09-12-2012 08:55 AM
  17. Mio_Ray's Avatar
    No, my 800 has become somewhat glossy on the edges from wear and tear. It doesn't take away the feeling of great quality. And with the 920 getting the curved screen like the 800 I feel it will be pretty much the same.

    Add performance to that look and feel and You have a winner.

    Sent from my Lumia 800 using Board Express
    09-12-2012 09:19 AM