1. JJBBgreat's Avatar
    Given the apparent improved reception on the KEY2 LE, would folks be "receptive" (pun acknowledged) to a polycarbonate body on a high quality KEY3?
    10-22-18 09:59 AM
  2. Blackberryphosphamide's Avatar
    It certainly wouldn't put me off buying it. After all most mobile phones used to have a plastic casing and it was only the high end models that featured a metal trim like the Nokia 8810/8850/8890. For the most part I think the Key² LE looks great, I just wish they'd kept the back of the phone looking the same; I think the diamond grip finish looks better.
    10-22-18 10:24 AM
  3. the_boon's Avatar
    It certainly wouldn't put me off buying it. After all most mobile phones used to have a plastic casing and it was only the high end models that featured a metal trim like the Nokia 8810/8850/8890. For the most part I think the Key² LE looks great, I just wish they'd kept the back of the phone looking the same; I think the diamond grip finish looks better.
    If they used polycarbonate for the KEY3, doesn't matter if the reception and weight balance will be better, reviewers will bash it because it's not metal.
    People really seem to associate heft/weight with "premium".
    No wonder phones' glass panels (whether front of back) crack easily with one single drop
    10-23-18 07:54 AM
  4. fanisk's Avatar
    Based on the fact that I never had reception problems with my metal Passport, Key one , Key one black edition and Key two I would definitely prefer a metal one that gives a more premium look and feeling.
    10-24-18 03:00 PM
  5. spyros_81's Avatar
    If the reception is good, the quality outstanding for the case and the price reflects the fact it's plastic (call it whatever fancy thing you want, it's plastic) I'd be fine!

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    10-25-18 06:04 AM
  6. the_boon's Avatar
    If the reception is good, the quality outstanding for the case and the price reflects the fact it's plastic (call it whatever fancy thing you want, it's plastic) I'd be fine!

    Posted via CB10
    It's hard to convince most people that plastic is arguably a better material for a smartphone. They'll dismiss it as cheap.
    I mean as long as the inner frame is metal and the phone can resist a JerryRig bend test, I don't see a single issue with using it.
    10-25-18 06:07 AM
  7. bobshine's Avatar
    It’s a question of perception: when you pay 1000$ for a phone, you would like it to have a premium feel. Just like cars... there’s a reason plastic cars never worked
    10-25-18 07:51 AM
  8. the_boon's Avatar
    It’s a question of perception: when you pay 1000$ for a phone, you would like it to have a premium feel. Just like cars... there’s a reason plastic cars never worked
    Well, if metal = premium, do you think a car that has fiberglass bumpers and fenders is cheap??
    Because if I'm not mistaken, that's how most cars are manufactured today
    10-25-18 08:06 AM
  9. The_Passporter's Avatar
    I would think that the metal casing would provide added and needed strength to support the body of the phone since you do not have a solid slab of glass running from top to bottom. Just from my experience disassembling the pp there was a mental frame around it that gave the phone strength. The point at which the keyboard meets the screen can be a weak point so a metal frame would be what Io would like to see. Or if they want take from the passport design and give it a metal frame strong enough and let it show on the sides and top.
    10-25-18 08:07 AM
  10. nevilleadaniels's Avatar
    If they used polycarbonate for the KEY3, doesn't matter if the reception and weight balance will be better, reviewers will bash it because it's not metal.
    People really seem to associate heft/weight with "premium".
    No wonder phones' glass panels (whether front of back) crack easily with one single drop
    The alternative is wood but that has been tried a few times and it has led to a few expected fires.

    Papier-mache even made it to a production model for a limited number of phones.

    Even a ceramic casing has been tried.

    And some phones have even had an enameled case laced with jewels.

    Polycarbonate still comes out pretty much on top if it's nice and solid and easy to repair or change the battery.
    10-25-18 08:11 AM
  11. nevilleadaniels's Avatar
    I would think that the metal casing would provide added and needed strength to support the body of the phone since you do not have a solid slab of glass running from top to bottom. Just from my experience disassembling the pp there was a mental frame around it that gave the phone strength. The point at which the keyboard meets the screen can be a weak point so a metal frame would be what Io would like to see. Or if they want take from the passport design and give it a metal frame strong enough and let it show on the sides and top.
    And if I remember some of those a metal blackberries had interchangeable easily changeable keypads
    10-25-18 08:13 AM
  12. the_boon's Avatar
    I would think that the metal casing would provide added and needed strength to support the body of the phone since you do not have a solid slab of glass running from top to bottom. Just from my experience disassembling the pp there was a mental frame around it that gave the phone strength. The point at which the keyboard meets the screen can be a weak point so a metal frame would be what Io would like to see. Or if they want take from the passport design and give it a metal frame strong enough and let it show on the sides and top.
    Maybe Zack Nelson (JerryRigEverything) will make a durability test of the LE. Curious to see how it would do in a bend test, but I assume there's an inner frame that's metal??
    10-25-18 08:26 AM
  13. bobshine's Avatar
    Well, if metal = premium, do you think a car that has fiberglass bumpers and fenders is cheap??
    Because if I'm not mistaken, that's how most cars are manufactured today
    Like I said, it’s a question of perception. Fibreglass and especially carbon is perceive as high end on a car.

    But plastic is pretty much perceived as cheap everywhere
    10-25-18 08:48 AM
  14. the_boon's Avatar
    Like I said, it’s a question of perception. Fibreglass and especially carbon is perceive as high end on a car.

    But plastic is pretty much perceived as cheap everywhere
    Perception is one thing, but there is cheap plastic and high quality plastic.
    I'd say the LE is of the latter.
    10-25-18 09:26 AM
  15. The_Passporter's Avatar
    Maybe Zack Nelson (JerryRigEverything) will make a durability test of the LE. Curious to see how it would do in a bend test, but I assume there's an inner frame that's metal??
    Very well likely, the question is will the frame they design be enough. The pp wasn't too tall so the frame it had did an excellent job. I would prefer to see an all metal frame. My Oneplus is covered in metal and it has no reception issues. Wonder though if my Bluetooth would reach farther if it was plastic.
    10-25-18 12:18 PM

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