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iOS 6.1.4 on iPhone 5 Review

Last week, we took a first look at the latest iOS update for the iPhone 5 which arrived in the form of iOS 6.1.4, a small update that arrived only for owners of Apple’s latest iPhone model. Now, after spending a few days with the new software, it’s time to take a final in-depth look at Apple’s latest piece of mobile software in our iOS 6.1.4 on iPhone 5 review.

Over the course of 2013, Apple has released a grand total of five updates to its iOS 6 software which first emerged alongside the iPhone 5 back in September of last year. The first of those updates, iOS 6.1, represented the biggest update thus far to the iOS 6 operating system as it brought along a number of new features including the new lock screen music controls.

Read: iOS 6.1.4 on iPhone 5 Review: Impressions and Performance.

iOS 6.1.4 is the latest iOS 6 update from Apple.

iOS 6.1.4 is the latest iOS 6 update from Apple.

However, as iPhone owners soon learned, it also brought along a number of new bugs, bugs that Apple has been addressing over the course of the last several months in which it has unleashed a number of updates to its iOS 6 software.

The first of those updates came in the form of iOS 6.1.1 which was for iPhone 4 owners only and tackled a 3G connectivity issue that they had been experiencing shortly after installing the new software. Shortly after that, Apple rolled out iOS 6.1.2 which was meant to eradicate a pesky Exchange calendar bug that was seemingly draining the battery life on not only iPhones but iPad as well.

Also introduced were a number of lock screen bugs that allowed unwanted users access to Contact information and Photos. There were also complaints about smaller issues, issues that owners hoped would be taken care of with future updates.

iOS 6.1.3 arrived to take care of the lock screen issues but as we pointed out, there were still iPhone owners experiencing problems with Exchange and an assortment of other issues. And while many had hope that Apple would roll out an update between then and the release of iOS 7, there was certainly no guarantee.

Fortunately, Apple had at least one more update in store for iOS 6 and iOS 6.1 which arrived last week and rolled out to iPhone 5 owners as iOS 6.1.4, the fourth update to iOS 6.1.

Last week, we took an initial look at the performance and quality of the iOS 6.1.4 update for the iPhone 5 and now, it’s time to take a final look at iOS 6.1.4, its performance, whether its worth updating, and what’s next for the iPhone 5 as we get closer to the arrival of iOS 7.

iOS 6.1.4 Is Good, So Far

The iPhone 5 gets the iOS 6.1.4 update.

So far, so good with iOS 6.1.4.

So far, the overall experience with iOS 6.1.4 on the iPhone 5 has been a good one. I haven’t discovered any significant bugs, which is important given the amount of bugs that previous iOS 6.1 updates have brought with them, and we haven’t noticed a significant drop off in performance of the iPhone 5, something else that is extremely important to iPhone 5 owners trying to decide whether to update or not.

As I’ve said many times, I’m generally apprehensive about installing new iOS software. Not because I’ve experienced terrible issues in the past, but because I also own an Android phone that has been decimated by incremental updates. So I am always a bit weary about installing something that appears to be a small update but may have harmful side effects.

iOS 6.1.4, at least on my iPhone 5, has been a good update with my experience not changing much from iOS 6.1.3, the previous version of iOS 6.1. Of course, I should also point out that the update hasn’t really bestowed any benefits upon my iPhone 5 either (the update mentioned something to do with the speakerphone but my speaker phone is performing as well as it ever has) making it, well, making it a bit of a strange 11.5MB update.

iOS 6.1.4 Battery Life

Maybe the biggest concern from iPhone owners before choosing to install a new iOS update is whether it has any significant battery life issues. With iOS 6.1, we saw the Exchange calendar bug wreck havoc on the battery life of many iPhone 5 owners and so it’s clear that while battery life concerns are almost always raised after installing an update, sometimes they can be on point.

With iOS 6.1.4, I myself haven’t experienced any battery life issues. My battery life, day-to-day, remains extremely solid and about on par with what it was for iOS 6.1.3. As I’ve pointed out numerous times, battery life is going to differ from person to person so I can’t speak for everyone, but my iPhone 5 still gives me a solid day of use. Keep in mind, I am not glued to my phone as some people are.


As we pointed out after the arrival of iOS 6.1.3, there were some owners experiencing battery life issues thanks to Exchange. However, we have yet to hear about any problems from those owners after iOS 6.1.4 and we haven’t seen any furor on any forums about any persisting issues. So it may finally be that the issues with Exchange have been fixed.

At the very least, my iPhone 5, which doesn’t use Exchange, is working as normal with a solid charge, solid standby battery life, and a happy owner.

iOS 6.1.4 Performance

Of course, battery life isn’t the only thing that iPhone owners are concerned about prior to installing an update. Performance is big as well with everything from Wi-Fi to 4G LTE connectivity being heavily scrutinized, and for good reason. Here is how iOS 6.1.4 breaks down performance wise. Spoiler: it’s working pretty well.

4G LTE Remains Strong

My iPhone 5 4G LTE connection remains strong.

My iPhone 5 4G LTE connection remains strong.

As I’ve noted in the past, my AT&T iPhone 5 once had some issues with the trade-off from Wi-Fi to LTE wherein the connection would simply be non-existent after leaving the radius of my Wi-Fi connection. Fortunately, that issue has not plagued my phone after the past two updates and I’ve been pleased with how my phone handles going from Wi-Fi to 4G LTE.

I should also note that my 4G LTE signal remains strong both in the Bay Area and in Southern California and I often find it to be faster than my home Wi-Fi network. It’s that good.

No Wi-FI Issues

One of the biggest complaints from iPhone 5 owners since its release back in September has been about Wi-Fi connectivity issues wherein connections are simply dead, slow, or the Wi-Fi option as a whole is grayed out. To date, I’ve only had issues with the first two, both of which were seemingly killed off by a previous iOS 6 update.

Since then, my Wi-Fi connections have been stable, even when connecting into a Wi-Fi network that is public. That was an area where my iPhone 5 struggled in the past. Speeds on my home network remain fast and stable as well.

I’m not hearing about any major issues with Wi-Fi with iOS 6.1.4 and as always, I advise those having problems to seek out advice in this lengthy forum post that has accumulated many possible fixes since its inception many months ago.

UI Is Smooth

When I owned an iPhone 3GS, one of my biggest fears when it came to installing an iOS update was whether it would slow down the user interface on my device. I still am a little bit weary, even though I own the latest and greatest iPhone, as I’ve had some problems with UI sluggishness in the past.

So far, with iOS 6.1.4, things are good. The UI zips as it should and I haven’t run into any distinct sluggishness after using the phone extensively over the past few days.

One other thing to note is that I haven’t noticed any problems with my apps either. They seem to be behaving as they should with only a few crashes here and there, most of which have likely been due to issues with Chrome and not iOS.

iMessage Issues Have Died Down

iMessage has improved, but is still causing problems.

iMessage has improved, but is still causing problems.

In addition to general sluggishness, I’ve also experienced issues with iMessage where in my iPhone 5 would lock up, become extremely slow, and sometimes become unusable for a number of minutes after receiving an iMessage and particularly one with an MMS. As I’ve pointed out, this often happened when I had the app open on my laptop at the same time.

What’s more is that my phone would buzz with apparent messages when I was on the phone, only, those messages weren’t new and were instead from hours ago.

So far in iOS 6.1.4, I’ve still experienced some slow down when my laptop and phone get a message at the same time, but the issues aren’t as frequent as they were prior to updating.

Whether or not it improves or gets worse in the days ahead is unclear but for now, the issue does remain.

Should You Install?

At this point, I have two words of advice. Those who aren’t looking to jailbreak can install this software and hope that it irons out some of the smaller bugs that you’ve been having. Often there are unadvertised fixes on board iOS updates and iOS 6.1.4 could have them. It’s also perfectly acceptable to skip this update as it doesn’t add much to the table. Ultimately, it’s going to be up to you.

How to evasi0n iOS 6.1 Jailbreak - iPhone 5 - 5

If you want to jailbreak your iPhone 5, don’t install iOS 6.1.4 or iOS 6.1.3.

What I can say definitely is that those jailbreaking should not install this software as it will kill off any chance of a jailbreak. Those who wish to jailbreak should be on iOS 6.1.2 as iOS 6.1.3 and iOS 6.1.4 will likely never get support.

What’s Next for the iPhone 5?

The iOS 7 overhaul would land on the iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch.

iOS 7 could be next for the iPhone 5.

Honestly, I didn’t see an iOS 6.1.4 update coming for the iPhone 5 given the close proximity of iOS 7 and the fact that there weren’t any major issues on board the software. However, as Apple has proven, iOS 6.1 is an unpredictable piece of software when it comes to updates so I can’t say if there will or won’t be an iOS 6.1.5 at this point.

My guess is that there might be, especially if iOS 7 isn’t coming until the fall. If there is, don’t expect it to be anything significant though as iOS 6.1.4 issues don’t seem to be prevalent.

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BlackBerry Q10 review

BlackBerry has undergone a great number of transitions in a short few years, not all of them good. The company was once synonymous with suited business types, due to push email and full physical Qwerty keyboards on handsets. The low price of BlackBerry Messenger — the subscription-based, unlimited messaging service — meant, however, that BlackBerry phones found their way into the pockets of teens who could chat on the cheap.

The rise of touchscreen phones on rival platforms, along with messaging services like iMessage and WhatsApp, well and truly rubbed the shine off BlackBerry and its keyboards, though. Its big refresh came in the form of the Z10, which sports a full-touchscreen interface.

With its full Qwerty keyboard perched on the bottom, the Q10 is a return to the classic BlackBerry design. Match that with the latest BB10 software, a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED screen, a dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera and you’ve got a recipe for a great return to form. But is it worth the astonishing £580 price tag?

Should I buy the BlackBerry Q10?

If you really, really want a phone with a physical keyboard on it then yes. The Q10 is the best keyboard-toting phone around. That’s not really saying much though — there’s just very little competition in this area. There hasn’t been a good Android keyboard phone basically ever, and BlackBerry’s last efforts weren’t much to speak of.

The Q10 packs some good treats. Its keyboard is comfortable, the AMOLED screen is bright and bold and the unified inbox, BlackBerry Hub, is handy. It’s let down however by the same software annoyances found on the Z10. While none exactly make the phone unusable, they add up to a less than satisfactory experience.

It also suffers from a pitifully stocked app store. If you like grabbing the latest games and bragging about your high scores when you’re supposed to be in meetings, the Q10 won’t be for you.

With so little competition, the Q10 is the best model in what might be a dying category. If the keyboard is your main concern then it’s worth taking a look at, but for the same money you can get some seriously impressive Android phones. I’d recommend trying to get to grips with a touchscreen alternative first as you’ll find the rest of the phone much more pleasant to use.


The headline feature of the Q10 is of course its full Qwerty keyboard. If you’ve been waiting for a new BlackBerry with physical keys to hammer on all day, this is the phone for you.

Unlike previous models, the keys are arranged in straight lines, rather than curved. The keys go right up to the edge of the phone too which helps make the most of the available space. While not huge, the keys are big enough to be comfortable to press, even if you have quite big fingers. The metal frets between each row makes it easier to differentiate between keys at speed.

BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry’s famous keyboard is more attractive than ever.

The layout is the same as you’ll find on older models so existing BB users won’t need to spend too much time getting used to things. If you’re moving to the Q10 after spending time with a smart phone with a touchscreen, however, you might find things a little slow going.

The main problem is that a physical keyboard isn’t able to change based on the context of task. For example, typing in a phone number into a website’s box will allow software keyboards to automatically show a number panel. On the Q10, that’s not possible, instead forcing you to press the ‘Alt’ key every time you want to use a number or punctuation mark.

Some of you might find typing on the physical keyboard quicker — it’s certainly more tactile than hitting a flat screen. Needing to hit an extra key when you want to use a full stop or comma does make things more clunky when you’re writing long messages though. The autocorrect software will help out to a certain extent, sliding apostrophes into “there’s” and “it’s” when necessary, but it was far from perfect.

When I accidentally typed “I’m hoping thst” flagged “thst” as an incorrect word, but wasn’t able to automatically correct it to “that” — something that I’m used to taking place using SwiftKey on Android phones. It also didn’t correctly capitalise the “i” in “I’m” which quickly became annoying.

BlackBerry Q10

The keyboard’s autocorrect was good at correcting some mistakes, but it left many glaring errors in place.

If you’ve only ever used BlackBerry keyboards then you’ll no doubt appreciate the extra space and be well used to its idiosyncrasies. If, like me, you’re more used to the intuitive, adaptable software-based keyboards on touchscreen smart phones then you’re likely to find it cumbersome, slow and often quite irritating.

Design and build quality

With the physical keyboard taking up the bottom third of the phone, the Q10 instantly looks like a classic BlackBerry device. There’s no question it’s come from a similar mould to the Bold and Curve phones. It has a candybar design, so unlike the chunky Torch, you don’t need to slide the screen up to access the keys.

It’s 120mm long and 67mm wide, which is quite a bit bigger than last year’s Bold 9790 and the Curve 9320. It’s hardly massive though — especially when you compare it to the giant smart phones like theSamsung Galaxy S4. It’s easy to hold in one hand and you don’t need to stretch your thumbs too much to hit all the keys. If you have very small hands, give it a try in a shop first to make sure you can use it comfortably.

BlackBerry Q10

The Q10 might just be the most handsome and elegant BlackBerry we’ve seen yet.

The Q10 runs on the latest BlackBerry 10 software, which I’ll talk about in more detail later on. It relies heavily on touch-based gestures, so you won’t find any physical navigation keys — or those tiny trackpads — between the keyboard and screen.

The back panel is made from woven kevlar, with a rubberised finish. Kevlar is the same stuff stab vests are made from. While the Q10 is unlikely going to protect you from knives — and I don’t suggest you test that — it will do a good job of resisting scratches from keys in your pocket.

It’s far from perfect though. The back case slides off much too easily — even a small amount of pressure is enough to unhook the clips. It’s so easy to do, that even taking it out of the bundled sleeve caused it to come off. That’s going to be a huge problem if you’re outside in the rain and it falls off into a muddy puddle.

It’s a real shame, as elsewhere the phone seems pretty well put together. The keys are comfortable and responsive, the side buttons don’t have any annoying rattle and the metal frets across the keyboard are a pleasingly luxurious touch. It looks much more like a expensive product that some of BlackBerry’s previous phones. It’ll pair well with an expensive tailored suit and won’t look out of place on the table in the British Airways airport lounge.

Ports and storage

Around the sides you’ll find a micro-USB port for both charging and data transfer between a computer and an HDMI-out port. Having HDMI out allows you to hook your phone up to a bigger screen or, more likely, a projector. It worked perfectly in my test, mirroring everything that was currently on the phone’s screen. If you need to show off apps or Web pages to an office meeting, this will come in very handy.

BlackBerry Q10

There are a tonne of ports, and even expandable storage.

The Q10 comes with 16GB of storage built in as standard which should be enough for your essential apps and a few photos of Keith from accounts sitting bare-bottomed on the photocopier. If you need more space though, you’ll find a microSD card slot under the back panel.


By ditching the physical navigation buttons between the screen and keyboard, the Q10 is able to make room for a 3.1-inch display, without making the handset bulge to gargantuan proportions. It’s a 720×720-pixel affair, meaning that it has a square aspect ratio.

The BB10 software fits well on a square screen, displaying a 4×4 grid of multi-tasking tiles or a 4×3 grid of app icons. It looks neat and the bright and bold Super AMOLED display does a good job of making everything pop. The aspect ratio isn’t brilliant when it comes to playing back videos though, as whichever way you hold it, you’ll still get big black bars.

It’s also awkward when you hook it up to a projector or big screen to present something. If your screen has a more common 16:9 aspect ratio then your phone’s screen will simply show in a window, with a lot of wasted space around it. It doesn’t look brilliant, so try to use square projector screens if you’re giving an important presentation.

BlackBerry 10 software

Like the Z10, the Q10 comes running the latest software from BlackBerry, known simply as BlackBerry 10. It might be the latest, greatest interface from BB’s magical developing factories, but if you’re looking for the slickest, most easy to use software around, you’d be better off looking towards iOS or Android.

On the surface it starts out fairly well. App icons are laid out in an easy to read grid, similar to iOS’s layout, and recent apps are displayed in a multitasking panel, making it simple to flick back into previous tasks. There are no live widgets, so Android fanatics can look away, but that does result in a simple, visually appealing interface.

BlackBerry Q10

The BlackBerry 10 interface is quite slick to look at.

Once you start to dive deeper though, a few annoyances start to crop up. For one, there’s no proper homescreen. The default screen is the multitasking panel that you’ll return to when you close an app.

Swipe across to the right and you’ll see all your installed apps. When you click on one, it’ll whizz you back to the multitasking page before opening it up. It’s only a small animation, but it slows down the time it takes to load the app for seemingly no good reason — why not just load the app from the screen you’re on?

When you turn the phone on from sleep, you’ll be met with whatever page you were last on, rather than a standard homescreen. It’s perhaps a system you’d get used to eventually, but I found it a little awkward to get to grips with.

To exit an app, you swipe up on the screen from below which puts the app down in the multitasking panel. That panel can keep up to eight apps running at once, but no more. Once you open a ninth, it’ll kill the first app, along with any data it was holding at the time. You’re perhaps unlikely to need more than eight apps open at once, but it’s worth bearing in mind.

Swipe over to the far left and you’ll find the BlackBerry Hub. It’s a universal inbox, showing message and updates from your email, Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger accounts, as well as SMS messages. It shows only messages and notifications specific to you, rather than all your friends’ updates, which is handy for quickly replying to messages.

BlackBerry Q10

You can quickly ‘peek’ at the Hub when you’re in another app to look at what’s new.

The plain white interface doesn’t look particularly good though — especially compared to the slick interface elsewhere — and it has its own foibles that can start to grate after a while. When you’re in an app, you can swipe up and drag the app a little to the right to ‘peek’ at your inbox underneath without leaving the app. It’s a quick way of checking for new messages, but you’re only able to peek at whatever Hub panel you left it on — if you opened the settings box before you left, you’ll be met with that when you peek.

BlackBerry Q10

Leave the settings open in the Hub and that’s all you’ll see when you try and peek in.

You also can’t easily mark all messages as read. If you’ve already seen your Facebook or Twitter notifications on your PC, it won’t sync that back to the phone. Instead, you’ll have to go through, reading them again to get rid of the unread count.

BlackBerry Q10

Start typing “Facebook” and you can post an update right from the homescreen.

A neat feature for the Q10 though is the ability to Tweet, post to Facebook or search through all your phone from the homescreens. Start typing “Tweet”, for example followed by your message and hit send to post it to Twitter. Typing normally will allow you to search for a word or phrase within apps or in your messages. If you need to get a Tweet up about your food as quick as humanly possible, it’s slightly easier than finding and loading up the app.

BlackBerry apps

If a smart phone hopes to make its way into pockets of phone fans the world over, it’s going to need to have access to an app store that’s stocked to the gills with the latest games and services. Both Android and iOS boast hundreds of thousands of titles in its stores and even Windows Phone 8 is steadily catching up.

While BlackBerry has managed to get some big name titles in its store, it’s miserably stocked compared to its rivals. At the time of writing, titles like Netflix, Spotify, Instagram, Snapseed and Evernote were all missing from the shelves, and Skype had only just found a home there. Worse still, some apps that are available on the store on the Z10 aren’t available on the Q10.

BlackBerry Q10

The app store is miserably stocked compared to its competitors.

There’s the odd nugget of comfort to be found — Angry Birds Star Wars is there, for example — but browsing the store will likely leave you feeling cold and unloved. Naturally, none of the Google apps for Gmail, Maps or Drive that you’ll find on other devices are on offer here. If your BlackBerry is just a tool for work use then this might not be a big issue but if you like chatting to your mates about a new game or a new app that’s shaved 10 minutes off your morning routine then you won’t be happy.

You’ll find app icons for YouTube and BBC iPlayer on the homescreen. BlackBerry is cheating a bit here as these are just links to the websites. Click on YouTube and you’ll simply find the browser loading on the YouTube mobile page. Hardly impressive.

Performance and battery life

Under the hood of the Q10 is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor along with a hearty 2GB of RAM. You might be disappointed not to see a quad-core chip on board like the other smart phone elite — the Samsung Galaxy S4, SonyXperia Z and HTC One all rock quad-core chips — but a dual-core processor can still give a strong serving of power.

Indeed, I found it to be perfectly swift for anything you’re likely to throw at it. Navigating around the BB10 interface was nippy and responsive, with no real lag when swiping through menus or ‘peeking’ at the Hub. It coped very well with 3D racer Riptide GP, giving high frame rates for smooth gameplay. The browser too remained responsive even with numerous tabs open.

BlackBerry Q10

Riptide GP played fine, but there’s not a lot you can download that really taxes the phone.

It has more than enough power to handle all of the tasks you’re likely to throw at it on a day-to-day basis. As there isn’t really anything you can challenge it with from the BlackBerry app store, there’s no point in worrying that it’s not got the same straight line speed as the quad-core beasts.

The battery is a 2,100mAh affair, which is quite capacious. BB reckons you can get around 13.5 hours of 3G talk time, which is pretty ambitious but not too far from the truth. I found it was able to put up with video streaming, gaming and other demanding tasks pretty well.

If you really tax it then you’ll still want to give it a top-up mid-afternoon when you get back to your desk, but you shouldn’t struggle to get a full day’s use out of it. If you’re scared of missing an important call in the afternoon and want to eke out the best battery life, keep your brightness turned down, Wi-Fi turned off and stay away from power-sapping tasks like gaming.


On the back of the Q10 is an 8-megapixel camera. Its smaller screen means it’s perhaps not the best phone to use as a photography tool, particularly as you only see images in 1:1 aspect ratio. If you’re viewing those classic Instagram shots it’d be perfect, but there’s no Instagram app for the Q10 yet, so you’ll just have to pretend.

BlackBerry Q10 camera test

Results from the camera were acceptable, but far from impressive, especially when you consider the price (click image to enlarge).

The Q10 will take photos in 1:1 aspect ratio as default, but you can select different cropping options once you dive into the menus. Results are fair, but not exactly impressive. In my indoor shot, the camera was able to capture a decent amount of detail, with an even exposure, but colours were cold and there’s a general haziness to the image that makes it less clear than snaps I’ve seen from other phones.

You can shoot in a variety of scene modes as well as make use of HDR and burst modes. The HDR mode did a decent job of capturing London’s Shard building in the bright sunlight, but again, I wasn’t bowled over by its colours or its clarity.

BlackBerry Q10 camera test

Outside, the HDR settings helped keep exposure even, but colours weren’t brilliant and it didn’t have the sort of clarity I’d hope to see (click image to enlarge).

If photography prowess is your number one concern then this isn’t the phone for you. Look instead towards the Sony Xperia Z or the Samsung Galaxy S4. For quick snaps of your new office, or to brag about your hotel suite, it’ll do the job well enough.


If you’re dead set on having a phone with a physical keyboard, the Q10 is the one to get. That’s not strictly speaking a compliment though — there’s so little competition that it comes out on top by default. It’s not a bad phone in general — the keyboard is comfortable, the screen is bold and it has decent battery life. It’s still haunted by some of the software niggles present on the Z10 though and the app store needs some serious love and attention.

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Will Samsung’s next phone be metal like the iPhone?

Will they soon be made of sterner stuff?

(Credit: CNET)

There’s something about the plastic nature of Samsung’s phones that make them slightly less attractive.

To me, that is.

I know that there are millions to whom it doesn’t make a difference. There are even many, no doubt, who believe — in some idiosyncratic way — that plastic says now, rather than, oh, six months ago.

Some of these people are 13 years old.

However, not all of these people work for Samsung. Indeed, the SamMobile blog last week revealed that it had heard whispers from South Korea that some at Samsung believe plastic isn’t quite fantastic.

It appears that the metal sophistication of the iPhone 5 and the recent appearance of the HTC One, with its very pretty all-aluminum nature, have injected additional quandaries into Samsung’s furrowed brows.

This has resulted in strong pulses suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may be metal or perhaps some other substance. But not plastic.

Moreover, there apparently existed a metal prototype of the Galaxy S4 that had a lot of souls leaping in Seoul. The time difficulties associated with mass producing such metal phones may have influenced the ultimate choice of the S4’s familiar plastic.

Defenders of plastic offer a myriad of practicalities in its design use. But perhaps there is a bigger question: given how successful both the S series and the Galaxy Note have been, has plastic become something of a brand differentiator for Samsung?

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Do people truly embrace the plastic nature or is it something they accept that comes along with the joy of large screens and easy sharing of sex tapes?

And what if Apple decided to release its much-rumored cheaper iPhone and it turned out to be plastic? This week, an image of just such a thing slithered into public view.

Would the appearance of an inexpensive iPhone put even more pressure on Samsung to upgrade its materials on more expensive phones?

But if it did, would Apple’s aluminum-hearted lawyers rush to Judge Lucy Koh and sniffle that Samsung was copying Apple again? You know, just for the fun of it.

One can imagine some of the tortured questions plaguing minds at Samsung’s HQ. One can imagine designers staring hard at production and money people and demanding to have their way.