I’ve talked with people about this and expressed my annoyance with this decision and was met with pretty aggressive resistance which shocked me.
Anywhere I said plastic back has no place on such expensive phone (be aware, Galaxy S21, the vanilla model went for 850€!). I can understand why Galaxy A52 has a plastic back at 300€ price point, but I certainly don’t on Galaxy S21. And what shocked me even more is how furiously people defend the plastic backs on Galaxy S21 with dumbest arguments possible.
99% of the time the argument was “but muh phone drops shattering glass”. How often do you people throw phones around on the ground to shatter them? 55 times a day? 103 times a day? How butterfingered are you people!? To this date, owning many smartphones, I’ve not shattered a single phone. Not one. You know what they had in common tho? Scratches. Scratches everywhere. And worn plastic. And it all happened from just using phone rather carefully. Putting it in pockets (without keys!) and leaving it on tables. I don’t know about the youngsters today, but we had plastic smartphones in the beginning and plastic gets really nasty really quickly. When top paint layer of fancy colorful rainbow mirror effect wears off on edges and gets scratches all over it exposing solid white or whatever plastic underneath it looks horrid. Especially since all these painted models use some sort of lacquer which starts chipping off it’s just awful and nasty. And it always wears out faster on edges.
Glass on the other hand, at worst during normal use it’ll have bunch of micro scratches which, if you prefer white glass like I do, they aren’t even visible. The material is superior for normal use where you’re not tumbling phone on concrete ground. It’ll never wear out or lose coloration no matter how rough your desks are and how rough your jeans pockets are. And best part that people just straight out refuse to grasp, if you worry about glass, then stick it into a fucking silicone case. But instead, people argue plastic back on expensive phone can be protected by putting more plastic like wrap or silicone case on it. WHY for fucks sake!? If phone is glass you at least have an option to stick plastic on it or use it naked. If it’s already plastic, it’s just more of plastic. Makes no fucking sense. And glass just feels totally different and so much better in hand compared to anything plastic.
And thanks to this idiotic defending and embracing of plastic on Galaxy S21 flagship, Samsung already announced they are going to put plastic back on Galaxy S22+ too next time. Before, S21 was plastic and S21+ and S21 Ultra had glass. Now it’s two with plastic already. What’s next, Galaxy S23 Ultra coming with plastic back thanks to you all? Fucking hell.
People whine how Apple is being cheap on things and here Samsung blatantly puts plastic on their flagship device with obvious sole purpose of increasing margins and everyone is like “shut up and take my money”. Meanwhile people are bitching over iPhones potentially having titanium sides some time in the future and how wasteful this is and yadiyadida, whole frigging pages upon pages of whining on forums about it. It’s like I don’t understand people anymore or they just all got dumb as fuck over night. Companies are literally trying how far they can go with cheapening out and everyone not just lets them, they actively embrace it. !?!?!?
If you can’t have glass back on a smartphone because you’re so god damn clumsy, maybe you should look at CAT phones or you know, use a case and leave the rest of us who prefer premium materials and amazing feel in hand to actually have such phones. We can still put a case on it if shatter resistance is needed, but isn’t requirement to protect it from normal wear.