For some users, LG has always had a reputation for building cheap devices. Perhaps that prejudice is deserved, and perhaps not. Maybe some people base their assessment on some of LG's lower-end product line, or perhaps some prejudice is due to the history of the company. One perception of the company making cheap devices could be because LG sticks to only building plastic based devices. Even one of their most recent devices that was meant to appeal to consumers on a purely aesthetic level, the LG Prada 3.0, was primarily manufactured with an outer design that was plastic instead of metal or glass. And, while some may decry this design philosophy, and cite it as the main reason they consider their phones to be "cheap", LG has recently come forward defending it as actual evidence of their commitment to quality over style.
LG makes the very valid argument that the reason they still use plastic in all of their phones instead of more stylish and "high-end" materials, is because they want to make sure their devices do not have any signal strength issues. From their research, most of the signal strength problems have all been because manufacturers use too much metal and glass in their designs that can obstruct good strong antenna signal strength. According to LG, this ensures improved reception reliability, and improved call quality.
PhoneArena actually took the time to peruse through all of their past reviews of LG phones to determine if there was a correlation with LG's statements by seeing if LG's phones tended to have better call quality and signal reception than the competition. In nearly all instances, LG's phones were rated fairly high for these respective strengths. They further took the trouble to compare these results to their HTC reviews, since HTC typically uses a lot of metal in their devices, and sure enough, their phones typically had worse call quality and reception.
One other interesting side benefit of using phones with plastic materials is that the phone's radios don't have to work as hard. This, in turn, keeps the radiation lower and can make their batteries last a bit longer, too. It's an interesting notion to think that LG may have the right idea when it comes to the most important part of using our phones... their ability to connect and stay connected reliably.
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