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What is your favorite material for a smartphone? [Poll of the Week]

Aluminum, glass, leather, wood and more -- with so many wonderful smartphone materials out there, we want to know... which is your favorite?

Published onApril 4, 2016

Last week’s poll summary: The results are in — 27% of our voters said they had plans to purchase an LG G5 last week, while 23% said they were happy with their current smartphones.

One of the most important things to consider when buying a smartphone is how it feels in the hand. When you’re spending upwards of $600 on a new device, the last thing you want is to have a phone that feels cheap.

A few years ago, it was pretty tough to find a flagship smartphone that was comprised of anything other than plastic. Every now and then a manufacturer would incorporate glass into their design language, but for the most part our smartphones were made of plastic. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Plastic is one of the least expensive materials for manufacturers to use, and plastic-clad phones are normally pretty durable, too.

Plastic isn’t really the most premium feeling material out there, which is why most OEMs are now making smartphones comprised of aluminum and glass (and sometimes a mixture of aluminum and plastic). Motorola has even taken smartphone materials one step further and added real wood and leather to the mix. With that said, it’s hard to deny that the Galaxy S7, LG G5, Nexus 6P and Moto X Pure Edition are attractive smartphones, but that raises a question — with so many wonderful materials out there, we were wondering, which is your favorite? Be sure cast your vote in the poll below, and if there’s something you need to add, feel free to speak up in the comment section. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!