2008/3/6, JW <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>: > > Why do people want metal cases so much...??? Features in wiki > hardware wishlist too.
My main reason for wanting a metal case is that it ages better than plastic. I carry my phone (currently a Sony Ericsson P910) in my pocket, and even though I try to keep it separate from keys, coins and other hard stuff, after a while the color gets worn off and it looks really ugly. I want my phones to last for a couple of years. My thought is aluminium = metal = faraday cage = stops gps, gsm, wifi, > bt signals = BAD idea The back of the iPhone is mainly metal isn't it? Many attractive cell phones today have at least parts of their cases made of metal. Also, I read about someone (forgot where) trying to make a Faraday cage, but apparently it is quite difficult in practice. For an efficient cage you apparently need many meshes with holes in different sizes for different frequencies if I recall correctly. I guess this could be easily tested by putting a cell phone in a tin can and trying to call it... IMHO, after FIC successfully releases the Freerunner, they should either get some good designers to design a very attractive case for a next version, or maybe hold a contest among industrial design students to get some cool ideas. The Freerunner is great feature-wise, but IMHO isn't physically attractive enough to sell well in a mass market. By the way, when will the CAD files for the Freerunner case be released? Also, is anyone seriously working on alternative cases for the FIC Openmoko phones? /Erland
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