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By jongilluley, Senior Member on 1st May 2014, 10:55 AM
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Just bought this off eBay the other day....

Arrived this morning and I have to say I'm loving the feel of a metal back.

It's a replacement back so doesn't add any more to the size and is brushed aluminum. Signal strength hasn't been affected either so I'm happy.

Cost £8 and just a quick search on eBay haha.



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1st May 2014, 01:23 PM |#2  
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Just bought this off eBay the other day....

Arrived this morning and I have to say I'm loving the feel of a metal back.

It's a replacement back so doesn't add any more to the size and is brushed aluminum. Signal strength hasn't been affected either so I'm happy.

Cost £8 and just a quick search on eBay haha.



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How's the reception ? Does it affect it much?
1st May 2014, 01:28 PM |#3  
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How's the reception ? Does it affect it much?

How about IP67? Is it still protected with rubber rings inside the backplate? Is it real aluminum or fake? Can you send us a link to the ebay seller?
1st May 2014, 04:52 PM |#4  
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Originally Posted by jongilluley

Just bought this off eBay the other day....

Arrived this morning and I have to say I'm loving the feel of a metal back.

It's a replacement back so doesn't add any more to the size and is brushed aluminum. Signal strength hasn't been affected either so I'm happy.

Cost £8 and just a quick search on eBay haha.



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Mine is in the mail today too! Can't wait to check it out. Same color.

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How's the reception ? Does it affect it much?

Supposedly reception is affected a bit. I'll gladly let you know later today if OP doesn't beat me to it.

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How about IP67? Is it still protected with rubber rings inside the backplate? Is it real aluminum or fake? Can you send us a link to the ebay seller?

It is not IP67 with no rubber. It's real aluminum according to the people in another thread who got this.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/151273219078
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1st May 2014, 05:49 PM |#5  
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Does your backplate vibrate at high volumes?
1st May 2014, 06:40 PM |#6  
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Yeh I can confirm after being out with it today that I have dropped maybe one bar for reception overall...

It's real metal and feels nice thanks to the brushed effect...

And no it doesn't have the rubber seal so no ip67 protection. This doesn't bother me though as I don't get my phones wet even if they say they are water proof to any degree.

I'm really happy with this and think I'll stick with it... I've now ordered the green and blue one.

If u search eBay for s5 metal housing u will find loads in the us, uk and China...

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1st May 2014, 06:40 PM |#7  
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Does your backplate vibrate at high volumes?

Nope no vibrations at any level of volume.

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1st May 2014, 08:16 PM |#8  
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Having a metal back must have some effect on reception. It MAY be too small to make it go from x bars to y bars and it will possibly have more or less effect depending on which direction the transmitters are in, but lets be realistic here, radio waves will travel much easier through rubber and plastic than they will through any kind of metal.

So the difference in some situations may be very small, and in others may be significant. Personally I would rather have the strange rubbery back that comes with the S5, knowing 1: I am guaranteed the best possible reception at all times, and 2: because of what it is made of, I cannot easily dent, scratch, or damage the back and 3: It's construction will allow for better grip than a hard metal back so I am less likely to drop it.

Samsung themselves have said the reason for lack of metal back is due to the effect it has on reception. And this is what worries me, if they get pushed by idiots and the media into putting metal cases all over it for no good reason, we lose points 1-3 AND inevitably have to pay more for the privalege. No problem if people want to buy a 3rd party or even Samsung original metal back but I hope to god they don't start shipping them as standard.
1st May 2014, 09:46 PM |#9  
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All I can say is the back I bought is no less grippy than the original backplate... and the signal loss is slight. Your usage may vary but for me it's fine.

I also think u could scratch the plastic cases or damage them as easy as a metal one... plastic isn't invicible to damage.

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1st May 2014, 10:11 PM |#10  
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All I can say is the back I bought is no less grippy than the original backplate... and the signal loss is slight. Your usage may vary but for me it's fine.

I also think u could scratch the plastic cases or damage them as easy as a metal one... plastic isn't invicible to damage.

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I concur. Using it right now. Feels pretty good.

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1st May 2014, 10:18 PM |#11  
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Definitely looks thicker than the original back. I might jump on the wood back though
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