"For starters, the build quality and materials are amazing. As soon as you pick it up you know you're holding something that is built with more love and thought than a Galaxy Nexus or GSIII. The front and back are Gorilla Glass 2 and the sides are made from a rubberized plastic that actually feels great. The whole phone is really solid, and it's the first Android phone that seems like it's had real passion put into the design."
What a bogus statement. Look at the Apple debacle of putting glass on both sides of the phone. I would say over half of my friends with the 4 or 4s have a cracked back. I seriously don't know how people don't put a decent protective case on those things.
Everyone thinks Samsung uses cheap materials, but this is complete and utter bull. I know they are mostly plastic, but have you seen what that plastic can do? You take the back off on an s3 and you can bend it nearly in half without it breaking. They are thinking about durability and then looks. And who cares about how the phone looks anyway. You should be putting a case on it to protect that investment. It is the internals, the OS (which hopefully that problem is solved with LG going Nexus and not relying on them for updates, or lack of) and the screen that are most important.
Speaking of the screen, Samsung also use the most advanced screen technology on the market. Yes, yes people will complain about the pentile on some of the phones, but I have pretty good eyes and the only way I can tell the difference between pentile Samoled 720 and something like the lcd2 720 (HTC One X for example) is with a magnifying glass. Side by side they are indistinguishable for resolution, but the Samoled kills it in colour saturation and black levels.
The lack of LTE and expandable storage is a huge let down as well. 16 gb is tiny nowadays with some games taking up to 2gb of space, movies up to a gb, so on and so forth.
Hopefully Google smartens up and releases a 32gb (or bigger) lte enabled version because I do love my Nexus S