This time around, Samsung has opted to cover the back in a plastic
faux-leather with pretend stitching around the perimeter. It
sounds ridiculous, but it actually looks great. Along with the
stylus, it really has a “Moleskin Notebook” vibe going. It doesn’t
feel like leather at all; it’s just a textured soft-touch plastic.
It’s a step up from Samsung’s usual glossy plastic, but the design
here is still disappointing when compared to the HTC One, Nexus 4,
or anything Apple has made in the last two years.
The S-Pen is still here too. While Samsung is clearly trying to
ditch the “cheap-plastic” feeling on the exterior of the phone,
they haven’t done anything to help the feel of the S-Pen. It’s
made out of the chintziest plastic imaginable. It’s so light that
it feels disposable, like something you’re supposed to throw out
after every use. I would have preferred something closer to the
nice heft of a metal pen, but this is basically a hollow plastic
tube with a button on it. It just seems odd using your $700 device
with a 25¢ pen.
Sounds about right. The fake stitches are my favorite.