Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Apple Find my Friends: Which faux stitched leather do you hate the least?

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Apple Find my Friends: Which faux stitched leather do you hate the least?

Design trends come and go but faux stitched leather is eternal. Witness: just as Apple has bid a not-so-fond farewell to the rich textures of Calendar and Find my Friends, Samsung has embraced new Corinthian comforts for the Galaxy Note 3. The former, software wiped clean in the name of digital authenticity trends towards the future, the latter, hardware meant to evoke the premium feel-ish-ness of BlackBerry Bolds and supply store notebooks past. Does one still work where the other has faltered? Should both be buried, the earth above them salted? Should both still be rocked, shame never being a good thing to have?

Design trends come and go but faux stitched leather is eternal. For Apple, ditching it was a change. For Samsung, hauling it out was something new. Different companies, different times, different implementations. Nary an electronic nor plastic cow harmed in the making of either interface or device. But what about your eyes, your sensibilities, and your tastes? Is there a place you'd still love to see richly textured design, and if so, is it on the screen, on the back plate, or simply on the run from the fashion police?

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Rene Ritchie

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Apple Find my Friends: Which faux stitched leather do you hate the least?


The correct answer is both Rene.

I did have a little chuckle to myself when I saw the faux plastic leather (Pleather? or S-leather?) on the Note 3

i liked the leather and woodgrain looks that apple uses (used) i think it's a tragedy that apple is changing their icons and layout to the same unimaginative flat garbage that every other mobile platform uses. IMO nothing says "we give up" like mimicking everyone else's icons and layouts.

I like the leather look on the iPhone. I hate that apple is moving to a boring flat design. I am planning on not upgrading to iOS 7 for as long as I can.

I don't know...Apple hasn't told me which one to like yet. @.@

Seriously, design matters...on or off screen. That's why there are so many themes in the Cydia store and it's why there are so many different case makers in business. It's up to the individual.

I personally don't mind the new design of iOS7...I love the functionality.

I like the faux leather look on the both the iphone and the Note 3. I owned an iPhone for 3.5 years, still use it for random little things and honestly like the leather. The new ios7 interface is rather the ugliest thing I've seen since the Honda Element first came out. I now own a Note 2 and do see the pleather on the Note 3 as a nice touch, a good departure from the plastic and a nice nod to the 'note'pad.

if i purchase a note 3 i can image being frustrated by constantly having to clean the dirt and grime out of the fake stitching. the faux leather texture i think is actually a welcome departure from the super slick and slimy plastic on the S4. perhaps apple did double down on secrecy and we'll see a large screen iphone on tuesday, fingers crossed.

i like the note3s faux leather stitching on the black version, but it looks comical in all the other color options, something about it looks cheap IMO.

i do however find it funny they adopted this look just as iOS7 is about to become mainstream.

Wow, you really seem obsessed with that stitching thing Rene. What's so bad about texture? It's all subjective of course, but it never offended me as much as it appears to do others. It's actually harder to pull off well than just a flat color block, which, to me, is kind of a yawn.

I'm a little confused why the two are being compared. For me, it makes sense for hardware because it's a material that you can see and feel. Metal, wood, plastic and leather all make a very different impression when holding it in your hands. The reason Apple received grief over their leather textures in iOS was because it added nothing to the experience outside of the visual sense. Skeuomorphism is out, simple, flat UI designs are the new fad. I actually like what Jony Ive has done with iOS 7