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Old 01-07-2009, 09:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A question if I may for the BlackBerry boffins. Do you know of any reason why one could not make the Bold battery cover (back plate) wholly out of non-magnetic aluminium? Being non-magnetic I assume it would not impede the function of the phone but would it have any other detrimental effect?
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Not sure, I've only heard that metal doesn't play well with 3G. How true this is, I'm not really sure. My guess is that a non magnetic aluminum would be fine, but I don't know of anyone that makes one.
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It would still affect reception. Aluminum is used for shieldind in electronics often
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look at the Nokia E71, that phone is 3G with GPS and it has a stainless steel backing and they do not have a problem, I think Iphone 3G went with a plastic backing for cost savings and to keep the weight factor down, and I believe RIM did the same. I would love to find a Stainless steel / Copper / Carbon Graffite backing
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Thanks for the info. I am considering getting an aluminium backplate made for the 9000 which I think would look excellent. There will be a "twist" to it too which I cannot go into detail about at this time. Apart from the fact that there is a specific reason why I would use aluminium, this metal is ideal because it is light in weight.
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I'd also like to see a carbon fiber cover as well.
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any word yet if there is a alluminum backing available like the E71, for the Bold
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The difference on the E71 is that its battery cover doesn't cover the antenna like on the Bold. This is why there isn't (and likely won't be) a metal cover for the Bold.
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If you look at the E71 you will notice it has a lot more space under the keypad than it should. That's where the antenna is. The metal plate does not cover it. I'm sure RIM could do something like that but I don't think its worth the time. Also, I remember when the E71 first came out, they had a ton of problems with 3G reception due to the positioning of the antenna. They may have fixed that since.. but I really don't think its worth all that hassle in order to incorporate some aluminum.
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I'd also like to see a carbon fiber cover as well.
Do a *search* of the forum and if I'm not mistaken someone has pics and references of where to order them.
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