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Pro Tip: Don’t be the Guy Who Leaves the Hard-to-See Plastic Sticker Around the Rim of His Galaxy S4

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When you pick-up your Samsung Galaxy S4 some time over the next few weeks (or month if on Verizon), we thought we should point out that the faux-metal band around the outside of the device is protected by a clear plastic sticker. It can be hard to see if you don’t know it’s there, so being the good samaritans that we are, wanted to make sure you knew about it. You could leave it if you’d like, I guess, but it’s not necessarily supposed to be there for the long haul. If you choose to remove it, you’ll find at least four pieces spread around the outside.

Update:  As Leif points out in the comments, there is also one around the camera, which you certainly want to remove.

Just lookin’ out. 

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  • gregmr

    Plastic on plastic on plastic

  • Dave Whitman

    I’ve seen a post of someone returning their S4 because “the cheap plastic band around the phone was already peeling!” So I guess this is a public service announcement.

  • proparham

    pro tip: dont buy GS4.

  • flosserelli

    Thanks for the heads up, Kellen. Don’t forget about removing the stickers from your new jeans and tags from your mattress 😛

  • sc4fpse

    Hey guys, there’s this plastic sticker on the back of my OG Droid’s slider screen. Should I remove it? B)

    • I remember those discussions. To keep it or not to keep it.

  • Haha, a coworker from my work had this on the other day and I noticed it. I was just examining the phone closely and saw it. Very had to see and not really a big deal but I would want it off.

  • mcdonsco

    Being a galaxy s4 thread, anyone know how to enable spellcheck on stock keyboard? I know I can switch keyboards, but I dont want to.

    • KOBALT

      Swiftkey 😛

    • Daniel Maginnis

      Hold press space bar, setup input methods, click gear for keyboard in question, enable auto correct?

      • mcdonsco

        Checked, nothing there for auto correct 🙁

        auto puncuation, auto caps…stuff like that…no correction/spelling options.

  • Ray

    “Breaking News. Apparently there are several hard to see plastic stickers around the rim of your Galaxy S4. Please remove the stickers. Shanon, back to you in the studio.”

    “Thanks Glen, It’s good to know that we have real news to report for our viewers today. I’m surprised we’re still on air, haha”

    • michael arazan

      I just leave the plastic cover over the camera lens like a homemade filter to screw with the hipsters trying to find out what filter I’m using

  • John Davids

    People who leave the clear protective plastic on their electronics is how I can instantly tell if they are a true nerd or not. Don’t clue people in on this!

    • SlenderSniper


    • KOBALT

      Thank you. I still have mine around my 60″ TV. My wife has yet to notice.

  • Geoff Johnson

    Don’t forget to take the one off the screen that’s covered in white text

    • Sara Frey

      Actually it’s black with white text now. It’s almost completely opaque. It made me think the screen was messed up at first when I turned it on initially.

    • Ray


      This idiot at my work place had it on for 2 weeks. I finally got fed up and approached him, he stated that he was not sure if he was going to keep the device or not. Damn mouth breather.

  • Garrett Lewis

    Good guy Kellen

  • Leif Sikorski

    There’s also one around the camera. Could barely see it 🙂

    • Ahh! I missed that one. That’s an important one too.

    • mcdonsco

      I was wondering if that was supposed to be there or not as it was thicker than the rest, its off now.

      • Bob G

        It might be just like those screen protectors that protect the black stuff from being scratch around the camera module. I left it on. Since it protrudes I rather not have it scratched.

  • Ray

    Who cares?

    • SlenderSniper

      You must not have ever peeled plastic tape off of a brand new TV or display or other brand new shiny plastic object that some people call fingerprint magnets.

      • Ray

        Being in the IT department, I get to peel a lot of plastic off of monitors, PC towers, and accessories…But seriously..Who cares.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    The cool thing is that it looks like new when you take that stuff off. 🙂

  • fuz

    I don’t see what the big deal is… I’d leave it on, especially you can’t see it unless you really hard.

    • Trueblue711

      Exactly. If it’s barely visible, it provides good protection. Better than potentially dealing with a scrape.

    • Geoff Johnson

      I don’t want to see you really hard

  • sure enough, i missed the one by the power button…and I never miss that stuff. was damn near invisible, but still can’t believe i didn’t notice it.

    • I missed it for the first few hours, that’s for sure. Sneaky little plastic strip.

      • Bootleg Zani

        Are the 32 GB and 64 GB versions not being released at the same time as the 16 GB or do they just not advertise those versions on any carrier’s website? Cause I have yet to find it? Granted I didn’t look very hard.

        • Bootleg Zani

          After some research it appears that no US carrier has released the 32 GB or 64 GB. AT&T claims they will get both versions but nothing has come out yet.

  • Guest

    leave it on… that’s the new slim bumper.

    • Pedro

      That’s be all awesome and stuff, until you wanted to use the headphone.
      And whatever that little hole on the bottom is for.

      Meh, Samsung. Give me a Nexus.

      • Bootleg Zani

        Yes indeed. Samsung give me another Nexus.

  • viewthis66

    that’s the new slim case bumper.

    • Too late, he already took it off. Going to cost $20 to get another.

      • wordmoss

        And it’s never going to go back on right, since they’re made from the same materials as a screen protector.

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