Best Looking Smartphone

Which manufacturer do you think comes up with the best looking smartphones?
For me, Huawei comes as number 1 - their huawei p and mate series are so beautiful. Vivo and Oppo also have beautiful flagships.

Poll Options expired

  • 39
    Apple
  • 7
    Huawei
  • 7
    Oppo/Vivo/OnePlus
  • 33
    Samsung
  • 3
    Motorola
  • 9
    Xiaomi
  • 1
    Meizu
  • 0
    Lenovo
  • 0
    TCL
  • 1
    Asus
  • 5
    Google
  • 3
    LG
  • 0
    HTC

Comments

  • +4 votes

    Blackberry all the way

    • +4 votes

      Taste good too

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      How about the "Palm pilot".

      cue the jokes… :D

  • +3 votes

    like most things… looks only get you so far..

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    OnePlus smartphones have always looked pretty good.

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      Always looked similar to their oppo siblings

  • +9 votes

    The days of being impressed by a new release smartphone form factor ended 4 years ago.

    • +7 votes

      The iphone having so many upvotes already feels odd. I think the notch is hideous and the design is basically the same nowadays.

      • +1 vote

        Apple fanbois only have one option, Android fanbois are spread across brands?

        • +1 vote

          I do like some of the Sony phones. Some of the older slabs were great designs

      • +1 vote

        Since phones got edge-to-edge displays they’re basically just a screen in a protector case whichever you go with. My main concern now is privacy.

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          It's the back of the phones where phone designs still have some room for distinction. the Huawei mate 40 pro camera ring is really nicely done. But yes, I agree, once a phone case is on, then what's the point in having a beautiful phone?

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            @waterbottled: See I’m not a fan of that design. It’s cool because it’s different but does the negative space in the ring provide an advantage? Because the con to that is that it spreads the camera lenses over a wider space so more fingerprints and it’s in the center so more chance for your hand to get in the way when taking photos.

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        I'm surprised, yet not surprised, at the same time. iPhone users need any reason to justify that big notch, even if it means telling themselves that it looks beautiful haha.

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        This. The notch looks awful and, that aside, they haven't changed much in looks for several years.

        Many phones now suffer from ugly looking rear cameras.

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      Exactly, and that's unfortunate. I'd say we can extend the findings to male haircuts as well.

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    nokia
    3110!

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    Define "…best looking…"

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    Sony Ericsson K850
    All smart phones are same, nothing interesting there.

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      I remember wanting that phone so much back in high school. Sony ericsson had great looking phones up until the early android era. Xperia Arc, Xperia T and Xperia S are the standouts. Wish the curved back would come back.

  • +1 vote

    How can you even tell the difference when the screen is off these days?
    They all look pretty much identical to me.

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      You can look at the back of the phone too.

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        Like most people, I have mine in a case…
        My case has a clear plate on the back, but yeah, the effect of the "pretty" back panel of my Mi 9T is still mostly lost.

        And I almost always put it down screen up (again like most people whether they have a case or not), mostly to see notifications but also cause I'm conscious of minimising scratches to the screen.

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          Xiaomi's been doing some good design work. Mi 9T looks similar to the Oppo find x while the Mi 11 back looks kinda like a the Huawei breathing crystal.

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    One that has a nice case and, therefore, is not broken. I've seen so many broken displays that I was wondering if that's a new tendency for 2020/2021.

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      my partner's iphone x had it's glass screen crack, while it was in a phone case. #scammed

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        There is a combination of phone resistance + case protection. My last phone (Huawei P20 Pro) was Gorilla Glass 5, plus Urban Armour case. The case was sturdy but clear so I could still see the beautiful Twilight Blue, but obviously not as beautiful as the phone without any case.

        I'm not too clumsy and it's very rare for me to drop the phone, but the few times I did I felt that the phone was protected. The display was vulnerable, but then the Gorilla Glass did its job. No problems for 3 years, and I still have the phone but have replaced with a Pixel 5, and one of those Google cases. The case makes the phone beautiful, but the protection it offers can't be compared to the Urban Armour.

        Anyway, the phones these days are so similar that the only visible difference is the size, and number and position of the cameras.

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    I genuinely wouldn't mind seeing something like Lumia 1020 but with updated looks for 2021. I liked that yellow colour and that camera bump that made it look like a camera.
    I forgot what was happening with them, kinda lost interest after MS sold them.

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    I don't get it.

    They're all a black rectangle.

    Turning it on and you get whatever launcher the manufacturer (and then, the user) installs.

    Turn it over and it could be any cheap plastic case off ebay.

    Am I missing something?

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      yeah, i'm not talking about how beautiful the cheap plastic case is. I'm talking about the actual design of the phone itself, which includes the back design and build of the phone.

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    The phone stays in your pocket most of the time and no need to be looking at it either.
    So IRRELEVANT question

    Its all about FUNCTIONALITY and EASE OF USE in which case Apple wins hands down

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      i never asked whether the beauty of a phone's design is relevant to…anything.
      If you want to talk about functionality and ease of use of a phone, go start your own thread about it.

      TLDR: your answer is IRRELEVANT to the question being asked. Thank you.

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        Wow touchy. And yet my comment yesterday remains unanswered (although relevant)

        Define "…best looking…"

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          Seems like Amayzingone is the touchy one. They seem averse to recognising that phones can have beautiful designs. Perhaps their phone is really ugly.

          Everyone has their own definition of best looking. You tell me which manufacturer has the best looking phones. That's the point of this thread.

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            @waterbottled: So you want everyone to provide their own assessment / view of what constitutes "…best looking…"? That is absolutely pointless, as everyone has a different view of what that is.

            And, to support Amyzingone, maybe your poll should ask if anyone has ever bought a phone based on how good it looks (in their view), or if it was more likely based on a range of factors such as FUNCTIONALITY and EASE OF USE. I pretty sure that the majority of us use a phone more than admire how it looks.

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              @GG57: If you want to ask your own questions, start your own thread. My thread is clear in asking which phone/manufacturer comes out with the most beautiful phones.

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      There is a field of design called industrial design that deals with aesthetics of mass produced goods.
      Regardless of how people put their phone in their cases or people put them in their pocket or whatever, designers still had to design it.

      If I were to think of some of the hideous designs I've ever seen on a phone, Samsung and their bandaid phone (Galaxy S5) pops up to my head. That one in my opinion was by far the worst design I've ever seen on a phone. S6 was OK, I had it, but eh, that one was too thin imo.

      I think Apple was definitely bit better on that front. I can't remember any Apple phone that made me go, that looks hideous. That said, Apple and their iPhone 5c case was hideous imo. Even though I genuinely liked the fun colours on the phone and I like plastic when it is used right, the case I don't think looked pretty. Their battery cases always looked like they just stuck a battery and covered it, like on iPhone 7.

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        Industrial design covers more than making something "best looking" or "beautiful" though (as OP asks); it covers determining the form and features with factors including materials, ergonomics, marketing, and almost certainly user functionalities.

        I'm pretty sure there was a lot of industrial design effort put into a BMW X6, but I struggle to see that design as "best looking" or "beautiful".
        The early apple iPods were ground-breaking from a design perspective, and most people appreciated that, but the functionality was probably the biggest winner.

        • +2 votes

          I guess what I was trying to say was, aesthetics is still an aspect of design in mass produced goods.

          Yeah, it's a personal thing and yeah, sometimes there is a conflict between aesthetics and functionality and the designers have to make a choice.
          Sometimes, someone brilliant comes up with combining the two, but that's slightly different point I think.
          Anyways, I don't think that stops someone to go, I like this design more because it looks pretty.

          Why something makes someone think it is beautiful would be a topic on its own, I liked these guys video on it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O5kNPlUV7w.

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        Jeez the galaxy s5 hands down most ugliest. I remember mentally gagging when I saw the band-aid back. wtf were they thinking…

        Then again, it was good for durability which can't be said for the more beautiful looking glass phones. Metal phones should come back..

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          I think plastic has a place in phone making if they do things right, note 4 was it? I liked how that felt.

          I wonder whether they'd eventually come up with a solution to metal not being a great material for wireless charging and signals. Probably then we'd see more metal phones.

  • +1 vote

    Sony should be on the list. I use Apple because I prefer iOS however Sony makes some good looking phones.

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      I tried to amend poll but poll answers won't update.

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    Posted using my Nokia ngage.
    Nuff said.😄

    • +1 vote

      No effing way lol. Looks kinda steampunk… i guess?

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    Sony Xperia 1 (i/ii/iii) are beautiful phones.

  • +2 votes

    I had no idea people buy phones for looks, they are all overpriced screens with backplates, slight variations in design that no one sees or cares about.

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      Not sure where my question asks for the reason why people buy phones. My question was to see what people's views are on which manufacturer has the most best looking phones.

      Thanks for responding though.

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    You missed a clear option:

    • WGAS.