Hardware specifications aren't all that one takes into account when looking for a smartphone or a tablet. A gadget's design also plays a key role in grabbing a customer's attention, and all manufacturers are well aware of that. For this reason, a lot of attention is paid to a smartphone's design. After all, a good-looking gadget has a much higher chance at standing out when stacked on a shelf along with a dozen other handsets.
That's why we decided to continue our review of the year's first half with a post dedicated to the best product designs. Here are 6 of the gadgets that gave us the best impression with their looks and build construction. We're sure that you'll see some familiar handsets from popular brands on the list, but you might be surprised to see that we've also chosen a couple of handsets from not so well known manufacturers.
Now take a look at the slideshow below. Is there a smartphone or a tablet that we should have included as well? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know!
H1 2014 in review: Best designs
H1 2014 in review: Best designs
1. HTC One (M8)
For the past several years, design has been one of HTC's greatest strengths, and that's not going to change anytime soon, it seems. Just take a look at the The HTC One (M8)
and see what we mean. HTC's current flagship is a beauty to behold – solid, elegant, made to impress at first encounter with its all-metal construction.HTC One (M8) Review
2. Sony Xperia Z2
Built of glass and metal, the Sony Xperia Z2
stands out of the crowd when it comes to design. In fact, it is surely among the best-looking smartphones that we've had the chance to handle over the past six months. Plus, it is one of the few high-end handsets that can brag with an IPXX rating guaranteeing that the device is safe from dust and water damage.Sony Xperia Z2 Review
3. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
And speaking of Sony, its Xperia Z2 Tablet
will make you go "Wow!" the moment you pick it up. Why? Well, it is the lightest "full-sized" tablet out there, tipping the scales at just 15 ounces (426 grams). It is also the thinnest among them with a thickness of just a quarter of an inch (6.4 millimeters). On top of that, the slate is waterproof, just like Sony's flagship smartphone. Because of all this, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is well worthy of being on our list, even though visually, it isn't quite the best in its class.Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
4. Huawei Ascend P7
Yup, a Huawei smartphone is on the list as well – the Ascend P7
, in particular. And seriously, why wouldn't it be? The smartphone is light, super slim, and built of premium materials like glass and steel. The result is a smartphone that rivals even the very best-designed handsets out there, at any price point.Huawei Ascend P7 Review
5. Gionee Elife 5.5
Gionee is a brand name that you might have never heard before. Yet nevertheless, the company has some outstanding phones in its portfolio, including the Elife 5.5. It is not only gorgeous with its chassis built of glass and metal. As a matter of fact, the Gionee Elife 5.5 is the slimmest smartphone in the world (for now) with an astonishing thickness of just 0.22 inches (about 5.6 millimeters).Gionee Elife 5.5 hands-on
6. Samsung Gear Fit
Unlike most other smartwatches, the Samsung Gear Fit does not have an "I'm a dork." sticker slapped on it. Quite the opposite – it is one of the best-looking wearables that we've come across recently. It features an elegant, curved design with a smooth glass front and a lightweight rubber strap. As it weighs under an ounce (27 grams), you'll forget that you're wearing it soon after you put it on.Samsung Gear Fit Review