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PhoneArena Awards 2011: Best product design

PhoneArena Awards 2011: Best product design
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the PhoneArena Awards of 2011! Today, we are here to announce the best product design of the year, and boy do we have a lot of candidates to grab the prestigious title. However, there can be only one winner in this category, but since we are good in heart, the second and third best devices will also get some attention. What we are mainly focusing on today is the way a product looks, but the way it feels when being used is also of great priority. Besides, premium materials are, of course, a plus. But before we start, allow us to remind you that we have already given six other awards over the past several days, so in case you have missed them, feel free to check them out.



PhoneArena Awards 2011: Best product design
And the award goes to: Motorola DROID RAZR

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure to hold the Motorola DROID RAZR knows exactly why we give it our best product design award. First of all, the RAZR is almost impossibly thin. It currently holds the title of thinnest smartphone on the market, for that matter, despite the fact that it boasts some cutting-edge hardware. Second, how often do you see a smartphone built out of stainless steel and Kevlar? The premium materials that have been used in its construction ensure its rigidity, so you know that the Motorola DROID RAZR will withstand the tests of time.


PhoneArena Awards 2011: Best product design
First runner-up: Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

If we had to describe the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray with a single word, that would be “adorable”. The smartphone is thin, light, and incredibly comfortable for single-handed use. On top of that, it has enough charm to grab the attention of the design-conscious audience, and Sony Ericsson didn't miss the chance to use the power of marketing to bring that up.


PhoneArena Awards 2011: Best product design
The Motorola DROID RAZR grabs the best product design award, followed by the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and the Nokia N9

The Motorola DROID RAZR grabs the best product design award, followed by the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and the Nokia N9

Second runner-up: Nokia N9

The Nokia N9 may be one of the outsiders on the smartphone scene, but when it comes to design, it surely scores two thumbs up with its minimalistic and elegant looks. For it has something that most of the smartphone heavyweights lack – personality. Touching the curved glass on its display is a celebration for your fingers, and the sloped sides make the device lay naturally in your palm. With its high-grade colored plastic casing, the Nokia N9 feels fresh, modern, and simply cute.

So, there you go, folks! The Motorola DROID RAZR scores the best product design award, followed by the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and the Nokia N9. But the PhoneArena Awards of 2011 are far from over yet! Stay tuned, as the next category will be announced no later than Monday.



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posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:20 12

1. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no htc, samsung or apple phones in the top 3? wow.. here comes the flame wars.. lol.

interesting choices though. :)

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:45 22

10. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Since iPhone 4s looks same as iPhone 4. They won't put it as a winner in this contest.

Quite obvious rly.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 15:46 2

36. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


a good reason normally escapes a blind fanboy flame post. :)

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:28 3

19. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


I disagree with this article, I think the RAZR is ugly as sin and way too thin and flat. It's like a rectangular pancake. If the iPhone was a 4" screen I would say it should be in the Top 3. SGS2 in white needs to be in Top 3 as well. I do like the N9. I bet the Nexus would be up there if it was white. And seriously, not a single HTC phone? I don't like HTC phones but visually they look good. Build quality is junk though.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:16 7

25. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I think the RAZR is sexy! My girlfriend has had to talk me out of buying it like 2-3 times in the past two weeks by reminding me that i'll just end up paying the $35 restocking fee when the Nexus releases...

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:24 5

2. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Something new!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:25 4

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


i thought you gonna give it to iphone since in every reveiw you guys say that iphone is better in design.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:15 10

18. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Your comment makes you sound like a sad little girl

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 15:10 4

28. DaveyJE24 (Posts: 54; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


same here. i was so surprised to get on here and see that the razr was the winner. guess im so used seeing Apple winning everything on this so called un biased web site

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:27 8

4. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I knew the Razr would win this as I clicked on the article, the Xperia Ray is nothing special, but I absolutely love the N9 unibody!

I thought the GALAXY Nexus should have been No. 2 though

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:29 2

5. Netolic (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


No LG or pantech?

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:00 8

23. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


LMAO! Thats a good one.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:31 6

6. ph00ny (Posts: 605; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I had N9/Lumia pegged for #1 but Razr is pretty ugly irl with the akward camera hump and completely mismatched color scheme of kevlar vs body

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:32 11

7. seylan (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


The Razre should have only won if it had a thinner screen bezel.
I think the N9/Nokia Lumia 800 should have won first place.
IMO

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:35 6

8. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


no lumia 800 ?

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:44 5

9. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


They put the N9 which is the same but 15% bigger.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:51 2

11. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


you are right but still its a different phone.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:51 8

12. bbblader (Posts: 580; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


oh come on the Nokia N9 deserves this spot its the most beautiful handset in the world i dont actually have one but a friend does and i kinda like it more than the razr and experia

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:57 12

13. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


My Sony Ericsson Neo or Arc is better slimmer and is amazing at looks than that of Sony Xperia Ray!!
Who the F**k writes this blog!!???
I'm seriously pissed off with this writer.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 03:21 4

33. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 803; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I agree with you, The Xperia Arc S white version or the Original Xperia arc Misty Silver is the sexiest by any means in the smartphone world. If you compare the Arc to these three mentioned side by side, they would absolutely sucked!

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 07:06 1

34. Nick_T (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 May 2011)


While it was a single person who wrote the article, it was the team of editors who chose the winner in the category, as well as the runner-ups. This is nothing more than PhoneArena's pick, and if you believe that a different device should have won the best design title, that is absolutely fine. No need for obscenities or an excessive use of punctuation marks.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:57 1

14. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I think the Razr should really have less of its massive bezel

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:01 5

15. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


And Nokia N9 or Nokia 800 deserves 1st place than that of stupid RaZR phone....!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:10 2

16. bigboss (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


The n9 should have been second at least if not first.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:10 2

17. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Nokia N9 is the best looking. Especially in black version.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:43

20. Tajeshwar (Posts: 8; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


i think Nokia N9 or Lumia 800 deserve the first place.... :(

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:46 2

21. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


YAHOO!!! MY phone won!! LOL, like I actually get some sort of monetary or personal gain from it. Yeah, the design is nice - thin phone, but no pull out battery, well with a little work that can change.

Everybody acts like because they buy a phone that they now own that company and that company cares about them.

Buy a phone and be happy with your choice.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:52

22. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


WHERE THE HTC AMAZE 4G FOR TMOBILE...

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:09

24. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


the htc amaze shouldve been #1...my girlfriend has that phone in white and man that phone is f**king rock soild wow prue perfection by htc...and has the spec to back it up compare to the nokia and sony...HTC AMAZE FOR THE WIN

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 15:47 1

37. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it also looks like every other HTC on the planet, hense it doesnt stick out.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:48 1

26. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Sony ericsson Ray '1st runner up'...!!!!!! I'm puzzled by ur choice PA, I thnk xperia arc or arc s looks more awesome than that stupid 'Ray'........... BTW thr shud hav been a tie between Razr nd N9 for 1st spot........ Though Razr has great looks but due to anamolies in it's design it look way bigger than other phones with same screen sizes...........

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 14:19

27. geedup (banned) (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I understand the Razr and Nokia, but experia?! I don't get that one. Apple still has the sexiest phone by far, but with no design change they don't qualify.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 15:47 1

38. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


nor does banned troll comments, taco---eerrr.. geedup. :)

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:45

29. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


HTC not mentioned. lol Almost all of their phones are similar in size and design.

but I heard thats going to change for CES, some consumer eletronics show.

possibly a brand new flagship phone.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 23:53 2

30. r41nier (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


XPERIA ARC!!

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 00:28 3

31. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 396; Member since: 24 May 2011)


i think the most beautiful phone i have seen is the xperia arc s...its just soo beautiful to look at..surprised its not in the top 3..

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 00:33

32. satydesh (Posts: 71; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


nokia n9 deserves the first spot!!!

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 12:03

35. Abdul92 (Posts: 43; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


Sony? Really? That thing is crap x10. The build quality suck and it's not visually pleasing. What about the nexus or the iPhone 4s--which is still a beautiful device

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 03:16

39. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 803; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Product design? the iPhone is the most beautiful? whahaha get your glasses dude, your eyes are actually blurry. . .

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 16:49

40. samda (Posts: 52; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


oh come on, two words only - XPERIA ARC. without contest

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 07:40

41. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Xperia Arc > Xperia Ray pl0x

posted on 21 Dec 2011, 04:01 1

42. panosalp (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Ray has a great design. People who had the chance to hold it to their hands would probably agree with this. If it had an apple trademark there would be way more buzz around it. Also Xperia arc had unique design and deserved a placement among top 3.

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