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This is the new PhoneArena

Posted: , by Ray S.

This is the new PhoneArena
Dear users,

We, at PhoneArena, are always working hard to provide you with a better experience each day. However, in addition to bringing you top-notch content such as in-depth phone reviews, an incredibly detailed and complete specification database with full 360-degree views, video reviews and size comparisons, along with exhaustive daily news coverage, we also want to make sure that you, our users, enjoy the best visual presentation and user experience possible.

That is why we created a brand new PhoneArena design, in a move to meet the ever-increasing demand for high-quality coverage and ease of use. The new PhoneArena needs no description though, as we are true to what we have always been – the premium site for phone information. Feel free to explore the new design and functionalities that we've come up with and share your thoughts and opinions in the new comment section below!

Still, have in mind that in order to provide you with this new experience as soon as possible, we had to leave some things for later, meaning that even more new features will become available shortly. Naturally, it is not out of the question that some bugs and issues may occur, for which we apologize, so in case you spot something, please contact us using this form.    

Thank you for being the wonderful users that you are!

UPDATE: We want to assure you that we are reading all the comments and taking all the valuable feedback into account. We are doing our best to fulfill your requests as fast as we can. Stay tuned!

UPDATE 2: Thanks for all the feedback. The Phone Compare feature and the full Phone Filter will be brought back very soon! There will be an alternative visualization available for the Home page, similar (not the same) to the old one! 

Update 3 (Oct 29th, 2010): As promised we now have a home page visualization very similar to our old one. Please, expect A LOT of new features to be introduced in the coming weeks. 

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 10:37 2

1. iPhone2 (unregistered)

WOW, pretty impressive. Congrats guys!

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 10:37 2

2. InfDaMarvel (Posts: 17; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

I like the new site,
I dont like the amount of white space you have used. Some elements just dont seem to stand out as much as they used too.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 10:38

3. InfDaMarvel (Posts: 17; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

edit: Edit button didnt work lol
o and the main bar at the top doesn't function to well on phones itself.

posted on 25 Oct 2010, 07:09

77. samyso (unregistered)

WOW, this new site sucks. Not impressive. You screwed up guys.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 12:58 1

4. Dujai R. (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)

the new phonearena web design and features are excellent. there are intuitive and easy to use. most of all attractive. ^.^

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 10:59

5. Corps1089.2 (unregistered)

Can not submit bug report page, javascript error on page
1. select login link on home page- page scrolls to bottom versus to login popop.
2. Login popup prompts for email and PW- versus ID and PW for previous version: I do not know which email I used to previously register, tried the three candidates and none worked.
3. There is no feature for email assistance in login popup if email portion of login is unknown.
4. There is no soft error message at select login button in login popup if the email is in invalid format or if the email is not known.
5. MOST IMPORTANT!!!! Default font and picture size are WAY TO LARGE; not enough information is presented to the user on the page; too much of the page is below the fold. This makes it very hard to use the site, user must phsyically scroll for more of the page instead of being able to visually scan the page for more information.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 11:06 1

6. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

too much white space. viewing this on my mobile is draining the battery.... also, where are my profile's "favourites"? I was tracking some stories and products..... pages load slow as well. too heavy for too little.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 11:07 1

7. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

....our avatars are lame-o.... and we can't add our own images yet..... giddy-up!

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 11:09 1

8. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

the antenna doesn't work.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 11:10

9. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

Great! i'm sitting here and just spilled wi-fi all over my coffee!!!!! damnit!

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 11:11 10

10. Marisha Mallone (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)

Not really a fan of the new layout. Part of the reason I like PhoneArena is because it is different both in layout and philosophy from most of the other phone/tech blogs I read (e.g. BGR, Engadget). Seems like this is trying to be like Engadget, less info on the screen and you have to scroll down to see everything, I liked how the old layout presented all the info on one screen.

posted on 24 Oct 2010, 21:16

70. brortarkarNib (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Oct 2010)

Much Agreed.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 11:12

11. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

apparently there needs to be more words to post that... so there, here they are....

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 11:13 2

12. The papajay224 (unregistered)

First of all I couldnt log in, and everything is too messy, I like the Old PA. This looks to much like BGR and and the other sites.. PA actually had a professional lay out, this looks like a mess. Way to big, way to white and REALY REALY MESSY. Its like someone crumbled up the old website and threw it at the screen and it splatterd all over PA.com

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 11:40

13. Alex A (unregistered)

Looks different, but nice. I like it

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 11:58

14. David T (unregistered)

I really like it!

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 12:20 1

15. Johnabis (unregistered)

I agree with the other guy who posted, I liked the old design better. this one seems more like engadget

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 12:28 1

16. lgchocolate (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Oct 2010)

Wow. Bring back the old site. This feels like it has half the information I was able to see from before on a page. Now I feel like I am scrolling myself to death to navigate around. The website is such a turn off now.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 14:10 2

17. ihateapple (unregistered)

This new site SUCKS!!! Can't login, can't downvote, can't frequent this site anymore...such a shame!

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 22:15 1

18. android_hitman (unregistered)


i LOVE it

good job

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 14:17 1

19. Androidluv (Posts: 65; Member since: 13 Jul 2010)

I want the old PA back.. :-(

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 14:23

20. dennis (unregistered)

looks just like some of the other sites now, probably designed by the same company. really liked the old site's layout everything was easy to find. but will still visit daily

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 15:44

21. oddmanout (Posts: 442; Member since: 22 May 2009)

Definitely improved. Might need some work here and there but overall good job. PA needs this. Now they just need some better reviewers.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 14:49

22. steelfoxdesign (unregistered)

Hate the new layout! There is so much missing here from the old design that made phonearena great. Sorry guys, this is pretty weak. Looks like its all about ad revenue now instead of great information. Not sure I'll be using phonearena again unless the design is changed back. Thanks for all the time it was good tho.


posted on 20 Oct 2010, 14:53 2

23. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

switching back to gsmarena.com the new PA is a mess.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 15:32 1

24. tinick (unregistered)

Hi guys!
Thanks for the effort to make a new layout for the website... But I agree with several people: I much prefer the old design.
There is way too much white space, fonts are a bit too big, LOTS of scrolling, much less information in one page, even the search (for phone features) is lacking it's usual usefullness, etc.
It was nice to have dense information and I feel it was probably more "mobile friendly" (unless that was the reason why you changed it!)...
Anyway... I hope you'll find a compromise at least!
Good luck!

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 17:24

25. ThreeFourSeven (unregistered)

I like the new design but I do agree with others. Too much white space, get some variety of colors. Thanks.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 17:38

26. Ebonyks (Posts: 20; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

This new layout is terrible, your use of white space is excessive, and significantly more effort needs to be taken by the end user to absorb the information on your page. You need to shrink your fonts and icons greatly. You've changed a functional, albeit busy homepage into something sparse, and unwieldy. People like your site because it's compact, efficient, and tightly organized.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 20:51 2

27. cristianer (Posts: 42; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)

OMG !!! What did you do!!!!???? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 17:58

28. dougxs (unregistered)

i didnt like the new look of it, the old style was better. you had everything on you page without needs to scroll down the page to find out what is going on, things got to be easy, accessible, the new look is has big icons and it is quite nice, but not easy and accessible, that is wot i think ............

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 18:05 2

29. Vegas89 (Posts: 51; Member since: 15 Mar 2010)

Way to much white, I liked the old look alot more. Now it looks to much like other sites.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 18:53

30. Dext (unregistered)

I hate this new site where is the compare button.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 19:16

31. tpiazz01 (unregistered)

i actually like the old site...i understand you have to update sometimes but we are all creatures of habit....we want to read about new phones...not new formats to the site we love to read.

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 21:14

32. david79 (unregistered)

liked the old layout much better!!! too much scrolling and clicking required! the older layout had pretty much most of the info in one screen!!!!

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 22:25 1

33. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)

The new site flat out SUCKS! Loads too slow. I could NOT login from my cell phone! Hello you are a cell phone site.

And I can NOT stand the damn text starting so close to the left edge on my phone. Have you ever heard of this thing called a margin???????

Oh well, the site is going down hill. Every other story is the "rumor' verizon iphone. Any iphone story is followed by all the android loving, iphone haters. All the android stories are followed by the iphone loving, android haters.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 14:12

47. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)

its cause you have a shit-tacular iphone and att. loads fine on my x

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 21:40

34. applesr4eatingtoo (unregistered)

Major fail Apple Fan Boys, I can't get into my user account on you "New and Improved Site". On a question you posed on a different thread, What features do I want on a smartphone? Only the ones Steve Jobs tells me I want... that is the right answer... right?

posted on 20 Oct 2010, 22:39

35. whiddles1 (unregistered)

Does not work well with WORKS out dated browser. Loads everything left justified

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 00:12 1

36. InfDaMarvel (Posts: 17; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

Honestly you guys deserve a refund for whoever designed your site. I'm sorry, I just spent time looking at my favorite gadget/game sites, including this one.

To much white, no enough variety of colors, not using of dark colors to make things stand out. Focus is lost and the site is harder to navigate.(Prob first lesson you'd learn in web design, I'm no designer though)

I notice joystiq and engadget have the same exact look in which you seem to be adopting. Yet this has done the worse job of it. I really enjoy this site but this is alil disappointing.

Needs work for sure..

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 00:14

37. InfDaMarvel (Posts: 17; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

O and your a cell phone site with the website that doesn't function to well with smart phones themselves. At least not my Android 2.1 based Epic4g. Which has a great web browsing experience depending on which browser your using.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 01:28

38. jk (unregistered)

I dont like it

*Ease of use is crap the other site had ease of use
* design wise its modern but the other site had more style than this
*final change it back or have the same layout as before but just change the color, seriously I'm just trying to help.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 02:05 1

39. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

This new look is like Coke II. It's not too bad...some like it and others may get use to it. But its not half as good as the original. The old site was really unique, easy to use and eye-catching. This looks like every other tech site now, and the white is way too sterile. I honestly thought I had accidentally pressed my Engadget bookmark instead of PhoneArena. I usually pull up PA at less 4 or 5 time a day. Today I pulled it up twice, and the second time was to see if it was changed back.

PhoneArena is one of my favorite websites and I'm sure many others feel the same way. It was a great idea to freshen up the old site with some different colors and maybe a few small tweeks. But this new look is so uninviting it will eventually drive most of us away.

Please change it back!

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 07:10

40. Person (unregistered)

I thought I went to phone arena not myspace =\ .....

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 07:21

41. Muser (unregistered)

What happened to the compare feature?!? That was the main reason I visited this site - your compare feature was second to none. I can't find it in the new layout, so either it was removed (MAJOR bad move), or due to the site's new inefficient layout, it's buried in an obscure location and I can't find it (also a bad move).

I think the majority opinion represented in the comments says it all: the old layout was far better. Seems like the "If it ain't broke, fix it" fairy flew by and sprinkled dust on y'all.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 07:44

42. Bobi (unregistered)

i don't like this new look , before was easier , where's the compare option ? i can't find it

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 08:53

43. Steve (unregistered)

Wow, nice job! Way better than the OLD one.

But it looks a bit like Engadget site!

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 09:41

44. jed (unregistered)

Sorry, not a big fan of the new layout. While it is probably more "touch screen" friendly. I personally find it harder to navigate and too "in your face" compared to the old site. But i love your guys reviews so it probably won't keep me away too much.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 10:46 1

45. Gabers (unregistered)

Nice work guys, this looks great! It took me a little bit to adjust, but it was pretty intuitive as I dove in and was an improvement after all!

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 13:08 1

46. Hippo (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Aug 2010)

This new design is terrible.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 14:15

48. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)

i dont mind most of it, little too much white. i dont like how the comments look. too hard to see who is replying to what and the fonts too big. other than that im psyched hawk cant use his iphone to bother us now.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 15:18 1

49. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)

Waay too much white space. I love updates to pages, but I miss how tight and small stories were. For me, I could read the head lines and find what I wanted very quickly. Now, I feel I have to scroll and scroll just to find things. Story pics and headlines do not need to be that big. If we wanna read, we will click and open.

Like many have said, the similarity to Engadget is kinda meh. U had your own identity, get it back!

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 15:04

50. Frustrated (unregistered)

The search features for advanced search was what I used to love about your site. now that functionality is gone and that sucks because you guys were the best out there for detailed searches. Now you guys decided to be like everyone else...how original!

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 18:53 1

51. stunna (unregistered)

Don't reinvent the wheel old site was perfectly fine it was enjoyable to go to the site to the right had all the top stories to the left it had an awesome navigation ui. Now the site doesn't properly load its to wide and the ui is to clunky. Go back to how it was if not might have to start looking for alternate site.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 19:55

52. Martin (unregistered)

This is just like windows phone 7....just really hard to get an overview of the homepage.
Just lots of big big pictures and white......this looks really bad on a computer.
Your last homepage was much better, easier to read.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 19:57 1

53. meiwah98 (unregistered)

I like the new homepage; big and bright, but I MISS your "upcoming phone" section for each provider. I always want to see what is new coming up in the next months.

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 01:02 1

55. WingManGT (unregistered)

The section is till there :). Just open the carrier's phone page and there is the upcoming tab.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 20:57

54. thegradient (unregistered)

From a design information perspective... NO sir! Conformity is boring and apparently messy! Honestly, the site looks like it was designed by a kid!

"we also want to make sure that you, our users, enjoy the best visual presentation and user experience possible." really... repulsive and disjointed comes to mind! Of course, this could be a joke while the real updated site is being prepped. Crosses fingers!

The old layout for me worked much better in selecting the information one wanted to read.

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 05:11

56. Jbed (unregistered)

I know I need to give it a try but I really did like the old layout but so goes change and I will give it some time....where did the phone compare go I know it is there....

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 06:22 2

57. raulcvc (unregistered)

The option of comparing phone specifications between diferent models has disappeared. Is this the way they improve the web? I think this is a big error.

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 09:01 2

58. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)

The thing is...I hope someone or some group is really looking through these comments and hopefully will make the proper adjustments. Please, don't make me go to phonescoop.com for ALL of my electronic news and needs.

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