5 phones that prove that unique and interesting design is still possible

After years of trial and error in the phone world, it finally seems that we have settled: the majority of phones these days are either regularly sized (4.7" to 5") or phablets (5.5" to 5.7", and sometimes a bit larger). They are considered premium if they feature metal and glass, and everyone is trying to make them thinner. And that's a good thing - gone are the absurd experiments of days past when phones looked weird and sometimes plain ridiculous, and nowadays you know that you are getting a device that has past the design test of time and will be practical to use.

Yet still, we - as phone enthusiasts - are left craving for a bit more, something a bit different, something that will set us apart from the mass. We are looking for a unique, original and interesting design that does not break the rules of practicality, yet retains its own vibe.

Luckily, we've been seeing some interesting new phones that differentiate in design with some clever features. Those might often seem like small details, but they are what make the difference between a generic and an original design. So here they are, the 5 recent phones that are keeping things a bit different than all the rest.

Oppo Mirror 5

The Oppo Mirror 5 looks like your regular slab of a smartphone: a sturdy metal frame and compact-for-the-size form factor, but turn it to its back and tilt it around and you'll see a unique crystal-like (or diamond-like, if you prefer) pattern that changes shapes and forms when light hits it from different angles. What a cool feature, and what a great example of doing subtle things that add a lot of design flair to an otherwise familiar design. As for the rest, the new Oppo phone sports a 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and offers LTE connectivity, as well as dual SIM support. The smartphone has a 5 MP front-facing camera, and an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash. Other features include a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2420 mAh battery.

Ramos Mos 1

The Ramos Mos 1 is a new phone from Chinese tablet maker Ramos. In fact, it's the company's entry in the Android smartphone world, and the company made it a point that these days devices really look alike. That's why its Ramos Mos 1 - despite again featuring the proven rectangular slab form factor - also has a very distinct side with a unique layered design. Again, a small touch, but one that adds a lot of unique style and character to this smartphone. As for all the rest, the Ramos Mos 1 is a 5.5-inch device with a 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution, it comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system chip, a 13-megapixel main camera and a 3,050mAh battery.


The LG G4 is the obvious choice when it comes to experimental design these days: after all, it's one of very few devices to take risks and deviate from the Apple-led path of aluminum, super thin phones. The LG G4 is not made of metal, nor is it thin. However, its genuine leather cover feels soft to touch and adds to it a very charming character, one that is very inviting and cozy. For all the rest, the LG G4 is a true flagship with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, the Snapdragon 808 system chip and one of the best cameras on Android - a 13-megapixel shooter. It also retains the features power users love - a user-removable battery and a microSD expansion card slot.

Motorola Moto X

The Motorola Moto X is the oldest phone in this round-up, but it was the one that we have the most respect for. Yes, Apple design guru Jony Ive trashed it for surrendering design by giving all choice to users with the unique Moto Maker, but after all, we don't expect Apple to endorse its competitors. Fact is that having the option to get a phone with a leather or a bamboo cover, with buttons, and an engraving is plain cool, and as personal as it gets. We do hope that Motorola keeps all those options, and luckily - as per recent leaks - it seems that the Lenovo-run company will not only keep, but expand this by providing the option for the even more affordable Moto G (2015 edition). Awesome!

Doogee F3 Pro

The Doogee F3 Pro is a handset from Chinese company Doogee, a name that is foreign to most consumers, but not to enthusiasts. Doogee has made a name for itself recently with its very affordable devices, and it's now stepping up design as well with the Doogee F3 Pro. Now, it does carry a very clear influence from the Galaxy S6, but not as far as to call it a copy - the phone has a unique back pattern with a glass cover and a setup for the camera, and we're just amazed that you can get such level of craftsmanship for a price of just $160 off contract. The specs of this guy include a 5-inch Full HD display, the mid-grade MT6753 system chip with an impressive 3GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel main shooter.



1. Danini1112

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

You said "unique" and "design" but where is the S6 Edge ? Because all we got here, it's just about the change of side and the back of the phone. If I buy a special Back Cover for my Note 4 so I can say it has an unique design too ?

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What? There's no way the Edge is more unique that that phone with the shiny back, the one with the ridges on the side, or the one with the "unique back pattern." Those phones are simply WAY more interesting! ...Joking aside, yeah, the S6 Edge definitely got cut (or even the Note 4 Edge), and I think the OG HTC One belongs there too, especially if we're including the Moto X.

18. waddup121 unregistered

No edge come on

2. Cela911

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

LG G4 camera 16MP typo

3. harshit.khanna

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

The first two look a lot like the Xperia Z series... How does it make them unique?

5. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

the first one is unique because it combines the design features from the xperia z series and htc diamond.

4. Simona unregistered

Oppo took design from Huawei ... Anyway .. why that guy on pictures holds smartphones like some guy d**k in porn ? I's kind of weird.. I've seen it in most articles..

8. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Hmm, you skilled guy, I see :)

7. grancu

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Isn't the Oppo Mirror a copy of the Elephone S2 and in turns, both take hints from the HTC Diamond?? What's unique about that?

10. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Oppo is basically Xperia Z series with some pattern under the glass.

9. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

+ sharp aquos X

11. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Unique? none here. Unique designs were the crazy stuff that Nokia did many years ago. IMO all the phones here "took something" from "something else", I believe nowadays it's hard to come with something really outstanding. Regarding the list, I think the S6/Note4 Edge models deserved at least a mention.

12. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I fail to get how some people are in love with Motorola phones. Nothing special, nothing to get excited about in my opinion. Displays are too small, limited storage, no SD card, so-so battery life.

13. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

No xperia no s6 edge .. who wrote this stupid article

14. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Almost all your examples are bad. Moto X/Nexus sure but only the back, OPPO had mirror finish and that blue a while ago, this is a minor evolution. LG G4 is horrible and a huge step back from G3. Rmos Mos1 is one of the ugliest phones this year and the Doogee is rather unapealing too (the weird retro back of the Umi Iron much more interesting). Sharp Crystal & friends, S6 Edge (as flawed as it is) are by far the most relevant but you skip them.

16. jayd3n

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

"huge step back"? in what department? don't talk BS if you know nothing.

15. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

No GS6 Edge?

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Dodgee? Seriously?

19. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

No s6 edge, note edge or sharp phones but they put in copycats like the Ramos Mos 1

20. pt020

Posts: 160; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Was this article written by Oppo?

21. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

"unique" like the Oppo (htc) diamond, the Ramos Xperia and the Doogee s6 edge...

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