7 classic phones with eye-catching design

7 classic phones with eye-catching design
Nowadays, we can hardly be surprised by how a certain handset looks. Most devices come in the candybar form-factor that works so well with large touchscreen panels. And while that's all good, it also means that some of the color and extravagancy of the market has been lost along the way. While casual observers might even be having a hard time distinguishing most phones from one another these days, we'd like to remind our readers that it didn't use to be like this. There was a time, not that long ago, when companies were trying to attract our attention with visually impressive products, with some truly different, eye-catching and forward-looking exterior designs.

From time to time, we tend to drift away in our thoughts, remembering some of the more peculiar handsets that hit the market in relatively recent history. Then, we remind ourselves how awkward using some of those devices was, so we immediately remember how grateful we are for having the superphones that we have today... but boy do we miss those fancy appearances! OK, let's pay a visit to nostalgia-land and take a few minutes to feast our eyes on some of the beautiful products that once made the mobile market such a fun place to be. In no particular order...

LG Crystal

Launched in June, 2009, the LG Crystal was not a smartphone, but was a stylish slider phone with a very special twist: its numeric keyboard was transparent! Yep, one could actually see though the device's keypad - how cool is that? Of course, it didn't enhance anything in terms of function, and probably made using the phone a tad more cumbersome than if it was with a normal keypad, but hey, that's the price you have to pay for... well, a transparent keyboard.

Nokia 8800 Arte

The Nokia 8800 Arte was an elegant and even luxurious slider. Specs-wise, it wasn't anything extraordinary, even for its time - with a 2" QVGA screen and a 3.2 MP camera, the 8800 Arte was your average dumb-phone, but its quality exterior made it special - an appealing combination of stainless steel, glass and chrome framing. Yummy!

LG New Chocolate

Can you think of any other phone with such elongated bar design? Such gems are very few and far between, so it's a great pleasure for us to remember the LG New Chocolate. A 4" display with resolution of 345 x 800 pixels - now that's something new! Or is it old? Oh well, we guess it's quite old since it was released in 2009, but nevertheless, it looks just as cool today!

Nokia Prism 7900

Now, check this baby out - the Nokia Prism 7900! A standard keypad-loaded candybar made fun! We know what you're thinking - this design is quite... prismatic, and we have to agree. Then again, we guess that's the whole point. A 2" OLED display adds some icing to this cake of novelty.

Motorola AURA

Positioned in the super-expensive price segment, the Motorola AURA was an enigmatic handset that possessed a rather intriguing asset - a round display! Too sci-fi for your taste? Well, it probably is, but we can't have a list like this without mentioning this extravagant phone.

Motorola RAZR V3

Ah, now we're talking! A phone that will remain in history books as one of the most successful and gorgeous handsets of all time. Sure, it may not be anything to write home about in the specs department, but that metal design man, so thin and sexy!

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness

We'll wrap things up with this most peculiar phone - the Xperia Pureness by Sony! Sorry, we meant Sony Ericsson. Back when the whole world was collapsing for any phone manufacturer not named Apple, some companies insisted they should try and amaze us with technological innovations such as this here transparent screen. Well, it was obviously a bad move, but it's also something to be remembered, if only for being so different from everything else.



25. HildyJ

Posts: 346; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

For sheer design chops, I'd include Nokia's 'lipstick' phone, the 7280. Fortune named it one of the top 25 products of the year and it won an iF Product Design Award for Consumer Electronics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nokia_7280.jpghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_7280

24. Raihanpatel111 unregistered

phone with eye-catching design.... the only thing that catching my eyes was huge huge watermarks of phonearena.... thats it... seriously phonearena need to work on that

23. Looser99

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Wow just look at those Phonearena watermarks. Unbelievable man ! Really, i was trying to get a better look at those shiny phones but everytime i ended up looking at those huge watermarks ! Will you guyz do something about that please ? Ruins the viewing pleasure so much...

22. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

I still had the RAZR2 V8 last year at this time. It had such a sexy design. sad its no more working now. i still have a working ROKR E8 and it has great design too.

21. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Pic 13 at LG New Chocolate... is that an iPhone clone?

19. LRSousa

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Where is the xperia Arc/Arc S? This is by far the #1 in beauty! PERIOD!

17. magnanimus

Posts: 566; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Arte8800 isn't here to brag about his "premium" phone :D

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Some days I miss the RAZR, it was so bulletproof. Drop it in a pocket an go. Had a decently loud external speaker, which is somewhat rare these days.

15. AnukulVcool unregistered

Sony Ericsson Cyber shot and Walkman phones were very beautiful. w980, aino, k800, c905 .......

13. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

that LG new chocolate looks like a remote back then......

11. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

I'll stick to my W600

10. TruthSpeaker unregistered

Loved the spring loaded Samsung X830. Still got it somewhere.

9. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

motorola razr v3,my fav design

8. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Both LG phones were there worst phones, i had both and they wasnt great at all but then again, i dont see any decent phones on the list

7. rahul.niks

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

although eye catching could be said about them i don't find moto aura or Xperia pureness to be considered pretty, but PA should start a poll about a phone to be considered best looking

6. h.kansara

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Motorola A1200 ? Most striking design ever ! You Could see the two wires for the earpiece.

3. alipashang77

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Motorola Aura's display looks very similiar to Moto 360!


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

OMG Motorola Aura is so cool! (And useless :-/)

12. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

GET REAL GUYS. Today the "design" of smartphones is irrelevant. (it's only iPropaganda tool. LOL) Todays smartphones are ONLY DISPLAY , and nothing else. Disappearing of the bezels , don't make room for any "design" anymore. Same happen with the TVs. No design there, anymore. Only the obsolete big bezels phones can talk about design . Right? Besides everyone use cases for so thin and expensive devices.

14. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

very small bezels on a phone are not practical, think about accidental touches and durability, for me 2-3 mm side bezels and 1 cm top and bottom bezels are perfect

18. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well , even then, THERE IS NO ROOM FOR DESIGN. "Design" is the only tool that apple propaganda have now left. End it's BS-nonsense nowadays. Same nonsense is to talk "design" of the TVs today.

1. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

What about Sony Ericsson W550i?

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Is that a SE W550i in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Or is that a brick?

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Now, the W995, that was a sexy phone. Nothing revolutionary or all that different, but it took the best of everything and put it in one phone.

20. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I can't wait for arte to comment

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