H1 2014 in review: 6 best product designs
posted by Nick T. / Jul 04, 2014, 10:37 AM
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!
This story is part of:H1 2014 in review (7 updates)
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7 July H1 2014 in review: 6 underrated products and featuresIt is time for another post in our "H1 2014 in review" series where we take a look back at notable products and solutions launched over the past 6 months. Today's topic – underrated products, features, and anything that we'd describe as awesome even though most people don't seem to take notice...
4 July H1 2014 in review: 6 best product designsWe 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...
3 July H1 2014 in review: 6 flops and disappointmentsAnd so we continue with our review of the year's first half. Today's topic – flops and disappointments. Yup, we'll be talking about the underwhelming products and solutions that we dealt with at some point during the past six months. And most of them involve some big names with respect in the industry, which goes to show that nobody is immune to flopping every once in a while...
Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013
I prefer z2 design but gotta admit the m8 is easier to hold
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 10:41 AM 14
Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014
And ugly curvy design, and awkward to text and dial when left on the table. Wobbles left to right.
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 10:46 AM 3
Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012
I actually would prefer the Japanese plastic ZL2 version... smaller footprint, easier to hold, flat on the table as well, less prone to cracking... But nowhere near the American continent :(
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 11:01 AM 2
Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014
htc imo, with that stripe design, and unbalance screen/bezel ratio, is ugly FOR ME... and m8, i dunno, it looks the design of green lantern's emblem.. i hate the duo camera. and their big circle camera. z2 also is not that beautiful, thick bezels and plain slab at back makes it look boring, yes, it is elegant when the screen are all black, but hell ugly when turned on. again BEZELS killed the design on tablet. this are "MY" line up.. 1. z2 (flagship category) 2. z1 compact (below 5" inch category/mini category) 3. ipad mini w/ retina/ipad air (tablet category 4. huawei p7 (mid range/cheap priced category, the affordable best designed handset I've ever seen. PHP 19-21k / $436.88-482.87) 5 moto 360 (smart watch category.)
posted on Jul 06, 2014, 6:29 PM 0
Posts: 109; Member since: May 26, 2014
Sony always has the perfect and awesome desings great respect to HTc too
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 10:53 AM 12
Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014
Shame that for 2 years they didn't change anything about their design, and don't tell me crap like "why should they change perfection" because they are just to lazy or afraid to experiment, Omnibalance is such a trivius design, I know it's elegant, but it's just plain rectangle with one silver button on side and everybody is delighted with it :P
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 11:47 AM 2
Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012
You can say its in the same design language as the z but they look quite different to me. I loved the z cause it had those rubberised sides and i liked its design more than the z1. But i prefer the z2 design now as it looks better. And the same could be said about the htc one m7/m8 and samsung s3/4/5. And apple is the worst. Is it 4 years now? Anyway for me it isn't a problem cause the biggest part of buying a phone for me is the feel in the hand. And for me it feels like im having a expensive phone worth my money that can do everything i want from it.
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 4:17 PM 3
Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014
hey what happened to LG G3 ????????
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 10:53 AM 1
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