H1 2014 in review: 6 best product designs

H1 2014 in review: 6 best product designs
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!

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1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I prefer z2 design but gotta admit the m8 is easier to hold

2. Arte-8800

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.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You clearly haven't used a curved back phone then, they are not that curved to wobble, just cut that crap.

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I have a HtcOne, which I really love so much, but hate the M8, cause it has more curves. The One had less curves.

39. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

How many phones do you actually have? iPhone, S5, Z2 now M8?!

52. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Wrong Z2 N3 Exynos HtcOne L1020 Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte

50. phonejustice

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

i have both the m8 and m7, i personally liked the m8, which is actually much better to hold.

53. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

But looks ugly then the HtcOne, and longer and curvier than the M7 M7 is a superb looking device.

17. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I've had several and they often wobble when you try tout use them on a flat surface.

61. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

Who use a smartphone on a flat surface. I hold my smartphone in my hand. Its not a tabletop

23. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

So I'm guessing ur hulk smashing the screen to get a dial. Ur just a thin head

10. buccob

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 :(

63. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Remember, they add some bright colors too

33. josephnero

Posts: 779; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Z2 For me.but tastes differ

57. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

vivo xplay 3s should be in the list too bcoz its a beautiful phone

59. marcski07

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.)

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Oh, Sony got 2! :)

4. karamelakimo

Posts: 109; Member since: May 26, 2014

Sony always has the perfect and awesome desings great respect to HTc too

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Always did from early 80s Always has Always will Why comprise Like no others Make and believe

15. adwienc

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

20. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

its only been a year and a half, xperia z came out last year

29. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Ok, almost 2 years, c'mon does it really make such difference to You?

34. romeo1

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.

42. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

How many phones they made with the same design? Z,z1,z2,zl,zr,c etc. so within 2 years almost dozen phones with same design., lolz

41. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

What always? Since xperia z where is the innovation in slab ? 3 flagships n many mid range n low range has the same design, duh.

5. Withtechfriends

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Arte, do yourself a favor and pick the phone up. Or you can always voice dictate if your that damn lazy.

6. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

hey what happened to LG G3 ????????

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Drop test happened.

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Ugly plastic!!

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yeap Cheap junk dustbin plastic

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