PhoneArena Awards 2011: Best product design

PhoneArena Awards 2011: Best product design
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the PhoneArena Awards of 2011! Today, we are here to announce the best product design of the year, and boy do we have a lot of candidates to grab the prestigious title. However, there can be only one winner in this category, but since we are good in heart, the second and third best devices will also get some attention. What we are mainly focusing on today is the way a product looks, but the way it feels when being used is also of great priority. Besides, premium materials are, of course, a plus. But before we start, allow us to remind you that we have already given six other awards over the past several days, so in case you have missed them, feel free to check them out.

And the award goes to: Motorola DROID RAZR

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure to hold the Motorola DROID RAZR knows exactly why we give it our best product design award. First of all, the RAZR is almost impossibly thin. It currently holds the title of thinnest smartphone on the market, for that matter, despite the fact that it boasts some cutting-edge hardware. Second, how often do you see a smartphone built out of stainless steel and Kevlar? The premium materials that have been used in its construction ensure its rigidity, so you know that the Motorola DROID RAZR will withstand the tests of time.

First runner-up: Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

If we had to describe the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray with a single word, that would be “adorable”. The smartphone is thin, light, and incredibly comfortable for single-handed use. On top of that, it has enough charm to grab the attention of the design-conscious audience, and Sony Ericsson didn't miss the chance to use the power of marketing to bring that up.

Second runner-up: Nokia N9

The Nokia N9 may be one of the outsiders on the smartphone scene, but when it comes to design, it surely scores two thumbs up with its minimalistic and elegant looks. For it has something that most of the smartphone heavyweights lack – personality. Touching the curved glass on its display is a celebration for your fingers, and the sloped sides make the device lay naturally in your palm. With its high-grade colored plastic casing, the Nokia N9 feels fresh, modern, and simply cute.

So, there you go, folks! The Motorola DROID RAZR scores the best product design award, followed by the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and the Nokia N9. But the PhoneArena Awards of 2011 are far from over yet! Stay tuned, as the next category will be announced no later than Monday.



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no htc, samsung or apple phones in the top 3? wow.. here comes the flame wars.. lol. interesting choices though. :)

10. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Since iPhone 4s looks same as iPhone 4. They won't put it as a winner in this contest. Quite obvious rly.

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

a good reason normally escapes a blind fanboy flame post. :)

19. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

I disagree with this article, I think the RAZR is ugly as sin and way too thin and flat. It's like a rectangular pancake. If the iPhone was a 4" screen I would say it should be in the Top 3. SGS2 in white needs to be in Top 3 as well. I do like the N9. I bet the Nexus would be up there if it was white. And seriously, not a single HTC phone? I don't like HTC phones but visually they look good. Build quality is junk though.

25. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I think the RAZR is sexy! My girlfriend has had to talk me out of buying it like 2-3 times in the past two weeks by reminding me that i'll just end up paying the $35 restocking fee when the Nexus releases...

2. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Something new!

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

i thought you gonna give it to iphone since in every reveiw you guys say that iphone is better in design.

18. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

Your comment makes you sound like a sad little girl

28. DaveyJE24

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

same here. i was so surprised to get on here and see that the razr was the winner. guess im so used seeing Apple winning everything on this so called un biased web site

4. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I knew the Razr would win this as I clicked on the article, the Xperia Ray is nothing special, but I absolutely love the N9 unibody! I thought the GALAXY Nexus should have been No. 2 though

5. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

No LG or pantech?

23. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

LMAO! Thats a good one.

6. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

I had N9/Lumia pegged for #1 but Razr is pretty ugly irl with the akward camera hump and completely mismatched color scheme of kevlar vs body

7. seylan

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

The Razre should have only won if it had a thinner screen bezel. I think the N9/Nokia Lumia 800 should have won first place. IMO

8. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

no lumia 800 ?

9. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

They put the N9 which is the same but 15% bigger.

11. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

you are right but still its a different phone.

12. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

oh come on the Nokia N9 deserves this spot its the most beautiful handset in the world i dont actually have one but a friend does and i kinda like it more than the razr and experia

13. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

My Sony Ericsson Neo or Arc is better slimmer and is amazing at looks than that of Sony Xperia Ray!! Who the F**k writes this blog!!??? I'm seriously pissed off with this writer.

33. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I agree with you, The Xperia Arc S white version or the Original Xperia arc Misty Silver is the sexiest by any means in the smartphone world. If you compare the Arc to these three mentioned side by side, they would absolutely sucked!

34. Nick_T

Posts: 187; Member since: May 27, 2011

While it was a single person who wrote the article, it was the team of editors who chose the winner in the category, as well as the runner-ups. This is nothing more than PhoneArena's pick, and if you believe that a different device should have won the best design title, that is absolutely fine. No need for obscenities or an excessive use of punctuation marks.

14. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I think the Razr should really have less of its massive bezel

15. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

And Nokia N9 or Nokia 800 deserves 1st place than that of stupid RaZR phone....!

16. bigboss

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The n9 should have been second at least if not first.

17. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Nokia N9 is the best looking. Especially in black version.

20. Tajeshwar

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

i think Nokia N9 or Lumia 800 deserve the first place.... :(

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

YAHOO!!! MY phone won!! LOL, like I actually get some sort of monetary or personal gain from it. Yeah, the design is nice - thin phone, but no pull out battery, well with a little work that can change. Everybody acts like because they buy a phone that they now own that company and that company cares about them. Buy a phone and be happy with your choice.

22. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011


24. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

the htc amaze shouldve been girlfriend has that phone in white and man that phone is f**king rock soild wow prue perfection by htc...and has the spec to back it up compare to the nokia and sony...HTC AMAZE FOR THE WIN

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it also looks like every other HTC on the planet, hense it doesnt stick out.

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