PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best Product Design

PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best Product Design
When checking out a new gadget, one of the first things that creates an impression in a consumer's mind is the way the device looks and the way it feels when it is being used. In other words, a product's design is a pretty big deal, and companies that make phones and tablets are well aware of that fact.

That is why the next category in the PhoneArena Awards of 2012 is for the best product design. 

We had more than a few devices in mind when picking the best of the best, so we decided to split them into two categories - one for smartphones and one for tablets. And here they are, check them out below and let us know if you agree with the devices we've picked!



Slim, solid, and stylish - that's how we'd describe the HTC One S in a few words. At the time of its release it was among the thinnest Android smartphones one could find. And one of the lightest too, tipping the scales at only 120 grams, despite being mostly made out of anodized metal. But what's more important than raw figures is that the handset is, without a doubt, extremely attractive - both pleasant to hold and a pleasure to admire.

Apple iPhone 5

At first we were somewhat disappointed to know that the iPhone 5 looks exactly like rumors claimed it will. But after getting the chance to check it out first hand, all negative feelings suddenly vanished. Apple's newest iPhone is a great-looking device that is easy to operate and comfortable to hold. At the same time, it is crafted with utmost attention to detail, just like its predecessor and every other product that Apple has released lately.

Nokia Lumia 920

Yeah, it's a Lumia: one can easily tell that the very instant they pick up a Nokia Lumia 920. But is there anything wrong with sticking to the lineup's distinctive design language? Of course not! Nokia's current Windows Phone 8 flagship is a solid, sturdy handset, and unlike many other high-end devices, it is actually available in a multitude of bright, punchy colors.


Micorosoft Surface

At first, one might think that the Microsoft Surface is just an ordinary slab with a screen on its front. However, a closer look reveals just how much attention has been paid when Microsoft's team of engineers designed this slate. It is a highly durable gadget that will surely withstand the tests of time thanks to its rigid chassis made out of magnesium composite. Last but not least, the Microsoft surface has a kickstand! Does your tablet have one? We bet it doesn't.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

The aluminum patterned body and the solid build construction position the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity right into the premium category. It is a beautiful tablet that grabs your attention the very instant it appears before your eyes. Take this out your back pack on your next visit to Starbucks and just watch how you'll be noticed even by those wielding an iPad. 

Apple iPad mini

And speaking of iPads, here's one that we believe deserves to be on this list. The iPad mini is just as well made as its full-sized brother, but it comes in a smaller package, which makes it more compact and easier to carry around.

And these, dear readers, are the 2012 smartphones and tablets, the design of which we like the most! Stay tuned for the next category in the PhoneArena Awards of 2012 will be announced in 24 hours!

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1. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yeah , Lumia baby !! ;)

41. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

HTC Windows Phone 8X for design really. Nokia's getting quite redundant.

46. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

nokia are getting redundant, the design is solid but id say HTC 8s for design

60. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

im wit you on this one, the 8s is slimmer and a bit more attractive than the bulky nokia........not hating people just giving my opinion

191. TechCheque

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

For you all saying Lumia 920 is bulky: The device is using the world's smallest hardware enabled Image Stabilizer, Wireless Charging, NFC, 2000mh battery, and it's still ONLY 3mm thicker than iPhone 5. It's also pretty funny to look people complaining its bulky size, while they at the same time buy bulky covers for their iPhone's and Android phones and downgrade them to look like somekind of awkward construction rather than a design phone. Lumia 920 does not need any covers, as the torture tests show. It is built like a tank, and can take hits like a tank, unlike some thin phones with need of protective covers. And please, where did HTC got its ideas for design? It's a direct copy of Lumia

148. lolol

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

Yeah HTC 8S looks really cool :D genuine design, I love it :D I was considering Lumia 820 or HTC 8S

93. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

HTC looked too often at Lumias. they ran out of ideas.

153. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

That's cuz Nokia's lumia line has set a standard for the design of every Windows Phone with its iconic Design.. The one that started it all- Lumia 800.

172. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

actually id say the one that started it all is the n9, it deserves the credit for design

192. TechCheque

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Actually it was Nokia's N9 which started the design, but yeah Lumia 800 continued where it left

202. Gio1897

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

No, it was the Nokia N9 that started the kind of design.

104. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

HAH!!!!! We all probably know why PA wrote only 2 sentences about the iPad mini, IF u know what u mean.

133. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

HTC copies lumia designs... they used to be unique in terms of designs... but now they suck... -_-

155. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

BAH. Thats a load of B.S. HTC still have their unique designs on the Phones they made, One good example is the Droid DNA... I ask you, how lumia-ish or Nokia-ish are they? Geez.

163. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

im comparing the Windows phone line-up of HTC...

193. TechCheque

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Lumia 800/900 won an International Design Excellence Award in July 2012 which the Lumia 920 is based on. Where is HTC 8X design based on? What is its design inspiration sources? What are HTC's design principles? Who is the design lead of HTC?

88. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Need to remember that meaning design is not only about how it looks, it is also about durability and ergonomics! Talking about the iPhone 5 I agree that it looks good and I also think that it still has conditionally ergonomic design but it has por durability. And talking about iPad mini there is no ergonomics and no durability so, except conditionally not bad look I don't see what this device is doing in this awards list. I think that Surface is definitely better device in all meanings than iPad mini.

110. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

JMO, but the physical look of the black iP5 is striking. It is a shame that the finish doesn't wear well. And then there is the horribly dated iOS UI....

132. MeoCao unregistered

is the UI included in design? I guess not. But iP5 is scratchy so I don't think the design is good

134. MeoCao unregistered

+1 PA should lay out the criteria it uses to pick the winners. Without common understanding this award will be a mess where personal preference rules.

177. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011


168. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

sony deserves a place here as well. anyway youre right, the iphone 5 might look good but whats the point if you have to buy covers to protect it....its stupid

120. thelegend6657 unregistered

I think the Lumia 900 looks better than 920

149. lolol

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

Yeah because of the reduced bezel :D

150. thelegend6657 unregistered

And also because its thinner and lighter . I liked the curved screen of the Lumia 800 too

156. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i think most of the lower end W8 devices look better than the higher end ones. xD 8S > 8X Lumia 820 > Lumia 920

162. thelegend6657 unregistered

The back of the 820 is ugly . Its also thicker and heavier than the 920 For the 8S case I think the colours combination is a little childish and not mature .

195. TechCheque

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Lumia 900 is not thinner than Lumia 920 and there's like 20g weight difference. Bezel is there on purpose, so you don't hit the buttons accidentally. There is nothing in Lumia 920 design which has not been carefully thought in forehand. Also Lumia 920 has 2.5D curved glass, because the phone should feel natural and comfortable in hand, not sharp corners like on iPhone 5

200. jameshoe unregistered


2. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Ya know it doesn't make ya'll biased NOT to include an apple product. IPad mini, really?

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