PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best product designs

PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best product designs
Designing a high-quality device, be it a smartphone, a tablet, or anything you can think of that goes beep, is a process more sophisticated than it seems. That's because coming up with a product that is truly good-looking, well-built, and easy to use at the same time usually takes quite a lot of research and experience. Yet ultimately, the effort invested in product design does pay off. After all, a gadget that has been designed well has a much higher chance at becoming a best-seller in its class. This brings us to today's category in the PhoneArena awards of 2013, honoring the smartphones and tablets that managed to stand out and receive the attention they deserve with their design. Are your favorites on the list? Let us know in the comments!


The mobile landscape is filled with smartphones that look ordinary, boring, even generic as the case is with some devices. The HTC One, however, easily stands out above the rest with its award-winning design, build quality, and construction. Simply put, it is different. Made of machine-milled aluminum, the HTC One is a gorgeous-looking slender device that lays in the hand almost organically. It is ergonomic and even though it is a phone of above average size, it is comfortable to hold and operate. But above all, the HTC One is a smartphone that feels unique as soon as it is picked up, which makes it well worthy of being on this list. 

iPad Air

If there's a tablet that can make us go "Wow!" with its design (and believe us when we say that we're pretty hard to impress), that would be the iPad Air. Its very existence is a technological achievement worthy of applause – all the power of a full-sized iPad has been packed, as if by magic, into a body that is super slim and almost unbelievably light. In other words, the iPad Air is a tablet well worthy of its name, being the lightest full-sized tablet on the market. Furthermore, Apple's slate is put together really well, which is why the device is a pleasure to use and admire. Every inch of it has been designed and constructed with extreme attention to detail, as is typical for all of the company's products. 

iPhone 5s

Yes, the iPhone 5s is being honored today as well. Sure, it looks and feels almost exactly like its predecessor, the iPhone 5, but that doesn't make it any less worthy of being awarded for its iconic design. As many would agree, the iPhone 5s is a gorgeous, well-built phone loved by millions worldwide for its outstanding looks, premium feel, and flawless build quality. Then there's its ease of use – while smartphones in general are getting bigger and bigger, many are still quite fond of the iPhone's compact form factor. And last but not least, how many high-end smartphones available in gold color can you think of?

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1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Oh man..this is going to be good :)

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well so far people haven't taken the hate bait so much yet. Going to track this a bit though to hopefully get a reading on the amount and type of people that fall for it.

68. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

FF what do you think of these awardees?

14. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

I love Samsung and I never expected to see them here, thank God that PA did excellent job by being professionally neutral and objectively responsive. HTC one my hats off, Apples always know the best design-wise! Kudos PA!

49. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012 lumia 925 515 xperia z1 4.oppo n1 5.lenovo k900 This phones should be added in above list in my opinion..............

66. cdgm2509

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I agree with you

72. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I agree, especially with Nokia 515. I think the Lumia 1520 also deserves a mention here

93. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012 1520 2520 (instead of ipad) xperia tablet z You can suggest also........................

96. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

How the f**k iPhone get design award if every each one is nearly the same ??!!! This is some kind of a joke ? o.0

2. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

apple should keep their designs for a few more years to come, PA will always praise them no matter how minimal the changes are.

43. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I would agree with PA if the award was "most beautiful phones of 2013".... But Best product design of 2013? iPhone 5s uses a 4 years old design (or 2 years old, if you couldn't use PCA)... Xperia tablet Z is sexy, IMHO

52. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Product design however is more than looks. 5s has: 1. New front camera 2. New back camera 3. A7 4. M7 5. Fingerprint scanner - that works 6. iOS 7 7. One version being able to support more carriers 8. First 64 bit OS based phone

62. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

we didn't talk about spec here sir.. design is design.. if spec matters then the note 3 will came on top..

69. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1. I loved #5 lol.

3. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012


4. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

HTC One deserves this one... Hats off to that iconic Aluminium Design...

5. Assa7inKing

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

Oh yeah ! And FORGET the MOST GORGEOUS MOBILE the XPERIA Z1.... c'mon PA ??

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's definitely subjunctive to your opinion.

25. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I agree❕ I love the Nokia phones the most, but I think the the Z1 is simply one of the best designs ever..

27. xperiance

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

Z1 deserved more than 5s

92. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

The current Xperia Z range do look a hell lot better when they're kept turned off.

55. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's a pretty nice looking phone, but the size of it is an issue. It is way bigger than other 5 inchers on the market, and not exactly the most ergonomic device available (killer corners).

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Champaign iPhone 5S for me.

12. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

Me too!

35. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Black&Gold for me, but I have the all black version.

58. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

You mean "Space Gray"....

64. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Nope, not the space grey, but all pure black. Like the iP5.

9. mobileharan

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S Zoom

16. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

Dude?! This article isn't about the worst product designs!

53. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Man thank you for making me laugh before the day

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