Who designs the best looking smartphones?

Look, it is hard to judge design as it is sometimes so subjective, but there seem to be some general agreement on what’s good and what’s not. And the just unveiled HTC One has pretty much swept us away with its refined aluminum unibody, carefully chamfered edges and thin profile. Slick looks.

But you cannot deny it also looks very similar to the iPhone 5 in its aluminum aesthetic.

Then we have the gorgeous glass Sony Xperia Z that is not just beautiful but also practical, dust and water resistant.

On the other side of the fence are Samsung’s devices, a uniform bunch with a soft, glazed polycarbonate plastic that feels great to hold, but does not necessarily have the same solid feeling.

And finally, there is Nokia, with its colorful plastic Lumia smartphones that are fun with their vibrant reds, yellows and blues. But just as Samsung, Nokia is on the side of the fence preferring plastic to the intricacies of aluminum.

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

Dimensions

5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.15 oz (146 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.69 oz (133 g)

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920

Dimensions

5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches

130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

Dimensions

5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.15 oz (146 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.69 oz (133 g)

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920

Dimensions

5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches

130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



We have also added LG and BlackBerry with their less consistent designs, but we’d rely on you to justify your choice in the comments, if you pick them.

Enough with the introduction, though. It’s time to vote - who has the best smartphone designs? Why? Would you vote for a phone maker for just one phone, or do you value consistency? Does copying and stealing count, and what is good design? Let's kick off this discussion with your thoughts in the comments right below.

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196 Comments

1. alekso9

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Wheres Motorola?

4. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

moto is sleeping for now.............

12. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Actually, The Beast is sleeping. 'X'

99. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I can't decide between HTC and Sony, but 4 some reason I voted HTC.

170. jameshoe unregistered

'The Beast' is waking up.

116. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

I like samsung phone but my vote is for apple in terms of design However the result shows nokia is exceptional 44%??? loool This is why you cant just argue with nokia troops in PA Nokia what did you do to your poor cults?

126. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Now, Nokia passes 50%. I'm really surprized !!. How 48 % of the readers don't think that Nokia does not have the best design?!.

127. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Just have a look Samsung, >> , and read this. If Nokia had adopted Android, no one would have cared or listened to something called Galaxy or Note. You really was so so lucky. Idiot Stephan Flop;

151. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Go to WMPowerUser and see they make all WP owners to vote for the Lumia, that's why they won the "Smartphone of 2012" and probably going to win this..

128. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

hahah nokia made best designs and most confortable too even my Lumia800 looks much beutiful then iphone4 or 5 and that is what my friend with iphone4s said to me and many other said that although they had no taste for windows

173. lolol

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

Yeah, I own a cyan Lumia 800 , everyone looks at it when i take it out of the pocket.. The phone looks so good :D

118. MONUQ

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

One thing i Know in terms of Looks Nokia and Sony rocks..... And i case of durability only few are par....I personally prefer Nokia....

166. TA-21

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

I just thinking about now not about the past in this period of the time want to say "HTC is rocking".

190. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Sleeping for ever...

7. alekso9

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

But I have an HTC so just asking...

47. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Get the shock of the marvelous phones that will come from Nokia next week. Nokia has always the best hardware and design

55. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I hope you are right

137. batman888

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

oh yeah jhonnybaby the galaxy s4 comes out,then you should see the look on your stupid face!!

8. Victor.H

Posts: 1056; Member since: May 27, 2011

Since the company is undergoing a huge change under Google and hasn't really released anything new recently, we've not included it. Feel free to mention it in the comments, though. We'd also appreciate you mentioning a device you like or what you like about its designs the most.

89. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Yeah but the poll is "Who designs the best looking smartphones?," and not "Which company makes the best-looking recent phones?" Just sayin ;-P Razr Maxx for the win! Kevlar/Titanium color/metal body/masculine curves. Omg I think I've developed a heart murmur...

11. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

i still love nokia in design.....all phone of nokia are great........

30. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

oh so true...

44. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I have Galaxy S3 , but Nokia has the best ever designs

46. SamsungFan

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

Htc one looks better than lumias

48. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

HTC One is just released. The design of Lumia came from N9 which is 3 years old now. Wait till the next week and let's see what Nokia will release. Titanium FX

94. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Lumia 620. ;)

119. SamsungFan

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

Ok we can wait ans see

63. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

HTC one is a copy of BB Z10.

70. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Wow, they sure are quick.

176. nogetch

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

HTC was working on the design of the ONE for more than two years !! Its the first Full Metal phone !!! And the design was actually a coincidence !!

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