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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