iPhone 5s design way more preferred than that of iPhone 6?

iPhone 5s design way more preferred than that of iPhone 6?
Are you impressed by the external design of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? It seems like more often than not, people are finding the appearance of Apple's latest smartphone pretty attractive, but they aren't necessarily in love with it. And that's something new for the iPhone line.

All new iPhones so far have been enjoying massive popularity, with their exteriors being among their strongest assets. It appears things are a bit different now that the iPhone 6 line is here, as both critics and consumers tend to be of the opinion that some seemingly small compromises are actively taking away from the appeal of the new smartphone.

Due to these observations of ours, we decided to run a poll last week, asking our readers which iPhone design they like most. Hardly surprising, the results that we've gotten indicate that the iPhone 6's design has much fewer fans that that of the iPhone 5s. Of almost 4000 votes, only 530 (13.27%) have chosen the iPhone 6's ultra-thin aluminum design. The iPhone 5s has a much bigger following, numbering 1624 votes (40.66%). And, if we add the sizable group that has voted for the iPhone 5 to that (we'd do so for obvious reasons), the number grows to the respectable 2072 votes, or 51.88%. That's one rather imposing number, we would say, and it comes to show that Apple could have definitely done better with the design of the 6.

Even the 5-year-old iPhone 4/4s' glass-and-steel design has gotten a decidedly bigger following compared to that of the iPhone 6, by snagging 23.44% of the votes, indicating that Apple did an exceptional job with that now-aging fellow. Perhaps totally not surprising is the fact that the plastic iPhone 5c is occupying the last position in the ranking, being surpassed even by the original iPhone, which launched in 2007.

Which is your favorite iPhone design?

iPhone 3G/3GS
iPhone 4/4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5c
iPhone 5s
iPhone 6/6 Plus

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1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

iPhone 4

4. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yup. By far. I wish they'd actually stayed with 4:3 ratio screen even with the size increase too - 16:9 is only better for watching widescreen films in landscape, for everything else 4:3 is better. You gained height with the 5/5s but could read no more text on a website in portrait mode, in landscape you actually see even less!

7. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

They were all very good designs but if you had two devices completely ®samespeced©™, one with the looks of iphone 6 and one with meizu's mx4 which would you choose?

8. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Meizu MX4

12. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

If I was choosing purely based on looks I'd probably go with the Sharp Aquos Crystal. http://images.says.com/uploads/story_source/source_image/336162/133c.jpg I don't think the iPhone design works well at these larger sizes and needs a complete refresh - sadly Jony Ive only cares about watches at the moment...

42. AlikMalix unregistered

Jimrod. Agree completely with your post (#12)

16. eggimage

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

Its a 2:3 aspect ratio.... Not 4:3....

19. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

; - )

22. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yup, I got all excitable. :D

18. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

The iPhone 4 had a 3:2 aspect ratio, not 4:3, that's what the iPads have.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope Apple (and other OEMs) go back to using Stainless Steel, much more durable compared with soft aluminum, though its heavier

35. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Better yet, use titanium for the chassis - light weight and stronger than even stainless steel. Only problem is cost....

40. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO cost should be a problem for Apple iPhone costs us $800+ iPhone costs Apple ~$200 in materials Using titanium would increase that to what? $250? $300? Still $300 for R&D and profit

11. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Definitely iPhone 6 for me, first I didn't like it as well, but it's by far the best iPhone in my hands. The iPhone 5S did look a bit more premium, although it now just looks old and weird when I lay it next to my iPhone 6.

33. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

iPhone4 is now the new Xperia Z3 compact

2. Andwipple

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Well, to me iP6 has a better design than the squarish iP5/5s

13. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Yeah it's also hard to say what's better. The iPhone 6 would look probably better with the same iPhone 5S design, but the rounded sides make the phone so much nicer to hold, it's a big, big difference, which you can only feel. Does it look better? No. Does is handle better? Yes. Does it looks ugly? No. Does the antenna-bands look like garbage? Yes.

21. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I was gonna comment the exact same thing.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The iphone 6 looks very nice from the front, ugly as hell from the back. But as to the grip, you're saying pry much the opposite of what I'm reading in every review - the rounded edges of the iPhone 6 make it less comfortable to hold.

30. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I agree that the back is very meh. When I first saw the renders on PA I said the same thing but after seeing it in person, it definitely is not bad at all. I also have to agree with Zomer about it being much nicer to hold. I was surprised at how comfortable the 6 and 6 Plus compared to the 5S.

31. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

the antenna-bands are too thick. if they make it thinner, maybe it could get a better look. to me, 5S with gold color, and 5 with full-black color look the best.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Defiantly prefer the 5/5S design I like its flat sides and chamfered edges IMO the 6/6+ has very ugly antenna bands Also the 6+ has bending issues as well Though

6. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Glass back with metal sides ala Xperia Z are awesome...although iPhone 4 had thick really thick bezels and too heavy. iPhone 5-5s was okay, glass feels nicer than all metal. And i6 and 6+...no comment needed.

9. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

The 5s was far behind it's time with it's huge all around bezels and toy screen. so it's quite funny that it gets so many votes. The 6 still has huge upper and lower bezels and the stupid home button so it goes in the trash bin also. Guess the 4s was the last reasonable design.

10. GeekMovement unregistered

Here's my opinion. The iPhone 6/6+ probably looks good to some folks only because it's the latest and "greatest" iPhone. Apple did not impress me with this design at all. It's not a bad design, but when Apple announced the iPhone 4, I was really impressed with the design and wanted one. When the iPhone 5 was announced, I was cringing at first, but the design grew on me. I don't really think the iPhone 6/6+ design will grow on me any time soon.. and especially with the 6 plus. It's like the iPhone 5C failed, so instead of an iPhone 6C, let's make an iPhone Note6 instead, except without the stylus and all the functionality that takes advantage of the bigger screen. Idk, I guess Apple's just been hearing a lot of complaints about how small their screen sizes were with the previous iPhones, so they listened to their customers (or at least to some of them lol) and released a big iPhone. Apple fans who have been waiting for a bigger screen can get excited and all, but it's too bad Apple hasn't been able to really innovate since the early years. Just catching up with Android these days, Samsung in particular. I guess the important part is that you can still make calls on them and communicate with people like other cell/smart phones lol.

14. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I've owned the iPhone 3G, 4, 5 and now 6 and I agree, the design is stale and has been going backwards since the 4, the little details that really showed great design are missing now and the overall look is in need of a good refresh.

34. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Two words for you: Steve Jobs.

15. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i own 5s, i will never go for iphone 6. it looks like usual phone and its too big.

17. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

The iPhone 5/5s is a beautiful design, no wonder its the most popular - but if it was 4.7 inch size, I wonder how comfortable those edges would be to hold. The small size of iPhone 5s made it a non issue, but at that size I'm sure those angular edges would really dig in tho the palm of your hand.

20. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

iPhone 5 design in a 4.7" and 5.5" would've been my preference or a iPhone 6 design, with a iPhone 5/5s rear design.

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