PHONEARENA: Poll for best looking smartphone designs

This may be of interest to Jolla and Jolla fans alike considering the manufacturing partnerships that will come in due course for the Sailfish OS.

The poll from Phone Arena asks which handset maker comes out with the best designs and the poll options are:  Nokia; HTC; Sony; Apple; Samsung; Blackberry and LG.

It seems that quite rightly so, Nokia are currently leading the pack in the design stakes followed by Sony and HTC which to me sounds about right although I was surprised that Apple are so far down the list – perhaps because they haven’t deviated too much from the original iPhone design in recent years.

It also seems that the author is rather impressed by the new HTC one’s all aluminium unibody design and is slightly dismissive of Nokia’s use of plastic:

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.

This is ironic really considering Nokia has used metal bodies aplenty in the past with phones like the N8; E7 and let’s face it, there’s plastic and then there is the solid polycarbonate that Nokia use in the N9 and Lumia range similar to the polycarbonate found in ice hockey helmets which is probably tougher than most thin aluminium cases you’d find on the likes of the HTC one.

The poll will be interesting to see and I think will be rather telling and certainly a good one for Jolla’s market research when considering the design of their own Sailfish based handset.

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  1. While we’re on the topic of materials, how about something non-slip? Especially with a slide-out keyboard (which I prefer) it helps to have something to grip when sliding as well as when typing. Also good to avoid dropping the phone. :-) Not sure I’ve ever dropped my Desire Z, but have already dropped my N9 a couple of times because it is just slippery enough.

    Have always thought those silly little sticky grips which people add to their iPhones are indicative of a design defect in this area.

  2. On the design side I prefer curvy HTC (like in One S ore One X), but Nokia N9/Lumia 800 do look very original – unlike any other. I also find Huawei Ascend P1 and P2 design interesting. So Jolla do your best and make a design UNLIKE any other :)
    Concerning the materials used in smartphone I don’t care to much – be it aluminium or some polymer. But the phone have to feel sturdy and solid. Also a good idea is to make it’s back non-slippery like for example in BlackBerry Z10 or Samsung Galaxy S II to comfortably hold it in the hand.

    PS. And please – don’t make the screen too big. Don’t go where Android phones are going now.

  3. But a phone very resistent suppose during use
    a material can grip on hands and resist to floor fall is important
    cause a good software just exists
    and hardware will be last generation i think
    then HTC maybe is best

  4. Nokia lumia 620 and Samsung galaxy 3 mini, although samsung a bit too big.
    And please please pleaseeee add a hardware qwerty!!!!!

    • I’ve had a play with the 620 and the matt finish on some cases has a nice texture which is not so slippery. It’s also very comfortable to hold because it’s rounded off nicely at the back with a nice size. I think the texture, size and the shape is very important for Jolla. The good looks of the N9 has its drawbacks ie. slippery and not so comfortable to hold with square edges. Even though I really love metal finishes, the moulded polycarbonate phones (N9/Lumia Range) somehow feel less precious and therefore more useable to me and slightly lighter. Also the size of the 620 which is similar to N9 (3.8’/3.9′ screen) is just right in the hand IMO – any larger and you may as well get a 7′ tablet.

      • The glass on my N9 broke when it once slipped out of my hand and the upper left corner took the fall. Apparently that’s the weakest part of the glass with the design (I do love the design still), in comparison to my battered C7 which still has the glass intact even after a really hard hit on a concrete floor. I still keep my Nokia 7390 bronze clamshell in my drawer after it died many years ago, and everyone I know who has had one of the L’amour collection misses the gorgeous design details. IMO the prettiest mobile phones ever been on the market. So I’d like to see Jolla pull out something like that.

        The look aside, I really hope Jolla’s mobile will have a great camera (especially with the algoritme of color/contrast/detail rendition). I’m a photographer. I’m yet to be impressed by iPhone when it comes to details and find Nokia has been on the same level. Samsung’s top line really doesn’t even come close besides impressing the basic amateurs.

        Blackberry’s time shift is a very interesting feature though.