11 of the Best-Looking Smartphones We’ve Seen in 2014

We’ve seen a lot of smartphones this year, from entry-level to flagship, to the most affordable to the most expensive. Although we mostly gauge a smartphone by specs and features, looks are important as well. Here are eleven of the best-looking smartphones we’ve seen in 2014.

List is in alphabetical order.

ASUS Zenfone 5

The Zenfone 5 from ASUS is an elegant device with an affordable price. One of its attractive features is the spun metal finish at the bottom of the display which was inherited from the Zenbooks. Although the back plate is made of plastic, it looks and feel classy. The Zenfone 5 proves that premium looks don’t always mean expensive.

HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 sports a curved aluminum body with a semi-matte finish. It comes in amber gold accented with dark lines at the top and bottom.

Huawei Ascend Mate7

The Ascend Mate7 is one of the most attractive phablets we’ve encountered so far. It sports an alluminum alloy body that is smooth, chiseled, and elegant. And it comes in Rose Gold color, too.

iPhone 6

The iPhone 6, along with the iPhone 6 Plus, arrived with a different look compared to its edgy predecessors. It still has an aluminum body but is now thinner and more curvy which reminds us of the 5th-gen iPod Touch.


The LG G3 is miles away from its predecessor, the G2, when it comes to looks and build. Although still polycarbonate, the G3 features a brushed metal finish in dark brown color and silver trimmings which makes it look more premium.

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Nexus 6

Google’s Android superphone for this year is the Motorola-made Nexus 6. It’s relatively a chunky device mostly because of its large 6-inch display. It has an aluminum frame and a curved hard plastic back. Although not totally clad in metal, the Nexus 6 is clean and sleek which matches Google’s Android Lollipop OS.

Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia is known for making devices that are both attractive and durable. One good example is the Lumia 930. It sports an elegant yet industrial look thanks to its edgy alluminum alloy frame and Gorilla Glass 3 that slightly curves at the edges. And it comes in bright color options as well.

OnePlus One

The OnePlus One is the unicorn of the smartphone world. Like the Zenfone 5, the “flagship killer” is also affordable for its caliber but the looks and design screams high-end. It’s thin, ergonomic, and comes in Silk White or Sandstone Black which has its own unique textures.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge enters this list not just because it looks premium but also because it looks different. As you can see, the Note Edge sports a display and glass that curves down on the right side. Samsung definitely pushed the boundaries of phone design with this large smartphone.

Sharp Aquos Crystal X

If you hate bezels on a smartphone, then you’ll certainly love the Sharp’s Aquos Crystal. This Android KitKat-powered smartphone claims to have a borderless 5.5-inch Full HD display. It doesn’t have much metal to flaunt but given the great screen to body size ratio, we’re not complaining.

Sony Xperia Z3

The Xperia Z3 is the refined version of the Xperia Z2 which was also launched this year. It sports Sony’s OmniBalance design which features a slim aluminum frame with rounded sides, glass front and back, and comes in White, Black, Green, and Copper colors.

Got something to add to our list? Write down what you think is the best-looking smartphone for 2014 in the comments field below.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

32 Responses

  1. kit the legend says:

    Pangit po ba ang note 4?

  2. Chachoi says:

    Replace Asus Zenfone 5 or Nokia with Gionee s5.5

  3. Paolo says:

    The Xiaomi Mi3 should be up there. Very good looking and premium phone both from afar and while holding

  4. Jenny acosta says:

    Bakit ba puro rant ng rant kayo guys? Bash ng bash sa opinion ng ibang tao kumbaga kung ano yung hawak na smartphone ngayon feeling nyo yan ang pinaka the best? Mas gustuhin ko pang tanga keysa magpaka “benchmark whore” wala naman kayong alam!

  5. wired_boy says:

    same as u

  6. marlowe says:

    I can now say Samsung galaxy note 4 is abominablely ugly

  7. timmy says:

    Xioami 3 or 4. No?

  8. Ex-Alodian Knight says:

    Dear Smart,

    Please have the Cyanogen OnePlus One as part of your Plan 3000 or Plan 800 bundles.

    It will really kill off the Shamsung and the touchwhizz.

    • speclord says:

      oneplus one is not available publicly. invite only policy sila meaning di lahat nagkakaroon.

  9. Tony says:

    The phones fit sa title nung article. Asus ang may magandang design among chinese brands. Galaxy edge ang note 4 are both good in design. Well sa sony, if not good looking, it is the sexiest among smartphone. Oppo also looks appealing to me.

  10. Nice to see my phone (Zenfone 5) on the list. But, if given enough cash to burn, I’d go for a Xperia Z3.

  11. denmark says:

    uhmm, para sa akin palitan ng galaxy alpha yung iphone perfect list na hehe, my opinion.

    • denmark says:

      BTW im a Zenfone 5 user, buti nalang at maganda din sa paningin ng iba yung napili ko.

    • Agron says:

      You are entitled to your opinion and so do I. Can you at least tell us why iPhone 6 should be replaced by Samsung Alpha? Not a fan of Samsung because it has a lot of bloatwares which can slow down the phone’s performance.

    • igniculus says:

      @agron not all samsungs, and some are really helpful though, not bloat at all

  12. Carlo Ople says:

    A Samsung phone making it to this list? And calling it premium?

    No. Just no.

  13. How about OPPO brand? For me Find 7 is awesome. I think it should be there too. ;p

  14. Proxy says:

    Awww. No Moto X (2014) love? Ganda ng wood backplate nun!

  15. Easy E says:

    maganda yung htc.

  16. wisecash says:

    Wow, yung cellphone ko nasa LIST. Number one pa. Mura na, Best-looking smartphone pa.

  17. johnny says:

    The LG G3 isn’t made out of aluminum. It’s polycarbonate with faux metallic finish.

  18. erratum says:

    LG G3 is not clad in aluminum…

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