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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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