[Opinion] Carrier/Manufacture Logos Are Killing Beautiful Phones

Posted May 02, 2012 at 12:24 am in Threads > Opinions

Looking at the reviews of the HTC 1 X for ATT today I noticed something. That damn carrier logo smak dab on the top center of that beautiful phone! Now I know this is a game changer for most of you, but I am one for aesthetics and to me this just kills any chance of this phone really looking beyond amazing imo.

As I sit here an glance down at my Droid X2 I notice both Verizon and Moto logo on the front and back of the phone. This to me is beyond overkill. Why do they feel the need for me to constantly see their logos? I know who my carrier is, and the manufacture of my phone.

I know this is mostly do to the carriers feeling the need to put their logos on the front of every phone. If Apple can get away with absolutely no carrier logos and their own logo plainly on the back then why cant other manufactures do the same?

At the end of the day its not a huge deal, just a minor detail. This minor detail could make any phone look so much better though. Take any phone for example and imagine it without any logos. Logos belong on the back of phones thats where other people will actually see the logo and possible become enticed to check it out themselves.

On a side note lets hop the rumored edge to edge screen designe of the Galaxy S III simply doesn’t have any room for samsung and carriers to slap their logos on the front of it.

What do you guys think, should manufactures wise up and do away with logos on the front of high end phones? Should they try to stop carriers form requiring to have their logo on there as well?

  • mkstvns

    Funnily enough, it’s the beats logo that I’d rather live without.

    Apart from that, yeah. My GS2 has the Telstra logo (Australia’s biggest carrier) on the back cover, but that stopped being a problem after I bought an extended battery and got the blank cover that goes with it.

    Thankfully there’s no logos on the front apart from Samsung.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    I get your point, I mean it’s pretty hard to forget who your own carrier is. They probably do it just to advertise to other people who might be around and think you have a nice phone and see the big logo on it so they know where they can get one just like it.

    But since most people use cases of some sort it’s somewhat of a moot point for some. But I don’t think it takes that much away from the phone itself, but it is annoying.

    • Chris Lewis

      Exactly my point. Its not a deal breaker for me but just annoying, and after several years of seeing those logos its driving crazy

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        Now that it’s been brought up, I think I hate it even more though. Because it’s free advertising for them.

        I never understand people who keep the dealership license plate thing when they buy a new car, or the medallion/logo/sticker of the dealership on the car either. They didn’t give me a discount so why should I advertise for them? I think that just shows me how lazy people are. The phone logo is a little different but same principle applies for me.

        • Ardrid

          Absolutely agree with you. The first thing I did when I brought my car home from the dealer was remove the dealer’s logo. I switched out the license plate holder once I found one that I liked. I don’t believe in working for free and that’s exactly what device logos are about: free advertising.

          • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

            What I don’t get are people who leave the license plate holder on there. I mean when you get your new license plate you kinda have to remove the holder to put it on. Why even bother putting on the free, cheap, advertisement on your new whip??

  • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

    This is on of the reasons why I won’t buy carrier branded devices. The carrier logos are extremely ugly, it’s also an inexpensive way to get them free or nearly free advertising. I think most US carriers keep up with the carrier branding since most people will buy their phones on contract. The carriers think “We are giving this person a discounted device for signing a contract, why not put or logo up top so we can get their friends to sign up with us too.”

    When people stop signing 2 year contracts with carriers, the less carrier branding we will see.

  • bolanrox

    i have always hated the Verizon branding all over the phones.

    • professandobey

      Worst offense: usurping Google’s spot on the Galaxy Nexus. GAH!!!!

  • Joel

    “What do you guys think, should manufactures wise up and do away with logos on the front of high end phones? Should they try to stop carriers form requiring to have their logo on there as well?”

    HELL YES! Ive had both galaxy S and GS2 on Sprint and I HATE seeing the big SAMSUNG on the front. They do a good job of leaving the front of the Nexus unblemished why not the main Galaxy devices?…its not even in a discreet font size…its like size 14 Tahoma or some crap…
    grr….

    • Chris Lewis

      HAHAHA yeah i have verizon and its just as bad!

  • Bpear96

    I personally don’t like the “Samsung” logo at all on the front of my Galaxy S II, on the back its fine, but it kind of annoys me on the front, but its a minor annoyance :D

  • SGB101

    i hate the carrier logos, especially the orange logo.

    imagine this bottom center on your device

    i always get unlocked, even on contract. its easy in the uk, as all third party sellers only do unlocked/unbranded devices, and always worth a little extra come sale time.

  • Brian

    I completely agree. I have a Droid X on Verizon and there are 4 carrier/manufacturer logos. Two on the front, “Motorola” and “Verizon” with the check mark. On the back, there’s the same Verizon logo and the big Motorola M, right in the middle of the back. There’s also a small logo on the bottom, “with GoogleTM”

    The ones on the back don’t bother me as much, but I still find it ridiculous that there are 4 carrier/manufacturer logos on the phone. I’d rather see a Google/Android logo over anything else.

  • ZzX44

    SGSII E4GT on Sprint isn’t bad. Just a Sammy logo on the top front of the device. SGSII logo on the back with a Sprint logo below it. My case covers the back so for me its just Sammy on the front which isn’t really that bad.

  • kevjj10

    I don’t mind carrier logos on phones that much, I will say though I think a Max of two logos should be displayed on phones.

  • eallan

    The worst part is the AT&T logo in the notification bar. It’s hideous, redundant, and insulting to the user. I wish HTC had a spine.

  • Ironzey Lewis

    Doesn’t bother me that much but it seems like one more reason to not go to a carrier for a phone.

  • MoSDeeb

    I spoke about this with David from TmoNews a while back and this issue still persists. I hate having carrier logos on a phone period. Manufacturer logos are not that great either unless only on the back of the phone and fits the design.

  • Isaac

    Honestly i like the Samsung logo. On my phobe it has a metalic finish on the white body, it looks very nice and gives it a premiun look. However i cant atand the AT&T logo, especially the earth picture next to it. It would definitly look much nicer just stating at&t by otself with no extra picture.

  • Chris Lewis

    I thought this topic was over when the S3 came out with limited carrier branding, but now with the vzw note2 I have to ask: What the Fuck were Verizon/Samsung thinking?

  • matt

    luckly in australia our carriers NEVER put there name on our phones.