Best looking Android device?

Posted Mar 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

On another forum this morning, we got into it over which Android device looked the best. Well, let me rephrase that. We were trying to decide which Android devices weren’t completely hideous. Someone pointed us to this list, which does a good job of displaying ample bad examples.

I said that my favorite devices were from the Nexus line, but that I also liked quite a few HTC phones, (specially the One X). If the One X didn’t have the touch buttons on the face, I’d call it perfect:


(also, I could do without the logo on the face…)

  • guyb99

    Galaxy Nexus for me. It looks like the monolith from 2001 for a reason – discovering it leads to your evolution into a higher form of life!

    • Clark Wimberly

      When someone posted a picture of the Galaxy Nexus, the original poster said “gross – theres lumps everywhere”

  • Mike Hale

    All the high end phones have some cool appealing look. the one x gets a nod… however, i find myself really liking the new sony S too (but would probably not buy one)

    • Clark Wimberly

      Sony S tablet or phone?

  • Taylor Wimberly

    Do you want it in white or black? I’m thinking white looks nice.

    • cwjones4

      this is one of the few phones i would ever consider getting in white. it look immaculate.

    • Bryan Stoner

      This pic makes my heart melt. White for sure.

      • SGB101

        the white wont age well, in 6 months you will wish you got the Black. saying that i always preferred the with G1 to the black,

        • sgb101

          I went for the black/grey version, on Thursday,and I have to say none of the photos do this device justice, it is in a league of ‘One’ . super nice.

          I’m a bit let down with sense, it offers some nice stuff over stock but if u never knew where to look, I’d never know it was ICS.

          saying all that, it’s is so far ahead of anything atm, it’s insane.

  • Taylor Wimberly

  • Taylor Wimberly

    What’s wrong with the buttons?

    • Clark Wimberly

      They look nice if you have to have buttons, but I highly prefer on screen buttons.

      Plus removing the buttons means that the display can be centered on the device face, instead of in the upper 2/3rds.

    • Cole Loomis

      For a device with an operating system that was designed with on screen buttons, the use of capacitive buttons is unnecessary.

  • Dylan Andersen

    The One series is definitely nice-looking, that’s for sure. It just is too reminiscent of other HTC devices though. The Galaxy Nexus, I think, is the best “looking” Android device because of the curved screen. I don’t even own it and I think it’s the best looking.

    • Dylan Andersen

      Let’s try that image again.

      • Taylor Wimberly

        Yeah we need edit comments.

        • Clark Wimberly

          there are a few plugins but they all look janky. I might just do it use my ‘Edit Thread’ template I’ve already built.

    • Gir

      When I first saw the One X i thought it deserved a look. But I like to read and look up all the phones, otherwise none of us would be on such sites. But I am on the few that returned the Razr and got the G-Nex when it finally was announced. I do like you pic below, but the front is where the phone shines, it has a look like no other. Small bezel, I have a custom rom that allowed me to shrink my soft keys. Just all screen it looks amazing off, and on.

      • guyb99

        oooh – what’s that app?

  • Healthy

    I’m a big HTC fan but i do like the galaxy nexus (my current phone).

    HTC hero was great back in the day,

    Nexus One was awesome AND solid.

    the One line are absolutely fantastic and i can’t wait to hold them in my hand. they seem like natural heirs of my beloved Nexus One.

    • Nick Gray

      I’d agree with you on the HTC Hero comment. It was iconic for the time and was one of the phone Android phones in 2009 that had any sex appeal. too bad Sprint took it and completely screwed up the design.

      • kzlife

        Hero was the most good looking device back then, but I still love it! If they did a redesign on this one with bigger screen and thinner I would be glad to own one! :)

        • punkmonkey1984

          The htc one V is like the hero in terms of the chin, still miss that trackball on mine.

  • Taknarosh

    HTC One X for me.
    I was ALMOST contemplating cheating on Android and trying out a Lumia 800 or 900 but then MWC came around and BAM HTC came out with the One I’ve been waiting for. (So corny)

    Seriously though it’s everything I wanted in the Lumia 900 and more.

    I really wanted to try a Polycarbonate phone, I wanted better hardware (check) and Android instead of WP7 (check). Winner winner chicken dinner!

    That and the One X is simply a marvel of design. I like the Galaxy Nexus’ feel (especially the curved glass) and ergonomics, but the looks IMO are simply “okay”. One X just EXUDES premium quality.

  • Stigy

    I know others have said it, but the White Galaxy Nexus does it hands down for me. If ColorWare were cheaper (cause its expensive) I would send out my device to have it redone in white.

    I wish Verizon offered the SGN in white.

    • anujahooja

      Definitely not a fan of the white edition. Just looks wrong to me.

      • e.friedman1992

        When I bought my GN it literally took me two days just to choose between grey or white. I’ve never had a white phone, (I’ve found grey or black to just look more proffesional) but I ended up going with the white.

        One of the things I always say about the GN is that it’s the first device i’ve ever used that not only looked new and awesome, but felt like it shouldn’t have been invented for another few years. In my opinion, the white finish really helps that look.

        When the phone is off and it’s just a pure black slate, no buttons, with that white backing. it’s SO sexy.

        • anujahooja

          I concur completely. The best part about the phone is how unique it looks. You can spot it from so far away, it’s amazing. One of the most original devices in the market right now.

    • e.friedman1992

      You can always try buying a replacement back. they go for about 35 dollars and are apparently easy to install. THis isn’t white, but it’s a good reference.

      • Stigy

        Woah, didn’t know these existed yet. Unfortunately not sure if there will ever be a white edition for Verizon since it was never released and supposedly the back cover/battery compartment for the GSM/Verizon is different.

        Definitely will look into this though.

  • A. Hashad

    I like the HTC One X and the Motorola Razr … the Razr have a very slick design!

  • Burnd

    The HTC One X has a perfect design. Due to its size you may think it looks coarse compared to other smaller devices, but the thinness definitely makes up for it. And when you hold it, it’s very light as well. Right now I think it’s the best looking Android device out there.. which feels pretty unreal when you’re talking about an HTC device. :-]

  • JoshJ47

    I’m definitely going to have to go with the Galaxy Nexus! The One series are really good looking, but there’s something about the design that’s a little off to me. I’m not sure what though

  • anujahooja

    Either the Galaxy Nexus (GSM) or the Transformer Prime. It’s been hard for me not to purchase a Prime…looks gorgeous and runs like a dream. Hopefully I’ll pick up the next iteration…that is if I don’t break down and pick up the Prime anyways.

  • AK

    Ok, I have to buck the trend here and say that I actually like the look of the One S better than the X. The camera “nub” for lack of a better term on the X would likely drive me nuts.

    • van

      I’m with you. I was looking through the various reviews this morning, and if it came down to design alone, I’d take the One S – as far as HTC phones go.

      As for the One X, it’s a nice looking phone, but I think the radius of the curves at the top of the screen feels awkward compared to the bottom of the screen. I understand why (the presence of the speaker grille and what not), but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m put off by it.

      Also dislike the beats branding on the back. As a technology, it’s never been anything worth giving a shit about, and I don’t particularly want it displayed on the shell of my phone.

      I’m still holding out for the Galaxy S III, then I’ll make my decision.

      And since I don’t play games on my phone, I’d be more likely to go for the One S than the One X if I do decide to return to HTC (previously had a Desire, currently have a GS2).

  • Bryan Stoner

    Galaxy Nexus for sure ;) HTC One X and S are beautiful as well.

  • CJ LaFleur

    Galaxy S III, when it comes out.

  • Cole Loomis

    I am not one that really looks at the design of a phone for its looks, to me I look at its functionality. I guess that is the architect in me, Form follows Function. Although I do have to say that I really do like my Galaxy Nexus over my previous Droids (OG and X).

  • Waspdroid

    I’ll really like Galaxy Nexus since it has no buttons and has the curved black display.

    • Shay D. Life

      Same here. I’ve been in love with this phone since I first found out it had no buttons on screen.

  • azart

    why u no like sony xperia s? for me – its design is best with no doubts. (well, except iphone, but its not android yet)

  • Harsh Jhaveri

    Sony Xperia S

  • Rushir

    Galaxy S II for me.

  • Ben Marvin

    OG GSM HTC Hero with a Tegra 3, 1GB and 720p. FTW.

  • thunsaker

    I’m currently torn between the One X and the S. They both look very similar aside from the size, but I think the metal/ceramic body of the S makes it better looking than the plastic X.

  • kg

    The classic G1 still has an appeal. As for current phones I would say Samsung lines are the best.

    • jak2rocks

      I still love my G1. Recently, I started using it again for a couple of games (the first Cestos and Wordfeud) and for whenever I need to multitask but I can’t leave what I’m doing on my G2.

  • mlynch01

    Best design is a tough One. I have to say specs wise the X is king but design wise I am really feeling the black One S with the micro arc oxidation. That phone is sexy.

  • staryoshi

    The galaxy sii epic 4g touch was the sharpest looking phone (in my opinion) when I chose over the galaxy nexus in december and it still holds that title for me. Best combination of look and feel out there. It’s a 720p resolution away from perfection :)

  • Adryan maldonado

    Im going to be a rebel and say the galaxy note has a great design

  • masterpfa

    Just loving the Galaxy Nexus, looks and feel.

  • adityats2020

    HTC looks the most premium among the lot.. However good the Galaxy S2 maybe, it still looks kind of half hearten mocking of the iPhone..!

    HTC One S is sexier than anything out there.

  • Dilawer

    I’d have to go with Xperia Arc S when it comes to design and beauty [in everything else the phone sucks :D]

  • jaydeeIL

    That white EVO One X, excuse me, HTC One X is rather nice. Too bad it won’t be in white on Sprint.

  • theJP

    Maybe I’m just weird but i prefer black or gray phones. I own the Galaxy Nexus so I’m biased to that one but I think that the One X is a beautiful phone.

  • Samar

    HTC One looks Great..but am holding on for Samsung S3 rumored pic.

  • ZzX44

    SGSII E4GT – It’s clean, its thin, and no Sprint logo on the front. The Note looks great too.

  • Yonas

    One X white !