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Didn't Like Design?!

Tamarai

Jun 25, 2010, 4:10 AM
Wow... can't believe you were so down on the design. The feel of the glass and metal gives me the perception of a fine watch. I've suffered through many a creaking battery door, 'soft-touch' devices where the rubbery stuff rubs away with use, and just plain cheap feeling. The T-Mobile G1 probably wins in the poorest of build quality for a smartphone.

The iPhone-4 though is the best -- I've never held a device that felt so rich. Elegance oozes from the look and feel of the device. I got one of the overpriced bumpers, which in their own right are quite well designed and built, but when it's on, I miss that metal band -- hate to cover it up, though the iPhone looks great with that as well.

I'd say this device needs protection when ou...
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Philip Berne

Jun 25, 2010, 7:58 AM
This is definitely a personal thing, and I know that I'm in the minority. I did not like the design, but I think Rich called it an "instant classic." I tried to explain objectively why I did not like it, but ever since we all saw the leak on Gizmodo, I knew I wasn't a fan of the new look.
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PlayboyPenguin

Jun 25, 2010, 6:46 PM
I have to agree that I cannot see how someone could not like the design of this phone. It is easily the most finely crafted cell phone, if not the most finely crafted piece of electronics period, on the market today.
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muchdrama

Jun 25, 2010, 7:11 PM
Tamarai said:
Wow... can't believe you were so down on the design. The feel of the glass and metal gives me the perception of a fine watch. I've suffered through many a creaking battery door, 'soft-touch' devices where the rubbery stuff rubs away with use, and just plain cheap feeling. The T-Mobile G1 probably wins in the poorest of build quality for a smartphone.

The iPhone-4 though is the best -- I've never held a device that felt so rich. Elegance oozes from the look and feel of the device. I got one of the overpriced bumpers, which in their own right are quite well designed and built, but when it's on, I miss that metal band -- hate to cover it up, though the iPhone looks great with that as well.

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DJManiakal

Jun 26, 2010, 3:36 PM
I agree that wether or not you like the design is definately a matter of personal taste. Personally, I think the phone looks nice. I don't know that I'd call it an "instant clasic" or anything like that, but it looks nice.

The problem is that this is a phone that is made to be used, not merely set on a shelf and admired. All that glass doesn't look as pretty when covered by fingerprints, oils and make-up. Not to mention that, as you pointed out, to protect it you'll have to put a case over it.

I'll just stick to my method of deciding which device I buy based on function instead of form.
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marufio

Jun 27, 2010, 10:53 AM
Went to store to compare designs and yes the original design is the best felt thinner and screen looked bigger, should of gave the consumer the option of the new design or the previous with all the new amenities including the supposed gorilla glass. The previous model had a futuristic look and feel when comparing it to the new one which felt boxy and plain.
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mont345

Jun 28, 2010, 2:27 PM
checked one out in the store, and i didnt like the design also, it felt to much like a mp3 player of some sort, and the screen looked nice, but felt kinda to small..over all the design felt like something that has been out before didnt feel like nothing cutting edge!!!
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iamajim

Jun 28, 2010, 11:30 PM
i agree on the design as well, just doesn't look like much; pretty plain actually, looks it's made by samsung or lg. the original still looks good. this one suffers from a small screen which is made
odvious by the large bezel. i don't care how 'rich and colorful' the screen is, size now matters and Apple is falling behind everyone else.
competition is getting pretty stiff in this market.
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