Out of all the great phones we’ve seen in 2015, this one is the most beautifully designed. Not the best overall phone by any stretch of the imagination. But if I were to pick one based on looks alone, this one would be it. The curves, the sparkling color, the slim bezels, the pristine feel. (But, ugh, the greasy fingerprints.)
You wouldn’t normally hand this company the Best Design Award, but it has really stepped it up over the past several months. And that same approach has even made it into wearables, where the company’s recent smartwatch is one of the handsomest on the market. Not only that, but it’s one of the more thoughtfully executed, too.
What surprised me about this phone was how it didn’t feel overly big or cumbersome. When a device gets super-sized, it often feels unmanageable, hard to wield with one hand. Not this phone. It was a miracle of engineering, and I loved every minute with it (even if one of its standout features didn’t really serve a big purpose).
Of course, this is one man’s opinion. Design is a subjective thing, and I’ve seen many people who really don’t like this design one bit; I wasn’t a fan from the get-go, but it eventually won me over. I can’t wait to see how this handset continues to evolve in 2016 and beyond.
The most recent Guess the Phone was the second generation iPod Mini.