While beauty is subjective, some designs are clearly better than others. The HTC One is gorgeous by most accounts.And the Samsung Galaxy S4 is obviously a looker for many.The Moto X — which I recently picked up from Verizon — is another decent design.
I wouldn’t disagree with that assessment. But an iPhone it is not.
Again, I’m talking about industrial design, not features. Physical-design discussions are not the stuff of reviews. They focus on features. But a good physical design can tip the balance between two products equally matched on specs.
And Apple is good at tipping that balance. Steve Jobs made sure of that.
The Moto X just looks plain next to the iPhone 5S — another phone I carry around. (The photo I snapped and included below doesn’t really do the iPhone 5S justice.)
Let’s put it this way: When I took the Moto X home and had time to compare it with the iPhone (and other phones), I was surprised at how inconspicuous it was.
The “space-gray” iPhone 5S hardly has that problem. (I don’t think it’s my imagination, but the 5S looks even better to me than the 5. I concur with the breakdown of the 5S design done here.)
The point: after you buy a product and get past the giddiness about the features, you’re left with the physical design.
That makes the iPhone a keeper for me.