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    Why is colour and good design only allowed on Windows phones?


    This weeks release of the first five Windows 8 phones was quite striking for me in one way, DESIGN. Take a look at the five phones in question:

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    Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, Samsung Ativ S, HTC 8S, HTC 8X.

    It actually looks like some thought and some love has been put into the devices. Well, not quite all of them as the Samsung looks terrible imho. It just looks like every other characterless Android phone... but Nokia and HTC have poured their hearts into the design of these devices. If it can be done on WP8, why can't HTC bring similar designs to Android?

    Some might argue that its because WP8 needs something to differentiate itself from Apple and Android on the shelves. Its not just colour though, the actual design and aesthetics look like they've had some thought too.

    Would you like a colourful Android device rather than another faceless black or white brick?

    Has there ever been a really well designed Android phone? What has been your favourite?


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    With so many Android phones being slated (and some being taken to court) for being "clones" of the iPhone, I think MS were keen to impress on manufacturers that WP8 phones should be DIFFERENT, and not just "Another OS on the same old phones", and I think they have done this really well.

    Zeb

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    At least Samsung tried something with the SIII in pebble blue but I do agree that many are pretty boring. It's one of the reasons I went for the Xperia S. The design isn't to everyone's tastes and it may only be black or white but the light bar and bottom bezel are pretty unique.

    I think many manufacturers try to fill the front with screen and as little else as possible.

    That said, I disagree on the Nokias. If you took the colour away (made it black or white) they'd be pretty generic looking too.

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    I hope some day I'll buy nice design orange hi-end Android :) I've white One X, but orange? Would be nice!

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    While I personally prefer a more understated color (Black, slate gray, Lincoln green or olive) for my phone, I have no issue with the Windows Phone devices' brighter colours. I think it does a good thing and makes them stand out, but it gives them an "unprofessional" look. More fun than serious.

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    I'm not keen on the bright colours either. Besides, you need to take into account your personal choice of colour will limit it's saleablity in the future as it may not appeal to others. Personally, I think it's better for the vendor to sell the black/white phones, and let the buyer fit a coloured case to it. A generic colour will appeal to more people when it comes to selling it. Either that or bring back the switchable covers to personalise them like the old Nokias.

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    Personally I think they look really naff! More gimmick than design substance... the Samsung is the only one to stand out because it dared to have slightly more rounded corners (eek). I'm with 3shirts on the Xperia S, very different and a brilliant phone to boot. Shove on a 'Barely There' case and you can have whatever colour you like.

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    Ironic given that only the black and white 920 seem to be available at launch in uk.

    Thought the htc windows phones were more of an evolving of their One X style than an entirely new direction too.

    Rather like the design of the razr phones tbh. And the Nexus 4 seems nicely designed but want to see it for real before definitely calling it.

    Not really feeling the playskool colours but more understated ones would be welcome. S3 red looks lovely

    Good point about cases as many will be hidden away anyway. Believe the 820 does have the changeable covers but as they've included an induction charging one and different colour one looks to be £55 can't see many changing those.

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    I'd certainly not want a phone that looks like it's made by Fisher-Price. The best looking Android phone I had so far was probably the Nexus S with its clean and curved front. But I have to agree: There probably hasn't been a truly beautiful Android phone so far :-(

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    Cpw have the 820 back on website in erm black only

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    They need to stand out because they'll be so rare.

    That 1 Windows phone within every crowd needs to draw as much attention to itself for Windows 8 to succeed. It's rather cunning.

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