Phones Best built non-Apple handset you've ever used?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ChazUK, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. ChazUK, Aug 5, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2012

    macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    What are your thoughts on the best non-Apple made phone with regards to looks, feel and build materials?

    Mine is the Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone:

    The first Windows phone I'd owned and I bought it online without even holding one. To my surprise it was weighty, felt premium in the hand with its metal chassis. Coupled up with one of Samsung's SAMOLED displays and (to me at least) it was a fantastic phone to use.

    Easily one of the best phone I've ever had the pleasure to use.

  2. polotska, Aug 5, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2007
    I have no experience with that Samsung, but I quite liked the Nokia Lumia 900 that I played with.
  3. macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    If we're posting images... :D


    but this is a close 2nd: 3 day battery life under heavy use, 1 week (I think) standby time.

  4. macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    Best build quality I've ever seen in a phone was an old, Motorola Nextel, yellow construction cell phone. Predating smartphones (and even flip phones), it's features were minimal, but damn if that thing didn't take a beating.

    At an old job where they were the company phones, I saw them dropped off of 50' buildings, ran over by trucks, dropped in water, and countless other major mishaps that would destroy a lesser phone... but they never stopped working and rarely even showed a mark for the worse.
  5. macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2012
    Oh man, i Used to love those SE fones, back when Nokia was the bomb , i used to rock walkman SE fones with the in-ear earphones. I really like the UI and never froze on me. Camera's were great on SE phones especially the K-series


    Have you tried the Nokia 5110. lol best rugged fone evarrr
  6. macrumors 68020


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    LG CU515, hands down. Perfect call quality, batt lasts forever, charge lasts forever, keys you can press without making fatfinger mistakes, nice finish on it. Cool equalizer on the MP3 player. And mine is a great dark plum color. Love that phone!
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2011
    In front of uranus
    The Motorola Razr V3 was my favorite dumb phone of all time and was probably the best selling phone almost 10 years ago. I really liked this phone. Build quality was awesome and was very Star Trekish.

  8. macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
  9. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2011
    London, UK
    Samsung Omnia 7. Great build quality and lovely screen
  10. macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    What are you talking about - that phone feels so plastic-y. (Not saying it's a bad phone, I wish I had the $$ to buy one)

    As a heavy Android user, and owner of Galaxy S, Galaxy S2, and now the Galaxy Nexus, I'd say Samsung phones (At least their new Android ones) are made of crap plastic.

    HTC phones, especially WP7 ones, are made from heavy, quality, material.

    I'd have to go with the Titan 2 (Or the Titan, I guess, but I've never held it).
  11. macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    My Lumia 900 was really solid, up to par with the iPhone 4. I do have to say I'm rather impressed with the SGS3 as well. Plastic or not it feels well built.
  12. macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    I don't mind the plastic. It's solidly built, very light weighr and very easy to wipe clean.
  13. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I'd have to say the Motorola Razr...The first generation one...Well built and ahead of it's time....The only non-Apple phone that ever actually appealed to me...Kept it too.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2007
    South East Texas
    I'd have to say the Lumia 900. It's the phone I would buy if the iPhone didn't exist.

    Before everyone and their brother had a smartphone, it would have probably been the first generation RAZR for me as well.
  15. macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2011
    I've never actually used it, but the One X looks pretty nice build quality wise. Lumia 900 looks good as well.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2011
    The Motorola RAZR; the flip phone, not the new one. That phone could really take a beating.
  17. macrumors 604


    Jan 8, 2012
    Lol I forgot all about those. I just dug mine out. Lol


    Still works!
  18. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    Re: Samsung phones.

    I too used to diss their plastic shells, and prefer other, heavier phones.

    Now I'm not only used to the Galaxy's light weight, but I prefer it along with their thinness and slight curvature, so that they fit nicely in any pocket.
  19. macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    Motorola and Samsung phones. While the Samsung phones are usually plastic they are also well put together and everything fits tightly. Mg Verizon galaxy nexus has no creaks and it feels solid. My days rezound is nice but a ton of dust has gotten into the front camera. My incredible was well built as well but the back cover creaked a tiny tiny bit if you didn't have a case. I always had a case on it though. It was really minor though.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2012
    Nokia 5110


    Awesome at the time.
    Don't remember ever having to do a system restore :D
    Had a third party hack to let the user draw a custom graphic to the LCD display.
    Could buy antennas with flashing LEDs in them!
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    Samsung Focus. Very tough phone (survived some scary drops) that looked and felt great despite it being all plastic. Love the way the back cover looked, the camera placement, the speaker, and where Samsung stuck the volume and power buttons.

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  22. macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2011
    Has to be my Sanyo Katana. if my enV 2 didn't break every other month, it would have claimed the title.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2008
    OC Baby!
    Unlocked Orange SPV c500. I still look at the picture and think its a great looking phone. IMHO it was the first consumer smartphone that showed you didn't need a PDA looking phone to have the functionality of a smartphone. For me, it was the gateway smartphone that started my obsession. :D

  24. macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    I haven't Used the Lumia 900 but I really admire the build and feel of it.

    I also really like my S3 as well though, but it is much lighter.

    I thought the iP4 model was attractive, but it always felt too "delicate and small" in my hand, I was afraid to place it face down without a case or on it's back because I didn't want to damage or scratch the screen/camera lens. I fixed that by throwing a Mophie battery Air case on it but of course then you lose the aesthetic form factor
  25. macrumors 68010

    Feb 28, 2011
    Mostly a personal opinion ofcourse, but heavy phones suck. The hand gets tired after a while especially if it is one of those monster phones. Even the HTC One X is actually plastic, they just refined it.

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