iPhone 5. Apple's square vs sleek teardrop design

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  1. TwoBytes macrumors 68020

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    Just a general thread to share some thoughts about Apple's new approach to design. Everything is straight edged and square opposed to all the teardrop sleek curved alien mockups we saw last year. What do you prefer?
     
  2. THE JUICEMAN macrumors 68000

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    I would absolutely prefer the tear drop. Or any kind of rounded design. The square is very uncomfortable to hold. The 3G/3GS body style felt amazing.
     
  3. cyks macrumors 68020

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    So... just to be clear, we're comparing the rumored design of last year to the one of this yeah- even though nobody has actually seen or touched either, right?


    I'll go with the square one. It's not that uncomfortable to hold and it doesn't rock or move when I set it down.
     
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    I'd prefer the straight edge square shaped iPhone 4/4S mainly because of the balanced weight as opposed to the tear drop shape, which would have more weight at the top and may be difficult to handle.
     
  5. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    The squared off one is better. It's balanced and will lie flat. The teardrop design is ridiculous, it's made by people who don't understand anything about design.
     
  6. Technarchy macrumors 604

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    This thing?

    No bueno...

    [​IMG]

    4/4S is much better looking

    [​IMG]
     
  7. TwoBytes thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It would still lie on a table if it were teardrop. It's just the ends wouldn't touch the table. The weight of the phone would keep it from rocking.
     
  8. darklyt macrumors regular

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    The "boxed" version is much better given that you are maximizing the internal volume edge to edge. If you let the edges taper, you can't put as many things inside, which means you have to make more compromises. That's why I think Apple has been leaving the tapered designs versus boxed designs to help differentiate the lower-end, entry items such as the iPod Touch and MBA from the iPhone and MBP. Granted it's not consistent across every product line since the iMac is somewhat tapered versus the boxy Mini and the iPad is slightly tapered as well (probably necessary given the size and manner of use), but this is a theme that might end up extending to those designs in the future too.
     
  9. skidbubble macrumors 6502

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    I've not seen this teardrop shaped iPhone, so I have no comment on that. But if it is anything like the bloated, bulbous shaped 3GS, I'll pass. I much prefer the flat shape & design of the iPhone 4.
     
  10. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    Here it is in all it's poorly thought-out glory:
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  11. cyks macrumors 68020

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    ...because that wouldn't be awkward to hold in landscape or watching a video while it's laying down.
     
  12. RyanF macrumors newbie

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    Prefer the square! Feels good in my hand. I love the 4/4S design, so basic and simple but glorious.
     
  13. cynics macrumors G4

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    Square is simple. It's easier to engineer and make the internals on a square shape. Also easier to make it more compact. So it will be less expensive. I think thats the way Apple will go.

    I couldn't see them using curved glass either.
     
  14. Hexiii macrumors 65816

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    I don't know where the "It's uncomfortable to hold" things come from. It's better than the 3GS, not that loose in hand and you can put it on a desk without fear that one bad move can make your iPhone fall on the floor. :)
     
  15. Lyn2012 macrumors regular

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    I agree 1000%!! I definitely won't be buying another brick from Apple.
     
  16. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I prefer the square design. It feels better when held in landscape and doesn't rock when you try and use it when it is lying on a table.
     
  17. Twixt macrumors 6502

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    I like this one. At last less space wasted by bezel...
     
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    I prefer the square. It's very sleek and looks and feels like a small slab.
     
  20. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't like the tear drop. It should lay flat when it's on a surface. And what about landscape? It would be even worse.
     
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    Prefer the square.

    My opinion - While I wouldn't say no to a redesign, I really love the current design and would be 100% happy if all Apple did was elongate it.
     
  23. Sedrick macrumors 68030

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    I suppose the 'tear drop supporters' think it works by unicorn magic inside because there sure ain't any room in there for any components. No room for a connector on the bottom, no room for speakers or any kind of headphone jack.

    You all keep that dream alive though!

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  24. mcman77 macrumors 6502a

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    Teardrop alien liked with that clean look though.

    It can be done!

    I also like that mockup that sort of looks like a magic mouse
     
  25. charlesdayton macrumors 6502a

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    Square.

    It is already an iconic design. has more space inside for the components and is unique. Almost every other smartphone out there has the rounded shape. And the teardrop, besides being phisically impossible to make. Looks ugly.
     

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