The 5/5s/SE design has held up beautifully but the 4 was also a real stunner to look at and hold in your hands. Certainly between the two. The X is also an impressive design, were it not for its size and the camera bump.
Design is more than looks, design includes durability and consideration for real-life use beyond the jewelry-like perfection you see only upon first unboxing. As soon as Apple starts designing phones for more than fashion/appearance, I'll be willing to place my vote. Until then, all iPhones have a design flaw of being too fragile, especially since they're the one thing we carry around even more than the thoughts in our head. When is the last time you've seen glass toothbrushes or truck tires for sale
I adored my black iPhone 4. I regret trading it in for a 5s. My husband insisted I would appreciate the camera upgrade but I didn’t.
However, I looked at his old iPhone 4 not long ago and the proportions look strange to me now.
For me now, it’s hard to beat my Product Red IPhone 8 Plus. It’s a beauty. I just wish it had a better modem and the ability to record in stereo audio. If it had that, I’d not be even looking twice at the 2018 iPhones.