Have all good phone designers switched jobs or what is going on with Android phones this year? I have spent quite a lot of time looking at what is available on the market and it looks as if phone design has taken a few steps backwards this year. I was hoping to find a proper successor for my Galaxy S4 but looks like I'll be using it for quite a while longer. Most phones have bigger bezels/casings than the models released just one or two years ago (for example Galaxy S4 vs S5/S6, Moto X first gen vs current). In the around 5" category most phones seem to have gained a lot of height, some width and shaved off maybe a millimeter in thickness. This seems like a really bad trade as it ultimately means phones that are harder to use one handed and fit in a pocket. Protruding cameras have also made a comeback and weights have gone up. Sharp seems to be the only one that can cram a phone (albeit a midrange one) into a small size with near zero bezel. For materials few impress. The iPhones to me still feel the most "premium" where others stumble with glossy plastic and color choices that try to imitate Apple but just come out looking cheap. I do like Motorola's back covers and Samsung Notes though. Otherwise manufacturers seem to be going into dead end directions. Samsung keeps coming up with weird gimmicks like the S6 Edge, LG's phones just get larger with buttons in the back (not a bad idea, just the execution could be better), Sony still doesn't seem to be able to make their black monilith slabs have better screen-to-bezel ratios and have stuck with the dreaded glass back cover. Does anyone else feel like there has been little improvement in the actual design of smartphones?