Not Just a Smartphone

The HTC Evo 4g combines performance and pick-me-up aesthetic into one sleek and powerful Android superphone that makes its business-like counterparts look and act like a total snooze-fest. Though this “performance powerhouse” features a bigger battery, large 4G antenna, and extra-large speakers, its size is counteracted by an adapted exterior form with visual “tricks” like an eyeball-ish camera protrusion and sleek wrap-around side split that not only contrast its bulk but add to its appeal.

This thoughtful design turns would-be hurdles into opportunity. Battery door split lines that are normally located on the sides in order to hide them now accent the back allowing the sides to look clean and solid. The visual solution to housing the huge camera component led to a spherical surrounding shape that looks purposeful and emphasizes the phone’s overall power. Even with bigger than normal components the designers still found room for an inconspicuous but cool looking kickstand.

Designer: Donn Koh with One & Co and HTC

8 Comments

  • engineering_thoughts says:

    Hey! I own that phone!

    I actually really appreciate the aesthetics of celebrated parting lines.

    Some practical issues arise with the kickstand… Using the kickstand while plugged in is a bit clumsy as the cable hangs off the side of the phone fairly high up – making it unstable.

    The HTC Thunderbolt moved the charging port down underneath the kickstand – making it easy to dock in landscape mode but simultaneously removing most of the utility that one achieves with a kickstand.

    Certainly a difficult usability problem to address…

  • Joseph Dumary says:

    Wow! Nice and clean design…good job!

  • saeid says:

    hello.i’m of iran country.
    design this mobile phone is very good.beautiful is really.how much is price?

  • Jason Wang says:

    I’m huge fan of Donn Koh’s work. One & Co makes some truly stellar designs.

  • Vre says:

    its just another rip-off of iphone
    where’s the design?

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