Design is a very interesting thing especially when it comes to hardware. Everyone has an opinion, and its often interesting to hear why they like what they like.
The recent Lumia 950 leak brought out quite a bit of comments al over the blogosphere.
Some were disappointed about the design specifically about aspects like the on-screen buttons, camera hump and the 640-esque style design of the shell.
Personally, I’m torn about hardware design. I use both a 830 and a 640 as my daily drivers and there are several aspects I like about them both. I like the way the metal of the 830 looks, however, a few months after purchase and it has a few nicks and dents here and there because metal is more prone to scratch damage. The sharp edges of the 830 are also slightly uncomfortable to hold at times.
On the other hand, the plastic of the 640 is “less premium” than the 830 yet better to hold, however the more beautiful versions of the 640 (glossy in case you were wondering) tend to pick up finger prints and scratch more easily than matte polycarbonate – which just looks dull in comparison.
Similarly, we could talk about hardware vs software buttons. For me, this is no big deal. The capacitive buttons used by Lumias were never real buttons to begin with and the software buttons are customizable and can be put away when you need them. When I compare the Lumia 640’s software button to say the Kazam Thunder 450w, I wish the latter had those instead of capacitative buttons.
What I’m trying to say here is that there is no single design that will appeal to everyone. What seems obvious to one person might be horribly grotesque and uncomfortable to another person. It’s all a matter of perspective and personal preference.
With that in mind, feel free to talk hardware design in the comments below. What do you like, what do you dislike and why.