Sometimes it’s all about the feel: What’s the best phone you’ve held?

Posted:  January 18, 2016   By:    20 comments   



Pick up your phone, yes that one. The one that’s never more than an arm’s reach from you at all times. The one that has probably been in the bathroom with you more times than the toilet roll has. Yes, that one.

Of course, if you’re already reading this on your smartphone then I do apologise for being an idiot by choosing this intro, but I digress.

How does your smartphone feel? And no, I don’t mean this in a metaphorical out-of-body-experience sense, I mean this in a literal sense. We spend every waking moment (some sleeping) of our lives holding onto a little brick that probably weighs no more than a really heavy spoon at a posh restaurant, but most of us put little to no thought into how a device feels in the hand when deciding on a purchase. It’s all about specs and that’s rather unfortunate.

I was scrolling lazily through r/Android one day when I noticed an interesting entry by u/liquidspacedragon (props for the dope name) asking the subreddit about what Android phone they felt had the best feel in the hand. Honestly, the responses surprised me — there were a surprising number of non-metal smartphones.

That got me thinking, what was the best feeling smartphone I’ve ever held in my hand? With all the smartphone manufacturers pursuing metal and glass bodied phones as the agreed ‘standard’ for a premium build and feel, the question becomes: Does that really give the best feel in the hand? Based on the Reddit thread the answer was no. So, I asked the other writers here at, as well as the other sites under the Mind Blow network, to see if we could find out.

Here are what we think are the best phones we’ve ever held in our hands before. Keep in mind, specs don’t matter.

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20 Comments for Sometimes it’s all about the feel: What’s the best phone you’ve held?


Purely from a 'feel' point of view, it was my soft touch back LG Cookie. I still have a soft spot for their design.


The LG V10 has my vote! The build is superb, feels great in the hand and soft touch is non slippery!

Yong Choon

Nokia N9 have my vote. I have used samsung n2, n3, oneplus 1, oneplus 2, sony xperia z3, z5.. nothing has ever bested Nokia N9. I wish that Nokia and Intel partner back and support N9. Altho it's an old phone, it is one of the best phone i ever used

nick Manson



The HTC One X… The phone felt so natural in my hand…until it overheated. The unibody polycarbonate felt so good to touch and there was a softness to the somewhat hard plastic. Enjoyed that phone whenever it was cool.


i use older phones; S4, S4 Active and LG G2 F320, and to me the G2 is my favorite!
thinking of upgrading to LG G3 F460, should be better than the G2 right…

Nick Chan Abdullah

Nokia Banana, no contest. what a piece of art !
Second is Xperia Neo.

Phones I've owned : Ericsson PH388, Sagem, Nokia N70, Banana, communicator, zenfone, one x, acer z130, lenovo


My vote goes to Lumia 900/800, it's light, great looking and nice to hold, my aged Lumia 920 till today still looks good (just the weight abit heavy compare to my galaxy note 4).

I am disappointed when new Lumia phone does not use back the iconic polycarbon unibody, imo that build like a tank too, i had dropped my Lumia 920 numerous time and the side there just dent but nothing spoil.


Now using OnePlus One, but my favourite smartphone that feel the best holding in hand is Moto G 2013.


nexus 4!



Nurdin Zaki

Moto good to hold..i never regret that time let go iphone4 for moto g.. now i do regret let go moto g for bigger screen.


HTC Desire bravo for me, feels perfect in my palm


Sony Xperia Z!!


Nothing feel better than the solid construction and build quality of the Blackberry Passport.


Every generation of Moto X are the best.


LG v10 got my vote


i love most of the blackberry phone touch and feel..

you can never get that again from other brand..

even the new priv also feels great in hand… 🙂 reminds me of my previous torch and bold.


HTC Desire HD


blackberry bold 3 is the best