Smartphone manufacturers need to shed their adherence to the post-iPhone black slab-style approach to handset design or risk boring consumers, a survey reveals.
In a uSwitch Tech survey of 1,195 punters, over three-quarters (76.74 per cent) said that handset design has become too similar in the wake of the huge success of the iPhone.
The findings come as more and more phone-makers reject quirky designs in favour of the standardised 2001-esque monolith look, with one-time staples such as physical QWERTY keyboards and flip-top-shells falling out of favour and going the way of the candybar form factor.
And it doesn’t look like things are going to change any time soon. At least as far as the iPhone goes, anyway, with 'leaked' snaps of the next-gen iPhone indicating that – bar a taller shell to accommodate a larger screen – it’s nigh-on identical to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
So, now you’ve spoken. But now we want to hear more. Tell us what you’d like to see in future smartphone designs in the comments section below.
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