iPhone 5 vs. HTC One vs. BlackBerry Z10: Judging phones by their form factors

iPhone 5 vs. HTC One vs. BlackBerry 10: Judging phones by their form factors

Oh, internet. It seems like only last year the iPhone 5's design was decried as boring and lacking innovation, but fast forward to now, and the BlackBerry Z10 and HTC One (or at least a supposed render) stand accused of being too iPhone 5-like in their design. We just want to hate on everything, don't we?

The truth is, the black slab archetype has been around for years. When you combine a giant screen with a minimalist chassis, there isn't a lot you can do to differentiate the essential look, unless you're willing to abandon the feng shui of curves, or compromise the lines for the sake of non-functional adornments.

If you love the iPhone, take it as a compliment. If you love something else, take it as a chance to own it. Because the details of each are unique, especially when viewed side-by-side (above). The differences in size, in materials used, in heft and feel -- the confluence of a million tiny implementation details -- add up to a palpable difference. And when you turn the screen on, forget about it.

iOS, Android and Sense, BlackBerry 10 are all very different approaches to mobile computing.

I'm going to keep on saying it -- we're getting to the point where hardware is so good, software and services are becoming far, far more important to the near future of mobile.

Ultimately, saying one black slab looks like the other is like saying one little black dress, tuxedo, or hypercar looks like the other. It ignores all the details, and everything going on inside.

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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