As 2014 draws to a close, its time for liGo to pass out some more awards for the products which really stood out for their exceptional designs this year.

Below, we'll take a look at the Philips M8 Designer Phone, which we have decided to adorn with the prestige of our 2014 award for “Most Stylish Phone.” We will take a closer look at some of the M8's spectacular features, talk a bit about why we choose the M8 and even give our readers a glimpse at some of the runner-ups!

Philips_M8_largeGetting Personal With The Philips M8

This short synopsis is just scratching the surface of the fantastic Philips M8. At first glance, the device is instantly visually intriguing. Its design makes it entirely clear how to use the device for anyone familiar with a cordless phone, but also offers a bit of a new, next-level twist on the classic cordless handset.

The handset has some ambiguity in regards to its spacial relations: it looks equally good whether it is “upside down” or “right side up,” and can be placed on its base in either manner and still get a charge.

Key features:

  • Unusual design with interesting geometry makes for an intriguing aesthetic
  • Curved design makes for extremely comfortable handling and use
  • Brilliant audio quality for crystal clear calling and precise audio replication
  • Handset loudspeaker for hands-free calling and conference calling
  • 60 Minute integrated digital answering machine with controls on handset and base
  • 18 Hours talk time
  • 10 Built-in ringtones available
  • Call barring and Do Not Disturb/silent mode with call filtering privacy features
  • Eco Conscious design for low radiation emissions and minimal power consumption

Where some designer phones are more about form than function, the Philips M8 spares no expense to make itself an exceptional offering in both categories. It packs in everything one would expect from a top of the line phone system into its amazing sleek exterior.

Also quite rugged and well-constructed, the M8 is a device ready to be a workhorse of a home communications device and also provide a neat visual spectacle.

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Some Stylish Competition

Arriving at the M8 was not the simplest decision. 2014 was actually a year with a bountiful harvest of stylish designer phones. Take, for example, the Swissvoice L7 – another contender for this award with strikingly interesting geometry and highly functional – ultimately decided to be a bit lacking in the feature set when compared with the M8's beefy equipment.

Siemens Gigaset SL910A

We considered one of our favourite devices of the year, the Siemens Gigaset SL910A, which in many ways dwarfs the M8 in terms of features, but is something of a copycat device from the smartphone world – not an interesting and intriguing new take on a classic design.

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Panasonic KX-PRW120

We took a look at some devices which bring new technological offerings to the table, such as the Panasonic KX-PRW120, which allows you to connect your smartphone or tablet to act as an additional handset, and while it was impressive technologically, it didn't quite have the suave of the M8.

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iDECT Boomerang

And finally, we took a long hard look at the iDECT Boomerang, a device which is quite comparable to the M8 in both its feature set and its aesthetic, but ultimately opted for the M8's well-rounded and brilliantly engineered design.

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More From Philips

Check out some other great designs from the clever folks over at Philips' cordless phones.