Using two gorgeous looking smartphones, the iPhone 4 and Google Nexus One, my standards for saying that a phone is beautiful have become pretty steep. Fortunately the Ideos X5's design and form factor met these standards. The phone is made with a mixture of durable plastic for its back panel, a gray metal rim that will remind you of the iPhone 3GS, and a glossy 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen HD display.
The Ideos X5 is also relatively slim with dimensions of 4.7-inches tall by 2.4-inches wide and 0.4-inches thick. It might seem like the phone is a bit on the heavy side but actually its weight is still alright at 4.8-ounces.
The phone's display is relatively bright at its default settings. If you want to make the display brighter, you can freely do so through its brightness settings.
For the touchscreen purists, the Ideos X5 is a sight to behold with no physical buttons upfront. What you get instead are four touch-sensitive buttons for Back, Menu, Home and Search functionalities.
On the bottom part of the phone is the micro-USB charging port while the volume rocker was placed on the left spine. The power button and 3.5mm headset jack were of course placed on the top edge of the phone.
At the back are the the 5MP camera and LED Flash. One thing I noticed about the camera is that it protrudes a bit out so be careful not to scratch the lens when placing the phone on its back on any rough surface.
Overall, when it comes to design - the Ideos X5 leaves nothing to be desired. It's a robust-looking, solidly-built smartphone that can easily compete against other Android phones.