Archan Nair's winning entry

Congrats, Archan Nair, you just won the HTC One M8 Phunk Edition (number one) in our contest!

Last week, we asked you fine readers of AC to get to work on your own custom design for the HTC One M8, and after a slew of entries, we put our top ten up for the community vote. We closed the voting down and live on episode 200 of the Android Central podcast we picked the winner.

But you won't believe what happened.

We had a tie. An actual tie, with the exact same number of votes (15.1-percent for each) between two very nice entries.

After a coin flip, Archan Nair was declared the winner. And we have to say, it's a pretty stunning look. The other winning entry, from JohnnyAcks, was just as stunning. And don't worry Johnny — Phil has something special for you, too.

Anyhoo, congrats to both winners as well as the ten finalists who delivered some incredible looking designs.

JohnnyAcks winning entry

JohnnyAcks' winning entry

Reader comments

Here's your winner of the HTC One M8 Phunk Edition


Based on the time and effort involved by the entrants and the remarkably long odds of an exact tie vote from forum members, both should be awarded the HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition.

Android Central; Do the right thing for both Archan Nair and JohnnyAcks.

From whom they get the first one, presumably HTC.

As an aside, I always wondered if contest winners of devices like this have any option or opportunity to request carrier radio configurations to fit their needs, or are they faced with the quandary of changing carrier, giving it to a friend, or selling it on eBay, for example.

Didn't realize all HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Editions have been allocated.

Then give JohnnyAcks a Note 4 that works on T-mobile. Wait, what?
I've been driven to delirium by the Yarrellian clan!

Congratulations to the winners.

Let's go again!?

I like the idea on the last podcast.

Who wants to send Alex $50?

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"And don't worry Johnny — Phil has something special for you, too."
...something about that makes me think Johnny should be a little nervous... ;-)

Where's yours again? If you actually made one put a link. If you didn't, I'll show you the door.

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And don't let it hit you on the way out. I actually made one... And it sucks compared to these. I'm willing to admit.

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I think with there being a tie between those two, it should have gone to another vote on just those two entries. A coin flip seems so trivial after the hard work that went into this and the stakes that this was the #1 of a limited edition bad ace phone. I hope that something pretty awesomely incredible is coming to JohnnyAcks.

It makes less than zero sense. These people put a ton of work into these designs. They put it up to a vote on AC to see what their readers thought. It was a tie. So they flip a coin? That's like a slap in the face to these people. Might as well not have had a vote at all. Should have just pitted the designs against each other in a March Madness style battle and flip a coin to see who wins. Ridiculous.

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I agree. They should have had a tie breaker vote between the two. A coin flip doesn't seem right.

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Well done. Everyone who submitted designs good job! I know for people who don't make art for a profession or do it everyday it can take some balls to put yourself out there. So be proud of your work.


"And don't worry Johnny- Phil has something special for you, too."
A lifesize picture of Phil on a speedo

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I admit, the designs I had in mind wouldn't have held a candle to these. Great job, 1st place guy.

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Coin flip!!!?? Coin flip??!! (insert nasal, whining voice symbol here). And what would be the result of another vote? One would win the prize, same as a coin flip. Both were equally lauded by their peers, leave it at that. Im sure Android Central will sufficiently award the other entry. I swear they are going to have to change the name of this site to Bitch Central.

More subjective, but hardly more fair. Both entries were judged to be equally worthy, but there was only one prize. With the coin toss each was given an equal chance at that prize. Phil has offered to justly reward the loser of the coin toss, but since this was most likely a promotional contest he can't name the reward. Your method would only have one reward, even though both were judged as equal under the original rules. Not being a huge fan of the M8 and imagining the depth of the AC swag closet, I think its possible second place might actually come out ahead.