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Last Updated: May 4th, 2011

About a month and a half ago, we announced our biggest contest yet - your creativity expressed as an official Android Police t-shirt design in exchange for an Android phone, courtesy of Samsung.

The contest went on for about 3 weeks and the results exceeded my wildest expectations. Countless submissions later, many sleepless nights of doing final edits, emailing back and forth with the authors, and organizing the apparel store, I had narrowed down the submissions to... are you ready for this? 29 final designs - designs that I would be proud to wear every day, showing my Android pride.

I must apologize again for taking this long - we hit a few snags, and learning from this experience, next time, I will make sure to come up with an even more detailed set of rules.

Apparel Store

After careful  deliberation and research, we have partnered with Spreadshirt and set up our apparel/shirt store with them. You can always access the store and the current 29 designs from the site header by clicking this button:

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Currently, we are offering 2 Men's shirt variations and 2 Women's:

Dual-sided designs are also slightly more expensive due to having prints on both sides.

Spreadshirt uses digital printing, which has been shown in independent research to be higher quality than CafePress and Zazzle.

All of the t-shirts are currently temporarily discounted by an additional $2. Coupons are available in the Coupons section below.

By purchasing the shirts, you will not only be spreading the Android pride in a fashionable manner but also helping the site staff who spends most of the day (it's 5AM as I'm writing this) hunting down news, making tutorials, and rallying for the Android community. Thank you all in advance.

The Winning Design

Moving on to the more exciting part of the post, you may be wondering who ended up the winner. Rightfully so.

Drumroll please.

Behold, the winning design and its author TareX, aka Tarek El-Ghazaly. Tarek showed both originality and persistence, submitting 2 full 2-sided designs, adjusted for both white and black shirts. It was a very tough decision, as there were many very strong contenders, but, alas, one design had to win. Congratulations, Tarek, we will be in touch regarding your prize - a brand new Samsung Intercept for Sprint.

I've already got 2 of these shirts in hand, and they look amazing.

TareX Design #1

Left: front, right: back

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Closeups (white and black versions)

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You can buy this design here.

TareX Design #2 - The Winning Design

Yup, that's an Android bullet, and it's out of this world.

Left: front, right: back

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Closeups (black and white versions)

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You can buy this design here.

Other Designs

If you want to check out the rest of the submissions that made it through, I recommend you click through to the apparel store, select your gender (Male, Female, Android), and then use the Category dropdown:

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Here are the rest of the designs in the shop at a glance.

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And this last one is competing for the best worst design design, ever. Hilarious nonetheless. ;-]

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Coupons

You can use these coupons to make your purchase a bit more affordable:

  • BDCPTHS for 15% off your whole order
  • FREESHIPPING for free shipping off $50 or more
  • SHOPEARLYUS for free shipping off any amount (exp. Nov 15th)
Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://androidpolice.com Brian

    Congratulations, TareX! One of our most frequent commenters, and well deserved.

  • Kane

    Picked up the TareX shirt and a couple others. Awesome work everyone!

  • http://[email protected] OMGrant

    Congrats TareX :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/debeloidandroid DebeloidAndroid

    Congratulations, TareX! Well done :)

  • http://www.rockymountainman.com Jeremiah Johnson

    The "bullet" in your winning design is actually an entire cartridge. The actual bullet is only visible at the front portion of a cartridge, which consists of a brass casing which holds propellant and a primer.

    Utter lack of research on the artist's part, cool design nonetheless.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Seriously?

      • http://androidpolice.com Brian

        "I call it Vera"

    • TareX

      Dude it's the bullet. Proof: Inspired by SUPER MARIO'S BULLET :) The one you jump over :)

      So, epic research I guess :)

  • TareX

    OH MY GOD!!!
    OH MY GOD!!!
    OH MY GOD!!!
    OH MY GOD!!!
    My 4-year old Nokia E65 finally gave in last week when the microphone went bust :D The timing is perfect!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you guys :) I lost sleep twice on two work days making these designs, I'm glad it paid off :) :) :)

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Congrats TareX, you deserve it!

    • JoeK

      Sounds like perfect timing to me.:) Congrats, TareX. I thought the android bullet was a stroke of genius!

  • http://www.ersdesigns.com Nate Brown

    congrats to tarex!
    i am disappointed with the decision to run all the designs to be printed and purchased though. it takes away from having a contest and the prize of having a winning design represent the website. it feels like a cheap cop out to making a decision. i do realize in the rules it states the design becomes the property of the site and i am ok with that but i would have rather seen something like: "here is the winner, who gets a phone and shirt printed, here are 2 runners up who dont get anything but a mention and everyone else lost"
    this is how almost every creative based submission contest works. i hope this doesn't get anyone angry i just wanted to voice my opinion for next time you do something like this. :D

    • http://www.ersdesigns.com Nate Brown

      My disappointment with how the contest ended up can be seen on the android shirts button on the header: the winning shirt isn't even the shirt used for the button graphic.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Nate, thanks for your comment.

        First of all, I never intended to have the winning design single-handedly represent the website. In fact, my goal was to have as many quality designs as possible, so that people who want variety and choice have multiple ideas to pick from. Moreover, I am going to buy pretty much all of these designs and wear them myself every day.

        The winning design is highlighted and clearly marked as the best, and I don't see how any of this is a "cheap cop out to making a decision." I didn't pick 2nd and 3rd places, but again, it kind of was a contest with 1 winner (we make our own rules, we are the Police, remember? :-] ). If I had to pick though, I'd go with Romarto #3 for 2nd place and Ted's design for 3rd place (both are in the first row above).

        As far as the shirt button, it was designed by our designer well before we picked the winner. Since the same designer submitted 5 of his own shirt designs, he used 1 of them in the shirt image he made. It's as simple as that - there is no hidden agenda.

        - Artem, rocking the winning t-shirt design for the first time in public today.

        • TareX

          It looks insanely badass + geeky.... the perfect blend :D
          Thanks again, I confirmed with both Virgin Mobile and Telus that the Spring Samsung Intercept would work with their networks... YaY ;)

  • Slie

    Would it be possible to get one in under armor or nike? I would buy a couple if so.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It doesn't look like Spreadshirt is offering those brands, unfortunately. Here are the available apparel variations: http://www.spreadshirt.com/apparel-C2107

  • k00ey

    Where's the "form" to submit your entry after purchasing a shirt?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Whoops, the address got mangled after the last post update. It's all fixed now. Sorry about that.

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