Smartphone companies aren’t always on-spot when it comes to designing phones. Sometimes, they bring considerably odd smartphones in the market.
Odd in a way not just from how they look, but also how the phones are positioned in terms of price, value, and purpose. So we thought of compiling a list of the worst smartphones that ever existed.
A couple of years ago before the era of Android or iOS even began, phone manufacturers are really trying hard to innovate in terms of design.
One particular brand in mind is Nokia where they offered odd to ugly looking phones such as Nokia 7280 and Nokia 7600. Those were the days that the brand seems to be running out of ideas of what to offer the market.
Fortunately, today’s smartphones are great. We can purchase mid-range smartphones that offer excellent performance, great design, and value compared to older high-end models.
But we are not about to list the best ones in the market, this article is about 6 of the worst smartphones ever that reached the market.
6 Worst Smartphones of All Time
To be fair, the ones that got included in our list are based on our own experience, user and owner experience, pricing, functionality, and value. With have no brand preference and the ones that we picked are those that don’t make sense at all in our opinion.
So without further ado, here are 6 of the worst smartphones ever existed that you should be aware of:
1. Energizer Power Max P18K (Worst Smartphone of 2019)
First on our list is the Energizer P18K. If you weren’t aware, the popular battery brand Energizer, entered the smartphone business.
Yes, you heard that right, other than offering quality power banks, the brand also sells smartphones.
One particular model that got the media scratching their heads is the P18K. Energizer believes that there’s a strong market for smartphones with large battery capacity.
Unfortunately, when they introduced the P18K, consumers weren’t impressed and its non-removable Li-Po 18,000 mAh battery wasn’t appealing enough for the consumers to support the model.
As we mentioned above, the P18K posses a battery capacity that you will not find in any other smartphone. Unfortunately, bigger battery capacity means a thicker phone.
The body of the Energizer P18K has a 30-40 mm thickness which is crazy thick for a smartphone. Most especially that consumers nowadays would prefer thinner ones.
The P18K was planned to have a selling price of USD$599. Sadly (for Energizer, at least), the phone did not receive enough support in Indiegogo.
This forced the company to cancel every plan they had with this particular model. Ultimately ending any probability of making this model available in the market.
Well, that’s what most people thought.
Energizer still seems positive about their smartphone. They have rescheduled the release of the Power Max P18K this May 2020.
Watch out for more announcements from them if you want to grab one for your own!
2. Kyocera Echo (Worst Smartphone of 2011)
The Kyocera Echo was definitely one of the strangest and worst smartphones that ever existed. This model had a lot of disdain from the consumers and one proof that not all made in Japan is sugoi.
Its chunky build and unusual hinge that swung open to reveal a second 3.5-inch screen give a very odd user experience.
As merit though, the ability to slide the second screen and place the second screen next to the main one for tablet mode was cool back then.
Unfortunately, its exclusivity to Sprint and the giant bezels made tablet mode rubbish.
Additionally, the overall user experience is awkward. Also, having 2 screens surely has proven to be an excellent way to drain the battery fast.
You can still buy this phone on some sites like eBay.
3. Vertu Signature Touch (Worst Smartphone of 2014)
Don’t you hate it when something is overpriced? That’s the impression that most of us gave to Apple with its ever expensive iPhones.
Little did you know that there’s a handset model in the market with a selling price of $11,500 and that’s the Vertu Signature Touch. During its product launch, the phone had a markup price of over 10 grand which was crazy.
At that price point, you could already purchase a brand new car, a house, or both!
On a closer look, the phone had a really expensive look and design as well as a very rigid build.
The Vertu Signature Touch features a titanium body (forged grade 5), luxurious calf leather-covered rear panel, and a sapphire crystal glass capacitive touchscreen which what ultimately dictates its market price.
Under the hood, the specs of the phone were quite mediocre and it doesn’t justify the selling price.
4. Samsung Galaxy S5
In 2014, Apple had the biggest smartphone market share. The flagship model of the brand back then sported an aluminum body and glass build.
While Samsung, on the other hand, as one of the biggest competition of Apple, was selling Samsung Galaxy S5 for USD$649.99. It was the brands’ flagship model that year.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was a pretty slick and cool looking phone back then but it was also one of the worst smartphones ever.
“Why?” you ask?
iPhones were already sporting a glass body and aluminum frame then but that Samsung Galaxy S5 had a plastic body and frame.
To worsen things up, the company designed the S5 with a metallic coating design that easily fades. Additionally, the phone looked cheap and feels the same way.
With a selling price of $649.99, you had to think twice because the iPhone offered more value back then.
5. BlackBerry Passport
BlackBerry was considered a luxurious brand that the former United States President, Barack Obama, supported. Unfortunately, the company met its demise when Android and iOS gained more popularity.
The brand had a peak number of subscribers and users at 80 million in 2012. But according to statistics, BlackBerry smartphone users in the US dropped to less than a million.
BlackBerry was then forced to release phones running on Android OS to continue with the business. Unfortunately, the brand couldn’t find a fit for its handsets and the usefulness of Android.
One particular model that really made the worse for the brand is the BlackBerry Passport. This phone is not an Android phone but what makes it one of the worst smartphones that ever existed is its price, design, and functionality.
The Passport was considered as the shortest but widest phone ever made. It featured an odd body ratio that it was so difficult to use with one-hand.
Additionally, the 4.5-inch touchscreen was square, which didn’t quite work well with most apps and videos. The performance was also poor despite the fact that it was being sold for around US$249.
With today’s generation, you could definitely buy a far better Android smartphone at that price.
6. ZTE Open
People who purchased the ZTE Open probably had mixed emotions with this smartphone.
Back in 2013, the ZTE Open ‘s design and price could wow new smartphone users. Looking at it now, its creation was just plain wrong in so many aspects.
The Open runs a Firefox OS. Despite the good intentions of both Firefox and ZTE of creating an affordable smartphone, they still had a long way to go.
The user interface is simple and clean. But for a smartphone, it’s too basic. The Open lacked so many features that its competitors like the iPhone 5S and Sony Xperia Z1 offered.
And imagine that the Sony Xperia Z1 had a 20.7 MP camera while the Open only offered 3.2MP. Yikes!
The BlackBerry Storm was the first ever touchscreen phone launched by BlackBerry in 2008.. However, the features on the phone did not turn out as expected. This touch feature on the phone was just inaccurate and insensitive. It also had lagging issues compared to other touch screen smartphones sold contemporarily in the market. The RIM has gone and BlackBerry has stopped its sales in the market.
The Samsung Galaxy phone can be a dream phone for some to buy. But this model has absolutely disappointed customers. Galaxy SIII mini was a handy phone but considered to be one of the worst smartphones. It was just easy to carry around but never contained the best features. It was never compatible with any other device to share media. It also had lagging issues which is quite annoying. This model was then not sold in the market after some time.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the worst smartphone ever?
The worst smartphone depends on individual preference. For us, the worst smartphones are those that did not provide value for their cost. The Toshiba G450 was one of the worst phones that ever existed for us. The phone is not on our list because it is not a smartphone, to begin with.
What’s the worst smartphone brand?
Some may consider Samsung as the worst brand while others believe it to be the best brand. So the worst smartphone brand boils down to individual preference but for us, the worst brand is the one that doesn’t provide value and quality to its phones.
What is the best smartphone for me?
There are various smartphone brands and models that offer different features. Check smartphone reviews and reports to find the best one for you.
The Worst Smartphone & Why Did It Exist
Phones have their sole purpose but when a manufacturer decides to test the market with odd-looking smartphones, you know that they are trying to innovate as much as they can.
Unfortunately, some just couldn’t properly configure the ratio between design and purpose.
So better take note of the phones in this list and be sure to read this article so you know which phones to avoid in the future.
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