Through the time of the smartphones we’ve all seen some incredible devices, some amazing concepts, some very reliable handsets and some mobiles we’ve really enjoyed using on a daily basis. However, we’ve also had the unfortunate luck of seeing some phones that simply didn’t work and never really stood a chance with their target market.
So, we’ve picked, after some very heated discussions, what we believe are the worst handset ever to be produced.
The 7600 was launched in 2003 and aimed at people that are into or work within the fashion industry, however, the style-over-content design just never really took off. Although it was Nokia’s second 3G handset, it was definitely too weird for most to consider. It was impossible to use one-handed which, apart from its overall ridiculous appearance, was enough to put most people off.
Launched in 2003, it was an attempt to combine a mobile phone and a fully-functional games console. Unfortunately, the Nokia N-Gage never really lived up to it’s expectations and the user experience wasn’t the greatest. Some of the design choices were a little confusing, such as having to power off the device and take out the battery to change a game, or having to hold the phone edge-ways against the face just to find the microphone and talk into it. A second version was made to vaguely improve on some of this, but the iPhone soon came along which made the Nokia N-Gage less attractive.
If BlackBerry is the Frank Spencer of the mobile phone world, and the BlackBerry Playbook is the scene where he destroys an entire office after his job interview, the BlackBerry Storm is the full-on roller-skating-behind-the-bus sequence. The BlackBerry Storm is the part that will appear on clip shows long after BlackBerry has been given a lifetime comedy award and has shuffled off. It was 2008 and nobody but set-in-their-ways execs wanted a BlackBerry anymore. Some models couldn’t access 3G internet in the US, while the built-in web browser was unable to load complex web pages.
The 2010-released Motorola FlipOut was one of those mad attempts to make a smartphone with a nested keyboard, and it looks like a GCSE materials design project mistakenly sent into production. The angled slide-out keyboard mechanism was a fun gimmick, but the phone itself was so tiny that it felt aimed exclusively at those with tiny hands.
Siemens Xelibri 6
Source: GSM Arena
When mobile phones first came onto the scene, Siemens were by far one of the leading mobile distributors across Europe, saying that, we’re not really sure what Siemens tried to do with the Xelibri 6. We’re also not too sure who their target audience was, but it’s safe to say that this particular Siemens mobile never really hit it off.