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10 of the weirdest (and sometimes ugliest) Samsung phones ever

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10 of the weirdest (and sometimes ugliest) Samsung phones ever
Samsung isn’t the world’s largest phone maker by accident. The company released hundreds of mobile phone models in the last decades, and it had the time and resources to experiment with lots and lots of form factors. 

Some of the phones that the South Korean giant introduced over the years were great, some mediocre, and others downright bad. And then there’s the weird category - which, of course, includes a selection of really ugly phones (although some are just odd, without being ugly - even at today’s standards).

We noticed that there haven’t been any weird Samsung handsets in the last few years. That’s probably because it’s hard to make something unusual when everyone’s trending towards simplicity, larger screens, and thinner bezels.

You may already know a few of the handsets presented below (or even owned one), but we’re pretty sure you’ve never seen such a wacky collection in one place. Of course, if you're aware of other unusual or ugly Samsung mobile phones that didn't make it to our list, feel free to mention them in the comments below.

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posted on 18 May 2014, 17:14 3

2. magnanimus (Posts: 329; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


The 5th one looks like a good idea. Don't know why it was cancelled.

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:52 1

14. fzacek (Posts: 2223; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Yeah, but one keyboard would have sufficed...

posted on 19 May 2014, 14:58

88. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


It IS one keyboard which can you can slide in any of the 2 directions.

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:16 3

3. VyktorJonas (Posts: 35; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


a friend of mine had the 9th phone years ago and it was cute for that time

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:19 2

5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 795; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


The 5th one actually looks good, better than some recent Samsung phones

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:24 6

7. Super3310 (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 May 2014)


Typical samsung. Im not hating on their devices tho, but look, their designs. Facepalm

posted on 19 May 2014, 05:20 2

71. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


lmaoooo. these are years ago conehe*ad.

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:29 10

8. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Just proves Sammy strides for different, innovative and unique. Personally, I owned number 7 (one of my last attempts [in vain] at Windows Mobiless). Number 10 actually looks cool, gotta' get me one (for nostalgia)!

posted on 18 May 2014, 18:25 3

19. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Yeah, I also thought tha Matrix was cool looking.
If somebody could slim it down to 7-8mm and 'up' pops the touch...it would be cool.

posted on 18 May 2014, 23:18

62. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 111; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


I agree! I love the variety... smartphones are now pretty boring when it comes to formfactor.

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:39 9

9. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Bait article.

posted on 18 May 2014, 18:49 4

25. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


True.

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:54 6

39. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Told you everyone they both are real close friend.

posted on 19 May 2014, 01:03 2

67. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


LOL yeah they look like besties.

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:43 5

10. maherk (Posts: 1217; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Number 3 and 4 were a huge hit back in my home country Lebanon, everyone wanted to own one. I remember Beyonce promotion the number 4 model.

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:44

11. marcski07 (Posts: 560; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


where are the whole Samsung handsets? only note 1-3 are exempted.

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:44 7

12. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Nokia and Motorola have some weird phones too. It's common for companies to try "weird" ideas to see what sticks. Even the Apple Rokr wasn't a great looking device.

posted on 18 May 2014, 18:13 2

18. palmguy (Posts: 320; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


I liked the Upstage. Had a nice battery wallet.

posted on 18 May 2014, 18:26 3

20. joey_sfb (Posts: 3245; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Ugliness of a hater. They reek of condemnation and self pity.

Even I don't like something I don't comment on it because I know someone else would like it.

posted on 18 May 2014, 18:28 3

22. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


They should do the same type of story, but with Motorola...

posted on 18 May 2014, 18:49 3

26. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


And Nokia

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:23

32. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Yeah, it's way too much work to go to the brand page and check by yourself!!!

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:56 2

40. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


But in Nokia, we will see real innovated phones and unique.

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:40 1

51. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


And ugly ones which are worser than Samsung

posted on 19 May 2014, 11:51

84. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And we wont with Motorola?

posted on 18 May 2014, 22:20

54. rency0722 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


7280.

posted on 18 May 2014, 22:50

59. Diezparda (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


7600.

posted on 18 May 2014, 18:50 4

27. tedkord (Posts: 5270; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I had an i760. Nice phone. I wish WP were more like WinMo...

posted on 19 May 2014, 11:49

83. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Its getting there. WP is all the things that Win Mo didnt get right while missing what made Win Mo good.

8.1 is step in the right direction.

posted on 18 May 2014, 18:52 2

28. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Phonearena dislikes and hates Samsung

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:14 2

70. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3745; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Judging from all the Samsung coverage on PhoneArena a rational person might come to a different conclusion.

Points for the reverse psychology attempt, though.

posted on 19 May 2014, 05:23

72. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


If you have the most market share among all brands and it's owned by many people and in some countries most people have a samsung, then it should be covered the most. not that they should cover the no-one-cares-about brands.

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:03

29. BigEaze22 (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Saw #10 and actually threw up a bit

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:21 2

31. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


I wonder why people insists on this kind of "humorous" articles with a total lack of sense of humor, I don't even like much the Samsung brand but excepting the last one, I would probably buy the first nine, it's called not being plain... or plain boring...

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:46 2

36. wilsong17 (Posts: 1094; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


lol nice phones lol i love how the idiots here bashing samsung but if you are born in the 80 you probably own one of these when you where young or some what like those design

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:47 3

38. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Is it bad to try to be creative and fail? I actually like a lot of these ideas.

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:57

41. iGeek (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


And they say, No Samsung didn't copy the iPhone !
PS: Before fanboys start to comment, I'm using a Note 3 to write this comment :)

posted on 18 May 2014, 20:36 3

44. maccess (Posts: 633; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


Note 3 my ass you troll..

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:42 1

52. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


You mean iTroll

posted on 19 May 2014, 05:24

73. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


hello iF@rt

posted on 19 May 2014, 06:09

75. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Lmfao

posted on 19 May 2014, 11:47

82. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


If Samsung copied the iPhone....they all copied the LG Prada then..

posted on 18 May 2014, 20:52

46. Sharky (Posts: 134; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)


Some real neat phones on this list.

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:18 1

47. gigaraga (Posts: 1381; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


I knew there would be annoying haters mentioning the S5. Useless trolls.

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:34 1

48. bucky (Posts: 1574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I think this is just what their phones looked like pre-iPhone. Seriously, not trolling.

posted on 18 May 2014, 22:50 3

60. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Well you are an iFan

You love Apple

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:41

78. bucky (Posts: 1574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I built my own desktop computer and have a nexus 5 as well. I'm also a senior member at xda.

posted on 19 May 2014, 11:42

81. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


You dont have to be trolling, just not informed alot about Samsung products. Their flip phones looked very much like any clam shell flip phone.

These are some of the extremes. Moto has some that fit the extreme category too. Here is some of their normal looking ones.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/03/a-look-at-samsungs-handset-evolution-through-the-ages/#image-5

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:56

53. Edward_bly (Posts: 206; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Now that's some real innovation!

posted on 18 May 2014, 22:28

55. BattleBrat (Posts: 1175; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


My dad had a Juke, used that thing for years

posted on 18 May 2014, 22:48

58. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Where is FriendsOfSamsung and 13thking

posted on 19 May 2014, 05:25

74. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


here. and ready to troll your head sony guy

posted on 19 May 2014, 06:10

76. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Wrong

I like every Oems

posted on 19 May 2014, 09:34 1

79. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Hahaha fail.....lol

posted on 18 May 2014, 23:23

64. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 111; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


I had the Upstage (#4), and it is by far my favorite pre - smartphone phone. Back when a phone was mostly just for calls and texts, and maybe a little music and pics, the Upstage was awesome. Super thin and sleek, I got a ton of compliments on it.

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:19

68. cedricthegr8 (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


My bestfriend still has Samsung Juke (#6). So cute little phone

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:09

69. iMemo (Posts: 103; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


God bless the iPhone.

posted on 19 May 2014, 11:39

80. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


God bless technology and the advancements many have made with it..

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:05 1

77. corporateJP (Posts: 1841; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


The early to mid 2000 devices from all manufacturers had some strange devices in the lineups.

posted on 19 May 2014, 12:03

85. RandomUsername (Posts: 558; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


What, no Galaxy S5? ;)

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