We have selected 10 weird, unattractive cell phones, almost all of which were actually on the market. Yes, people did buy them, despite their unorthodox appearance. Just flick through the slideshow below and check them out. As usual, leave us a line in the comments should you think we've missed a handset that could have been on the list.
10 peculiar, weird, and plain ugly cell phones
1. Bang & Olufsen Serene
Fact: the engineers at Bang & Olufsen can make great audio products, such as speakers and earphones. Fact: their mobile phones are far less attractive. Take the Serene, for example, which looks more like a lady's powder box rather than something you can make calls with. Surprisingly, this abomination carried a $1,250 price tag on launch.
2. RIM BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981
The P'9981 is arguably the most awkward-looking BlackBerry in existence. Sure, it is made out of premium metal elements, but the folks at Porsche Design seem to have gone a bit too far with the boxy looks and sharp corners. The few other phones carrying the Porsche Design logo don't look particularly good either but that's a different story. The P'9981 can be yours for about $1700.
3. Aesir Copenhagen by Yves Behar
And yet another luxury smartphone, the looks of which have been destroyed by the aim to design something stylish. Despite costing over $8,000, the handset looks pretty weird and reminds us of a metal watch strap. Still, it is better than the next device on the list.
4. Golden Buddha Phone
So here is what happens when religion and technology team up and produce a mobile phone. Yup, the end result is quite awkward - a clam shell handset covered in gold, with a camera, LCD display, dual-SIM card support, and a virtual prayer room feature built-in. We are not making this up.
5. Motorola Flipout
Here is a phone suffering from a boxy syndrome. Besides its awkward form factor, it is also strange how the smartphone requires you to "flip" its QWERTY keyboard out, hence the name. Oh well, at least you can play Angry Birds on it.
6. F88 Wrist Phone
Wearing the F88 Wrist Phone might be a wise idea if you are at a nerdy convention like Comic-Con, but trying to impersonate Dick Tracy in public is not advisable in any other social scenario.
7. Toshiba G450
If you will be using the Toshiba G450 in public, you better have a paper bag handy to put over your head. The phone carries a strange resemblance to a TV remote control, and its design is so weird that probably no one out of Japan finds it attractive.
8. Virgin Lobster 700
Here is a phone that looks as bad as its name sounds. Announced back in 2006, it was impressive from a technical standpoint as it had a camera and support for mobile television, but its odd form factor spoiled the whole experience.
9. Compulab Exeda
The Compulab Exeda is a dual-boot Android/Windows Mobile phone with a 520MHz processor, 3.5-inch display, QWERTY keyboard, and most surprisingly, an ethernet port. However, even the greatest of hardware specs cannot make up for its hideous appearance.
And the creepiest phone award goes to the Elfoid, which is a conceptual device (thank God) aiming to make phone communication feel a bit more "human". Okay, maybe a lot more "human", given that the handset is shaped like a person of unknown age and gender.