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PhoneArena Awards 2011: Worst phone

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PhoneArena Awards 2011: Worst phone
There were tons and tons of phones, both smart and dumb, that we got to play with over the year. Some of them we were pleased with, some of them we were not. However, certain handsets were so much worse than the rest that we now simply feel obliged to make the world aware of their existence... so that people can avoid them at all costs.

Today, the PhoneArena Awards of 2011 are dedicated to the phones that disappointed us the most this year. One of them will be given the “Worst phone” title and two other handsets will grab the slightly less humiliating second and third place respectively. 

But enough idle talk. It is time to announce the winner in today’s category. Before we start, however, allow us to remind you that we have given out thirteen other awards already. The list of categories is below, so in case if you have missed any of them, do not hesitate taking a look.


Yeah yeah, we know that it is an affordable feature phone so we should not expect getting much from it, but the Samsung Gravity TXT nearly fails at delivering the bare minimum. In fact, it holds the lowest score that we have given to a phone or a tablet over the past 12 months – 2 out of 10 points. Why did it rank that low? Well, it has an unacceptably bad slide-out QWERTY keyboard even though it is supposedly made for heavy texting. Besides, it uses a tricky optical trackpad for navigation, when a simple directional pad would have done a much better job. Throw its unappealing looks, cheap feel and weak earpiece in the concoction and you end up holding a device that even a mugger won’t be interested in.


PhoneArena Awards 2011: Worst phone
Samsung Dart

Samsung Dart

First runner-up: Samsung Dart

We cannot deny that Samsung makes some of the hottest smartphones out there – just look at the Galaxy Nexus or the Galaxy S II if you are in doubt. However, the company is indeed capable of delivering some terrible ones too as the second spot today is occupied by the Samsung Dart. Sure, it does run Android, so it is not all that bad, but that is the only positive thing about the device, besides the fact that it is priced at zero on contract. But is it really worth it? Well, you get a device made out of cheapo plastic, which is never a good start. Furthermore, its front is occupied by a miserable display, and its performance is downright sluggish, so we definitely recommend staying away from this one... far away.


PhoneArena Awards 2011: Worst phone
Samsung DoubleTime

Samsung DoubleTime

Second runner-up: Samsung DoubleTime

The Samsung DoubleTime may seem pretty cool at first with its folding design, physical keyboard, and dual 3.2-inch displays. However, once you play with it for a while you realize that this Android smartphone is not really worth your time or money. The displays are nothing impressive in terms of quality, and its performance is mediocre at best thanks to the outdated hardware under its hood. Speaking of outdated things, the smartphone runs Froyo, which is unacceptable in a world dominated by Gingerbread. Its poor in-call sound quality and short battery life only add disappointment to the already underwhelming user experience.

There you go, folks! The “Worst phone” title this year goes to the Samsung Gravity TXT, followed by the Samsung Dart and the Samsung DoubleTime. However, the PhoneArena Awards of 2011 are not over yet. We have one more award to present tomorrow – the one for the year’s best smartphone, so stay tuned!

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posted on 13 Dec 2011, 17:04 19

1. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 264; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


Samsung made the best phone...

...and also made the worst.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 21:49 2

18. hepresearch (unregistered)


Its like Babe Ruth... in order to make the big home-runs, you have to strike out the most as well...

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 12:36

38. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)


actually Samsung made all the worst phones on the list but hey even Samsung cant always hit a home run on every product

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 17:07 9

2. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


i like how 2 out of the 3 are from Tmobile.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 17:39 16

7. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


I like how 3/3 are made from samsung...

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 17:09 7

3. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


Wow, Samsung made arguably the best phone in 2011, and yet they made three of the worst. (I think the Galaxy S II makes up for these three and then some ;) )

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 17:13 13

4. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


"Its poor in-call sound quality and short battery life",

these critical points mentioned could easier have lead the iphone 4s to have been nominated here

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 17:20 2

5. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Obviously you have no idea what you're talking about.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 19:42

37. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Dealing with complaints of such points in the mobile industry on a daily basis I can assure you i know quite well what im talking about

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 17:27 1

6. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


Hater much?

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 20:58 1

16. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


hm funny u say that when the iphone has better battery than many android phones… and im pretty sure sound quality is up to par now.. at least on my phone it is

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 17:46 3

8. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Samsung makes phones of all shapes and sizes - cheap and high-end - no big deal

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 17:58 7

9. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


What the iphone should of won this award i am outraged. Its the best it should win everything everyone knows that.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 22:51 5

22. robinrisk (unregistered)


Honestly i believe your are being sarcastic, but i loved that comment, thumbs up :P

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 17:59

10. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


ahhh yet again iphone is brought up into an article that has nothing to do with apple. ...

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 18:07 6

12. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


There we go the first idiot. I was saying the iphone should of won the worst phone sarcastically. Its a joke because of everyone says the iphone is the best and i made a joke saying the iphone is the best worst phone.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 20:14 5

15. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ive learned that sarcasm doesnt translate well to these boards most of the time.. lol

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 21:51 1

19. hepresearch (unregistered)


I've learned that fact the hard way...

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 22:32

20. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


We need a universal sign on the boards for sarcasm in the worst way ......

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 22:59

24. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Remixfa uses a smile :)

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 07:18

32. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


hmm.. well, a smile isnt obvious enough, and *sarchasm* just... is too obvious. We need a funny sign of some sort like SG suggested. 8^P

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 01:22 1

27. Nick_T (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 May 2011)


*sarcasm* ?

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 22:57

23. robinrisk (unregistered)


he did not reply to you, but made a new comment. That probably means he´s not very bright.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 23:00 1

25. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Well i hope most readers got my joke. Its pretty simple.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 18:03

11. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


i say motorola triumph, maybe some of the junk huawei and zte put out on circket. did the samsung galaxy prevail come out this year? my friend tried showing it his prevail off. i couldnt stop laughing.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 18:17 1

13. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


It is time for Samsung to make a fewer and best phones in the World. Currently Samsung make too many cheap plastic phones that turned people off even the best technologies inside. Motorola and HTC has better built quality.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 19:06

14. sgogeta4 (Posts: 391; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Motorola has good quality phones, HTC doesn't.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 23:12 1

26. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Not true. HTC makes some very good phones.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 03:04

30. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


HTC has proved it can make quality phones, it just doesn't take the time to make most of them outstanding. Their build quality is good but they dont take time to improve battery life, make sunlight-legible screens and the likes, Motorola just takes more time to invest into their products and aren't in as big a hurry as htc is to get their phones out.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 21:00 2

17. ScottSchneider (Posts: 312; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Samsung is the at the Top as well as at the Bottom.. All the Others just fill the gap in the middle...

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 22:36

21. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Hey, Phone Arena, just out of curiosity, how bad does a phone have to be to get a "1"?

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 01:27 1

28. Nick_T (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Basically, if it doesn't do absolutely anything right, especially the things it is marketed as being good at, it would get a one. Today's winner at least has a decent battery life.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:19

36. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Makes sense. I am going to stick around Phone Arena long enough to see a "1" review and a "10" review. At this rate, they both may be by Samsung

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 02:55 2

29. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I came in expecting to see the iphone 4s - it gets my vote

especially with the battery bug - that has yet to be fixed and also the texting bug.

useless, glad i gave it back and got the galaxy nexus - best phone ever

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 03:48 1

31. Mozarrt (Posts: 294; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Of course it was going to be a Samsung running Android.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 09:02 1

33. bambiheo85 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


tomorrow best smartphone : nexus, note and s2 hd =))

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 09:46

34. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Samsung puts out so many phones!!! Pretty soon that's all we'll see in stores.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 11:38

35. Lar1ssa (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


Haha I got the sarcasm and giggled at the idea of iphone being the best of the worst.. not that I think iphone is awful but I would say.. its kinda like thinking tyson or ali would win a big fight some years after his prime.. he can still knock out 89 of the population but looks very weak next to that other top 11%.. anyway samsung can make some pretty crappy products at the rate they mass produce compared to other phrne carriers that's not surprising

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