PhoneArena Awards 2012: Worst Phone
The LG Intuition, also known as the LG Optimus Vu in its homeland of Korea, was the company's attempt to enter the realm of jumbo-sized smartphones, where the Samsung Galaxy Note II dominates to this day. Unfortunately, LG's offering failed to win our hearts for a number of reasons, the most prominent of them being its sheer size. Yeah, we know that the Note II is gigantic as well, but at least it is narrow enough to be held with a single hand, whereas the Intuition would feel awkward even if handled by an NBA star.
What you're looking at is the best phone RIM managed to release during the entire 2012 - the BlackBerry Curve 9310. And given that it is just a humble handset inferior to the 2011 'Berrys, with mediocre specs, tiny screen, and outdated interface, we feel sorry for anyone who has spent $50 on one of them instead of, let's say, picking an Android alternative. The only advantages that you get with the Curve 9310 are the hardware keyboard and the access to BBM, but with the way competing smartphone platforms are developing, these perks are gradually becoming less and less significant.
The Samsung Brightside was a disappointment on multiple levels, but its biggest flaw was its outrageous $100 on-contract price tag. This figure would have probably been tolerable if we were dealing with a mid-range Android device, but it is just way too much for a feature phone, especially when it doesn't have anything to stand out with, other than its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. To no surprise, third-party retailers quickly picked it up at much more acceptable prices, down to zero dollars on a 2-year agreement.
Before you start bashing us in the comments for adding these two smartphones on our list, allow us to explain why we decided to mention them. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is supposed to deliver pure, unaltered Google experience, just like any other Nexus device. It should also get the latest software updates soon after they are officially announced.
As for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note, it was a disappointing device for a different reason. You see, customers hate it when they buy an expensive new smartphone, or any other high-tech product, for that matter, only to have their device replaced by a newer model in a matter of weeks. Sadly, that's what happened to those who purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note from T-Mobile.
1. nwright94 (unregistered)
I agree with the intuition. Played with it at the Verizon store while getting a replacement phone and it was very unwieldy.
29. MeoCao (unregistered)
LOL I don't know anything about the "winners" except the "honerable"
The tech world is full of bad gadgets and I think that not many care about them.
53. wendygarett (unregistered)
Well looks like most worst gadget are from Verizon, hehehe :p
92. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Wow, PA is so stupid 4 putting Nexus 4 on the list cuz it's ONLY reason was the update for the non-GSM was 3 month late
93. wendygarett (unregistered)
That's not nexus 4, it's nexus 3 from Verizon...
168. lkjhg755 (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
These are just the worst gadgets that were inteneded to be high end. Obviously there are worse phones somewhere but there was no point except these were ones people bought expecting them to be good.
3. Whateverman (Posts: 3150; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I completely agree that the VZW GN deserves a spot on this list. The one and only thing VZW does well right now is providing great coverage and customer service. Well, that's two things. But the higher ups making the policies, deciding what phones to carry, what features we should have or not have...yeah those guys are some real f*ck ups! Who's gonna buy another nexus device with VZW after this?
14. McLTE (Posts: 612; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Um.. wasn't this the worst PHONE of 2012?
How the F is that the Nexus for Verizon? I had the phone.. it's a great phone. the PHONE people.. PHONE.
What you could put on this list is Verizon's awful handling of the updates for said Nexus.. but the fact that Verizon SUCKS BALLS when it comes to updating ALL phones, does not make the Nexus any worse of a PHONE.
Lets list the iPHone as the WORST phone EVER because of all the litigation issues that they are behind. The logic there is about the same.
C'mon PA.. really.
16. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
That's why it's just a (dis)honorable mention. See comment #10
139. nwright94 (unregistered)
Idk what you mean great customer service haha, it's a friggin headache to get a brand new phone whose power button stopped working replaced. Should've just went through apple, this is nuts. The service is great
167. jroc74 (Posts: 3625; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Some folks claimed I was a Samsung fanboy because I thought the projector shoulda been best innovation. This should show you why I'm not a Samsnug fanboy...
I had a G Nex....and as a phone....it sucked. There is no two ways around it. The Rezound coulda made this list too. As a....phone....it was unreliable. Thats enough to put it on the list or even be mentioned. Some of us use these phones as actual phones. I do not like Samsung phones at all. They are innovative, have nice features....but as a phone....they can do better.
I can defend them as a company and not like their phones.
4. ibap (Posts: 666; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
"As for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note, its problem lied elsewhere." Lied?
5. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Someone HAS to mention the iPhone here, so i so it in neutral context.
115. Johnnokia (Posts: 336; Member since: 27 May 2012)
You will see it (as always by Iphone arena) on the top of best phones list .. Better than Lumia 920 and galaxy S3...
6. adi4u4882 (Posts: 135; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
How come Apple's iPhone is missing in this list?
20. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Because the iPhone wasn't one of the worst phones of the year. iOS 6 may have been one of the worst software updates, but that's not the category.
55. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
I don't know why this comment has so many dislikes. He makes perfect sense. I hope they do make a category for worst OS.
106. bencrypted (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)
iPhone 5 can't be considered as worst per se.
It sure is overpriced for what it offers. An outdated OS & zero technological innovation. And Apple's policies are worse.
But, going by the logic based on which the list is compiled, I see no reason to omit iPhone 5. It snugly fits into the category.
I am bracing for the extreme flaming that will be initiated when PA crowns Apple iPhone 5 as the 'Best Smartphone of 2012' or one of the three in the list.
7. bloodline (Posts: 685; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
GALAXY NEXUS....OMG how stupid is this website.... Its verzions fault not the phones... My god the credability of this site is dog shi*
Honestly, even without the updates its still a dam good phone and not to be crossed with one of the worst.
Jesus the reviewers on this site...I am lost for words..awful bias crap
10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
That's the point, we're not putting down the Galaxy Nexus as a phone. The issue is with Verizon being absolutely terrible at pushing updates. That failure by Verizon at least deserved a mention here, because it has not only messed up the Nexus experience for its customers, but it led to Google essentially giving up on the carrier for the Nexus 4.
15. McLTE (Posts: 612; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Read your headline Michael.. it says worse PHONE of 2012.
Verizon's handline of the updates does not make the Nexus a bad phone.. it makes Verizon a bunch of inept morons.
Change the headline to "Worst of 2012" Then it would work. :)
in that vane.. why aren't all the completely rediculous litagation that Apple incited included in this? That makes the Apple iPhone horrible!!
17. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Again, that's why it's just an honorable mention, because Verizon failed and that needed to be mentioned
22. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
god you cant seem to understand can you, instead you have gone into fanboy rage mode.
they haven't slated the galaxy nexus in anyway, they simply and rightly stated that Verizon failed with the updates and as its a nexus that defeats the purpose of the phone.
59. McLTE (Posts: 612; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I'm not in fanboy rage at all.. I'm SUBJECTIVELY looking at the ARTICLE TITLE.
Lets talk about the worst PHONE... let me scroll up agian. yep, it says PHONE. So I'm expecting to see what's so bad about the PHONES.
That's my issue.. an honorable mention about the nexus PHONE, when the honorable mention has NOTHING to do with the hardware at all.. it's VERIZON screwing up the updates.
I'm not a fanboy.. I hate Apple more than words can say.. but I believe they make a great product. I hate them for their corporate approach. Big difference.
122. Droiddoes (unregistered)
Then obviously if you don't have a problem with the phone it should not be on a list of WORST PHONES. Also you have no legit beef with the Brightside. The PHONE itself is fine, your gripe is the pricing. This is not a list of "most overpriced phones"
126. Sniggly (Posts: 6400; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You know, the Brightside is kind of a crappy phone. It works all right, but the interface is ugly as sin and the phone doesn't offer that much. If I were writing a worst phones article, I would include it just for those two, but the price on Verizon really does make the Brightside a f**king ludicrous phone.
8. doubler86 (Posts: 304; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
No as much as I don't care for Apple I wouldn't say it's the worst, I would make a category for most disappointing device which the iPhone 5 would win hands down. As much hype as it had behind it before the release, it failed to meet so many expectations that for the first time customers loyal to apple were switching over to Android.
9. androidlikeaboss (Posts: 40; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)
Blame Verizon for the slow Galaxy Nexus software updates
11. raunak (Posts: 479; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
totally agree with the first one... LG tried, as always, to copy Samsung and ended up producing a downright ugly phone.
12. fistigons (Posts: 258; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
I have the brightside and it's not bad for a feature phone. I got it at Best Buy for $30.
18. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Yeah, but when it launched it was $100 on contract, which is absurd for a feature phone.
123. Droiddoes (unregistered)
Fascinating, but the price has absolutely nothing to do with the functionality of the phone. Did anyone even edit or proof read this?
13. nonbiased312 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
this site is just biased as heck they hate anything that isent i phone they never review it bad ever. yes this site has awsome news faster then others but in phone reviews..... not the best
19. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
So, you honestly think that the iPhone is one of the WORST phones of the year?
And, we're the biased ones...
34. nonbiased312 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
not saying its the worst but just saying .... cant not put it up there nothing is built in heaven.
26. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
and the comments section is completely biased against the iphone and in favour of anything android
shouting biased when yours is shining through is pretty funny. always have to attack the iphone in every article on here and why? to make yourself feel bigger then those who prefer it
face facts whatever you think of the iphone it isnt the worst, disappointing maybe but worst never. there os however stale now is solid for what it needs to do. could never be classed as the worst phone
82. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
No. People are mad for a very legit reason.
This article is about worst PHONE. People, including me, are upset because the gnex was mentioned for something that had nothing to do with the phone itself. Going by the slow updates from Verizon logic they used to include it, then EVERY PHONE in verizons 2012 line up should have been included. Being that Verizon is hands down one of the worst when in comes to timely updates. Don't see many people disagreeing with the intuition do you? Because its a crap phone. But wait its an android right? Hmmm, there goes that biased theory of yours, the i5 was released with an unfinished and severely lacking mapps app, dings and scratches out of the box, and multiple software issues. My gnex outperforms every phone I've put it up agaisnt , baring the gs111 and gnote 11. The gnex is not a bad phone, Verizon is a bad carrier, and it is not fair to include the gnex over carrier.
When are you going to drop this air of neutrality you hide behind and just admit you love apple?
97. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
lmao haha please dont embarrass yourself, people on here know i dont like apple as a company. but unlike you lot i dont attack the users of there products and think im better then them just because they choose something else.
see they mentioned it because the nexus's biggest selling point is wait for it fast updates, the first to get them. so thanks to Verizon this was taken away meaning a real disaster and completely taking away an reason to go for the phone.
your all deflecting this as you seem to see it as a punch in the face, like this hurts you. this whole site is the same now if android is not in the limelight for good reasons you shout bias........anytime the iphone isnt slated its biased and there siding with apple.
pathetic thats what it is,if this had said the iphone was the worst you would all be cheering and saying that ios users are stupid. your immature and need a reality check this is tech why you all choose sides and then become closed minded and insulting ( even insulting the reviewers on the site) is going too far,
''My gnex outperforms every phone I've put it up agaisnt , baring the gs111 and gnote 11''
yeah sure mate whatever you say lmao classic defensive fanboy, you forget the fact they never slated the phone itself. but you have to go into defensive mode dont you.
me ...nuetral.........no im a apple loving apple hating google hating android using nokia fan binghead troll fanboy......errr yeah think thats everything ive been labelled so far
what i can say though is im more open minded and neutral then you so im good with that
p.s it sad how anyone who doesnt slate apple to the point of obsession is classed as loving apple......by this logic 98% on here love google to the point of delusion.
99. BattleBrat (Posts: 883; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Galaxy Nexus? good phone ( although I found it to be another plastic android brick, got a RAZR instead) Verizon one blows however....
145. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
No, its still a good phone. Verizon and sprint just suck at the whole nexus update thing. Im having fun waiting to see how long I have to wait for 4.2. But right now 4.1.1 is fine enough for me coming from gingerbread.
102. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Right. I'm embarrassing my self. You laid out an extremely laid out comment and said......nothing.
"The nexus main selling point is fast updates which Verizon ruined"
Thank you, for trying to rebuke my statement with, wait for it, my statement. Nice.
"They never slated the phone "
Last time I checked including something in a "worst of" list qualifies as slating it.
I may be an android fanboy, but at least I'm not afraid to admit it. You defend apple tooth and nail but I have never seen you defend any other company/ is.
You're worse than a fanboy.
116. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
ohh so many things wrong with your comment , its like you try to act stupid
first off you must of not been on here long, ive defended android when apple trolls started there crap and now seeing as the android fanboys want to act like there better then everyone and attack all who use other os's unfairly im damn well going to defend them too. theres a differance between defending and been loyal. im not loyal to any company as and this is what makes most on here pathetic, companys dont care about us. instead i use whatever i like so that i can enjoy myself....not going to put myself in one of your immature camps and see others as the enemy.
You laid out an extremely laid out comment and said......nothing.
haha you should learn to read then, my comment just shut you up and you couldnt come back with anything relevant. seen it many times fanboy
you willl follow the android crowd and think your superior but fact is your not, this article isnt biased you are and the fact you will sit there and allow your fellow android fans to personally attack the reviewers on here shows how low you lot are...
dont like the site well go to a android centric one then
144. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
How was nothing I said relevant? You claimed this was an android thing. I disproved you by pointing out that no one disagrees with the intuition being first. I've been on this site for 3+ years now. You argued my point by basically agreeing with what I said in the first place.
Its a simple fact if the gnex was mentioned for a problem that was directly verizons fault, then it would have only been fair to mention the i5 and its plethora of problems.
Get a clue dude.
148. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
are you living in your own little world, ive ripped your comments apart and proved your nothing but a fanboy thinking he knows it all with no basis behind it
your just like all the others, cant discuss to a certain level so acts like there somehow winning to make themselves feel relevant.
i will do this one last time and see what deluded comment you reply with
''Its a simple fact if the gnex was mentioned for a problem that was directly verizons fault, then it would have only been fair to mention the i5 and its plethora of problems. ''
ok first off they stated who's fault it was and never slated the phone itself, second no they dont have to mention the iphones problems, your logic would mean they would have to mention every phone and its problems...why do you only direct your hate to the iphone fanboy?
mostly though the nexus line's major selling point is fast updates as other android phones could wait months for updates a nexus phone gets on date of release. the fact this wasnt the case defeated the point of the entire phone.....thats defiantly worth mentioning. the iphone gets its updates no matter how disappointing on time but thats not the main reason for the iphone. where as the nexus line up that is its main purpose so not having that makes the deal a fail.
im sure you will turn this into ''look at me i win yay me'' without actually bringing a real comment on what ive stated. its what fanboys do
146. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Oh and by the way throwing personal insults around only makes you look childish and immature.
How old are you anyways? Does mommy no you're on the internet misbehaving. Lol run along little one.
149. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
haha funny kid, so your now showing your maturity level too right? your logic just went against you.
by that logic your some kid who wants to act like a smart boy over the internet but fails in a big way
dont worry kid you will learn
103. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
And one more point.
No argument for my point with the intuition?
I thought this was android thing? Huh maybe at the end of the day you're wrong again.
35. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)
No iPhones or Windows Phones. I guess that means there's no terrible iPhone and/or Windows Phone devices out there!
58. MistB (Posts: 543; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
There are plenty of terrible windows phone devices out there, all of them excluding the 920 and the 8X are flops. And also because Windows Phone is practically non existent amongst the majority of users it hardly gets a mention.
38. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
"The LG Intuition, also known as the LG Optimus Vu in its homeland of Korea, was the company's attempt to enter the realm of jumbo-sized smartphones, "
Uhh, no it wasn't actually. The Vu was designed to let koreans watch tv on the go hence the 4:3 aspect ratio. I don't understand why they would even bother releasing it elsewhere, but it was NOT designed to compete with the Note.
Speaking of which, if you bought a Note on tmobile, while the information that the NoteII was coming out such a short time later was so readily available on the internet, that's your own fault. It isn't the carrier's job to hold your hand when it comes to cell phone purchases. Kill that noise.
39. nonbiased312 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
also if you read it right its saying that the reason that nexus is up there is due to a late software.... late software is better then a bad one, and note was bad cause note 2 came out?? i phone 4s and 5 was a mili inch diffrent after a year of waiting!!.. people can return phones u cant return a generation of product.. we have options not just a single phone to chose from.
40. haseebzahid (Posts: 1762; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
yet higest number of worst phone always from Samsung haha tell me about it
57. Googlethis (Posts: 168; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
with the amount of phones samsung releases and the phones ranging from basic to smart (low to high end) its very likely that one or two of them are going to be a flop.
143. haseebzahid (Posts: 1762; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
guess u are correct too much from samsung best 1 + worst 2 :\
41. akbar (Posts: 55; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
BB9310 "these perks are gradually becoming less and less significant." For the BBM part I never cared. For the keyboard you are totaly wrong. It basically impossible to find a decent modern phone with HW controls and keyboard.
The TMO Note - "other words, anyone holding on to a T-Mobile Galaxy Note at that time suddenly became the owner of an outdated smartphone." It is always funny to me when the US cellphone market is considered so advanced - in fact the cariers screw you big time. But anyway they love their corporations.
42. Whateverman (Posts: 3150; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Okay guys, this is really getting out of hand now. I am as big of an Android fan as anyone here, if not more. But this whole "bias" and Anti-anything by Apple kick some of are on is getting really rediculous and is starting to go beyond fanboyism. As limited, restrictive and stale as ios and the iPhone 5 is... It's still a good device. It doesn't make the list because it just doesn't deserve to be on it, period. We've all gotten a little heated at times on PA, but let's not lose all credibility because of a little fanboy rage. The iPhone is not the actual devil.
47. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
exactly, im no iphone fan but i wont spend every chance and go on every article just to attack it and insult those who use it. of course people on here show how small minded they have become by just red thumbing anythin that isnt full hate for the iphone and teaming up to try to invalidate what others say
basically the people on here want P.A to spend there time saying the iphone is crap, android is the best and google cares for everyone...............and they say iphone users are deluded.
facts are the iphone 5 was a disappointment, the os is stale and it brought nothing new to the table. but it was already a solid device for what it has to do. it just doesn't offer what the competition now has....for some thats not important as some don't care about roms, rooting etc
51. darkkjedii (Posts: 8897; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
You and whateverman hit the nail on the head. This anti iPhone/apple crap is so stupid now it's not even funny. Who cares, people r gonna buy what they like so get on with life.