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PhoneArena Awards 2012: Worst Phone

0. phoneArena 14 Dec 2012, 11:09 posted on

Our frequent readers are probably well informed as to which of the phones currently on the market are good and which aren't. After all, it is our duty to review as many of them as possible and then tell you which handsets you should avoid or purchase in case you're out looking for one. Speaking of which, the great majority of the phones we got to play with over the past 12 months were actually very decent devices. Some of them, however, weren't that well executed, and today we'll tell you about the ones that underwhelmed us the most...

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posted on 14 Dec 2012, 12:36

49. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2692; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Such as?

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 16:02 8

66. Bernoulli (Posts: 1571; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Iphone 4s, and if you want to argue that it isn't a 2012 phone the Galaxy note 1 is not a 2012 phone either, it was released on august of 2011, genius.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 10:41 1

128. Droiddoes (unregistered)


iphone 4S, iphone 5, Pantech Hotshot, etc etc etc. Try to keep up, these things have been stated many times right here.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 19:42 2

154. .MISTER.H. (banned) (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


Micheal Heller you have lost your respect on PA, so many disagree. And red thumbs!

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 21:34

157. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


all from people whos opinion is clouded by hate and fanboyism. the red thumbs dont matter. he doesnt care about loosing the respect of the insulting and disrespectful sad acts like yourself

i respect the guy, sticking to his guns and not bending to the android fanboys who ruin the discussions and comments on here

posted on 16 Dec 2012, 13:14 1

162. Droiddoes (unregistered)


Or maybe, just maybe, he really is a sh*t journalist with heavy apple bias.

posted on 16 Dec 2012, 14:06

163. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Look at you insulting him just because he isnt bending to your blind hate. You only won't him to hat the iPhone and praise android.

When there is one good thing or non negative comment towards apple you straight away brand them and insult them......its pathetic why don't you stick to pro android sites you will fit in well with your bias

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 13:16 1

54. EdwardG (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


Blackberry have the worst phones always

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 18:18 1

83. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Not always. But recently yes, remember, not to long ago Bob was the best. But when apple introduced the og iPhone the clowns that ran rim decided to just keep putting out the same thing. Then the storm came, no pun intended, and bb got left behind. Yes the iPhone is the original bb killer.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 14:02

56. Googlethis (Posts: 170; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Thank you for the ariticle great job writing it. i might not agree with the verizon nexus being one of the worst phones but i can understand why its in this catagory even though over all my experience with the verizon nexus was quite pleasant. as for those that believe iphone 5 should be on the list due to durability I refer to gs3 for problems with the frame cracking on some of them. not every phone is going to be shipped without damage especially when they have ship massive amounts at a time to keep up with demand.as for the other problem of ios 6 being buggy etc i can not think of any thing to refer to at the current time.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 15:09 3

61. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Another couple of phones that deserve mentions are the Spectrum (piece of crap) and the ion. The ion is still on Gingerbread and was released when every other manufacturer was releasing ICS phones.

I agree with the Intuition being on this list, but my big gripe wasn't its aspect ratio. How about the fact that there was nowhere to put the stylus? The phone was so clearly a cheap Note ripoff that it was pathetic.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 18:20

84. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Well said sniggs. I had my eye on the ion too, I was very disappointed with that one.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 15:12 1

62. smdeezy (Posts: 66; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


I'll give it to Michael. At least after he writes an article he comes out guns a blazing in the comments section defending what he wrote. That's admirable.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 16:05 1

68. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2692; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I didn't even write this article!

I was in on the discussion that went into the picks though.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 18:22

85. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Michael I have to say it, I feel bad for you, you really aren't biased at all, but ironically it always seems to be you catching the most flack.

Props man, I couldn't do this job and keep a cool head like you can.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 23:09

104. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


See look I got thumbed down just for complimenting your ability to remain calm and duly noting that I myself couldn't. People these days I swear.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 07:52

117. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


no you got thumbed down by the android lot that are slating him, like yourself playing both sides lol

fanboys everywhere

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 16:57

147. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


I never slated him. And personally I could care less what any body says on this site. I don't play both sides I go for what I like and say what I mean and ignore all the b.s that comes from both sides. Unlike you, I don't have time to be p.a's knight in shining armor. And besides michael is big boy, he can defend himself. I was just simply complimenting his over all level head ness he keeps. Unlike most people, apple's success or lack thereof doesn't make one bit of difference in my life. But that doesn't change the fact that I disagree with the gnex being put in this article. But that doesn't mean I'm going to go out of my way to personally attack people. Especially Mr. Heller in this case, who didn't even write this article.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 17:22

150. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


haha calm down kid, love how you lie its classic

lets see where to start

''But that doesn't mean I'm going to go out of my way to personally attack people''

you do, look at how you replied to my comment in your fanboy way so dont try act cleaner then clean your as bad as the ones insulting him

''Unlike you, I don't have time to be p.a's knight in shining armor''

haha yeah im some knight in shining armor, this is pathetic. you class someone who isnt acting like you immature kids crying about the whole nexus update been mentioned as trying to be some hero.......you seem to have enough time to cry about that.

michael is a big boy, so that justifys the one sided biased state the comments section is in, the insults and obsessive abuse on the iphone. you act like this phone is the devil, like it killed someone you know.

and why do you only bring up the iphone? why not other android phones? there are many bad ones, or windows phones? its always the iphone

obsessed with it arent you, never happy unless its slated. say one good thing about you swarm in to insult the person that commented

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 15:27 4

63. Bernoulli (Posts: 1571; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I don't see the iphone 5, I figured it'll be at the top of the list

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 16:10

71. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2692; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Given that we rated the iPhone 5 a 9 out of 10 in our review, I can't imagine why you'd expect it to be on this list.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 16:19 6

76. Bernoulli (Posts: 1571; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Because there's nothing revolutionary about it that no other device has already offered

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 18:34 5

88. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


You also rated the Galaxy Nexus a 9 as well lol

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:37

91. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Excellent point, it did get a 9 as well! But when you look back and take everything into consideration, I can't help but to think I am so glad I picked my Razr over the GN. I would have had a totally different expectation seeing as though this is SUPPOSED to be a Nexus device. At least with a Razr, I know I only have one or two updates, and they will be incredibly slow. But no matter who was at fault, I would have ended up pissed as heck that I will have to go through the same thing on a Nexus device. The Nexus S is getting updates faster than this dinosaur, that's rediculous!

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 16:00 2

65. bonsly16 (Posts: 57; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Huh???? Who is this MichaelHeller??? I thought the Phone Arena Staff initial their last names. The official person would be 'Michael H.' is it not?

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 16:08 7

69. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2692; Member since: 26 May 2011)


The official policy of the site is that we don't put our last names on article bylines, but it's up to us what our PhoneArena username will be for the comment section.

As I've said many times, I hate the standard of anonymity on the Internet. I think all it does is give a shield for people to be assholes to each other and not have to take responsibility for what they say. Anonymity ruins the possibility for discussion, because people feel like it gives them the right to be inconsiderate and obstinate. I take full responsibility for everything I say, and part of that is attaching my full name to it.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 16:13

73. bonsly16 (Posts: 57; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I understand. Thank you for that swift response.
I just couldn't believe it at first that a staff, is commenting on an article(s) in a...very...active way. Unprecedented that's all.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 16:16 7

75. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2692; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I like being active in the comment thread. If nothing else it helps me see other perspectives, and hopefully become a better writer. I don't think that blogging is all about broadcast, it's about discussion.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 17:46

80. kach22 (Posts: 122; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Well said Michael, That why I keep looking for your articles. I know you try your best to remain unbiased and the follow up of comments is indeed very admirable.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 18:26

86. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Agreed, that's why my name and email are in my profile. If people have a gripe, feel free to email me anytime. I would have an actual picture but I prefer Mr. Dead pool here, comic geek I am.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 17:47 3

81. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Despite Sprint having a nonexistient 4G LTE network, I'm pretty happy with my Galaxy Nexus. It's truly a pure Android experience and it came in the 32GB flavor.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 18:33 2

87. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The Note 2 is superior to the original Note in just about every way. Its T Mobiles fault for trying to sell it so late in the game. Its also Verizons fault for the delay updates. Google had it all ready for it but it was Verizon themselves who delayed. So really you cant blame the phones.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:18 2

89. uneedhelp (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


i know the intuition is big and goofy to mostly everybody but i used the phone (intuition) for a couple of weeks and i must say it was not a bad device at all. It was excellent for web browsing.And believe it or not it actually fit in my pocket.Although bulky i was rather impressed.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 20:18 2

94. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Hi michael, I gotta agree with the first part of the list, and the Note from T-mobile. But, what I should say is that nexus from verizon doesn't make it a "worst" phone or even honored as one just because of update issues. It is understood to have a later update than an unlock version because they have to at least test the phone for better customer service. I don't see this as a factor that would make a phone be categorized as worst. A simple edit would suffice.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 20:22 3

95. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Also, people who says that phonearena is being biased not including iPhone on the list, why?

Why is iPhone should be on the list. It's fast and the premium quality stands out from the rest. You people sicken me. I don't like iPhone but that doesn't mean i hate it that much that it should be categorized as "worst phone".

Please calm down and stop being a fanboy for once.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 07:54

118. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


agree completely, the only bias is in the comments section

always the same

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 08:49

119. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


True that. I know we all hate iPhone for not giving justice to its price. But the truth is, it's a great phone.

Hate this phone or whatever, but it's not gonna be the worst phone of 2012.

But also, like iPhone, galaxy nexus should be in here, whether it doesn't get OTA updates right away. PhoneArena, please edit this one.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 12:43

138. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


well i actually think the nexus should just be lefted there, and for one reason : the over reaction and complete pathetic attitude of these fanboys. instead of been reasonable and saying properly how in there opinion it shouldnt be up there they insulted others, attacked P.A itself and as usual started the iphones crap lines.

so just to show they wont react to the fanboy hate i think this should stay as it is. been unreasonable and immature shouldn't get results.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 20:44

96. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Thats unfair? Brightside was soo last year? and it appears this year again?

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 22:06 2

100. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Okay, seriously, all of you people bashing Apple or Michael can just f**k off.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 02:30 1

110. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


This post was a quick reaction to what I saw going on in the comments section here.

Allow me to elaborate:

I don't like Apple or the iPhone. This is something I've made abundantly clear every time I've mentioned them. However, the iPhone 5, as a phone, is not a bad phone. It works well, is built well, and has a great screen and camera. I've seen very few have any issues. While I can say the same for the Galaxy S3 and other high end equipment, I can't say that for EVERY Android phone.

As much as I personally dislike Apple and their products, I would be lying if I said their products are poorly made in general.

That said, I think we could have had an award for "most disappointing software news" as a category to put the VZW Nexus and iOS 6 under.

And lay off Michael. I've seen way too much knee jerk hate against him here. "You say the iPhone 5 works well? YOU'RE A BIASED PIECE OF SH.IT!!!!" FU.CK. OFF. If you have that attitude. Michael is trying to give credit where it's due. He didn't even write the fu.cking article. Hell, he even agreed that the article's parameters could probably be changed because of the nature of the Nexus issue being similar to iOS 6.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 03:43 2

112. wendygarett (unregistered)


Calm down bro lol, this is phonearena... The place where full of kids and fanboyism :p

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 00:03 1

107. GoBears (Posts: 384; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


As you can tell by my avatar I really despise Apple. I think their products are terribly overpriced, boring and very over hyped. That said, the i5, galaxy nex and the tmo note absolutely do not deserve to even be mentioned anywhere in an article with this title. There are SO many bad phones out there. The title of the article is very misleading. You guys (and gals) put phones on this list because of issues that had nothing to do with the device itself, hence all the backlash. I think it's cool that MH provides feedback about his articles and if you guys want intelligent civil answers then start using intelligent civil criticism. I'm sure MH is a big boy and won't have his feelings hurt by some genuine feedback. Good or bad. Peace out and remember... Friends don't let friends use iOS haha!

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 04:09

113. Mfa901 (Posts: 89; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


welldone friends....
carry on
very entertaning lol

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 10:43 2

129. Droiddoes (unregistered)


LMAO @ all the micheal hate and thumbs down. The group has spoken, and the consensus is: YOU ARE BIASED.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 10:50 2

132. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The group is obviously composed of dumbasses then. I love how much you ignore all of the reasonable, Android favoring articles that Michael has written, yet the FU.CKING INSTANT he says something positive about Apple you guys jump all the fu.ck over him. It's disgraceful. It's despicable. Oh, and its supremely disappointing. I expect better from all of you.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 10:59 1

134. GoBears (Posts: 384; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


C'mon Sniggly, tell us how you really feel. Haha just kidding bro. I enjoy hating apple but not authors. They are entitled to their opinion just like anyone else.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 12:12 1

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


I'm confused...what makes the iPhone a terrible phone? If we're talking phones here the only phone that came close to beating the iPhone 5 was the sgs3. The phone is quick to charge, great battery, great screen, great App Store, great camera, great customer service, great accessories, great reception and great support. Lets compare it to android phones outside of sgs3 (credit due there) shall we? Nexus has a terrible batter so no matter how good it is is useless. That goes for every other android phone. How about charging time? How about some accessories? How about software support? How about cameras? How about resale? Earpiece volume? Speaker volume so you can actually here your phone ring?

Everybody says this site is iPhone biased but there is absolutely nobody fighting here but a bunch of insecure android fans that will probably sell their phone in 3-5 months anyways.

If I were the writers here(especially Michael) I would just disable comments from disgruntled android owners...

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 13:10

141. nwright94 (unregistered)


It's not a terrible phone, the small bunch of crazy android fans like to cause drama in the comment section though.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 12:32 1

137. remixfa (Posts: 14143; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


This article should be renamed "big blunders of 2012" instead of worst phone. I dont disagree with the article in that light, just think its not properly titled.

Worst phone to me screams "it falls apart in my hand, its crashtastic, ect".

And if it were titled biggest blunders, the GN on VZW should be the top of the list. Leave it to VZW to take something that's supposed to be pure and easy and fukk it up to all hell n back.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 18:57 1

151. remixfa (Posts: 14143; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Troll fights.. the next generation.

lol.

From a guy that's been on this site for like 5 or so years... its not worth it. Everyone has an opinion. Your all wrong and your all right... unless of course I'm right, then your definitely wrong. :)

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 19:38 1

153. .MISTER.H. (banned) (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


that's out of league to mention the nexus! 3 3G 3GS 4 4S they should be the worst overpriced hyped good for nothing phone!

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 21:27 1

155. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


good for nothing, hmm so the strong eco system isnt uselfull the apps available arent either? the games that are fully optimised no good too right? the simple UI? the ease of use?

yeah dont seem anything good about it lmao please stop been a hateful fanboy. no matter what you think of apple theres no way the iphone is the worst phone. the os may be stale now and no new amazing features but no where near the worst phone.

mainly though they mentioned verizon's failing with the nexus. never once slated the phone itself.

you need to stop the stupid over the top hate and obsession, you lot bring up apple more then the so called apple fans

posted on 16 Dec 2012, 06:41

158. tanim (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


Optimus vu. Saw that one coming

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 07:32

164. downbeat4 (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Dec 2010)


Adding the VZW Galaxy Nexus to this list sounds like some personal vendetta to me. In any sane realm of reality there is no way the GNEX should have showed in this article. Wahhh...Verizon didn't update fast enough....wahhhhhh. If you were waiting for JellyBean update (or any other update for that matter), you probably should not have a Nexus device. #lame

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 02:18

165. manis11 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Nice > List

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 10:28

166. Gilsond (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Galaxy Nexus for Verizon came out December 2011. This phone should not be eligible for any 2012 award, good or bad.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 00:40

169. eleveador (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


Not everyone needs a huge screen on their damn phone. Get over it and stop bragging about your favorite phones.

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