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PhoneArena Awards 2013: Flops and disappointments

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PhoneArena Awards 2013: Flops and disappointments
Today's tech giants invest considerable amounts of time and money in research and development. After all, doing so is an essential step towards delivering products that a given group of consumers would like and buy. Unfortunately, failure is something that no one is immune to, not even the most powerful companies in existence. In fact, sometimes a seemingly promising product may turn out to be little more than a flop and a major disappointment. And with the third post in our PhoneArena Awards of 2013, we'll give you a few great examples, which demonstrate how even good ideas may yield underwhelming results if not executed optimally.


HTC's UltraPixel camera


PhoneArena Awards 2013: Flops and disappointments
Much has been said about the HTC One; mostly good things, for that matter. That it is a great-looking and well-made high-end smartphone is something we can't argue with. But the One has a weakness and that's the UltraPixel camera situated on its back. Developed by HTC itself, the snapper features a "breakthrough camera sensor" with larger pixels for improved performance, especially in low light. Well, we've done plenty of testing already, comparing the One's camera versus its rivals, and it just doesn't live up to HTC's promises and our expectations. Sure, it is good, but far from as good as it should have been. The HTC One is a high-end smartphone after all, and a camera that takes mediocre photos doesn't seem fitting for it. 

BlackBerry and its BB10 smartphones


PhoneArena Awards 2013: Flops and disappointments
2012 was already a pretty tough year for Research in Motion (now known as BlackBerry). The company kept on losing both market share and consumers' trust as it struggled to compete with its fierce rivals. But then came the BlackBerry 10 operating system and the new BlackBerry smartphones powered by it. They were expected to bring the company back on its feet, making it once again relevant on the smartphone market. Sadly, they didn't change much. In fact, BlackBerry is still leaking money, as one can tell after reading its recent financial report. BlackBerry's operating loss for Q2 reached nearly $1 billion because of a pile of BlackBerry Z10s collecting dust in its warehouses. Eventually, BlackBerry's CEO Thorsten Heins was given the sack – a move that probably won't lead to BlackBerry becoming the major player it once was.

Smartwatches


PhoneArena Awards 2013: Flops and disappointments
A smartwatch is, in theory, a pretty neat gadget, and a fair amount of new members of the species were introduced over the course of 2013. But in reality, they're still nothing more than a niche product with limited functionality – a product that only a hardcore geek would spend money on. Speaking of which, smartphones are still pretty expensive for what they can do, with high-grade models carrying a $300 price tag. That's just too much for something that displays your notifications and weather updates, all the while sparing you from the "effort" of taking your smartphone out. And besides, the battery life of most smartwatches is disappointing, to say the least, and having another gizmo to recharge overnight can be frustrating.

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posted on 27 Nov 2013, 13:35 29

1. Sauce (unregistered)


Glalaxy Gear definitely a flop, yet a kickstarter in terms of pushing forward.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 15:12 5

31. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Good show PA, jolly good show

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 20:10 4

70. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


The price is what made the Galaxy Gear a flop. If it was priced at $100 no one would be complaining about battery life. If it was priced at $50 people would call it the best smartwatch on the market. Anything and everything could be a flop if priced incorrectly. If Chromecast was priced at $100 I bet it would be on this list. But at $35 it's a bargain. Technically the iPhone 5c is a flop because it's priced to high and for $100 more you will get a phone worth the premium. But if it was priced at $250 off contract it would have sold a lot more.
I would like Phonearena to do a mock review of the Galaxy watch if was priced at $100. That would be interesting. And knowing Samsung I see this watch dropping price big time in the upcoming months. I would buy it at that cost. Not a penny more.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 13:38 12

2. Finalflash (Posts: 3224; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea smart watches definitely and BB definitely. The ultrapixel was a failure more because of the execution rather than the concept.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 00:07 1

78. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


ya its odd how hTC tested and approved it.
Keeping concentration on low light pics, they forgot all about bright lights

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:20 1

91. willard12 (Posts: 1725; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Somehow, I suspect that when the iwatch is released, it will be on the PA Most Innovative list, even though it will do a lot less.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 13:41 34

3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Where's the iPhone 5c?

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 13:44 4

4. Sauce (unregistered)


Say what?

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/11/27/iphone-5s-5c-76-percent-of-japan-october-sales/

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 13:49 27

5. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


It´s their stupidity, not Apples glory.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 17:36 8

58. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


You're pathetically condescending. Listen to yourself. People buy it only because they are stupid? I consider people with narrow views like you to be the height of stupidity.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 08:25 1

82. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Please don´t be so hippocratic. If somebody buys iPhone C, definitely doesn´t have a clear mind. It has nothing to do with my nature even if it´s condescending.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 13:52 7

7. tedkord (Posts: 12307; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not that I'm agreeing its a flop, but that story was about both three 5s and 5c, and only one small country. It doesn't address his comment.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 13:58 1

8. Sauce (unregistered)


Le sigh. Read the article.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 10:16

85. tedkord (Posts: 12307; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Le sigh. I did, my point stands.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 14:59 3

28. mikelemon (Posts: 95; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Japan has one of the largest economies in the world. Not small by any means.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 10:13 1

84. tedkord (Posts: 12307; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Large economy, small population.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 14:01 5

10. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Not talking about the 5s. Look at your own article, it says that sales of 5s were 40% higher than the 5c. And that's already in the US. I doubt you'll find many people with the 5c in other countries.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 14:04 8

11. Ninetysix (Posts: 2461; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Should we list every single smartphone that the 5C beat in sales as a flop? It's going to be a very long list.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 14:20 19

15. Finalflash (Posts: 3224; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


We could list every phone that beat the 5C, it would be an even longer list.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 14:23 11

16. Sauce (unregistered)


Look at all the arch enemy fan boys gathered round in a circle. Truly a PA thanksgiving :)

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 14:38 2

19. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Awww :D

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 14:41 2

20. Ninetysix (Posts: 2461; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


How is that relevant to the flops and disappointments list?

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 14:43 1

22. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


ugh, I know right

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 14:48 11

24. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Obviously the 5c was a flop, even in Apple's eyes. Not only did they fail to report its sales figures, they also cut the 5c's production.

Here, have a read:http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/11/11/alleged-cuts-to-iphone-5c-orders-cited-as-apple-supplier-pegatrons-profits-disappoint

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 14:54 3

26. Sauce (unregistered)


Too bad you're too busy worrying about Apple. If people didn't feel threatened or jealous of Apple, Apple would be closer to dead by now.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 19:05

67. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Samsung may bring the S5 due to sales of the S4 sales so by that standard.. the S4 should be on the list..

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 19:28

69. Username. (banned) (Posts: 74; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


Posting after a very long time?
How become you don't post like befor...... ?
Where's Remixfa....? Same like you, he dosen't post...

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 22:50

75. Jobayer (Posts: 167; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


bitch plz

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 15:01 5

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 22128; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The article could be about a snickers bar playing darts, and woodshop would still find a way to place Apple into the article...go figure.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 15:26 4

32. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Meanwhile Woodshop is presenting factual information and all you all are doing is presenting your biased OPINIONS. How does the discussion benefit from your comments?

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