6 flagship smartphones that came defective or broken out of the box

6 flagship smartphones that came defective or broken out of the box
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" - is what wise people say. Apparently, said people of profound wisdom never had their brand new high-end smartphone handed to them looking like it got through all of history's bloodiest conflicts at once. Which is strange, as it is a known fact that smartphones see the highest return rate among electronic devices, the main reason being defective products. It's hardly any wonder, though - producing, packing, and shipping our beloved gizmos from Asia to the rest of the world is a mighty complicated process whose success depends on much more than strict quality control. 

Unfortunately, even expensive smartphones built to the highest quality standards are prone to disappointing their early, and most enthusiastic buyers by coming defective out of the box. These occasions range from relatively minor stuff like the odd scuff or dead pixel, right down to broken essential functionality, or even worse - hazardous components such as exploding batteries. 

In the list below, you will get to experience everything - so put on your fire suit and breathing mask, and step into our selection of flagship smartphones that came defective or broken out of the box.



1. mitoita

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

do not forget iphone 5 with that paint problems on the case.

6. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

It is expected that not a single Apple product would show up here. You know, tech sites can only publish a limited amount of negative stuff about Apple, otherwise they would be blacklisted and will not receive anymore review units.

20. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Where is the disastrous BlackBerry Storm???... It must be the first in this list.

66. meanestgenius

Posts: 22220; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don't be ridiculous. While the BlackBerry Storm did indeed suck, there was no damage to any of them out of the box, hence it should not be the first on the list. Or even on the list, for that matter.

21. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Another Apple paid article, we have seen lots of them this week. How could the iPhone 5 not make it? Scuffs, scratches, and even dents were found on thousands of brand new units!! How about the irritating rattling noise when the phone is shaken? Or the purple flure from the camera? Or the yellow tinted screen??? All those in one phone!! Let's not forget the famous iPhone 4's antennagate and how people were told to be holding their phone wrong!!

63. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

The title clearly says "flagship", iPhones are not flagships. nah just kidding lol

24. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

if they include ip5, the article should be changed! LOL!

76. tuminatr

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

How about Antennagate and the Iphone 4 !!!


Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

LOL all android phone, not surprising

3. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not surprising for this site. They of course ignored one of the biggest, the iPhone 4 with its antenna that would lose all signal when touched. Or the iPhone 6 which could bend in a front pocket.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

For the record: Antenna gate: iphone 4 Sratch gate: iphone 5 Baird gate: iphone 6 Bend gate: iphone 6 Yes iphones are the best.........NOT!

16. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I used the iPhone 6 and 6 plus for a month NO ISSUES I mean no bendgate the only issue I faced with iPhone 6 plus the early build has hardware issue with nand flash that made by Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturing TSMC that cause dialer hang. Apple change all 6 plus and 6 64 GB vrasion that comes with this issue for free.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

What has Android to do with hardware.......yes nothing! Just poor build qualtiy! I guess you think that Android are phones..........says more about your Incompetence!

69. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

It indicates that Android is the only choice for incompetent vendors like those mentioned. Competent companies stay away from Android. Logic.

71. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Bro, you sound ridiculous. You are 2015's troll of the year hands down. Reading your comments are pure comedy.

73. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

greedy companies want to sell their OS to their customers too so they can put their hands deeper in your pockets, some companies just make their OS available to all and try to make money off corporasions instead of individuals.

7. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

I am against descriminating mentally challenged people, but you sir, are on a different level. Let's pity this guy..

11. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You and Supernova are made for each other.

17. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

I'd take supernova over this guy anyday, this guy is actually racist.

25. tech-lover

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

His actuall name should be EBOLA VIRUS..! God help him.!

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There are plenty of racist people on this site, and around the world. For all you know SuperNova could be racist, just the world we live in bro. You have to have thick skin...I do. For the record, I think it shows a weak ass coward, to come to a tech site with racism. Man up, and say it to ones face.

35. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

I know, he is the worst racist here though. He is also the worst type of an iSheep. Don't get me wrong here, not all apple users are iSheeps, there are people I repect that use Apple products and I have no problem with that. But this guy, he's going full retard with his fanboyism.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just ignore him bro. There are people on this site that I don't even bother responding to, they post and I truly ignore them. He'll get himself banned at some point, and life goes on. I've been the brunt of tons of racism on this site, oh well, it's not being said in my face. Try to enjoy the site, some strange people are here though. They'll try to get your personal info, they'll do Google searches for you, it's the Internet man. It's a wicked world, and a wicked world has access to the Internet . Enjoy your day my man.

62. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Btw I'm talking about americanpatriot, not supernova I'll just ignore him, or maybe sometimes I'll troll the wicked idiot just for laughs. Lol

72. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I feel you, but don't stoop to that level. Racism is just plain dirty bro. Hating a phone fine, hating people's skin color, ethnicity etc is just being a weak bitch. Be above that.

74. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

No I'm not going to be racist, I hate racists, I will not join them, just plain classic trolling will do.

40. cmpunk

Posts: 88; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

By his look, he's still a young boy. If you really take him seriously, I'm speechless.

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who says that's him in the profile pic? I'm not a gullible person, quite skeptical to be honest. Nuff said.

48. cmpunk

Posts: 88; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Whatever dude. I have nothing to be on his side. But by your comment above: "You have to have thick skin...I do". It seemed like you really want to be the victim of racism for yourself. I have doubt that your picture is not authentic either.

53. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't care what your think about me bro. That's the beauty of it, as I mean nothing to you, you mean nothing to me. I don't even acknowledge you on this site really. "I have no doubt that your picture is not authentic either" +1

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