6 of the worst received Android devices to date

6 of the worst received Android devices to date
Believe it or not, in less than 3 years, Android will be celebrating its 10th year of existence. Since September 2008, when the very first Android smartphone (T-Mobile G1) was launched, thousands and thousands of other Android-based devices have been released all around the world. While many of them were (and still are) great, or just decent devices, others turned out to be failed experiments, or simply bad products.

Naturally, these bad products were not received well by consumers, sales were abysmal in most cases, and manufacturers (hopefully) learned valuable lessons.   

If you want to look back at a selection of the worst received Android devices to date (some of which are not that old actually), join us below. In alphabetical order:

Almost everyone has heard of the Amazon Fire Phone, and yet not many have bought it. At first, in the summer of 2014, this was because the prices that Amazon was asking - $199 on contract, or $649 off contract - were too high for what the device had to offer. And then there were the AT&T exclusivity, the lukewarm (at best) reviews, and the fact that plenty of great phones had similar prices. Amazon gradually lowered the price of the Fire Phone to just $130 off contract, but it was too late. Eventually, in August this year, the company stopped selling the device altogether. Amazon did not say how many Fire Phone units it sold, but it lost a cool $170 million following the development and launch of the handset.

Succeeding the 5-inch Dell Streak from 2010, the Dell Streak 7 was released in early 2011 as a bigger, but not better tablet, costing $199 on contract. Most Dell Streak 7 reviews (including ours) pointed out that the software - Android 2.2 Froyo - wasn't well optimized, battery life was poor, and the display was a low-quality 7-inch one with a meager 800 x 480 pixel resolution. Dell discontinued the Streak 7 in late 2011, and, since then, it stayed away from releasing similar devices.

This HTC-made handset was the world's first (and last) to come with Facebook's own Android UI pre-installed. Called Facebook Home, the UI didn't really attract users, and the phone's hardware capabilities weren't enough to generate decent sales. Initially released for $99.99 on contract (in April 2013) in the US, the HTC First was quickly discounted to just $0.99. Following poor sales in the US, the launch of the HTC First in the UK (and anywhere else) was cancelled.

Nokia X

The Nokia X series included four affordable smartphones (Nokia X, Nokia X+, Nokia XL, and Nokia X2), all introduced in 2014, and running a modified version of Android - which promoted Microsoft apps and services instead of Google's. Despite huge initial interest - after all, these were about to become the first Nokia Android smartphones - the handsets failed to attract customers. It seems that, when it comes to low-cost phones, people prefer either true Android, or true Windows. Silently acknowledging that this was a failed experiment, not long after launching the X2, Microsoft discontinued the Nokia X series.

In 2011, when the Samsung DoubleTime was released, people were still fond of hardware QWERTY keyboards and clamshell designs. There were plenty of nice QWERTY-equipped Android handsets on the market, but the DoubleTime just wasn't one of them. Although its keyboard was decent, the rest of its features - including a single-core 600 MHz processor, 260 MB of RAM, washed out display, weak battery life - made it a sluggish, undesirable device.

This is another Android clamshell, but it's obviously not a phone. It's a rare sight to behold: a tablet with a folding display. Released in late 2011 for $599, the Sony Tablet P featured two 5.5-inch, 1024 x 480 pixels displays separated by a hinge - this was, of course, essential to the folding mechanism, but it marred the tablet experience. Sony didn't manage to take advantage of the dual-screen setup, and you couldn't really use the device as a larger, 11-inch tablet, either - since it had that hinge in the middle. Disappointed with sales, Sony stopped releasing software updates for the Tablet P about a year after its launch (the last software version was Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich).



27. RedPhantom07

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

I'm shocked that the Motorola Devour did not make this list. It was by and far THE worst Android phone ever made, and its ripples still send after shocks through the Verizon cell-phone community.

30. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

that probably was a single defective unit, not a general issue.

23. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

That sony tablet P looks cool, they could have made those bezels between the two screens extremely small and that would make it better.

22. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

I like the Tablet P design but that hinge kills its potential. Tablet P with flexible screen maybe will work.

21. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Nokia XL was a good mid-range device. Nokia with Android. You could easily get a play store in it and play Clash of Clans for instance.

16. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

You forgot to add the samsung galaxy round

17. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

What??? Galaxy Round is one heck of a phone! No failure at all.

15. swole_Nerd

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

lets not forget about the Kyocera Echo impressed with the design of the Echo. It is very thick thanks to the second display, but instead of minimizing that with tapered edges Kyocera stuck to hard lines. The displays are very nice to look at, but the rest of the phone reminds us of a poor knockoff you’d find in Chinatown

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

You forgot about that horrid HTC Facebook phone ?

8. swole_Nerd

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

HTC status Low pixel density screen (222 ppi) Single-core processor Too little RAM memory (512 MB RAM) Low resolution display (480 x 320 pixels) Low-resolution camera (5 megapixels

9. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

A 5MP camera was high-end at that time. Too little RAM? The then flagship iPhone 4S also had 512MB! And it's resolution was good at that time's standards. Xperia Play failed not because of it's specs, but because of low fanbase and expensive price! Man, you're just a Sony hater/troll.

10. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

And the HTC Status wasn't bad-specced at that time either. Heck, if you say it had retarded specs at that time's standards, then Apple iPhone 6S has retarded specs by 2015 standards, yet the iPhone 6S sells like hotcakes at a rip-off price tag, why? Because of Apple's huge fanbase! Which is what HTC and SONY didn't have! Please, learn how to bash more wisely. *Meh*

19. Milliardo

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

lol Correct--as my friend often says, Apple keeps milking clueless people with average, mid-range phones then selling them off for high-end prices. Gullible people buy the iPhone though...

5. swole_Nerd

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

Sony Xperia play should of been added to the list Low pixel density screen (245 ppi) Single-core processor Too little RAM memory (512 MB RAM) Low-resolution camera

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

but it was atleast better than the N-Gaze...

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2578; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I still to this day wish they would bring back the clamshell design for some smartphones. I actually liked opening up my phone to do business. It also ensured that the main asset of the device was protected from the elements or falls. There was also no way you could butt dial someone.

12. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Samsung makes them, mostly for the Asian market.

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I still have 3 Nokia Communicators, what a great businessphones they were!

25. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

butt dialing shouldn't be a problem because you shouldn't be having your phone in your back pockets.

26. Blazers

Posts: 794; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You seem to forget that women don't have large enough front pockets to fit a phone, so most keep it in their back pocket or purse.

1. ItsDaFaz

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 08, 2015

Sad how most of these are devices that tried to be unique

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Sony Tablet P was really cool.... Although i could not bought it because it was expensive for me those days...

4. Donotnameme

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

ikr? too bad it didn't catch on :/

29. trnz007

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

i dont know how one can watch movies on it coz of the hinges.

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

should of had the kyocera folding phone came before the sony and was alot worse

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