7 most gimmicky phones in history


When do features classify as gimmicks? Is it upon launch, when everyone dismisses them as such? Or maybe after a few years in which they fail to stick around? We here at PhoneArena are all for giving new features a chance before we say it's a useless gimmick, but there are some questionable elements to some phones in the past that have left us scratching our heads for long after they were discontinued.

This list will include seven such phones. And no, the squeezable HTC U11 will not be among them.

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65 Comments

1. izim1

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I still have a working evo 3D. Taking pics then looking at them and showing them off was actually kind of fun, like the viewmasters of way back when. But just like those, the fun wore off pretty quickly.

16. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The galaxy round certainly takes the cake here as it had no purpose in ergonomics or functionality whatsoever. A typical case of trowing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. I also remember my nokia 3250, it was a hell of a phone back then and tbh, the 360 thing was a novel and neat idea that i can hardly call it a gimmick tbh.. and by the way, isnt the canceled motorola mpx with a pen suppose to give us a glimpse of what the surface mobile will be? Or maybe the idea was ahead of its time back then. From the top of my head i can name a few lg phones that are honorable mentions. They try so many stuff which i have to give them credit for though. Btw, this (gimicky) list is the last place you'll find apple.

28. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Yeah absolutely, there is no fackin way that 3250 is gimmicky phone. Apart from the form factor, It was the best in many aspects starting from the Camera Quality to Big Brightest Screen with Eye popping colors (of those times) to Interface and Apps to Awesome Stereo Speaker(which is a rarity even today) with great Sound Quality on both Bluetooth and wired earphones. This was one of THE BEST phones of those days. People used to be so jealous of me, seeing this phone in my hand.

31. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

How come Htc SqU11ze isnt here?

55. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I think it's pretty usefull convenient for 'squeezes' navigation. No thumb curling it's real easy for one-hand use.

66. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

It's not yet history

63. audibot

Posts: 600; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

man that kyocera great idea but the hinge was hell and that gape it could be done today alot better and would be great if high spec. and i loved my evo 3d after my evo man i miss that i turned to samsung gs3 after the evo 3d was a toss up between gs3 and the htc evo hd

2. JocularJ

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

A few years ago, in the era of the LG Voyager I think Motorola had a phone very similar to the mpx on Verizon that was surprisingly successful

3. Papa.Ji

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 02, 2016

Where is iPhone ????? The biggest gimmicky feature phone in world history.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And I find it hilaruous that the LG G Flex is labeled a gimmick. The phone's curve is pretty good at making the device stand out in form factor from the mass of mee-too slabs out there!

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That's not actually a feature. A dumb statement from you, sorry.

10. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Uh, yes THAT IS a feature and the whole point of the phone being on this list dummy. Re-read the first line of the story.... Amazing.

29. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Edit: This is a reply to no.10 I wasn't talking about the curve. That's obviously the feature in question in this article. What I am talking about is the 'standing-out' of the device. The latter can't be described as a feature as it's merely an interpretation in the eyes of the beholder.

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and it's not just a phone with curved screen.. the whole phone does flex a little.. and it even have self-healing backplate.. (ok, this one is a gimmick, lol..) sadly they didn't continue this model :-/

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

#20 is reply to #4

15. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

True to that!

34. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Every Samsung phone is jam packed with gimmicks....lol Heart rate sensor, Iris scanner, facial recognition, edge display, smart scroll, smart stay, smart LAG....lmao

35. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Why PA is letting some idiots Troll in the comment section while deleting our comments?? "Where is iPhone ????? The biggest gimmicky feature phone in world history" ???????????

36. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Calm down Poo yath. Why so angry all the time? So So angry that you are unable to buy a Galaxy S8.... Sad low life. Top tip for LOSERS like you - Buy a clone and fell happy while showing it off to others.

46. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You are the biggest troll here.

48. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

#46 was for post #35 PA can't you even fix your own site.

54. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

Because Iphone doesn't have anything in it.... calling and texting is as innovative as it gets let alone any gimmicks !

5. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Honestly, lg g flex 2 was one of the best. SD810 was the only con of the device.

64. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

If it was "the best" then how come LG never made flex 3?

65. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Damn, these reply comments go all over the place...

9. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I had the Flex 2 and it was an awesome, and comfortable phone that got a lot of people asking me about it. They all loved the curve and never saw it before. Several people I know bought one and loved it. The curve wasn't a gimmick in my opinion, it was a style.

12. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Samsung S6 edge?

13. LRSousa

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Xperia Play wasn't gimmick. It was unique and a pleasure to use for gaming.

17. kbreeze415

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

I had one for a while. It was great paired with emulators back then.

18. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I second this. Had one, really loved it.

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