H1 2014 in review: 6 flops and disappointments

H1 2014 in review: 6 flops and disappointments
And so we continue with our review of the year's first half. Today's topic – flops and disappointments. Yup, we'll be talking about the underwhelming products and solutions that we dealt with at some point during the past six months. And most of them involve some big names with plenty of recognition respect in the industry, which goes to show that nobody is immune to flopping every once in a while.

Samsung, for example, made it on our list with not one but two features found on its current flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S5. As much as we like Samsung's phone, we can't overlook the fact that some of its features lack in practicality. HTC is also about to be mentioned. The company decided that it wasn't going to abandon its UltraPixel camera technology for its 2014 flagship, so the HTC One (M8) launched with a slightly improved and pimped up version of the M7's 4MP snapper. And let's not forget about Nokia and its entry into Android territory. Earlier this year, the company launched its first Android-based devices, but neither of them seems to have caught the attention of critics or consumers.

Flick through the slideshow below for more flops and disappointments of H1, 2014.

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41 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Can't wait for 2015

6. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Well you should be excited for Q3 of 2014 before going into 2015. There's gonna be some beasts coming out Galaxy F Galaxy Note 4 iPhone 6 LG G Flex 2 Sony Z3

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah but 810 comes in 2015. That's what will make more difference to the 800

21. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

woah, did u just call a sony phone a beast?!?!?!?

22. Amir1 unregistered

Yes, sony makes fantastic high end phones since z line started. they are sure beasts.

25. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I don't like... The logo...

43. shadowwalker

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

hell yeah it's a beast.amazing design.android L. high end camera. awsome applications. what would you call it

30. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Agree up to the last one :)

35. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

You forgot the Nexus 6...

2. farhad_per

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Display mate : samsung galaxy S5 has the best display ever....the most accurate colors...!

4. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeah that one... But which flop should be replaced by that ? There is room just for 5.

5. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Oh 6.... I am sorry

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

2 out of 6 flops are from S5...

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yet somehow they sold highest in the first half of this year. Its just one site's opinion. Apparently, tech review sites sometimes forget to take consumers perspective into consideration which they should be serving in the first place.

13. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The mostly useless features don't stop the S5 from still being a hell of a phone. I wouldn't have added the heart rate monintor on this list myself. Yeah, it's a flop, but I'm pretty sure nobody bought the S5 over another flagship simply because it has a heart reat monitor. The fingerprint scanner, however, is definitely a flop. There are definitely people who chose the S5 because of it, yet never use it because of its poor functionality. But even then, the S5 is still a hell of a phone.

31. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I was hoping the fingerprint scanner was as good as apple's touch ID but the s5 's is a hit and a miss type of thing.

14. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 2014

Selling high has sweet fa to do with certain features' flops. Here's a hint: you don't know it's a flop till you buy the phone. Or if you're like us - the 0.005% of all phone users who read every review online before putting any money down haha

24. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I don't think S5 is any less bc of its flop but just like the amount of phones they put out, they love to give consumers as much as they can even it might be a bit overwhelming sometime.

36. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

The masses don't care about specs and features....they go after name recognition. That's why Samsung sells so many phones. Sales rarely has a direct correlation with the best quality.

40. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

It's because Samsung always tries (or copies) something new.. Sometimes it works and sometimes not.. But they know how to satisfy their low end to high end customers very well and that results in their sales..

8. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

the first 3 were iconical flops from H1 though...that HTC camera and the gimmicks Samsung decided to add on the S5

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The UP camera on the M8 and the unavailability of the OnePlus One (and to a certain degree, the Sony Z2) combine for the biggest disappointment for me. If the M8 didn't have that stupid camera on it, I'd have jumped on one. Front-facing speakers, top-end specs, unparalleled construction, but such a mediocre camera. So instead I've been wating patiently for the OnePlus One.

15. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 2014

Can i just ask why the Z2 was a disappointment for you? Especially when the features you list the M8 as being great for.. are also found on the Z2 but with a very good camera lol. #doublestandards?

20. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The unavilability of the Z2 was a disappointment to me. Production delayed for a couple months, and it's still not "oficially" available in the US. In the meantime, the hype surrounding the 1+1 grew, and I figured I'd just wait for that phone. Now I can get the Z2 off eBay/Amazon, and the 1+1 is suffering worse delays than the Z2 did. But I can't afford the Z2 now, and I'm still stuck with this frigging tiny cheapo Samsung.

19. lallolu

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I would have bought an HTC but for the stupid ultrapixel camera. I guess they have seen where it got them. Just use regular camera and make the software good. I believe HTC would have got a lot of android converts from apple due to their very sleek UI and excellent build but I am sure if an iphone user compared the HTC one's camera with the iphone's camera he/she will be very dissappointed. Too bad for HTC, they would have made it big this year.

37. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I have the m8 and the camera is stunning. I don't understand what this is all about. The camera is awesome.

38. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

You'll never understand these people. They take photos n then crop it as it makes them feel they're getting DSLR quality like photos. You enjoy your m8 mate ;)

27. james.blunt.1973

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

OnePlus One is'nt available, remember! you should wait for GN4

11. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S5's heart rate monitor is not flop, 90% people use it. On someplaces its become a selling point for s5

16. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Where are you getting the "90% of people use it" data from?

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