PhoneArena Awards 2011: Most delayed smartphone

PhoneArena Awards 2011: Most delayed smartphone
We at PhoneArena have another award to present today, and the most delayed smartphone of 2011 will be the one to walk away with it. But before we announce the absolute winner in this category, let us start by making it clear what is required for a device to fully deserve the “prestigious” title.

Obviously, we need a smartphone that was expected to debut at one point of time, and was eventually made available for purchase at a much, much later date. The longer the wait, the higher the odds for a given handset to top our chart. But what we also need to add to the equation is how much hype it was surrounded by and how eager were smartphone enthusiasts to get their itchy hands on it.

And by the way, we recently announced the year's most significant deal, best innovation, and greatest technology breakthrough that occurred within the realm of the wireless industry, so feel free to check them out as well if you have not done so already. Having that out of the way, it is time to announce which is the most delayed smartphone of 2011.

And the award goes to: Motorola DROID BIONIC

When the Motorola DROID BIONIC was unveiled back in January of 2011, it was seen as nothing but an embodiment of cutting-edge technology. Having both the processing power of a dual-core processor, and the lightning-fast internet connectivity delivered via its 4G LTE radio, this was the smartphone that simply had anything an Android fanboy could ever wish for.

But after that came the long, excruciating wait for the Motorola DROID BIONIC to materialize on Verizon's shelves. It took a good 8 months for that to happen, and during that time we were bombarded by rumors and leaks surrounding the much-anticipated smartphone. Unfortunately, due to the outrageous delay, the BIONIC simply couldn't launch with that big of a bang, and all the hype around it settled in no time.

Of course, you should not get us wrong as the Motorola DROID BIONIC is still a great Android smartphone. Our point is, however, that once it was on the market, the smartphone simply failed to impress the audience to the degree it could have, and it is all because of its premature announcement.

First runner-up: iPhone 4S

Okay. So, technically, the iPhone 4S was not delayed since Apple did not announce the smartphone until the right time had finally come. However, the company's tradition to unveil a new iPhone iteration every summer got everyone expecting to see an iPhone 4 successor on stage during WWDC of 2011. Sadly, that didn't happen. Apple fans had to wait until October to finally meet Apple's latest and greatest invention, and since well over a year had passed since the iPhone 4 announcement, the iPhone 5, as the device was rumored to be named, was expected to be nothing short of groundbreaking.

But the iPhone 4S is what we got instead – an incremental upgrade of Apple's well-known smartphone instead of a device redesigned from the ground up. Sure, it is still selling like hot cakes, yet many were underwhelmed with what the iPhone 4S turned out to be. 

Second runner-up: Samsung GALAXY S II US models

There is no denying that the Samsung GALAXY S II is one of the hottest smartphones of 2011. Millions of units have flown off the shelves since the handset went on sale back in April, which brought plenty of fresh money straight into Samsung's bank account. But while the rest of the world was taking the smartphone for a spin, the folks in the U.S. could only look at them with envy.

Still, “only” 5 months after it was released in its homeland of South Korea, the Samsung GALAXY S II finally set foot on U.S. soil.  AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile all got their own versions eventually, albeit with slight modifications, so those who had the patience could finally see what they had been missing all along.

So, there you go. The most delayed smartphone of 2011 (from our point of view, that is) is already known, but the PhoneArena awards of 2011 are not over just yet. Stay tuned, as the next award will be announced no later than tomorrow!



1. hepresearch unregistered

For once I agree with all three picks, and in the advertised order... haha!

18. wakingup

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 13, 2011


19. hepresearch unregistered

If there was a fourth-place available, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would quite possibly have been my next pick... but I am quite satisfied that the DROID Bionic was, by far, the most hyped-then-delayed. I know a lot more folks who were patiently waiting for the Bionic than folks who were waiting for the Galaxy Nexus.

2. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

I had a good laugh just from reading the title of this one. It was great comic relief, and will hopefully help settle some of the anger that has been seen on this site lately.

3. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

If we could have our cake and eat it too, we would've had the Nexus in October.

4. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

thunderbolt coulda made the list too.

6. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

i think the thunderbolt should've been was delay but when release it was full of bugs and the best part is that it took 7 months took fix all the problem and upgrade to 2.3

7. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

and its still a horrible phone for todays high end standards. no dual core, crappy processor and gpu, crap camera (its htc) etc etc

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh ha ha. xD

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lolol sorry, i just love the category. i think its a nice way of saying "biggest manufacturer/carrier fail"... lol I'm almost surprised the nexus hasnt made it up there yet.. i know its technically not "late" since its still november and its been released in other countries, but the build up for many has been as bad as the i5/i4s and SGS2 wait insanity.

9. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

aha!!!... remix... so let me get this.. the nexus is not late as it has been relased in other countries..hmmm then the SGSII were not either as they were released on time in other countries since June.. bottom line the Nexus is late... is afraid to fall to the iphone reign...

11. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Let\'s try this: Pretend we are friends. You invite me over to a party on Friday. I say i\'ll be there. I get there when I get there. Was I late? No. Later than Sally who got there before me? Yes. But late? No. I never said when i\'d get there, how could I be late? Is that simple enough for you gallito?

16. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

Seeing how i ordered my SGS II for the april UK release, you seem to have your SGS II release date wrong

10. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Galaxy Nexus should have been a close 4th, and the iPhone 4s and Galaxy S2 should be switched IMO

12. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

most delayed smartphone of 2011 should be XPERIA PRO......

14. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

yup. there should be Xperia somewhere on the list...

20. Anirbanrocks

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

yup i too agree..Xperia pro is the most delayed handset

13. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

sorry guys, I disagree...the most delayed phone was the HP Pre3 (Globally speaking)

15. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Only America matters, sorry. :)

17. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

GS2 should've been first. The iPhone wasn't a delay of any sort. People ASSUMED it would be an iPhone 5, Apple never said that. So it shouldn't be on the list at all. It seems that PA is making up the rules as they go along.

21. Tatperson

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Wait.. the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro took much longer than that. So did the HP Pre 3.

22. paul5an

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

How the Xperia Pro failed to get a mention, I don't know. Delayed by 6 months due to the Japanese earthquake, yet still remains highly competitive.

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