PhoneArena Awards 2011: Worst phone

PhoneArena Awards 2011: Worst phone
There were tons and tons of phones, both smart and dumb, that we got to play with over the year. Some of them we were pleased with, some of them we were not. However, certain handsets were so much worse than the rest that we now simply feel obliged to make the world aware of their existence... so that people can avoid them at all costs.

Today, the PhoneArena Awards of 2011 are dedicated to the phones that disappointed us the most this year. One of them will be given the “Worst phone” title and two other handsets will grab the slightly less humiliating second and third place respectively. 

But enough idle talk. It is time to announce the winner in today’s category. Before we start, however, allow us to remind you that we have given out thirteen other awards already. The list of categories is below, so in case if you have missed any of them, do not hesitate taking a look.


Yeah yeah, we know that it is an affordable feature phone so we should not expect getting much from it, but the Samsung Gravity TXT nearly fails at delivering the bare minimum. In fact, it holds the lowest score that we have given to a phone or a tablet over the past 12 months – 2 out of 10 points. Why did it rank that low? Well, it has an unacceptably bad slide-out QWERTY keyboard even though it is supposedly made for heavy texting. Besides, it uses a tricky optical trackpad for navigation, when a simple directional pad would have done a much better job. Throw its unappealing looks, cheap feel and weak earpiece in the concoction and you end up holding a device that even a mugger won’t be interested in.


First runner-up: Samsung Dart

We cannot deny that Samsung makes some of the hottest smartphones out there – just look at the Galaxy Nexus or the Galaxy S II if you are in doubt. However, the company is indeed capable of delivering some terrible ones too as the second spot today is occupied by the Samsung Dart. Sure, it does run Android, so it is not all that bad, but that is the only positive thing about the device, besides the fact that it is priced at zero on contract. But is it really worth it? Well, you get a device made out of cheapo plastic, which is never a good start. Furthermore, its front is occupied by a miserable display, and its performance is downright sluggish, so we definitely recommend staying away from this one... far away.


Second runner-up: Samsung DoubleTime

The Samsung DoubleTime may seem pretty cool at first with its folding design, physical keyboard, and dual 3.2-inch displays. However, once you play with it for a while you realize that this Android smartphone is not really worth your time or money. The displays are nothing impressive in terms of quality, and its performance is mediocre at best thanks to the outdated hardware under its hood. Speaking of outdated things, the smartphone runs Froyo, which is unacceptable in a world dominated by Gingerbread. Its poor in-call sound quality and short battery life only add disappointment to the already underwhelming user experience.

There you go, folks! The “Worst phone” title this year goes to the Samsung Gravity TXT, followed by the Samsung Dart and the Samsung DoubleTime. However, the PhoneArena Awards of 2011 are not over yet. We have one more award to present tomorrow – the one for the year’s best smartphone, so stay tuned!

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38 Comments

1. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

Samsung made the best phone... ...and also made the worst.

18. hepresearch unregistered

Its like Babe Ruth... in order to make the big home-runs, you have to strike out the most as well...

38. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 2009

actually Samsung made all the worst phones on the list but hey even Samsung cant always hit a home run on every product

2. LewsTherin006

Posts: 140; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

i like how 2 out of the 3 are from Tmobile.

7. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

I like how 3/3 are made from samsung...

3. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

Wow, Samsung made arguably the best phone in 2011, and yet they made three of the worst. (I think the Galaxy S II makes up for these three and then some ;) )

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

"Its poor in-call sound quality and short battery life", these critical points mentioned could easier have lead the iphone 4s to have been nominated here

5. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Obviously you have no idea what you're talking about.

37. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Dealing with complaints of such points in the mobile industry on a daily basis I can assure you i know quite well what im talking about

6. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

Hater much?

16. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

hm funny u say that when the iphone has better battery than many android phones… and im pretty sure sound quality is up to par now.. at least on my phone it is

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Samsung makes phones of all shapes and sizes - cheap and high-end - no big deal

9. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

What the iphone should of won this award i am outraged. Its the best it should win everything everyone knows that.

22. robinrisk unregistered

Honestly i believe your are being sarcastic, but i loved that comment, thumbs up :P

10. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

ahhh yet again iphone is brought up into an article that has nothing to do with apple. ...

12. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

There we go the first idiot. I was saying the iphone should of won the worst phone sarcastically. Its a joke because of everyone says the iphone is the best and i made a joke saying the iphone is the best worst phone.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ive learned that sarcasm doesnt translate well to these boards most of the time.. lol

19. hepresearch unregistered

I've learned that fact the hard way...

20. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

We need a universal sign on the boards for sarcasm in the worst way ......

24. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Remixfa uses a smile :)

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hmm.. well, a smile isnt obvious enough, and *sarchasm* just... is too obvious. We need a funny sign of some sort like SG suggested. 8^P

27. Nick_T

Posts: 186; Member since: May 27, 2011

*sarcasm* ?

23. robinrisk unregistered

he did not reply to you, but made a new comment. That probably means he´s not very bright.

25. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Well i hope most readers got my joke. Its pretty simple.

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i say motorola triumph, maybe some of the junk huawei and zte put out on circket. did the samsung galaxy prevail come out this year? my friend tried showing it his prevail off. i couldnt stop laughing.

13. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

It is time for Samsung to make a fewer and best phones in the World. Currently Samsung make too many cheap plastic phones that turned people off even the best technologies inside. Motorola and HTC has better built quality.

14. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Motorola has good quality phones, HTC doesn't.

26. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Not true. HTC makes some very good phones.

30. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

HTC has proved it can make quality phones, it just doesn't take the time to make most of them outstanding. Their build quality is good but they dont take time to improve battery life, make sunlight-legible screens and the likes, Motorola just takes more time to invest into their products and aren't in as big a hurry as htc is to get their phones out.

17. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Samsung is the at the Top as well as at the Bottom.. All the Others just fill the gap in the middle...

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