PhoneArena Awards 2012: Worst Phone

PhoneArena Awards 2012: Worst Phone
Our frequent readers are probably well informed as to which of the phones currently on the market are good and which aren't. After all, it is our duty to review as many of them as possible and then tell you which handsets you should avoid or purchase in case you're out looking for one.

Speaking of which, the great majority of the phones we got to play with over the past 12 months were actually very decent devices. Some of them, however, weren't that well executed, and today we'll tell you about the ones, which we were most underwhelmed by. 

There is a total of five phones that we believe deserve to be mentioned, and the first one on the list is...

LG Intuition

The LG Intuition, also known as the LG Optimus Vu in its homeland of Korea, was the company's attempt to enter the realm of jumbo-sized smartphones, where the Samsung Galaxy Note II dominates to this day. Unfortunately, LG's offering failed to win our hearts for a number of reasons, the most prominent of them being its sheer size. Yeah, we know that the Note II is gigantic as well, but at least it is narrow enough to be held with a single hand, whereas the Intuition would feel awkward even if handled by an NBA star.

But don't get us wrong - in some occasions, the LG Intuition's 4:3 screen aspect ratio has its benefits. For example, its proportions make browsing the web quite convenient. Yet for the most part, the LG Intuition just isn't practical, especially when you'll have difficulties finding a pocket, in which it would actually fit.

BlackBerry Curve 9310

What you're looking at is the best phone RIM managed to release during the entire 2012 - the BlackBerry Curve 9310. And given that it is just a humble handset inferior to the 2011 'Berrys, with mediocre specs, tiny screen, and outdated interface, we feel sorry for anyone who has spent $50 on one of them instead of, let's say, picking an Android alternative. The only advantages that you get with the Curve 9310 are the hardware keyboard and the access to BBM, but with the way competing smartphone platforms are developing, these perks are gradually becoming less and less significant.

Samsung Brightside

The Samsung Brightside was a disappointment on multiple levels, but its biggest flaw was its outrageous $100 on-contract price tag. This figure would have probably been tolerable if we were dealing with a mid-range Android device, but it is just way too much for a feature phone, especially when it doesn't have anything to stand out with, other than its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. To no surprise, third-party retailers quickly picked it up at much more acceptable prices, down to zero dollars on a 2-year agreement.

Honorable mentions: Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon) and Samsung Galaxy Note (T-Mobile)

Before you start bashing us in the comments for adding these two smartphones on our list, allow us to explain why we decided to mention them. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is supposed to deliver pure, unaltered Google experience, just like any other Nexus device. It should also get the latest software updates soon after they are officially announced. 

However, that simply isn't the case. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was released for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus on September 21 - almost three months after Google publicly unveiled the new software, while the GSM variant of the smartphone got it all the way back in July. To us, that's unacceptable. Currently, Verizon's Galaxy Nexus is stuck with Android 4.1.1 and has yet to receive any of the 4.1.2, 4.2, or 4.2.1 software updates.

As for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note, it was a disappointing device for a different reason. You see, customers hate it when they buy an expensive new smartphone, or any other high-tech product, for that matter, only to have their device replaced by a newer model in a matter of weeks. Sadly, that's what happened to those who purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note from T-Mobile. 

The smartphone's arrival on the nation's fourth largest carrier was announced in late July. Then on August 8, the handset was already available for purchase, but only three weeks later, the Samsung Galaxy Note II was already official. In other words, anyone holding on to a T-Mobile Galaxy Note at that time suddenly became the owner of an outdated smartphone.

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169. eleveador

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Not everyone needs a huge screen on their damn phone. Get over it and stop bragging about your favorite phones.

166. Gilsond

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Galaxy Nexus for Verizon came out December 2011. This phone should not be eligible for any 2012 award, good or bad.

165. manis11

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Nice > List

164. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

Adding the VZW Galaxy Nexus to this list sounds like some personal vendetta to me. In any sane realm of reality there is no way the GNEX should have showed in this article. Wahhh...Verizon didn't update fast enough....wahhhhhh. If you were waiting for JellyBean update (or any other update for that matter), you probably should not have a Nexus device. #lame

158. tanim

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Optimus vu. Saw that one coming

151. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Troll fights.. the next generation. lol. From a guy that's been on this site for like 5 or so years... its not worth it. Everyone has an opinion. Your all wrong and your all right... unless of course I'm right, then your definitely wrong. :)

153. .MISTER.H.

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

that's out of league to mention the nexus! 3 3G 3GS 4 4S they should be the worst overpriced hyped good for nothing phone!

155. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

good for nothing, hmm so the strong eco system isnt uselfull the apps available arent either? the games that are fully optimised no good too right? the simple UI? the ease of use? yeah dont seem anything good about it lmao please stop been a hateful fanboy. no matter what you think of apple theres no way the iphone is the worst phone. the os may be stale now and no new amazing features but no where near the worst phone. mainly though they mentioned verizon's failing with the nexus. never once slated the phone itself. you need to stop the stupid over the top hate and obsession, you lot bring up apple more then the so called apple fans

137. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

This article should be renamed "big blunders of 2012" instead of worst phone. I dont disagree with the article in that light, just think its not properly titled. Worst phone to me screams "it falls apart in my hand, its crashtastic, ect". And if it were titled biggest blunders, the GN on VZW should be the top of the list. Leave it to VZW to take something that's supposed to be pure and easy and fukk it up to all hell n back.

135. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'm confused...what makes the iPhone a terrible phone? If we're talking phones here the only phone that came close to beating the iPhone 5 was the sgs3. The phone is quick to charge, great battery, great screen, great App Store, great camera, great customer service, great accessories, great reception and great support. Lets compare it to android phones outside of sgs3 (credit due there) shall we? Nexus has a terrible batter so no matter how good it is is useless. That goes for every other android phone. How about charging time? How about some accessories? How about software support? How about cameras? How about resale? Earpiece volume? Speaker volume so you can actually here your phone ring? Everybody says this site is iPhone biased but there is absolutely nobody fighting here but a bunch of insecure android fans that will probably sell their phone in 3-5 months anyways. If I were the writers here(especially Michael) I would just disable comments from disgruntled android owners...

141. nwright94 unregistered

It's not a terrible phone, the small bunch of crazy android fans like to cause drama in the comment section though.

129. Droiddoes unregistered

LMAO @ all the micheal hate and thumbs down. The group has spoken, and the consensus is: YOU ARE BIASED.

132. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The group is obviously composed of dumbasses then. I love how much you ignore all of the reasonable, Android favoring articles that Michael has written, yet the FU.CKING INSTANT he says something positive about Apple you guys jump all the over him. It's disgraceful. It's despicable. Oh, and its supremely disappointing. I expect better from all of you.

134. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

C'mon Sniggly, tell us how you really feel. Haha just kidding bro. I enjoy hating apple but not authors. They are entitled to their opinion just like anyone else.

113. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

welldone friends.... carry on very entertaning lol

107. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

As you can tell by my avatar I really despise Apple. I think their products are terribly overpriced, boring and very over hyped. That said, the i5, galaxy nex and the tmo note absolutely do not deserve to even be mentioned anywhere in an article with this title. There are SO many bad phones out there. The title of the article is very misleading. You guys (and gals) put phones on this list because of issues that had nothing to do with the device itself, hence all the backlash. I think it's cool that MH provides feedback about his articles and if you guys want intelligent civil answers then start using intelligent civil criticism. I'm sure MH is a big boy and won't have his feelings hurt by some genuine feedback. Good or bad. Peace out and remember... Friends don't let friends use iOS haha!

100. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Okay, seriously, all of you people bashing Apple or Michael can just f**k off.

110. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This post was a quick reaction to what I saw going on in the comments section here. Allow me to elaborate: I don't like Apple or the iPhone. This is something I've made abundantly clear every time I've mentioned them. However, the iPhone 5, as a phone, is not a bad phone. It works well, is built well, and has a great screen and camera. I've seen very few have any issues. While I can say the same for the Galaxy S3 and other high end equipment, I can't say that for EVERY Android phone. As much as I personally dislike Apple and their products, I would be lying if I said their products are poorly made in general. That said, I think we could have had an award for "most disappointing software news" as a category to put the VZW Nexus and iOS 6 under. And lay off Michael. I've seen way too much knee jerk hate against him here. "You say the iPhone 5 works well? YOU'RE A BIASED PIECE OF SH.IT!!!!" FU.CK. OFF. If you have that attitude. Michael is trying to give credit where it's due. He didn't even write the fu.cking article. Hell, he even agreed that the article's parameters could probably be changed because of the nature of the Nexus issue being similar to iOS 6.

112. wendygarett unregistered

Calm down bro lol, this is phonearena... The place where full of kids and fanboyism :p

96. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Thats unfair? Brightside was soo last year? and it appears this year again?

94. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hi michael, I gotta agree with the first part of the list, and the Note from T-mobile. But, what I should say is that nexus from verizon doesn't make it a "worst" phone or even honored as one just because of update issues. It is understood to have a later update than an unlock version because they have to at least test the phone for better customer service. I don't see this as a factor that would make a phone be categorized as worst. A simple edit would suffice.

95. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Also, people who says that phonearena is being biased not including iPhone on the list, why? Why is iPhone should be on the list. It's fast and the premium quality stands out from the rest. You people sicken me. I don't like iPhone but that doesn't mean i hate it that much that it should be categorized as "worst phone". Please calm down and stop being a fanboy for once.

118. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

agree completely, the only bias is in the comments section always the same

119. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

True that. I know we all hate iPhone for not giving justice to its price. But the truth is, it's a great phone. Hate this phone or whatever, but it's not gonna be the worst phone of 2012. But also, like iPhone, galaxy nexus should be in here, whether it doesn't get OTA updates right away. PhoneArena, please edit this one.

138. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

well i actually think the nexus should just be lefted there, and for one reason : the over reaction and complete pathetic attitude of these fanboys. instead of been reasonable and saying properly how in there opinion it shouldnt be up there they insulted others, attacked P.A itself and as usual started the iphones crap lines. so just to show they wont react to the fanboy hate i think this should stay as it is. been unreasonable and immature shouldn't get results.

89. uneedhelp

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

i know the intuition is big and goofy to mostly everybody but i used the phone (intuition) for a couple of weeks and i must say it was not a bad device at all. It was excellent for web browsing.And believe it or not it actually fit in my pocket.Although bulky i was rather impressed.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The Note 2 is superior to the original Note in just about every way. Its T Mobiles fault for trying to sell it so late in the game. Its also Verizons fault for the delay updates. Google had it all ready for it but it was Verizon themselves who delayed. So really you cant blame the phones.

81. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Despite Sprint having a nonexistient 4G LTE network, I'm pretty happy with my Galaxy Nexus. It's truly a pure Android experience and it came in the 32GB flavor.

65. bonsly16

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Huh???? Who is this MichaelHeller??? I thought the Phone Arena Staff initial their last names. The official person would be 'Michael H.' is it not?

69. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The official policy of the site is that we don't put our last names on article bylines, but it's up to us what our PhoneArena username will be for the comment section. As I've said many times, I hate the standard of anonymity on the Internet. I think all it does is give a shield for people to be assholes to each other and not have to take responsibility for what they say. Anonymity ruins the possibility for discussion, because people feel like it gives them the right to be inconsiderate and obstinate. I take full responsibility for everything I say, and part of that is attaching my full name to it.

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