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 And given that it is just a humble handset inferior to the 2011 'Berrys, with mediocre specs, tiny screen, and outdated interface, we feel sorry for anyone who has spent $50 on one of them instead of, let's say, picking an Android alternative.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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1. nwright94 unregistered

I agree with the intuition. Played with it at the Verizon store while getting a replacement phone and it was very unwieldy.

29. MeoCao unregistered

LOL I don't know anything about the "winners" except the "honerable" The tech world is full of bad gadgets and I think that not many care about them.

53. wendygarett unregistered

Well looks like most worst gadget are from Verizon, hehehe :p

92. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Wow, PA is so stupid 4 putting Nexus 4 on the list cuz it's ONLY reason was the update for the non-GSM was 3 month late

93. wendygarett unregistered

That's not nexus 4, it's nexus 3 from Verizon...

2. brucewayne

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 30, 2012


3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I completely agree that the VZW GN deserves a spot on this list. The one and only thing VZW does well right now is providing great coverage and customer service. Well, that's two things. But the higher ups making the policies, deciding what phones to carry, what features we should have or not have...yeah those guys are some real f*ck ups! Who's gonna buy another nexus device with VZW after this?

14. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Um.. wasn't this the worst PHONE of 2012? How the F is that the Nexus for Verizon? I had the phone.. it's a great phone. the PHONE people.. PHONE. What you could put on this list is Verizon's awful handling of the updates for said Nexus.. but the fact that Verizon SUCKS BALLS when it comes to updating ALL phones, does not make the Nexus any worse of a PHONE. Lets list the iPHone as the WORST phone EVER because of all the litigation issues that they are behind. The logic there is about the same. C'mon PA.. really.

16. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's why it's just a (dis)honorable mention. See comment #10

139. nwright94 unregistered

Idk what you mean great customer service haha, it's a friggin headache to get a brand new phone whose power button stopped working replaced. Should've just went through apple, this is nuts. The service is great

167. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Some folks claimed I was a Samsung fanboy because I thought the projector shoulda been best innovation. This should show you why I'm not a Samsnug fanboy... I had a G Nex....and as a sucked. There is no two ways around it. The Rezound coulda made this list too. As was unreliable. Thats enough to put it on the list or even be mentioned. Some of us use these phones as actual phones. I do not like Samsung phones at all. They are innovative, have nice features....but as a phone....they can do better. I can defend them as a company and not like their phones.

4. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

"As for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note, its problem lied elsewhere." Lied?

5. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Someone HAS to mention the iPhone here, so i so it in neutral context.

115. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

You will see it (as always by Iphone arena) on the top of best phones list .. Better than Lumia 920 and galaxy S3...

6. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

How come Apple's iPhone is missing in this list?

20. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Because the iPhone wasn't one of the worst phones of the year. iOS 6 may have been one of the worst software updates, but that's not the category.

55. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I don't know why this comment has so many dislikes. He makes perfect sense. I hope they do make a category for worst OS.

106. bencrypted

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

iPhone 5 can't be considered as worst per se. It sure is overpriced for what it offers. An outdated OS & zero technological innovation. And Apple's policies are worse. But, going by the logic based on which the list is compiled, I see no reason to omit iPhone 5. It snugly fits into the category. I am bracing for the extreme flaming that will be initiated when PA crowns Apple iPhone 5 as the 'Best Smartphone of 2012' or one of the three in the list.

7. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

GALAXY NEXUS....OMG how stupid is this website.... Its verzions fault not the phones... My god the credability of this site is dog shi* Honestly, even without the updates its still a dam good phone and not to be crossed with one of the worst. Jesus the reviewers on this site...I am lost for words..awful bias crap

10. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's the point, we're not putting down the Galaxy Nexus as a phone. The issue is with Verizon being absolutely terrible at pushing updates. That failure by Verizon at least deserved a mention here, because it has not only messed up the Nexus experience for its customers, but it led to Google essentially giving up on the carrier for the Nexus 4.

15. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Read your headline Michael.. it says worse PHONE of 2012. Verizon's handline of the updates does not make the Nexus a bad phone.. it makes Verizon a bunch of inept morons. Change the headline to "Worst of 2012" Then it would work. :) in that vane.. why aren't all the completely rediculous litagation that Apple incited included in this? That makes the Apple iPhone horrible!!

17. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Again, that's why it's just an honorable mention, because Verizon failed and that needed to be mentioned

22. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

god you cant seem to understand can you, instead you have gone into fanboy rage mode. they haven't slated the galaxy nexus in anyway, they simply and rightly stated that Verizon failed with the updates and as its a nexus that defeats the purpose of the phone.

59. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'm not in fanboy rage at all.. I'm SUBJECTIVELY looking at the ARTICLE TITLE. Lets talk about the worst PHONE... let me scroll up agian. yep, it says PHONE. So I'm expecting to see what's so bad about the PHONES. That's my issue.. an honorable mention about the nexus PHONE, when the honorable mention has NOTHING to do with the hardware at all.. it's VERIZON screwing up the updates. I'm not a fanboy.. I hate Apple more than words can say.. but I believe they make a great product. I hate them for their corporate approach. Big difference.

122. Droiddoes unregistered

Then obviously if you don't have a problem with the phone it should not be on a list of WORST PHONES. Also you have no legit beef with the Brightside. The PHONE itself is fine, your gripe is the pricing. This is not a list of "most overpriced phones"

126. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You know, the Brightside is kind of a crappy phone. It works all right, but the interface is ugly as sin and the phone doesn't offer that much. If I were writing a worst phones article, I would include it just for those two, but the price on Verizon really does make the Brightside a f**king ludicrous phone.

8. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

No as much as I don't care for Apple I wouldn't say it's the worst, I would make a category for most disappointing device which the iPhone 5 would win hands down. As much hype as it had behind it before the release, it failed to meet so many expectations that for the first time customers loyal to apple were switching over to Android.

9. androidlikeaboss

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

Blame Verizon for the slow Galaxy Nexus software updates

11. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

totally agree with the first one... LG tried, as always, to copy Samsung and ended up producing a downright ugly phone.

12. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I have the brightside and it's not bad for a feature phone. I got it at Best Buy for $30.

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