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PhoneArena Awards 2012: Worst Phone

0. phoneArena posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:09

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 that underwhelmed us the most...

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posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:16 13

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.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 12:03

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.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 13:02 13

53. wendygarett (unregistered)

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

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:52 1

92. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 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

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 20:05 2

93. wendygarett (unregistered)

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

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:17

2. brucewayne (Posts: 29; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:21 5

3. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 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?

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:45 13

14. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 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.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:47 8

16. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

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

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 13:06

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

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 17:52 1

167. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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 phone....it sucked. There is no two ways around it. The Rezound coulda made this list too. As a....phone....it 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.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:26 5

4. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:27 6

5. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 05:50 1

115. Johnnokia (Posts: 1144; Member since: 27 May 2012)

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

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:31 11

6. adi4u4882 (Posts: 137; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:51 16

20. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 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.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 13:54 3

55. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 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.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 00:02 1

106. bencrypted (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Sep 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.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:32 18

7. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 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

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:39 8

10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 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.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:47 11

15. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 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!!

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:48 4

17. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

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

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:56 2

22. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 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.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 14:44 6

59. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 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.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 10:34

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"

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 10:39 2

126. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:33 4

8. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 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.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:35 8

9. androidlikeaboss (Posts: 40; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)

Blame Verizon for the slow Galaxy Nexus software updates

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:39 4

11. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:40 2

12. fistigons (Posts: 354; Member since: 11 Feb 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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