These were supposed to be the superphones of the future, but all they ended up being was an epic fail

“The next big thing is here”, “#Hype”, “the next generation of personal computing”: this is just a small selection of hyperboles thrown around new phones …
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46 Comments

1. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I had dell streak 5, it was nice phone for that time.

32. Mobilephile

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Owned as well and agree it was ahead of its time, but was in no way bulky or poorly designed. The build quality was solid with a sleek design & capacitive buttons though the software was a bit slow due to running 2.2 Froyo... Wow just looking back how far we've come.

2. Tomfromsouth

Posts: 85; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Dragons

3. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The Nokia N97 part claims the "iPhone 6 had already arrived" in 2009. They probably didn't release it because Steve thought it was too big...

8. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

LOL....

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think there's a couple of phones right now to add to that list.

10. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The Kyocera Echo comes to mind.

48. snowgator

Posts: 3616; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I was going to nominate the Echo as well. What a launch- Dave Blane underwater oing magic tricks and everyone at the time waiting on an Evo 2, and the Echo was launched to much fanfare.... and no sales or support. What a farce.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17184; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The new iPhones aren't THAT bad.

20. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

The 6 and 6+ are pretty good. I feel sorry for anyone who bought the 5S, unless maybe they like a small screen, no NFC, or buying a new phone each cycle. Actually on the screen topic, I wish someone made a flagship Android with a smaller screen, just to have that choice.

43. buccob

Posts: 2955; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I recommended my friend that still had an iPhone 4 (yes four)to upgrade to either the 5s or the 6 but the 6 was out of his budget and too big, so he is very happy with the 5s.... On the other hand I do have a proper android flagship that's small in size... The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact... Have you been living under a rock?

46. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I guess I should have specified what I meant by smaller. Yes 4.6" is smaller relative to a lot of flagship smartphones. But I was thinking even smaller--something in the area of 4". My prior phone was a Moto Droid 2 Global, and it had a screen smaller than 4" and I was fine with that. Larger screens are nice, but they also mean carrying around a larger device.

47. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

As to your friend, he's apparently happy with a phone without NFC. I'm not a fan of mobile payment, but I wouldn't have bought a phone without NFC two years ago.

45. Phonewbie

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

What about the Attrix?

5. hemedans

Posts: 750; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

How is dell streak 5 a failure? Many people today prefer phablets over tablet or normal smartphone and streak 5 was father of phablets.

9. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yes but it wasn't successful, I guess, that's what they are saying.

29. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It was a terrible phone and did nothing to actually interest people in screens of that size. It was such a miserable failure that Michael Dell, displaying a shocking lack of self awareness about his own company's quality control, blamed Android for the Streak's failure as a product and declared that Android itself was doomed to fail, or some crap like that.

33. Mobilephile

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Now thinking back if Dell continued to support the Streak/Mini 5 with updates and more iterations, and if they were smart enough to see the future, I speculate they would've been in the position where Samsung was with the Note. Think how big Dell could've become in the smart phone industry, but seems they didn't have the vision in their organization.

6. justsomeguy

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

I am quite sure that the iPhone 6 had not launched in 2009.

7. Legnaldo

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I wish there was an android version of the HP Veer.

11. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I wouldnt put android on it. The OS on that phone ran smoother than most new android phones...Hell you could even include older iterations of the iphone too.

38. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Of course you wouldn't you are just an Apple fan boy. Not some phone manufacturer. 8 out of 10 phone makers put Android into their phone because they don't have a choice to put iOS. Apple is a monopoly and they should to split into 3 companies, hardware, software and services.

12. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It may be the nostalgia talking, but I think the Palm Pre has one of the best designs ever, even by today's standards.

16. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Ok, Kanye...

21. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Nah I hate fishsticks.

15. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I don't think that the Blackberry Storm was that big of a failure. I remember about 5 people I know that had one and liked it. Now, I can think of 2 phones that should be on there. The first, which has already been mentioned in the comments above mine, would be the Kyocera Echo. The second is the Samsung Moment. The only thing that was good on the Samsung Moment was the keyboard & the camera took fairly good images for the time.

28. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Coming from someone who worked in the warranty department for Verizon when the Storm was released, it was an incredibly massive failure. Blackberry even admitted that their return rate on the phone was 100 percent.

35. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

All the 3 friends that got one back in the days had to go through at least 2 or 3 replaced screens seeing as it would stop registering touch or the click wouldn't work. Interesting idea, flimsy execution.

18. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Honerable mention for the Kyocera Echo?

24. Victor.H

Posts: 1050; Member since: May 27, 2011

Definitely deserved it! We were thinking of adding it, but decided against in the last minute because there weren't all that high expectations about it in the first place. Still a failure though.
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