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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30. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Fair, but one could argue the expectations for the Dell Streak were similarly low, if not lower. Did the Streak even pick up a carrier partner?

37. Mobilephile

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Through AT&T

19. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Saygus V2 flagship killer..

22. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

If Vu was such a failure, why did they continue with the series?

25. Victor.H

Posts: 1050; Member since: May 27, 2011

Why phone makers kept on making feature phones in 2010? Does not make much sense, but in the case of the Vu it had some traction in the East, I think it was an utter and complete failure in the Western markets.

40. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I wouldn't say phones makers continuing to make feature phones is a bad thing, because not everyone needs or wants a smartphone. My brother just moved from one city to another in the same state, and said as far as phone use, they were polar opposites. Where he came from it was rare to see a feature phone, where he ended up the feature phones outnumbered the smartphones. I've got an 85 year old father who'll stop using a mobile phone if he's forced to go to a smartphone. And considering the safety issue with not having a mobile phone in today's world, that's a bit scary.

41. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Wow, someone who spends so much time writing about phones should know there are people who want feature phones because of battery and because they only make calls or other stuff that they can easily handle. It may not have been very big in western part, but I did see comments when reading about the successors how people loved their Vu. But I guess USA is the center of the world as usual.

31. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

I use to live in South Korea and the phone was relatively popular there, I saw it at least once every time I'd go out around Seoul

23. FrenchTea

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

I still have my Pre 2 and Veer today. The Veer's small size is actually not all that "claustrophobic". It was designed for the entry-level smartphone market. Palm's (and now called Gram) webOS was an ingenious OS that had so much promise but ultimately failed due to poor management.

26. Victor.H

Posts: 1050; Member since: May 27, 2011

I personally love webOS and came back to the original Pre because of that super nice and smooth interface, plus I loved the design, but you've got to admit it - getting the Veer out before the Pre 3 was a blunder. You have to release your best, your flagship first, and not the experimental phone that is a huge risk.

27. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Man, the Pre was a cool little phone. I think if the hardware was better and more in line with the trends that smartphones were going in, Palm may have survived.

34. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Still waiting on the Saygus V2.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30896; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LG Voyager, and Samsung Instinq should be on this list.

39. monoke

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Glad the n900 isn't part of this list. Now that phone was truly something else!

42. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

blackberry passport?

44. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

I had the moto rocker e1, haha I remember that phone.
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