Ugly, uglier, ugliest: abominable phones that should have never existed, but yet did

Ugly, uglier, ugliest: abominable phones that should have never existed, but yet did
We love original product design. In a world of greyish slabs, new ideas stand out and are always welcome. Some of the products we remember, though, just took it too far.

We don’t have a triangular tablet yet for a reason. What’s strange, though, is that those devices listed below are quite real, and were sold for a lot of money back in the day. Some of them even aspired to lead the way for others.

It never worked that way, and if you’ve ever looked about examples of what one should NOT do in product design, take a look at the gadgets below.

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47 Comments

47. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

I somewhat miss these days when, instead of trying to think outside the box, phone designers disregarded the box altogether

46. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

7600 looks nice in my opinion :)

45. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

That Pantech looked nice to me... #11 couda been #1...lol.

44. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

Galaxy S3 .. ugly

40. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

they just look weird but actually i like some of them! :)

39. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Wooah! Lots of Nokia phones over there. But I'd say, those were all some pretty unique and innovative designs. It may not please everyone but there are at least a couple of people who like them. Because for all we know, Nokia doesn't apply the "one phone fits all" policy.

38. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

Kyocera Echo.... Why ARENT YOU HERE!!!!!

34. straywish

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

Hats off PA to you. for making such surveys well done

32. ManuelMelgar

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

The last one is trying to tell us something like: "Kill me please!"

31. GoldenJoe

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

I actually liked it back when everyone would try to come up with crazy new cell phone designs (Nokia 3650, Samsung Juke, Blackberry, etc). Now everyone just rips off Apple.

37. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

how do they rip off apple?

30. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

That smartwatch looks sexy.

36. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I call my Zord with it.

29. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

I used Nokia 3650 more than 2 years. TBH, it's not ugly, at that time, even now :D. I agree the keyboard format takes you sometimes to get used to. But after 2 days, everthing works really good :D

28. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

The last one is just bulls**t................ no concept>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

26. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Well Victor, Nokia's Phone are prettier than Samsung ones though i love the Galaxy Note 2. I'm not trying to be fan or whatever but the reality is Nokia has the most beautiful design then comes Sony. Samsung focus on Functionality rather than aesthetic feel of the phone. But current Samsung Galaxy 3 and Note 2 pack for value for money

24. ThinkB4YouSpeak

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

While I love reading comments on this site, I would like to point out that the Nokia 7280 had a successor. The Nokia 7380 has all of its design cues from the original.

23. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Lmao, that last phone is really the cream of the crop. Precious article

22. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Honestly, All Nokia's phone that you have listed were AWESOME.

21. timtimity

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Fair play to the manufacturers for releasing these phones. Some of them might not have looked that great but at least they had the guts to release something completely different.

20. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

7600 was very cool looking phone back when it was released.........it was great phone, and many people used to own it in my country at that time, but it was more popular among people trying to look more cool..................... Phonearena, seeing ur list I can predict one thing, that in 2020 Galaxy S3 and galaxy pop is sure to make this great list.........

16. zaryab_hussain77

Posts: 104; Member since: Jun 30, 2011

ln 2020 PA will add Galaxy S III to worst design phone of past

33. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I hope you're being ironic here. But in case you're just another shallow, crazy Nokia sh!!p (blind Samsung hater), I can tell you that there's more thought and sense put into S3 design than you're capable of understanding. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6zAqnJiTAE&feature=youtube_gdata_player It's a BEAUTIFUL phone

35. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

It has a pretty common design. It's rectangle just like almost every other phone out right now and a screen. It looks fine the way it is. Looks like a normal phone by todays standards. Here's a site that has a picture of a Lumia, Iphone, and GS3 together. http://www.leawo.com/blog/2012/09/iphone-5-vs-galaxy-s3-vs-lumia-920-%E2%80%93-which-one-is-your-cup-of-tea/

12. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

lmao at #11!!!!!

41. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I can't stop my self laughing also at # 11

11. squeeb

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Wow those are some god awful phones...save for the 3650, not half bad. Never actually used one to type a txt though...

10. androidisbaws

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Where's the iPhone?

18. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

i was actually thinking the same thing... the original was ugly as heck now looking back at it...

25. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

in my opinion, the original had the best design, and the 3g/3gs was the worst, you really had to love the aluminium back of the original iphone.

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