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What are the worst gadgets you've ever owned?

0. phoneArena posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:00

Some gadgets are bad. Those that are bad also usually happen to be cheap. But what do you do when gadgets touted to be the next big thing turn out to be crap as well?…

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posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:05 7

2. tunisien14 (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)

nokia x7

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 09:28 3

66. Synack (Posts: 682; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Blackberry Pearl
Blackberry Tour
Droid Charge
Galaxy Tab 1 (7inch)

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 10:01 3

76. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

I wasnt a fan of the BB Pearl, the BB Tour was only good as a backup phone(No WiFi :/ )

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 12:54 1

97. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Okay, I'm almost in your boat, though, I'd have to give Woz props' since, the Thunderbolt was ThunderCrap so, he's not far from being totally wrong. Here's my list:

1. Treo 650 (which Verizon was going to send me as a replacement for a Thera 2032) but, I had enough intelligence to refuse shipment - on my account 0 days

2. Blackberry Storm 9530 (has got to top your Pearl and Tour for Blackberry Crap King) - on my account 4 days.

3. Thunderbolt (huge disappointment overall, this coming from an EVO fan) - on my account 2 weeks.

4. iPhone 4 16GB - on my 2nd line 1 month (long enough to get "lost" so that the insurance company could send me a 4S)

5. iPhone 4S 16GB - on my 2nd line 3 months (long enough to have Verizon carrier unlock it so that I could sell it to someone on Craigslist for hundreds of dollars)

6. DROID CHARGE - 3 long and gruelingly aching months.

7. HTC XV6700 - 5 months on my primary line until Verizon gave me a free upgrade to the XV6800

8. HTC XV6875 (Touch Pro II) - sent it back after one week

9. HTC XV6850 (Touch Pro) - thought it was crap from the beginning and refused to try.

10. Kyocera Echo - deserves to be here just for being such a bomb; they probably only sold two of them!

Galaxy Tab 7.0 wouldn't have been so bad if the phone's radio in the U.S. had not been disabled; I had the T-Mobile t849 for about a year.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 16:36

144. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

A Digital photo frame and the Iron Man Mark 5 armor.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 13:10 2

98. aco96 (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

How dare you!!!

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 20:47 1

118. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

i know right!! x7 is one sexy phone!!! but need a little more modification... really hate the non-user replacable battery!

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 18:35

146. metalpoet (unregistered)

LG Chocolate(4 in 1 year 10 months)
DROID 2(30 days before battery completely stopped working)
DROID X(2 in 6 months)
DROID 3(3 in 11 months)
LG Envy 2(5 in 1 year 4 months before they gave me a LG Dare for free when the phone had only been out one month :) )

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:09 1

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Sony Ericsson xperia arc...still use it as a backup phone

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 21:14 3

120. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

If u think that phone is s**t.. i have nothing much to say already....

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:11

5. dcdave63 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)

Sony Minidisc....bar none.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:11 9

6. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Nokia N97 (Overpriced junk flagship by nokia )
LG Viewty ( Only the Camera is decent , everything else is terrible )
Samsung Corby 2 ( My father got it for free , so he gave it to me , seriously for a little tiny bit more one can upgrade to Xperia X8 or Galaxy Y . Laggy , touchscreen unresponsive and unaccurate , UI ugly , terrible screen and camera , little apps , screen that likes to unlock itself . If you want a feature phone at that price , nokia is still the king )

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:12 2

7. Shelbz (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

Nokia 6260, the idea was smart but the phone was horrible. Very low memory caused Symbian to constantly crash.

Honorable mention to the original HTC XDA and HTC Blue Angel, if the battery died all info was lost.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:14 3

8. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Symbian needs a lot of ram . On my N97 and 5800 apps always force close and phone reboots by itself sometimes because of lack of ram .

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:21 1

13. Shelbz (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

Yep, you can throw almost every Symbian in there but I did like my 6620 and 6682, didn't get many FC's on it for the apps I ran back then.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:25 3

17. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Usually stuff that force close are native apps like Nokia Maps or the Browser .
Its annoying using the GPS halfway someone calls then it FC . Or surfing website halfway stating memory is full while i only have the browser running then after 7 seconds the message appears the browser force close . Very very annoying

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 13:57 1

102. muhsen (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)

u can throw almost every symbian in there?!!! r u a troll or just some ignorant???????! one symbian device in this list doesn't make every symbian phone bad.
3650,6600,6630,6680,n70,n90,n93,n73,n91,n95,n8,808​,c7 and lots of others were all great devices, made history and sold in 100s of millions. respect things when respect is due

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 06:18

131. kristo (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

N8 is definately high up the list of Symbian fails, underpowered and frequently overheated and OS prone to regular lockups, I had mine replaced three times in as many months and then sold it on ebay, went back to my trusy N72 -- very poorly featured compared to any current model and with a very ordinary UI, but it's still going. Allegedly the N9 was many times better than the N8, but I gave it a miss when offered. would never buy a Symbian product again, and though Nokia has wisely switched to WP8, I don't think their hardware is anywhere near as solid is was in their 2000s peak.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 07:40

134. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

If you think thats bad , i will tell you the full story of my N97

Key lock slider broken
problems charging
buggy software (Nokia only updated the phone once and its still buggy )
Music app that doesnt work ( i have to go to the file manager to listen to music )
If you use the flash light on a photo the photo is instantly ruin ! (Left half of it you will only see white )
Cheap plastic build quality
No mulititouch
Terrible speaker sound quality and earpiece is a little soft . ( The cheaper 5800 sounds a lot better if watching video or listening music ! )
Overpriced , higher initial selling price than the N8
Camera lens cover that SCRATCHES the lens
Sometime when someone calls the phone just freeze , cant answer it , cant decline it , cant do s**t (5800 dont have this problem because nokia updates it regularly )
But N9 is meego device and meego is alot better than symbian . Smooth , beautiful and fast

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:15 6

9. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Are we talking just gadgets that didn't sell well, or bad gadgets? It seems PA is just looking at gadgets that didn't make a splash in the market but that doesn't necessarily mean they were bad gadgets.

Not sure if poster #1 is merely trolling or not... but yes, as a gadget the first iPhone (which is how I took the comment) was actually a pretty crappy gadget, however, it was aesthetically pleasing and well-marketed as an exclusive device which lead to a great sales blockbuster.

So, I ask again for the clarification, are we talking bad gadgets here, or just bad sellers?

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:52 3

33. bigbmc26 (Posts: 43; Member since: 10 May 2012)

I'm thinking they need to clarify as well. Being that I'm typing this out on a BlackBerry PlayBook, it was no where near a horrible device, it just serves a different purpose. When launched, I agree the price was too high, but it was designed an accessory to a BlackBerry smartphone. Email, calendar, memos, etc, worked great over bridge.

IMO it was very innovative and forward thinking idea. The real problem was that, by the time RIM launched the PlayBook, they had a huge perception problem. People wanted to make to make fun of them. If everything wasn't done exactly like Apple, it was horrible.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:19 1

10. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

blackberry 9220 and nokia x7.
install more than 5 games and i can fell the speed drop 50%

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:19 4

11. samsungcaptivateglide777 (Posts: 13; Member since: 22 Jul 2012)

Nokia C6-00, worst mistake ever.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:21

12. toiletcleaner (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

My Thunderbolt ( still got it for back up ) I don't know why i cant let it go.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:21 1

14. bigbmc26 (Posts: 43; Member since: 10 May 2012)

My 20GB ipod. The thing never worked properly. Problems with the battery charging, problems with syncing, etc. Glad I won it from work, I would have been pissed if I had spent my money on it.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:23 2

15. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

HAHAHAHAHA the N-Gage xD i had one xDDDDD

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:24

16. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

My Galaxy R.
The screen occasionally fails to react properly,and I have to lock/unlock several times.
I also sent it for service 3times!
want to rid it soon...for an s2.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:26

19. cmeiner (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)

Motorola Droid Bionic is by far the worst. I am still having problems with it after the latest OS update. I have gone through 5 of them now with problems ranging from power cycling to dropping data connection for no reason! My newest one seems to like to drain the battery 4 hours into the day.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 07:29 1

20. mydi.maus (unregistered)

blackberry storm
sony e. arc
htc incredible
motorola razr
nolkia n8

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 08:01 3

37. SleepingOz (unregistered)

N8 is the worst phone I've ever used!

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