10 of the Worst Android Phones Ever Seen

by Sandra Henshaw - , Last Updated on May 23, 2014, Android

Android has been a wonderful addition to the smartphone industry, improving by the day they’ve taken on Apple and added some much needed competition to the marketplace. There are many Android phones that easily fall into the category of “standouts”. But we all know that. There are tens of thousands of articles on the internet that talk about the best Android phones.

We have come up with something different. Let’s take a look into the dark side and see what the worst Android phones from the lower side of the shelf look like – and here’s a little spoiler; there are some real nightmare phones down here. Brace yourself.

What qualifies as one of the worst Android Phones?

When compiling this list, there was a logical problem we faced. There are hundreds of low-level production companies, take the Chinese for example who produce low-end copies of Android phones. In order to be fair and make things interesting, we added a parameter. This list will include original phones from only the well-known companies.

Also worth mentioning here is a “mini-disclaimer”. These phones might not seem as bad to some of the readers. The content of this list is just an opinion; we didn’t run in depth lab tests on them. Remember, one man’s treasure is another man’s trash.

1. Samsung Continuum

There are some inventions that don’t make much sense. Samsung continuum is one of them. There was quite a bit of hype before it came out and the Android enthusiasts were expecting a Samsung phone with Stock Android. All of us were excited; the rumours said that the phone would be highly functional yet cheap. But the Samsung Continuum quickly laid rest to all the excitement.

Samsung Continuum

Samsung Continuum

Reasons for making the worst Android phones list:

It has an awful shape to begin with. Looks are an important feature of any smartphone and Continuum really takes a nose dive here. In simple words, the phone is ugly.

Next the screen size, it has a small display. The size is not the only thing wrong with the display – its overall dimensions are also bad. The phone’s screen is too vertical for modern smartphones. It should have been broader.

2. HTC Evo 3D

Don’t let the fancy name fool you. There is nothing “evo” or “3D” about this device. Before its release, the HTC Evo 3D was branded as the cutting edge technology that will eliminate the human race when it becomes conscious. The hype HTC created for this device actually makes it worse than it would have been. This phone is alright as far as the looks are concerned and you don’t immediately realise what you have done when you buy HTC Evo 3D, it takes a week maybe two.

HTC Evo 3D

HTC Evo 3D

Reasons for making the worst Android phones list:

First of all they claim it’s 3D! And they stick to the claim profoundly, but most users are confused. Has the level of 3D visuals suddenly gone bad? Or do they require proper glasses to get 3D experience? The answer is neither. The quality of 3D is very poor. When you buy a 3D phone you do expect something better to say the least.

Next is the battery life. Arguably it has the worst battery life of all high end Android phones. It hardly makes it to 8 hours with minimum screen usage – when we say minimum we mean 30-40 minutes.

The dual core Snapdragon clearly isn’t enough to carry the phone either. It becomes slow after a period of use and this was a real disaster.

3. Motorola DROID Bionic

When it comes to worst Android phones, Motorola DROID Bionic has a class of its own. It is right up there with the all the stuff that is wrong with the universe. One suddenly finds himself at loss on how to accurately describe the phone. The phone was a joint effort by Verizon and Motorola. The release of the phone was delayed multiple times (now we know why). When it was ultimately launched, the phone crashed. It was a miserable flop.

Motorola Droid Bionic

Motorola Droid Bionic

Reasons for making the worst Android phones list:

The phone had so many flaws that we don’t know what to write and what to leave out. Let’s begin with the design and look. It has a dreadful design. Somebody probably lost their job at Motorola for this. The red black colour scheme was a very poor choice. While its screen size was satisfactory, the screen quality was terrible.

It also had very unstable software for some reason. Smart phones OS are not supposed to have this many bugs – I mean it looked like pirated version of Windows ME when it came to viruses and crashing.

It also felt like Motorola and Verizon didn’t care much about the phone. There were no software updates. No apparent marketing or selling techniques. It is fair to say that nobody took this phone seriously.

4. Samsung Behold II

Another abomination in the smartphone category, Samsung behold II had a lot of promise and a lot of history but that went down the drain. The Samsung Behold II was as ridiculous as its name. In fact the Behold was launched as a sequel to Samsung’s coveted Galaxy range of phones – but boy, talk about a contrasting story or what.

Samsung Behold

Samsung Behold

Reasons for making the worst Android phones list:

The design of the phone was disturbing to put it aptly. It didn’t make any sense. The buttons at the bottom seemed as if they were placed by somebody who had never set eyes on a mobile phone before.

The complicated user interface is another drawback. If you want to check your messages or watch a video from YouTube or Vimeo apps, you felt like you were using Windows 95 – where the concept of shortcuts and easy browsing was non existent.

The specs of the phone weren’t great either. From the moment it hit the market, everyone could tell that it wouldn’t work out. Needless to say, it didn’t.

5. LG Double Play

Admittedly, this phone is not as bad as some others we have discussed. You can say that it was a good concept but poorly executed. The phone didn’t do too badly in the market – that’s a relative comparison with some of the other phones in this list though. While the idea was two screens was good, it had some visible flaws.

LG Double Play

LG Double Play

Reasons for making the worst Android phones list:

The phone was a complicated device. The splitting of QWERTY keypad into two was very difficult to get used to. Plus it wasn’t a touch keypad, it was physical. The phone looked neat from the outside but using it was too tricky. Playing games, watching videos, texting and many other basic elements were fundamentally flawed and that’s why it made our list.

6. HTC Thunderbolt

The HTC thunderbolt caused a lot of excitement when it was launched. It was the company’s first 4G LTE smartphone. Needless to say that expectations were sky high but after it came out there was much disappointment; the phone wasn’t anything new. HTC committed the same blunder Apple had been committing – same old stuff, just a new name. Perhaps the amount of expectations made it look worse than it was. Some would argue that the phone doesn’t deserve to be in the list. Credit has to be given to the manufacturer for initiating something new, even though it failed.

HTC Thunderbolt

HTC Thunderbolt

Reason for making the worst Android phones list:

The phone’s worst feature was its battery. You could barely use the phone to its potential because of it. In fact you couldn’t use it for more than 3-4 hours – that too while doing the normal stuff a smartphone is expected to do all day. The battery was so bad, awful in fact that HTC had to formally apologise for it. It was an unforgivable sin and it made the device practically useless.

The specs were alright, the camera was good. The design and screen size was also not that bad. But as a whole the phone made virtually no sales and flopped in the marketplace.

7. Motorola CLIQ

Most Android phone users don’t know about this device and the Motorola CLIQ is right up there in the hall of shame with the worst Android phones ever produced. The device was supposed to be historical. It was Motorola’s first Android phone. Android users are very glad that Motorola learned from their mistakes and got a grip later on.

Motorola Cliq

Motorola Cliq

Reasons for making the worst Android phones list:

Motorola CLIQ was a poorly designed phone. Android phones, when the CLIQ was released, were second tier. The device’s hardware was awful. The separate physical keyboard wasn’t easy to use and the almost oval shape didn’t make it an attractive device.

The software didn’t compensate either. The phone had a custom overlay known as MotoBLUR and it was one that Android users would like to forget. The phone was slow, overloaded and had lot of software crashing problems. Motorola CLIQ was really the black sheep of all Android phones.

The phone’s battery life was ok but screen size in fact the overall phone dimensions could have been far better and the CLIQ wasn’t one of Motorola’s proudest creations.

8. Motorola FLIPOUT

Another Motorola phone on the list – it isn’t intentional though. One cannot help but wonder what were Motorola thinking when they rolled this out? In 2010, Motorola tried to innovate by using design tricks. Most of which largely failed. The Android community will never forgive Motorola for the Motorola FLIPOUT. There was a very similar design called Motorola BACKFLIP – both were similar devices apart from the flipout and backflip properties.

Motorola Flipout

Reasons for making the worst Android phones list:

The BACKFLIP edition version had keyboard on its back. You had to flip the phone over so you can use the keyboard. If you already haven’t concluded that it was difficult to use, then we can help you out by stating: it was a horrible user experience.

And speaking of FLIPOUT, it was worse. It got uglier as the phone’s keyboard would flip out sideways instead of back. It made the phone look really awkward.
To make matters worse, the phone had a completely square design. As you could see in the pictures, it simply looked comical. A device you wouldn’t carry to show off for sure.

The phones were unique and gave a new design concept but it was poorly conceived and the flipout deservedly got a mention in this article.

9. Garmin-Asus Garminfone

Asus have been a respectable name in computer hardware and tablets over the years. But their record with smartphones has fallen way short of expectations. The Garmin Asus phone didn’t make it to top shelf; in fact most Android users haven’t even heard of it. Asus own branded phones haven’t been this bad but all the devices they have partnered with others have been miserable failures.

Garmin-Asus Garminfone

Garmin-Asus Garminfone

Reasons for making the worst Android phones list:

The phone was a complete nut job. Let’s begin with the design. The phone had a horrible look. It didn’t even look like a smartphone. It looked more like a GPS device. There was needless navigation system integrated – nobody needed that. It was an extra burden on the software.

The software took Android by the throat and knocked it around. There was no traditional screen and features instead we got a heavily customized software that was very difficult to use.

This device wasn’t useful by any stretch of imagination and topping it off with a terrible design meant this handset was doomed from the start.

10. Kyocera Echo

Sprint, the manufacturer created a lot of hype before it was released but the Kyocera Echo fell way short of expectations. It wasn’t something even remotely exciting.

Kyocera Echo

Kyocera Echo

Reasons for making the worst Android phones list:

The phone has a dual screen – an idea many tried but it never caught on. The phone was ugly, heavy and simply uninteresting.

The users could use either one screen as a whole or use one screen as keyboard. Either way, it wasn’t user friendly at all. The idea of having two screens was absurd – much less bringing the concept into reality.

Some experts call it the worst Android phone ever created. It had multiple problems. From impractical design to unstable software, and the two screens didn’t help the battery life either. All the faults you can think of about smartphones were present in this phone – all that nonsense combined and rolled out in a single device.

So, which one do you think is the worst on the list? Can you think of any Android shockers we missed?