What was the worst year in modern telephone ancient past?

Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority


We'd like to think that each year is a bonanza when it involves cellphone releases, but some years are completely worse than others.We've already chosen 2014 as the good year of the last decade, but what concerning the worst years in modern smartphone historical past?Well, we can think of a few middling and even disappointing years in our book. Whether it was a common trend that was adopted by everybody or simply several businesses releasing bad phones in three hundred and sixty five days, that you may have a look at our five picks below.Don't forget to take our poll at the end of the thing!


As bad as 2020 is so far (i. e. ludicrously expensive phones, power-sapping 5G and screens, oh… and delays brought on by a worldwide pandemic), we're except it from the list as the year isn't over yet. But it's totally a dishonorable point out.Nokia N8 with its fantastic 12MP camera and the slick Nokia E7, but who cared once they ran a slow, unintuitive platform that was nearly held together with duct-tape?At least we got the Meego-toting Nokia N9 and the first Nokia Windows Phones in 2011.

  • Samsung also launched the Galaxy S in 2010, kicking off the all-conquering Galaxy flagship range. Unfortunately, a US court ruled that the manufacturer had definitely copied the iPhone's design and software thrives in the technique. And it's hard to argue in another way for those who look at the two side-by-side, serving as more ammunition in opposition t Android and Samsung for Apple fans.

  • 2013


    best-selling Android phone of all time, but Samsung completely made a few bad choices regarding it. Unarguably the biggest issue was the bloated software that was TouchWiz, as the firm tossed in a ton of facets with out due to the fact functionality. Throw in a cringeworthy launch event stacked with loads of awful stereotypes and it completely makes our list.

  • HTC debuted the HTC One M7 in 2013, which earned a reputation as top-of-the-line phones of all time. The agency also debuted the ill-fated HTC First that year, which was none of the best phones of all time. The First was made in partnership with Facebook, operating the Facebook Home launcher (remember that?) and providing solid specs for the time. The Facebook integration could not save the phone from poor sales, reportedly moving just 15,000 units.

  • BlackBerry 10 was finally launched in early 2013, offering a formal touch-concentrated platform that was built from the bottom up.This wasn't enough to save lots of the agency though, as Android added more diversity and apps (even though BB10 supported many Android apps). Another major blow was the undeniable fact that the BlackBerry Internet Service (which was accessible as an all-you-can-eat plan in lots of regions) wasn't supported on the hot platform. I know tens of folk who lost attention in new BlackBerry phones when it emerged that BIS wouldn't be accessible.

  • Apple's iOS 7 also made headlines in 2013 for the inaccurate reasons, as the update announced a host of bugs and crashes. From connectivity woes and iMessage issues to (paradoxically) the Blue Screen of Death, this was an update that the Cupertino company and purchasers would like to forget.

  • 2015


    Ars Technica showed major performance drops as phones with the processor heated up.

  • The HTC One M9 was a disappointing follow-up to the fantastic device that was the One M8, providing a less able camera for low-light capturing and worse staying power. This also marked the third time we saw the metal design, with only minor adjustments in comparison to the HTC One M7. Truth be informed, it seems like HTC never really recovered from this release.

  • Samsung's Galaxy S6 series offered an all-new glass design, but ditched water-resistance, microSD garage, and a detachable battery to get there. And the tiny battery in the fundamental S6 only added more salt to the wound.

  • This year also seems to have marked the start of LG's bootloop issues, as the likes of the LG G4, Nexus 5X, and LG V10 all skilled this major problem to a degree. Cue the photoshopped Froot Loops images.

  • 2016


    Galaxy Note 7. Faulty batteries and over-ambitious design led to phones that were liable to bursting into flames. No wonder the agency offered an update that killed the phone totally.

  • The year also saw brands ditch the headphone port, with Android players like Motorola and LeEco doing so. Apple did the same with the iPhone 7, and we have seen loads of companies follow suit since then.

  • LG had a run of solid to great high-end phones up until 2016, when it launched the modular LG G5. The phone's magazine slot-style design enabled you to use add-ons like a 360 camera and a Hi-Fi DAC. Unfortunately, a mix of questionable build best, a smaller battery than the G4, and extremely few Friends (as the accessories were called) killed any hopes of major success. At least the firm also offered an ultra-wide camera that's now become standard on almost every major phone.

  • 2019


    Pixel 4 introduced a smaller battery than previous Pixels, no fingerprint scanner in lieu of face unlock only, and gimmicky Motion Sense tech. No wonder many reviewers derided it at launch. At least the agency introduced a long-overdue budget phone in the Pixel 3a.

  • Foldable phones were meant to be the big thing in 2019, but the first wave of foldables made us realize just how fragile they can be. Between the Galaxy Fold's behind schedule launch due to hinge/screen issues and the commonplace trend of scratch-prone plastic monitors (including the Mate X), foldables completely fell short of the hype.

  • Arguably the biggest sadness in 2019 was the US ban in opposition t Huawei, instituted in May. This meant that phones launched after this point lacked Google facilities. It's a real shame, because phones like the Mate 30 Pro were completely among the many best phones of the year on paper, however the lack of GMS means it's a no-go for many.

  • Up until 2019, Samsung's Galaxy Note series was known as the range of choice for power users searching for a quality, characteristic-packed phone. Unfortunately, the vanilla Galaxy Note 10 did not live up to this ethos. Your $950 got you a battery that was considerably smaller than the Plus model and Note 9, no microSD card slot, and no 3.5mm port. The Plus variation also lacked the latter two points, but at the least you got extras like a bigger battery, QHD+ screen, and faster charging.

  • What do you think was the worst year for smartphones?Take our poll below and leave a comment!

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