Weird Handsets

This compilation lists some of ugly and weird handsets. Some manufacturers ignore usability and aesthetics and create products just to prove their design & technical superiority resulting an ugly piece of hardware.

Bang & Olufsen Serene
Bang & Olufsen Serene

Bang & Olufsen Serene: Bang and Olufsen primarily make home audio components that both sound great and are visually appealing. But for some weird reason they decided to try their craftsmanship on cell phone. The result, an expensive disaster. At $1000 price tag, the Serene has many design flaws it’s hard to know where to begin. The camera is on the side of the phone, the screen is below the keypad.

Bang & Olufsen Serenata
Bang & Olufsen Serenata

Bang & Olufsen Serenata: Bang and Olufsen’s second attempt at a cell phone is worse than their first mostly because it cost over $2000, a cool grand more than its predecessor. And just like its predecessor the screen is below the keypad meaning every time you used the phone, your hand blocks the screen.

Nokia 7380
Nokia 7380

Nokia 7380: Nokia 7380 fashion phone was released in 2005, as part of the “L’Amour Collection”. What distinguishes this phone from others is lacking of a keypad. Instead it featured sensory navigation key similarly to the touch-sensitive navigation wheel of the iPod. The 1.5 cm by 7 cm screen is highly reflective when in power saving mode, doubling as a mirror. Nokia 7380 was one of the first phones to implement the use of real materials- such as metal and leather- in mass production.

Nokia 7280
Nokia 7280

Nokia 7280: Nokia 7280, designed as a lipstick, it can be carried as a tool for communication at parties and nightouts. It comes with red and white patterns. The phone was almost impossible to operate, with a horizontal 35 mm x 20 mm display and no keypad. For navigation, there were a couple of buttons like upper and lower softkeys, call button, end call button and a navi spinner.

Nokia N-Gage
Nokia N-Gage

Nokia N-Gage: Nokia’s first venture into a dedicated gaming phone is the Nokia N-Gage.This phone released in 2003 and features a 2.1-inch display. It has a five-way directional controller on the left along with some other dedicated keys while on the right is the keyboard for T9 input. Its main feature other than gaming is the mp3 player.

Nokia 3650
Nokia 3650

Nokia 3650: Nokia 3650 featured an unique circular keypad instead of having the regular T9 keypad arrangement. Nokia decided to place the keys in a circular fashion which not created problem for typing also made the phone uglier.

Nokia 7600
Nokia 7600

Nokia 7600: Also known as the leaf phone because of its leaf-like shape. The design of the phone is awkward with a small 2-inch screen surrounded by alphanumeric buttons on the sides and other keys (Menu and navigation keys) below the screen and a VGA camera. The odd shape of the phone makes it in every list of design blunders.

Nokia 6800
Nokia 6800

Nokia 6800: Nokia 6800 bridged the gap between having a regular T9 keypad and a QWERTY keyboard. The 6800 has a hinge located on its sides near the display which allows the keypad to flip 180 degrees revealing a fully-fledged keyboard. The screen would also rotate 90 degrees to accommodate landscape typing.

Sony Ericsson Jalou F100i
Sony Ericsson Jalou F100i

Sony Ericsson Jalou F100i: After Nokia’s tryst with creating phones targeted at fairer sex, Sony Ericsson introduced its Jalou F100i phone with a gem-cut design and glossy finish. The phone is a tiny clamshell and the shiny screen doubled as a compact mirror.

Micromax A60 Andro
Micromax A60 Andro

Micromax A60 Andro: Micromax’s first Android, a budget touch phone A60 Andro. The 2.8-inch touch screen (resistive) was integrated with three touch buttons, and right below that was a huge oval round button flanked by two vertical buttons which looked really ugly. Moreover Micromax advertised comparing it to the iPhone to prove its superiority.

Spice Movie Phone: A phone with built-in optical drive???? This is true and made by Indian handset maker Spice. Announced in MWC 2008, this phone never saw light of the day. This might be just a prototype but never the less a unique product.

Spice Movie Phone
Spice Movie Phone
Spice Movie Phone
Spice Movie Phone
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