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5 Phones From The Past That Failed Miserably Because Their Designs Were Awful, To Begin With

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Weâve been featuring some great phones from the 2000s that are iconic and memorable because of their designs or their features. However, not every phone launched back in the day was a huge success and some of them donât make sense even today. Companies try to experiment with their designs to be different from the competition but sometimes they just get carried away. Weâve compiled some phones from the 2000s that were a failure because either their designs were flawed or had features that people didnât like. Hereâs our list of five phones that failed miserably because of their flawed designs.

1. Ericsson Xelibri 4

Phones From The Past That Failed Miserably Because Their Designs Were Awful, To Begin With © Wikipedia Commons

The entire Xelibri line by Ericsson was a failure simply because these phones never really caught anyoneâs attention. Some of them werenât pleasing to the eye while the Xelibri 4 looked quite awkward for a time when most phones had a conventional look. It looks very reminiscent of EVE from Wall-E and was particularly hard to hold because of its oval design. This was not a practical phone to use even by todayâs standards and we can see why nobody bought any of the Xelibri phones even back then.

2. Motorola Rockr 

Phones From The Past That Failed Miserably Because Their Designs Were Awful, To Begin With © Wikipedia Commons

The original Motorola Rokr launched two years before the iPhone and was dubbed as the official âiTunes Phoneâ. From far, it looks like a generic cell phone but it had iTunes in-built which was the key selling point. However, the phone could only hold 100 songs which was an embarrassment when compared to a generic MP3 player at the time. It also featured a propriety headphone jack which did not let people use their headphones that defeated the purpose of it being an iTunes phone. To add to the woes, the phone came with a USB 1.1. connection cable that made song transfers painfully slow. 

3. Blackberry Passport 

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Weâve featured this phone before for its weird design and could not ignore the Passport for this list either. The phone is wider than my fat face and could not be used with one hand. People complain that phones are getting larger every year but they can still be used with one hand. The BlackBerry Passport was so wide that it would not fit any pocket and required two hands at all times for it to function. The phone did not sell well even by Blackberryâs standards and laid a precedent for future smartphone companies to never make a phone with wide-body designs. 

4. Nokia 7280 

Phones From The Past That Failed Miserably Because Their Designs Were Awful, To Begin With © Ali Express

The Nokia 7280 looks like a lipstick and was targeted towards fashion-conscious users. However, the phone was more of a gimmick and lacked any functionality which led to this model's failure. The phone was meant to be a statement for its users but the phone never really sold enough units. Nokia did try their hand with a refreshed design with the 7380 that launched as a part of the "lâ amour collection," but that was a failure as well. The fact that neither of the models sold well, it is currently one of the rarest Nokia phones one can own today. 

5. Toshiba G450

Phones From The Past That Failed Miserably Because Their Designs Were Awful, To Begin With © Toshiba

We saved the worst for the last since this phoneâs design would confuse anyone. The phone launched in 2008, a year after the first iPhone and was considered the most baffling design by Toshiba yet. Just by looking at the phone, you get anxiety since you canât remember the location of the numbers on the keypad. One had to use keypads as if it was some puzzle and didn't appeal to any type of user. It also functioned as a modem for your laptop and could also be used as an MP3 player. The fact that it has one of the oddest designs in phone history and has an awkward keypad design, the phone never really garnered strong sales to make it a success. It is also worthy to note that people started to switch over to the iPhone which probably contributed to its failure as well. 


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