The ten Strangest Android Telephones of All Time

The ten Strangest Android Telephones of All Time
The ten Strangest Android Telephones of All Time

For the reason that days of the unique Motorola DynaTAC, cellphones have taken on many kinds with varied combos of favor and performance. Some novel concepts included into handset designs have modified the way in which we work together with expertise, whereas others basically modified our habits in day-to-day life. Alongside the way in which we’ve seen some masterpieces, some duds, and a complete bunch of oddities in-between. At present we’re looking on the 10 strangest Android telephones of all time.

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After a number of the earliest cellphones launched us to communications by textual content (SMS, that’s), the subsequent most large game-changer in cell phone expertise got here with the touchscreen. The introduction of touch-screen-based working techniques, comparable to Android, laid naked the notion {that a} telephone is only a machine used to make telephone calls. It opened up a complete new territory of potentialities. Nevertheless, there may be reality to the adage that simply because you are able to do one thing doesn’t imply it’s best to. Over the comparatively temporary time humanity’s been making cellphones, some makers of those pocket-sized marvels have missed the mark.

Typically a usually stellar telephone maker drops an enormous stinker in our lap and has their PR division try and spin a dud right into a Christmas want listing topper. Whereas we could like to consider some ill-fated makes an attempt to fill a distinct segment that didn’t exist to be a factor of the previous, a few these are nonetheless on sale right now. No matter their origin or market success, right here we have now a set of probably the most odd Android telephone oddities ever made.

LG Wing

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Many inventions in expertise come alongside as a response to the wants of shoppers, typically developed because of buyer suggestions. After which there may be the LG Wing. In a response to precisely no person, the powers that be at LG determined so as to add a bizarre rotating display screen to certainly one of its flagship telephones. Whereas many firms during the last a number of years clamored to create screens with extra actual property whereas perfecting the foldable display screen to supply tablet-sized shows that slot in a pocket, LG determined to create a totally new type issue as a substitute. 

Functionally, that is a formidable smartphone, in response to the SlashGear assessment, and it boasts the most recent expertise and specs congruent with a flagship mannequin. Nevertheless, the rotating second display screen of the LG Wing comes off extra like a gimmick than a helpful top-tier smartphone for on a regular basis use. It’s certain to boost an eyebrow in the course of the morning commute.

Samsung Galaxy Beam

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Samsung arguably guidelines the roost within the enterprise of smartphone manufacturing, a minimum of so far as innovation goes. Lots of its merchandise set the bar for the entire business, and these novel improvements can turn out to be commonplace from high-end telephones down the road to funds choices. By 2012, the essential performance of the smartphone was firmly established, and producers have been toying with new options so as to add and increase the potential of their gadgets. With DLP projector expertise additionally advancing and turning into extra compact, Samsung determined it could be the subsequent huge factor for its Galaxy line of smartphones. Whereas it seems that there may very well be loads of sensible purposes of this function, it had its pitfalls as effectively. 

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The projector used a great deal of energy and shortened battery life considerably, and the image high quality was considerably missing. Whereas it definitely seemed to be a enjoyable and helpful approach to make use of your telephone, customers discovered, as SlashGear’s Galaxy Beam assessment notes, precise situations the place it was the perfect piece of expertise to be far fewer in actuality. Being that it’s a Samsung product, the standard and design have been by no means in query, however its precise usefulness wasn’t obvious sufficient to satisfy the price, and that’s doubtless the rationale it did not be continued for greater than a few years.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

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With the persevering with evolution of cellphones, annually newer and higher options come alongside. We have been blessed with Snake, Nokia’s authentic killer of office productiveness, and T9 predictive textual content, probably the most irritating and time-consuming technique to ship a message that might simply be conveyed in a brief name. With the abundance of idle processing energy held in our pockets, it was solely a matter of time earlier than an precise, usable digital digital camera was added to the package deal. In its need to maneuver ahead from the tiny, grainy, pixelated portraits of early telephone cameras, Samsung mis-stepped with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom by trying to do two issues effectively and failing at each. 

With the Galaxy telephone sequence launched, Samsung had foothold within the expertise enviornment. Being an digital producer of an enormous number of digital gizmos, Samsung had a sure experience in each smartphones and devoted cell digital cameras and determined they might mix the 2 within the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. As is so typically the case when combining two applied sciences into one, the Zoom was a good telephone with an OK digital camera. It was not an incredible telephone nor was it an incredible digital camera. It failed at being a telephone, being a digital camera, and as famous in GSM Area, these failures prevented it from being a gross sales success.

SIDENOTE: The Samsung Galaxy Digital camera, launched a half-year earlier than the Galaxy S4 Zoom, really appeared to hit the nail a bit extra squarely on the top with its mixture of higher-quality digital camera and much much less deal with the smartphone a part of the equation. The Galaxy Digital camera could be seen within the photograph above on the wooden floor whereas the Galaxy S4 Zoom is in motion and in-hand.


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When most individuals consider excessive expertise, Russia will not be the primary to come back to thoughts. Nevertheless, the Soviets despatched the primary man to area, they usually proceed to construct a number of the most superior fighter jets on Earth. Nonetheless, the Russian Federation will not be significantly well-known for electronics. Enter the YotaPhone in 2012, a Russian-designed and not-so-Russian-built cell phone with many of the commonplace options and capabilities discovered on any telephone, and a pair that weren’t. The YotaPhone’s declare to fame is its dual-screen setup. It wasn’t foldable, and didn’t have one other odd sliding or shifting show just like the LG Wing.

The YotaPhone has two screens: one up entrance, one other on the again (by way of GSM Area). Even higher, the entrance is a typical LCD display screen, and the rear is a monochrome e-ink display screen like that of a Kindle. As representatives of YotaFone steered throughout our authentic hands-on expertise, the performance of the rear display screen (the e-ink panel), was meant for use a lot the identical as one would with a Kindle – principally for studying.

Whereas it appears to operate completely effectively as a Kindle does, YotaPhone couldn’t overcome the hurdle that’s the lower than pleasurable expertise of attempting to learn vital quantities of content material on a display screen that matches in a pocket. The Russians broke into the market with a tool that no person was asking for, trying to resolve an issue no person had. It was unusual. And it’s no extra, as its maker declared chapter in 2019.

Palm 2018

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Scores of individuals look again on the predecessors to right now’s smartphone fondly as they recall the times of bodily keyboards and the thrilling new frontier of cell handheld web looking. Many wax poetic about their Palm Treo and all of its superior and intelligent capabilities wrapped up right into a tidy, transportable package deal with its personal working system: Palm OS. However that isn’t the Palm machine for this listing. 

The Palm machine kicking off the 2020s is a brand new piece of {hardware} from a producer that resurrected the Palm model for yet another go at glory. Gone are the times of pleasingly tactile and ergonomic tiny keyboards – now they’re changed by an unbelievably tiny contact display screen. This time round, the Palm telephone eschewed the unique groundbreaking Palm OS for the Android system. 

The choice to make the 2018 Palm telephone run Android was doubtless resulting from the truth that the machine requires an precise grown-up Android telephone for any type of usable performance. Sure, this isn’t actually a telephone a lot as it’s a “telephone companion.”

The true worth of a telephone that requires one other telephone to operate has but to be really discovered – particularly at a beginning worth of practically $350. The Palm telephone (2018) is a tremendous instance of one more product developed to fulfill the demand of none, to resolve an issue that didn’t exist within the first place. Our full Palm telephone assessment explains why this machine nonetheless ahs a particular place in our hearts, regardless of its final lack of real-world worth.

Motorola Flipout

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Motorola’s historical past spans again to the early 1900s (by way of Brittanica), and alongside the way in which, it has produced dozens of progressive and groundbreaking communication gadgets. With an organization producing so many superior communication merchandise concurrently it makes mundane, on a regular basis merchandise, it’s sure to launch the occasional oddball. And in an business with expertise shortly accelerating with an typically off-track sense of route, the cell phone is the perfect automobile for delivering a product that puzzles.

Motorola launched the Flipout in 2010, a time when smartphone kinds have been nonetheless very a lot in a state of flux. Whereas some firms, comparable to Apple, went all-in on contact screens, others held onto their bodily keyboards, looking for novel strategies to include them into new fashions. The Flipout tried to be the most effective of each worlds in an odd new approach. The display screen was small, however as a result of it sat atop the keyboard when closed, it was cumbersome. The {hardware} was first rate for the time, providing Android 2.1, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1, however the type issue was simply odd. Ultimately, cell phone makers went one other route, and this mannequin hit a lifeless finish and was discontinued.

LG DoublePlay


Within the persevering with growth of cellphones, one factor that appears to be clear is producers’ need for shoppers to undertake gadgets with a number of screens. They’ve give you screens that flip, screens that flop, double-sided screens, fold-out screens, and now, to create clear screens. LG has created loads of funky designs for smartphones in addition to function telephones, and the DoublePlay sits squarely within the zone of telephone funk. On the floor, it was a handsome idea, with the principle display screen of comparable dimension to its modern opponents. However the function that set it aside from a “regular” telephone was its cut up keyboard divided by a smaller secondary display screen. It undoubtedly had a Nintendo DS really feel, however extra T-Cellular sidekick performance.

The machine included all of the options anticipated from a tool working Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, and the distinctive {hardware} allowed (or was supposed to permit) some method of multi-tasking. For instance, the decrease display screen might have a textual content messaging app open whereas an web browser was open up high. The telephone additionally featured a number of DoublePlay unique apps, comparable to a notepad, to utilize the show with native apps. Ultimately, the usefulness in the true world was doubtful, at greatest.

Motorola Backflip

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The primary Android telephone entered the market in 2008 and shortly began gaining floor on its rivals. With the open-source nature of Android, producers have been free to develop telephones and customise the OS to their liking. They have been additionally free to discover a mess of setup and {hardware} preparations, and it seems that is strictly what Motorola did after they launched the Backflip in 2010. 

The bodily keyboard was nonetheless en vogue in 2010, and telephone makers tried incessantly to maintain them round by utilizing distinctive integrations and placement of keys of all kinds. It appeared that Motorola, seeing the sliding mechanism different producers used on the time, determined attempting one thing distinctive could be the way in which to go – they went with a hinge.

With a standard hinge, the telephone would open up like a guide – this, too, would possibly’ve been a bit too easy for Motorola. So Motorola took the wild method of putting the keyboard on the again of the telephone and making it open… a special approach. Including to this completely regular design alternative was one other concept to put a touchpad on the again of the display screen to maneuver a pointer round like a mouse on a laptop computer. The dearth of any telephones with this kind consider right now’s market is proof sufficient that this explicit design was simply too unusual for a second-generation.

Kyocera Echo

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Smartphones that flip out and increase are are nonetheless being launched right here in 2022, simply as they have been again when the primary main single-model success took the cell world by storm with the primary Motorola RAZR (beginning in 2005). The brand new line of Motorola RAZR gadgets and (to a bigger extent) machines just like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 have seen some comparatively main success lately.

Between the pre-smart telephone success of the primary RAZR and the brand new daybreak of the foldable got here a machine out of its component: the Kyocera Echo. As we skilled with our authentic Kyocera Echo hands-on, this machine made use of inferior {hardware}, a clunky hinge design, and a scarcity of optimized software program to create a telephone that might solely be described as “meh.” 

Whereas the telephone may very well be used very like some other cumbersome Android handset with an oddly offset display screen, the Kyocera Echo had one main failing: the large black bar working by way of its pair of shows. If Kyocera hadn’t promoted the machine prefer it was meant to increase right into a single, big show, shoppers would possibly’ve reacted otherwise… however alas. This machine didn’t fairly ship the futuristic expertise it promised.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

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For the reason that creation of video video games, there was a continuing push to place them into extra compact and accessible kinds. From the unique Nintendo Recreation and Watch handhelds to the Sony PSP, handheld online game gadgets have lengthy been an integral a part of the online game market. Subsequently, it ought to come as no shock that an organization would combine bodily gaming controls into a tool that will be discovered within the pocket of most individuals anyway. It also needs to come as no shock that Sony, the corporate accountable for one of the vital profitable gaming consoles ever made, could be behind it. 

The Xperia Play, initially rumored to be referred to as the “PlayStation Cellphone”, was a barely odd conglomeration of cell phone and handheld online game console components. Provided that this got here from Sony, the resemblance to the PSP ought to be no shock. What was shocking was the selection to eschew the PSP or PlayStation moniker and launch this machine with no sequence of high-quality PlayStation recreation classics proper out the gate. 

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Maybe that’s what prevented higher gross sales success. Nevertheless, it could be this odd pairing of telephone and recreation system that has costs on the used market inching up because it strikes additional into classic gaming territory with every passing yr, and permits it to reside on with hobbyist help lengthy after it’s been deserted by its makers. The spirit of the “gaming telephone” that was born with this traditional weirdo lives on with gadgets just like the Xiaomi Black Shark, the ASUS ROG Cellphone, a sequence of Crimson Magic gadgets, and the Razer Cellphone.

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