When it comes to design, it’s inevitable that, along with some stellar results, there are gonna be some…not-so-stellar results. The mobile world is no exception to this rule. So we took a look into the history of and rounded up the strangest and sometimes outright horrible cell phone designs we could find.
Let's take a look at 10 most weird looking Cell Phones you have ever seen:
1. The Golden Buddha Phone (2009)
This wacky phone is one of the most expensive phones developed in China. It sports a piece of real jade, pearl powder lacquer and a 24 karat gold plating that makes it the most expensive cellphone in China, at $1,750, though we’re still unsure who would want that amount of money for this weird product. This holy phone wins the race of being the most unique, weirdest and perhaps the most useless phone ever made.
2. Nokia 7280 (2004)
Conversely, the Nokia 7280 was seen as fashionable, but it faced its own challenges. The lipstick-shaped phone didn’t include a number pad or touchscreen, instead relying on a wheel for all input. This made texting and writing numbers an absolute pain, making it a better choice for calls and MP3s than anything to do with words. Still, the phone was well-regarded and even won a design award in 2004.
3. Haier P7 Pen Phone (2004)
Is there anybody who wants a phone that has the capabilities of writing on paper? There you have it, the Haier pen phone. This pen is little bit different than others because, it can be used to make calls, send texts and do anything that an standard cell phone does. P7 Pen Phone may not he the most successful phone ever made, but surely is one of the most peculiar one.
4. Samsung Serene (2005)
The phone came with an unusual jewellery box design, designed by Bang & Olufsen. The circular keypad was a pain to use (a common flaw in this list), and despite a helping mechanism the phone took some time to open. The battery and SIM card required a screwdriver to access, and the camera was mounted on the side, which made lining up photos difficult. Despite its shortcomings, the Serene was a memorable smartphone design.
5. Monohm Runcible (2015)
The premise is to develop a smartphone that resembles centuries old pocket watches. This circular shaped phone has a display in front, a camera on the back and other necessary features for today’s consumers. The smartphone sure does look unique and beautiful, but can also be considered one of wackiest phone of all time.
6. Nokia N-Gage (2003)
The Nokia N-Gage is well remembered by teens of the 90s as an incredibly hyped but ultimately disastrous gaming-focused phone. The phone-style buttons were awful for gaming, and the bulk and extra buttons required for gaming made it a clunker of a phone. The phone quickly garnered a bad reputation amongst gamers, and despite an effective redesign the platform was abandoned by Nokia two years and 50 games later.
7. Samsung Juke (2007)
As the name suggests the phone was targeted to music lovers. It has support for wide range of music formats, and 2GB storage for music. But the most interesting part of it has to be the design, which is both unique and weird. It has the functionality to rotate the display which expose the keypad. For its time it was a genuine attempt to satisfy the needs of music lovers, but failed hard design wise.
8. Nokia 7600 (2003)
The Nokia 7600 takes weird to the next level with a strange teardrop shape, with the display centred within and buttons surrounding. The handset was one of the first from Nokia to feature 3G connectivity. The phone was light, but the weird button arrangement required two hands for most tasks, and the design was never revisited.
9. BlackBerry Passport (2014)
BlackBerry Passport was an attempt to serve new wine in old bottle. It is primarily made for people looking to buy old school BlackBerry phone with latest hardware specifications. BlackBerry successfully pulled off that challenge with this unique phone. However, it is the most weird looking smartphone today available in the market.
10. Motorola V70 (2002)
The Motorola V70 has an odd rotary design, with the keypad hidden underneath a cover that rotates 180 degrees around the display dial. The look was iconic, but the movement took some time and decreased the phone’s reliability too. Still, the slim design made it a popular choice when its price reached reasonable levels.