Design is what really turns a good phone into a great one, with handsets like the HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2 standing out thanks to their incredible designs. But sometimes it can do the exact opposite, making us question a phone’s quality, with some designs looking downright weird.
The introduction of the BlackBerry Passport is one such handset, featuring a rare square design, but looks to have won people over with its specs. But what are some of the other handsets which look a bit too strange to make their way into our pockets?
Bang & Olufsen Serene
That’s right; Bang & Olufsen make smartphones, the well-known audio equipment manufacturer decided to target the market in an effort to boost sales, and their efforts culminated in the Serene.
Featuring an in-built motor to assist opening and closing of the handset, Bang & Olufsen clearly wasn’t focusing on practicality when it came down to design here. This was further proven when you realised that you needed to actually unscrew the device to access the sim-card. To top things off, the Serene’s camera was located on its side, making taking pictures a problematic task.
Whilst we actually think the look of the device isn’t all that bad, the practical use of the handset was far from serene to say the least, earning its spot on this list. Maybe Bang & Olufsen should just stick to speakers eh?
Aesir Copenhagen by Yves Behar
If you were planning on spending £4,500 on a smartphone you’d probably want it to look like the best phone on the market wouldn’t you? Apparently Yves Behar didn’t quite get the memo, releasing the astonishingly weird Aesir Copenhagen.
Its strange keyboard was only the beginning of its questionable design, which also packed some oversized bezels around its 2” TFT display. Many people compared the phone to a wristwatch, unfortunately, it didn’t really generate sales.
The funniest thing is, you can still pick up a gold version of the Aesir Copenhagen for a rock bottom price of £30,000, ideal if you have more money than sense.
Are we talking about the same company who made the iconic design of the StarTAC handset, and later the Razr V3? Unfortunately, for every hit, there has to be the odd miss, and the Motorola Flipout was a horrendous miss by the big time mobile manufacturer.
Featuring a square form factor, you could actually fold out the handsets physical keyboard, and idea perfectly demonstrated by the Sidekick phone, but laboured with on the Flipout. Its 2.8” touchscreen, 512MB RAM and 3.15mp camera did help it out, but it was still dodged by plenty of customers thanks to its design.
It’s pretty safe to say that the Flipout was arguably the strangest looking Android phone ever to hit the shelves, for now of course!
We’ve no idea what Toshiba was thinking here to be honest with the G450, which looks a bit like a glorified TV remote control. Its separated keypad still has us pondering to this day about the guys behind its design’s sanity.
Its tiny display and 160MB of storage didn’t exactly make up for its strange design either, especially considering that it was launched in 2008, a year after the first iPhone. Yeah that’s right, this was released after one of the world’s most iconic smartphones, we’re gathering Toshiba thought it was onto something here, it’s just a shame that it couldn’t be further from the mark.
The only thing to take from this handset was that it actually turned out to be a good design for the Beats Pill speaker system…
F88 Wrist Phone
The F88 Wrist Phone was a great idea made with technology not capable of making the device all it could be. Simply put, the components were just too big to make this wearable piece of kit a success, proven by the strap based keypad and finger based speaker/microphone.
Costing £600 on its release, the F88 was heralded as the future of the mobile phone, but fastforward all these years and we still haven’t fulfilled that promise, even though it’s looking a whole lot more likely now. We applaud the thought behind the F88, but it was just too far ahead of its time, and to be honest, any phone that requires a microphone/speaker strapped around your finger is going to be considered a little bit left field to say the least.
Let’s just remember that without the F88 it’s unlikely we’d be where we’re at today with the likes of the Moto 360, every cloud eh?