This is an award that no OEM wants to win. But someone has to have made the worst phone of the year. Now you probably know exactly what phone we’ve named worst but what about the runner up? That’ll be a tough one. We’ve seen all kinds of smartphones coming through our office over the past 12 months. Including the best and worst from Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, Meizu, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, and many others.
Winner: Amazon Fire Phone
Like I said, you saw this one coming, right? Amazon announced the Fire phone over the summer as an AT&T exclusive, and only available in the US. That right there was a big mistake. Not only did they limit the phone to just the US but also to just one carrier in the US. The other thing that made the Fire Phone DOA was the pricing. Amazon had become popular with their Kindle Fire devices for pricing them pretty cheap, however the Fire Phone was the complete opposite at over $600 for the 32GB. It has since dropped and is now available unlocked for other carriers, it’s now $229 unlocked.
Runner Up: HTC Desire 816
The HTC Desire 816 isn’t a completely terrible smartphone, but it’s definitely far from the best. It’s a cheap phone on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile with a 5.5-inch 720p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The reason why we named it as the runner up is actually the build quality. The back is glossy plastic with the sides being a matte finish and the front being glossy. It just seemed like HTC’s design team was all over the place on this one here.
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
- HTC Desire 510
- Samsung Galaxy Ace 4
- LG G3 Stylus