We’ve all seen it – when phone manufacturers feel they need to take a risk, be a bit different, show the public what designs they are really capable of. But if there is a lesson to be learned from this gallery, and I think we can all agree there definitely is, it is that sometimes that risk does not pay off.
So, here is our collection of the ugliest mobile phones of all time.
Disclaimer: some are so bad they could burn your eyes (but not really).
I know what you’re thinking, even the name is enough to make you feel a bit sick – and the phone itself is no picnic. Luckily for us, this phone used to be the most expensive in the world at over £500,000 due to the 120 carats supposedly on it, which means we don’t have to see the ugliest phone ever on a daily basis.
This one’s a little less glitzy but still fairly offensive. It’s hard to know where Toshiba were going with this one – with a tiny screen and buttons that really don’t make a lot of sense, well that’s just it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense as a phone. Apparently most people used it as a modem or mp3 player, but with 160MB of storage it isn’t great as a device for that either, looks like the best places for it is our ugly phone list.
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Funnily enough, this Nokia was introduced as part of their ‘fashion’ series in 2003. The fact is the world doesn't need this ugly mobile in it. It’s hard to understand how a teardrop seemed like a good idea for the shape of a phone, especially as now anyone who ever owned one is probably crying at the thought of it. That’s the problem with fashion, it changes – and I’m sure it changed away from this pretty swiftly.
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Yep, here’s another ‘fashion-orientated’ range which came out around the same time as the Nokia 7600. You know it’s bad when you have to put the whole range in the galley. Number 2 (which looks like baby monitor) and number 3 (which looks like an air freshener) we found particularly baffling.
Vertu Boucheron Cobra
It is of great credit to the public that only a few of these were ever made. Just look at it. Apparently designed by a French jeweller named Boucheron, Vertu decided to manufacture it and name it Cobra for fairly obvious reasons. It’s another expensive one though, costing hundreds of thousands of pounds for the crazy few who took it on.
F88 Wrist Phone
Next in our ugliest phones list is this dirty little bit of tech! Now this must just weigh your wrist down a bit. You can see the appeal – the first watch to have all of your mobile phone needs in it. It’s just that something that bulky is never going to look good on your wrist. We have a feeling that the rumored iWatch could be a little sleeker (and end up in our 2020 ugly list)
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Virgin Lobster 700
Here’s another phone where the style is no better than the name. This is one of those unfortunate gadgets that’s appearance makes it looks like it has a growth. The black, white and grey colour scheme seems like an attempt at an arty, modern device – but there’s no coming back from that growth really.
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Here’s the second Nokia on our list, released a little later than the previous as part of the ‘L’Amour Collection’. There’s actually leather on the back of this one which is a choice not many would go for. With a tiny screen and no actual keypad it is definitely not your most conventional phone. The worst bit is still the 90s colour scheme though.
Sony Ericsson T61Z
There must have been a stage where the appearance of baby monitors seemed a good shape for a phone going by this album. This Sony Ericsson also appears to have some kind of growth, this time in the shape of bulbous head. It’s not the most offensive we’re listing, but it deserved a mention.
Hong Jeong's Dual LCD Cellphone
And finally…why, just why? Apparently the dual LCD screens are meant to optimise your viewing experience, but with such tiny screens there doesn’t seem much point - the borders are bigger than the screens themselves! The world does not need this horrible phone... EVER
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