It's no easy task birthing a cell phone, but despite the hard work that goes into designing and manufacturing these handsets, things can go (very) awry. If you've been thinking about picking up one of the following phones the next time you head out of the house, well, you might want to reconsider.
Editors' note: This post was originally published March 9, 2012, and is updated frequently.
Huawei Pal (MetroPCS), August 2013
We're all about simple feature phones, don't get us wrong -- not everyone needs the latest and greatest in tech. But the Pal, whose only basic feature is making a call, can't even do that properly. Even though MetroPCS is offering it for free, we still won't take it. Read the full review.
Samsung Galaxy Ring (Virgin Mobile), May 2013
Sporting a poor camera, a lousy screen, and no 4G LTE, the Galaxy Ring makes us want to do anything but put a ring on it. Even if it has good call quality, we just can't commit. Read the full review.
Alcatel One Touch Evolve (T-Mobile), October 2013
Oh, if only this device could evolve to something better. Slow internal speeds, a low-resolution screen that's also too dim, and glacial data speeds all contribute to making this handset the bottom of the food chain. Read the full review.
ZTE Open (unlocked), September 2013
Though stylish, the world's first Firefox phone isn't quite a big winner. True, it's only $80, but its processor barely trudges along, its shoddy 3.2-megapixel camera only has a fixed focus, and call quality was unimpressive. In short, feel free to close your doors on the Open. Read the full review.
ZTE Reef (Virgin Mobile), August 2013
Ho-hum specs across the board, including 3G-only speeds, make this slow, outdated smartphone a bore. Its one saving grace: it won't cost you a dime if you buy it online, though the full $150 price tag (unlocked) may be harder to swallow for what you get. Read the full review.
Compare these phones head-to-head.