Six smartphone trends that failed miserably

What determines which smartphones soar and which sink? Have a look at six trends that put devices smack dab in the latter camp.

Some smartphones are born to do great things, while others face a crash-and-burn future. What determines which smartphones soar and which sink? In the gallery below, CNET phone reviewer Jessica Dolcourt takes a look at six smartphone trends that went clunk.

Remember Microsoft's embarrassingly short-lived Kin One ? Discontinued after just eight weeks , it committed two of the fatal sins listed in our roundup. But it's far from the only offender.

To see some of the top failing features that sent smartphones to the trash heap of phone history, click through our gallery. Any other misguided mobile moves come to mind? Let us know in the comments.

About the author

Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.

 

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