Top 5 worst smartphone fads

When smartphone manufacturers push the envelope, they don't always get it right. Here are five recent smartphone fads that fell flat.


Today's smartphones are a mature technology. For better or worse, most of the phones out there have gravitated towards a common size, price, and feature set.

But the smartphone scene just a few years ago was a very different place. Disrupted by the iPhone, manufacturers were flailing around trying to come up with the next big thing, or even just a momentary gimmick.

So, just like when mom takes out the yearbook to remind you of your "awkward phase", in this week's Top 5 CNET's Jessica Dolcourt helped me flip through some of the most embarrassing smartphone design trends of the past few years.


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