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CNET Top 5: Worst smartphone fads

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CNET Top 5: Worst smartphone fads

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

Smartphone competition has been a driving force in most of the cool technologies we take for granted today. GPS, NFC, virtual assistants, fingerprint readers, Bluetooth, 4G -- even the idea of the touch screen, really first took off in the world of smartphones. But not every new smartphone technology or trend is a winner. IÃ?m Donald Bell, and in this Top 5 IÃ?m counting down five of the dumbest smartphone fads, ranked by CNET Senior Editor Jessica Dolcourt. Starting off at #5: Kickstands! Now, these made sense in theory. Why not give your arms a rest and just casually take in some Netflix? But in reality, thereÃ?s rarely a surface conveniently perched in front of you when you want to kill time. Even then, either your headphones donÃ?t reach, or the speakers arenÃ?t loud enough, or the angle isnÃ?t right, or you have a panic attack because you actually let go of your smartphone for 5 minutes. 4. 3D anything At #4: 3D anything. 3D cameras, 3D screens, 3D video, 3D games. Sane people donÃ?t make their phone buying decision based on which one can play Avatar. IÃ?m willing to bet they almost sold an EVO 3D to Anthony Weiner, until he realized people still need to wear those dorky glasses to see your pictures. Because seriously, if you really canÃ?t tweet your junk in 3D, then whatÃ?s the point? I also fail to see the point of #3: dual-screens. The Samsung Continuum, Kyocera Echo, LG DoublePlay, Samsung DoubleTime -- around 2011, everybody was seeing double. They were on the right track -- people did want bigger screens and better multitasking. But hinging two crappy screens together is not the same thing. Worse, you got double the screen smudge. It was like opening a smudge sandwich. Gah! Coming in at #2: Facebook phones. HereÃ?s a site that is loved by billions, and yet when you build a phone around it, people run for the hills. First there was the HTC Status, with its dedicated Facebook button. Then the HTC Salsa. And then figuring that the third timeÃ?s the charm, the HTC First. Now youÃ?d think people would have at least bought that phone by accident, considering that they released the HTC First around the same time as the HTC One. But no, Facebook canÃ?t even trick people into buying their phone. 1. Mini phones Alright, and now, the #1 worst smartphone fad: miniature phones. And I mean the really small ones -- not like the HTC One Mini, which is actually bigger than the iPhone. As the entire cell phone industry rushed to create phones with bigger and bigger screens, a few daring rebels decided to think different. Remember the Microsoft Kin One? The one that lasted 8 weeks. Or the HP Veer, one of the last gasps of WebOS. I donÃ?t know if they were trying to market these to prison inmates or toddlers, but it didnÃ?t work. CLOSE ------------------- So there you go, 5 smartphone trends that crashed and burned. But thereÃ?s more! For a bonus flop, head over to Jessica Dolcourts full gallery, and for more Top 5s from me, Top5. CNET.com IÃ?m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.
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