Like the Changhong H2, Lenovo's biggest problem with the Phab 2 Pro is hiding the phone's quite significant accomplishment -- it's the first phone with Google's Tango AR software onboard -- behind a ludicrously forgettable name.
One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. Oh sure, there's nothing wrong with the OnePlus family name, except for the fact that a company called OnePlus has named its phones "One" and "2". Good one, guys.
It isn't the Axon name we take issue with, just the fact that ZTE skipped Axons 2 through 6 to arrive at 7. Come on guys, we know you're just trying to keep up with Samsung's Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7.
BlackBerry's first Android phone, the Priv, is a smarmy amalgamation of "privilege" and "priv-ah-cy". This from a company that was charmingly known for most of its life as Research in Motion, so I guess we're not too surprised.
Once again, Samsung has devised a perfectly good phone (really good, even!) with a tongue-twister name. Released alongside the Galaxy Note 5, we can't blame readers for stumbling over the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and calling it something like...the Note 6 Plus. Yes, this has really happened.
The only issue with the Motorola Moto G is that there are currently three (or is it four?) that you can buy right now all with the same exact name. Some support LTE, others don't, but the main confusion comes from the fact that unless you've memorized the specs, you won't know which one your store or carrier is selling unless you dig a little deeper. Wouldn't Motorola Moto G3 be so much easier?
As if the name of this Miami-based phone-maker weren't pun-inducing enough, the Yezz Billy 4.7 closes the loop with the Billy series, a line of Windows phones named after -- yep, you guessed it -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Big sigh.
It's bad enough that the HTC One M8 Harman Kardon is an awkward, semi-rhyming mouthful you can barely spit out five times fast. Even more unfortunate? That this gorgeous audio-boosted flagship perfectly sets up a certain spoonerism any company would be smart to sidestep.
It takes a certain kind of chutzpah to confidently and unironically name your ultralarge smartphone the ZTE Iconic Phablet -- particularly if it is anything other than the obvious and undisputed top of its class. That certainly isn't the case for this ho-hum midrange effort.
This marks the first time that any smartphone vendor has embraced the often-reviled portmanteau "phablet" in any official capacity. Luckily, US prepaid carrier Boost Mobile had the good sense to rename its version as the Boost Max.
2012's Panasonic Eluga was a pretty, middle-of-the-road Android handset sold overseas. But a clunky, meaningless name (what is an "eluga," anyway? And is that a hard "g" as in "beluga," or a soft one, "eluja"?) was almost as awkward as its inconvenient button placement.
Its terribly rhyming tongue-twister of a name certainly isn't the reason why the HP Pre 3 never made it to the US. Instead, abysmal sales and mismanagement killed WebOS' chances in the mobile platform fight, ending the once-promising Pre line shortly after HP's disastrous purchase of Palm.
Officially the Samsung Galaxy S 2, Epic 4G Touch, Sprint's Galaxy S 2 variant claimed the dubious honor of having the most long-winded name in cell phone history. By the time it came out on shelves, Sprint had lopped off a few words, making it the much more manageable Samsung Epic 4G Touch. If only T-Mobile had followed suit with its Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, we'd all have been a little happier.
I'm not sure what would compel a smartphone company to name devices after popular Latin dances. Apparently, AT&T wasn't, either. The ChaCha, which was first introduced at Mobile World Congress in February 2011, blessedly became the HTC Status when it landed with the US carrier. Unfortunately, the device itself made a few ungraceful moves.
There's nothing wrong with calling a large-screen phone the LG Optimus Vu (or Vu 2), just so long as your audience mentally and instinctively pronounces it "view" instead of "voo." Verizon scuttled all linguistic ambiguity by titling its version the harmless, but vague, LG Intuition.
No, no, Casio. It's bad enough you have to use an apostrophe and en vogue capitalization in the name of this rugged phone line, but did you have to make it utterly (and awkwardly) unpronounceable as well? Case in point: the Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE. That's "jeez-WUN," if you were wondering.
That's not a joke; Samsung actually named a phone after an emoticon. The Samsung :) has been haunting us since the texting phone materialized in 2010 with its over-the-top cutesy alias. Vocalizing the symbol's real-world English counterpart, Smiley, isn't so hot, either.
Continuing a particularly disastrous stretch of Samsung product names, the Messager sent ripples of nails-on-a-chalkboard cringing through the entire CNET newsroom when it landed at MetroPCS in 2009. Messenger. E-N. Big difference.
The flipside of being overly creative is not being imaginative enough. Such is the case with the blandly named LG Optimus Black. It might have been one thing if the phone were called something like the LG Optimus Neon, but how desperate do you have to be to shout out the most common phone color there is?
In the US at least, Sprint and its prepaid subsidiary Boost Mobile got it as the much more exciting-sounding LG Marquee. Whew.
HTC Onewhat? I have no problem with this exceptionally well-tailored Android phone (which also comes in Smurf-tastic blue). Instead, it's the timing that stinks. Since it follows the similarly named HTC One X, One X+, One XL, One V, One VX, and One S series, "One" here sounds like the first half of a subbrand in need of a caboose. It doesn't help that the One Mini is yet another (scaled-back) model.
I get it. This phone has a candy bar shape and smooth, liquid music qualities, hence the name. Yet anyone who could possibly consider naming a cell phone after a chocolate bar has no reverence for the good stuff. It may have been years since LG's multimodel Chocolate series enraged true lovers of confectionery goodness, but the blaspheming injustice -- and the letdown -- remain.
We had to reach wayyy back into the archives for this gem. Really, what does Fusic even mean? Perhaps a fusion of "music" with "fun?" "FM?" "WTF?" Either way, 2006's flip-top Fusic was nevertheless a totally serviceable early music phone for Sprint.