You know that we had to lead this one, but the :), aka the Smiley (our preferred name), really broke us. In fact, it even prompted this entire photo gallery. Really, Samsung, an emoticon for a cell phone? We realize that it must be difficult to come up with so many names, but this one is just unacceptable, even for a texting handset.
An early music handset, the Fusic looked vaguely like an iPod and it offered one of the first FM transmitters on a cell phone. We expect that the name is a combination of "fun" and "music," though even that is a stretch. In the end, it wasn't a bad phone, but its name wasn't music to our ears.
Kapow! The TNT is so explosive it might just blow up in your hands! Run for your life! In reality, however, the TNT is just another basic handset for Virgin Mobile. And we don't like its other name, the Kyocera Adreno, either.
Samsung tried a similar move in 2008 when it named a phone the Innov8. Though that made some sense considering the phone had an 8-megapixel camera, Cricket fails to capture our attention with the MsgM8. Why not just use "mate" at the end and really, what's with the second capital M?
We had to close with the Messager since it really grinds the gears of CNET's copy editors. For the record, Samsung, the word is messenger. Somewhere in your quest to be creative for a texting phone, you made a big typo.