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The worst phones of 2012 (pictures)

Although 2012 saw a lot of great handsets, not every phone that hit the market was a winner. Check out our list of devices, in no particular order, that we'd like to forget from this year.

Lynn La
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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PCD Chaser (Virgin Mobile)

What bothered us the most about the PCD Chaser was its abysmal battery life. More specifically, it was basically nonexistent. Its slow internal speeds didn't do it any favors, either.
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ZTE Score M (MetroPCS)

What would slow down the already glacial ZTE Score M? How about its distracting amount of bloatware? In addition, its mediocre screen's narrow viewing angle didn't improve matters.
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Sony Xperia Ion (AT&T)

As the most high-tech phone of the bunch, we were surprised that the Sony Xperia Ion shipped natively with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. And though it has a 12-megapixel camera, its photo quality didn't impress us.
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Huawei Verge (MetroPCS)

We're all about simple feature phones, but the Huawei Verge took simplicity and threw it off a cliff. Not to mention, its 1-megapixel camera is poor and its Web browser is tedious.
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Pantech Swift (AT&T)

Though cute, the Pantech Swift, complete with a QWERTY keyboard, has an irritatingly slow processor inside and an unresponsive touch screen.
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Samsung Brightside (Verizon)

Frankly, we couldn't see a bright side with the Samsung Brightside. Its less than stellar camera, laggy CPU, and poor screen resolution were all enough to convince us that there is no silver lining.
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Pantech Hotshot (Verizon)

Despite its name, the Pantech Hotshot is lukewarm at best. If you can deal with its slow internal speeds, good luck with its laggy data speeds and unresponsive screen.
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ZTE Render (U.S, Cellular)

In matters of love, it's all about timing -- and due to the ZTE Render's poor timing, we couldn't love it. The handset operated on Windows Phone 7.8, even though WP8 would be released just a few weeks after. Talk about an already dated debut.

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