The Motorola Flipout--the only smartphone of the bunch--is a true square phone, measuring 2.6 inches tall and wide. The Flipout's face swivels to reveal a quite roomy QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately, the 2.8-inch display is too small to give justice to the Android operating system.
Never our favorite phone, the Motorola Hint QA30 was nevertheless part of the square phone trend that played out in 2009, originally offered for Cricket, MetroPCS, and Alltel. The Hint stands 3.2 inches high by 2.4 inches wide.
The keyboard and stylish design of the original LG Lotus won us over. In a repeat performance, the LG Lotus Elite further strikes us with its external touch screen, and great QWERTY keyboard and call quality.
Microsoft's Kin One will live in infamy (along with its cousin, the Kin Two) as a phone that was discontinued just six weeks after it came to life. The Kin One's unique compact shell design held some advanced features nevertheless, like a 5-megapixel camera and 4GB of memory.