Don Reisinger of eWeek has posted a list of 11 phones which he calls the worst smartphones of 2011.
His reasons are far from clear, but he states â€œjust about every smartphone maker (save for Apple) chalked up at least one loser this year. They hit the market with outdated designs, delivered poor implementation of potentially neat features or were victims of awful marketingâ€ setting his agenda pretty clearly.
Of the Samsung Focus he complains:
Does the Samsung Focus look familiar with its rounded corners and black body? Yeah, thought so. Like too many other smartphones this year, the Focus is a derivative device that does nothing to push mobile design concepts forward. Consumers, who can see through that, voted against the Windows Phone 7-based device by buying other products.
and for the HTC Trophy he says:
The HTC Trophy is yet another Windows Phone 7-based device that got lost in the shuffle this year. Was it the device’s operating system, which disappointed consumers? Was it the device’s derivative design? Or was it because it came with only 16GB of internal memory? Probably all of those things turned off smartphone buyers.
Given that I am a HTC7 Trophy user and love my phone, and would kill for 16GB, I am pretty offended. The Samsung Focus was one of the most desired devices of the first generation of Windows Phones also.
The Verizon HTC Trophy also got 4 1/2 stars in customer satisfaction from 751 reviews, so I do not think owners think the device is bad either. The Samsung Focus similarly got 4.3 starts out of 5 from 618 reviews, with 88% willing to recommend it.
To Don Reisinger we can certainly say: