PHONES THAT HAVE FALLEN IN COMBAT
Palm Pre | 2009
The PDA-maker briefly threatened to break into the smartphone market with the Palm Pre. However, it was dogged with patent infringements and never sold in volume. Palm was sold to HP a year later.
BlackBerry Torch | 2010
Is it a touchscreen or is it a Qwerty? Why, it’s both! The Torch, though, was an awkward meld, with a screen too fiddly to compete with purpose-built touchscreens. This was the moment people realised RIM might be out of ideas.
Motorola Razr | 2011
The reincarnation of the Motorola Razr – 2004’s record-breaking phone – came with high hopes and a flurry of promotion. Shame customers didn’t get the message. Do you know anyone with a Razr 2? Neither do we.
Nokia Lumia | 2011
The Lumia is the best phone Nokia has ever made. It runs Microsoft’s excellent Windows Phone 7 operating system. It should have been a contender. But nobody bought the damn thing. A sad reminder of Nokia’s fall from grace.