We continue our retro section, and next is a selection of devices that many loudly called iPhone killers.

None of the devices succeeded in “destroying” the iPhone (or rather, its sale), but we will count the attempts.

Well, it started…

  • HTC Diamond 2

The second generation of the Diamond line introduced by HTC at the February Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona pleasantly surprised and strengthened the position of a small Taiwanese company in the smartphone market.

The device received a 3.2-inch touch screen with a special bar for zooming images or browser pages, a 5-megapixel camera, a stylus and Windows Mobile 6.1 on board with a proprietary TouchFLO 3D shell.


But most importantly, the smartphone boasted a stylish rectangular case with metal inserts and side ends. Doesn’t it remind you of anything? But in the yard it was 2009, and before the release of the exemplary iPhone 4, the design of which was loved by almost everyone, there was still a year left.

Accordingly, HTC Diamond 2 competed at that time with the iPhone 3GS, and competed quite successfully. Many users were not yet ready to give up such a familiar and beloved Windows Mobile platform, and iOS was still damp.

Kill, didn’t kill, wounded. Of course, many, after reading the above, will ask – “where is the HTC Touch HD?”


Similar characteristics with Diamond 2, entered the market earlier … But if we take the design of the device, then Touch HD looked clumsy and seriously lost in terms of aesthetics to both the iPhone and its colleague. This is never a killer.

  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Nokia unveiled its “killer” iPhone at the Koko Club in London in early October 2008. The choice of the presentation location was not accidental, thus the company emphasized the beginning of the “military actions” directed against Apple music devices and services.


Nokia Comes with Music is a Finnish company’s service that allowed the owner of a new device to download any music to their device from the Nokia Music Store absolutely free of charge for a year. Add to this the starting price of Nokia 5800 – 279 Euros. Nokia tried to beat the price and music service.

The 5800 was the first S60 touchscreen smartphone. Several models that came out before, for example Nokia 7700, are not taken into account, the interface of the operating system was simply not optimized for finger work.

At the same time, the device itself looked stylish and youthful, had a 3.2-inch display, a 3.2-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a dual LED flash, a stylus, stereo speakers and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

And everything would be fine if not for one serious problem that buried the revolutionary from Finland. And to be more precise, there are two problems: the outgoing case in the upper right corner and the failure of the conversational speaker. In other words, a banal and almost one hundred percent marriage!

What Nokia engineers were guided by when developing the device, where did the testers look before launching the device on the market, and who eventually got a hat – let’s leave all these questions unanswered. Of course, the problem was solved, but the sediment remained.

The main verdict is Nokia’s epic failure to catch up with Apple.

  • Samsung i900 WiFi


June 2008, exactly one year left before the release of the first device of the Galaxy line, the engineers of the South Korean company were just learning circle iPhone make multifunctional communicators.

The device turned out with a complete lack of charisma and average characteristics (3.2-inch display with a resolution of 240×400 pixels, a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, the ability to expand memory using microSD cards).

Just a smartphone on Windows Mobile. Samsung is boring. First try. Unsuccessful.

  • Sony Ericsson Arc

The Xperia Arc is Sony Ericsson’s first Android smartphone and almost the last. The device, quite interesting in its design, appeared in a difficult transitional time for the company.

The arched curve of the smartphone’s body made it stand out from other Android representatives. It is a pity that the Japanese-Swedish concern saved on materials, glossy plastic wore out very quickly during operation, this seriously spoiled the appearance of the device.

Another stupid decision of the engineers was the idea to place the headphone audio output on the side. Listening to music, putting the device in your pocket, it became simply inconvenient. Design was put at the forefront of usability. Smarties.


Otherwise, this is a typical flagship model for 2011: a good display and camera. And it’s also beautiful, albeit temporarily.

Has the Sony Ericsson Arc become a worthy alternative to the iPhone 4s? In 2011, no one became, are you laughing, or what?
Although, of course, I’m lying.

  • Samsung GALAXY S II

Samsung engineers are capable students. And every year coming Asian smartphones are getting better and better. The first call for Apple rang in February 2011 at the Mobile World Congress when the Samsung GALAXY S II was unveiled.


A modified version of the GALAXY line. Slim body, great SuperAMOLED Plus display, decent 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, fast Exynos 4210 dual-core processor, voice control and a lot of interesting software solutions.

At that time, it was the best smartphone running on Android.


Samsung is on the right track, iPhone is in danger.

  • HTC Sensation

Our other Asian friends have also been on the alert with the launch of the powerful HTC Sensation. Of course, it did not become a sensation, but one cannot but count the attempt.


The Taiwanese company continued to push the line with its proprietary interface (now under Android with the name HTC Sense). And it was this bun that looked like the main advantage over Samsung models.

Here is the most convenient address book, and the most beautiful weather application, and a functional lock screen with quick access (Apple was still two long years away!), As well as a convenient music application. In a word, everything is for people.

  • Nexus by Google

We will not single out any particular Nexus.

Top managers of Google decided to release a smartphone under their own brand (or rather, a line of smartphones). Without much charm, without technological chips and breakthroughs. Just a smartphone to be. Like Google+.


All in all, these are nice devices with decent specs on the market and the latest version of Android on board at launch.

At the same time, HTC, LG, and Samsung were the real manufacturer of Nexus models. Nothing is sacred.

  • YotaPhone


Presented by the Russian company Yota Devices, the device was equipped with two 4.3-inch displays, which are located on different sides of the smartphone. The main color display had a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, the second screen used electronic ink. Such a solution allowed using a smartphone as an e-book.

Availability eInk The screen was supposed to reduce power consumption due to the fact that part of the information was displayed on an additional display. It should have, but not really lowered, the old chipset made itself felt.

Unfortunately, the model turned out to be ambiguous and the YotaPhone failed to hit the market. Note that the eInk screen was not touch-sensitive and did not have a backlight. The design of the device turned out to be simply no.

A year later, the released second version of the device lost many of its shortcomings, which we wrote about in our review. But it also failed to become a bestseller. Not surprising. They asked for 32 thousand rubles for the device, for this money it was possible to purchase one of the flagships of other companies with better characteristics, but without a second screen. The market chose “characteristics”.


But Yota is still great, they risked releasing such a device. We are proud!

  • Sony Xperia Z

The most beautiful device, a real “sonystyle”.


Waterproof, IP55&IP57 standards.
TFT display – 5 inches, resolution – 1080 x 1920 pixels.
Operating system Android 4.1.
Camera 13 MP (Sony Exmor RS) with LED flash.
Slot for microSD memory card.

That’s all I wanted to say.

Nice try Sony!

  • Motorola Droid Turbo


Exotic for the Russian market. Previously, it was not easy to find a new iPhone for sale, now a Motorola smartphone.

After the company officially left the Russian market, it became almost impossible to see Motorola phones in someone’s hands. The letter M on the body of the device does not have the same magic as a bitten apple. Gray devices are practically not imported into our country, but in vain.

For those who want to stand out from the crowd and are tired of Asian competition and Apple – Motorola Droid Turbo is a great solution.

A stylish smartphone whose back panel is covered with weaving of fibers – unusual and beautiful. Add to that a large 5.2 inch display and a 21 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and f/2 aperture.


Worthy. Competitive. Credited.

Summing up, it is worth noting that iPhone “killers” appear every year. Someone fails miserably, someone makes competition to Apple products so useful for a simple layman. However, over the past few years, Apple products continue to set the tone for the entire smartphone market. Whether you like it or not.

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