HTC Desire 22 Pro 1

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2022 wasn’t the most exciting year for smartphones by any stretch, but it was certainly far from a bad one. We got some refined upgrades (e.g. Pixel 7 series and Samsung foldables), standout mid-rangers (Nothing Phone 1, Poco F4, Pixel 6a), and a few innovative wares (Sony Xperia 1 IV, Xiaomi 12S Ultra).

However, smartphone brands had more than a few missteps in 2022, to put it mildly. Whether it was a bad phone, questionable software decisions, or a poor product strategy, these were the most notable smartphone fails of the year.