4. Nokia (NOK) Lumia 900

C-Net considered this the best cellphone the 2012 CES had to offer. It loved seeing Nokia returning to the U.S. market after a brief hiatus and teaming up with Microsoft ( MSFT) on a Windows 7 with a swanky design, touchscreen display, strong camera and 4G support.

The smartphone-buying public almost immediately yawned in their faces.

The very clear message sent by smartphone users last year was that if it wasn't an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy product, they didn't want it. Samsung's share of the overall U.S. mobile phone market swelled to nearly 27 last quarter, according to ComScore ( SCOR). Apple came in second at 18.5%. Nokia? It registered in the low single digits somewhere below HTC's shrinking 5.9% share.

Among smartphone users, Nokia's partner Microsoft is faring just as poorly. While Google's Android products hold a 53.7% share of the market and Apple's iPhones clock in at 35%, Microsoft's share is at 3% and falling. Even Research In Motion ( RIMM), whose stodgy BlackBerry smartphones are in desperate need of an update, more than doubles Microsoft's smartphone market share at 7.3%.

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