Most Disappointing Tech in 2011

There is decent tech, and then there is electronics fit for the garbage can. Although we didn’t see much trash in 2011, we did see plenty of it. Counting this lists is like enumerating a death row list or going through a casualty roster…all of these didn’t stand a chance even before their release.

Motorola xoom

The specs look good. The TV ads even better. But what destined this tablet for the funeral pyre was the ridiculous price tag. Sporting Honeycomb and good tech guts, the XOOM would have at least sold decent if not for the 800 bucks people had to swallow.

PlayStation move

Don’t let the high-rez image fool you. The Move is so poorly designed that it requires another handheld device for it to work properly.

Regardless, the Move looks like something that has nothing to do with gaming. In addition to it’s pathetic look, the Move suffers from game support, troubleshooting, and accuracy. Sony thought it could introduce the PS3 to new gamers…but… not even PS3 owners bought this weird Fisher Price toy.

blackberry

First it was the three-day outage for existing phones…But at least we thought RIM would hold good on its new phones for launching… Wrong. Aside from it sporting the first touchscreen on a BlackBerry for the first time, the Bold 9900 seemed to launch adequately… if a little late, since it was not 2005 but 2011.

Well,  one would think that RIM would heavily market their very first touchscreen brick…Wrong again. The ads barely began to show after the Christmas Holiday.  Add to that RIM constantly changing the name for the new ( and improved) BlackBerry OS, –which by the way was the only thing for which people had any thread of excitement, and you have a recipe for disaster.

 

iPhone 4s

Apple generally disappoints. But who would have thought that the Cupertino Giant would redefine disappointment in 2011. Things started bad when the company deflated people’s iPhone 5 hopes. Apple fans got an identical machine that only differs from the 4 in that it has more powerful processing guts, an annoying battery-draining Assistant, the battery-draining Reminders, an improved ( and again battery-draining) Notifications… I mean, did Apple engineers suddenly miss the obvious: no matter how great the Reminders and Siri are, they endanger the battery life.

iphone batteryWell they never got the memo. Unfortuantely, owner after owner, complained about the battery…Apple disappointed with the iPhone 5… but they didn’t even manage to make the iPhone 4s at the very least decent…

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