It Sounded Great Back Then: 5 Gadgets Which Won’t Make It To The New Year
Like the super hit gadgets which created a revolution when they were launched, we have also seen a fair share of flops, ill conceived ideas and blasphemy gadgets in the year of 2013. While most of this year’s flops have lasted longer than a Kardashian marriage, they will surely be featuring in history books, not as proper content, but as footnotes. So let’s have a look at some impulsive ideas which were regretted later.
Windows RT Tablets
Well surely a good idea at the start, a low power consuming tablet, with poor, or in our honest opinion, blatant execution. Windows RT was one of the biggest flops made by Microsoft. Instead of pleasing the developers and geeks worldwide with a flexible, new generation of low power devices, Microsoft’s decision to separate it from Windows 8 apps made the RT a complete waste of money. The similar UI which was used in RT and Windows 8 also sparked a lot of flame when users complained about being misled. Windows RT, which was once a great idea, now swims in a shallow market share and is probably expected to reach obsolescence soon.
Chrome book pixel is the black sheep in the Google’s latest technology which is performing surprisingly well. So well that it actually dominates the sales list in Amazon. However the pixel didn’t receive much attention, despite the popularity of other chromebooks, due to the premium attached to it. While it does posses a great look and a comfy keyboard, it lacks the features which a Desktop/Laptop OS, like Windows or Mac, can provide. And simply put, it lacks a lot of features in general which a $1000 PC or Laptop can provide.
Any phone with Ubuntu Phone OS This year we surely saw an impulsive spurt in the number of Mobile OS available in the market, with Ubuntu, Firefox and Tizen. Little did the developers realize that a phone is not a PC. While desktops can have any number of OS installed in them the same can’t be said for a phone. It seems that these developers were too caught up in drooling and vying over the attention which Android and iOS received to realize that a phone lacks the capability of a desktop. While at least Tizen and Firefox have some backing with some phone manufacturers like Samsung, Alcatel and ZTE, Ubuntu will come to an end suffering from lack of a strong corporate. Apart from that, we surely liked the UI and its ability to run desktop apps.
The Motorola Droids
Each high end phone in the Droid line of Motorola was a great quality phone which posses stunning features and great usage of the Android OS. Their failing? They were Verizon exclusive. No matter how big the product you sell is, it won’t last if you put all its eggs in one basket. Google later acquired Motorola and needless to say, will be expected to remove this bias at the very start.
Sony Vaio Duo 11
If there was an example for worst of both worlds, this gadget would be a perfect one. The Viao Duo works as a tablet and a net book and frankly, is bad at both. With a thick and heavy device when compared to tablet and an uncomfortable typing space when compared to normal net books, we predict that this device won’t last long.
So that’s it, the five worst performing gadgets of 2013. While they could be great on paper, they surely weren’t effectively planned or executed to be practical. Agree/Disagree with us? Do post your thoughts, as we value them a lot.