Nine Failed Gadgets in 2010


1. T-Mobile Mini Pulse

T-Mobile Mini Pulse
Huawei’s first attempt at manufacturing a cheap Android phone for the T-Mobile. Equipped with Android 2.1 and a 2.8” screen, it was also available on British and German markets. It was not already at its best when it came out, but at least the price was competitive. Unfortunately, other Android devices have superior technical specification at the same price.

2. DISGO Tablet 6000

DISGO Tablet 6000
It is one of the many purported iPad killer on the market. Sold in England at a price of 180 pounds, it has a 7” screen with a resolution of 800 × 480 pixels and Android 2.1. Its operating system implementation is somewhat lackluster and offers no access on Android Market.

3. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
There’s nothing glaringly wrong with the Japan-Sweden manufacturer’s flagship, except for the super competitive smartphones market. The Android 2.1 has already somewhat obsolete when other phones already had version 2.2 and then it misses an important feature: no multitouch, unlike the iPhone and many other competitors.

4. LG Viewty Snap

LG Viewty Snap
Not really a bad device with the 3-inch touchscreen display and the 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and optical zoom. But it doesn’t support 3G and also lacks the WiFi support. In the era of social networking, why take good pictures if you can’t share them instantly with your friends?

5. ViewSonic ViewPad 10

ViewSonic ViewPad 10
A tablet with 10-inch touchscreen and 1024 x 600 resolution. It has two operating systems: Android and Windows 7. The tablet is perfect for the undecided, who, can’t choose between the two popular OS.  Unfortunately, it uses the outdated Android 1.6 and there is no way to update it due to incompatibility issues of latest Android versions with the Intel Atom processor N455.

6. Boxee Box

Boxee Box
A very original solution created by D-Link, which brought the Internet to your living room. Not only you could access streaming videos from YouTube, but also TV shows, movies, documentaries and more, free of charges. Not to mention the opportunity to open Facebook from your couch. An excellent hardware, but somehow it failed in the market.

7. Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro

 Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro
It has a good virtual QWERTY keyboard and Sony Ericsson’s build quality is always a guarantee. Why it fails? The S60 Symbian operating was a decent smartphone OS eight years ago, like what we found in Nokia 7650. But despite the significant improvement of Symbian 5th edition, it still shows all the limitations, if compared with Android and iOS.

8. JooJoo

Fusion Garage was able to beat Apple. The JooJoo with its 12.1-inch screen arrived in the States and in Europe before the iPad. Despite the excellent marketing effort, it was a disaster in terms of usability. It has a decent browser, but no 3G connection and the battery-life is only 5 hours, while the iPad can pull it out for at least 10 hours.

9. Toshiba Folio 100

Toshiba Folio 100
Theoretically, it seemed like a good tablet with a 10.1-inch touch screen and the processor NVidia Tegra 2. Instead, it showed serious compatibility issues between the hardware platform and Android OS. It was even removed from some U.S. stores due to various malfunctions, simply a huge blow to Toshiba.

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