It’s an unfortunate truth that life is filled with disappointments. Failed relationships, stalled careers, ambitions left unfulfilled. Oh, and technology that doesn’t live up to the hype. What follows is a list of some of the biggest tech disappointments of all time, as chosen by you, our loyal readers.
You responded in droves, with dozens of you detailing those occasions on which technology let you down rather badly. From hardware releases that failed to deliver, to operating systems that proved to be a neverending source of frustration.
These all got a mention, along with plenty of other tech disappointments. All of which have been compiled into a list which should act as a reminder that us geeks sometimes suffer as a result of our longing to keep up with the latest and greatest advances in human achievement.
21 Of The Biggest Tech Disappointments Of All Time:
- The discontinuation of the iPod Classic.
- Receiving a Bone Phone rather than a Walkman.
- The Leap Motion controller.
- Playing on the Wii.
- The iPhone 6.
- The Apple Newton.
- The day Apple cancelled the Newton.
- The Android operating system.
- Kneeling chairs.
- The Pebble Watch.
- Windows 8.
- Creative Labs MP3 players.
- Poor battery life on smartphones.
- Windows Vista.
- The Handspring Visor Deluxe.
- Zip drives.
- The death of Palm OS.
- iOS 8.
- Modern console gaming.
- The discontinuation of webOS.
- Windows. Period.
It may look like Microsoft won the wooden spoon thanks to Windows being mentioned on three separate occasions, but Apple actually took the booby prize with five mentions, two of which were related to Newton. Make of that what you will… I will remain silent for fear of offending any passing Apple fanboys and fangirls.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Clarky, Jon, and our own James Bruce. Comment Of The Week goes to peter, who wins a T-shirt chosen from those available through the catalog for this comment:
For me the biggest disappointment has been the lack of evolution with power storage. When mobiles first came out they last for days (even weeks) but as we got colour screens, polyphonic ringtones (remember those!?!!), wifi, 3G,4G and all the rest the demand on power has increased exponentially.
Unfortunately, the capabilities of the ever decreasing battery sizes has meant our little plastic gadgets can struggle to get through a whole day without charging.
I read in a magazine about how some new “smart watches” only have a battery life of 12 hours and yet people seem to be willing to fork out £££’s for something that may be unusable for half the day.
Whilst memory capacity has grown beyond anyone’s expectations (my entire video and music library can be stored on something smaller than my little finger tip) I am unable to get the most out it unless I know where the nearest wall socket is!
We chose this comment because poor battery life is the one tech disappointment mentioned during the discussion likely to resonate with everybody reading. If you own a smartphone then the chances are you’ll wish the battery life was better. So, isn’t it time the various phone manufacturers pooled their resources to fix this ongoing issue?!
We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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