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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.

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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 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark We geeks know what we are and revel in our existence as our place in society grows ever stronger. We are geeks, we are proud, and we're not going anywhere. As the Internet becomes a... Read More 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 8 Essential Twitter Accounts For Apple Fanboys 8 Essential Twitter Accounts For Apple Fanboys I’m not an Apple fanboy myself but I do know a few. They don’t deserve the treatment they receive, and have done throughout history. They’re still human, and still people who need love and attention... Read More .

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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 What's The Biggest Tech Disappointment You Have Ever Experienced? [We Ask You] What's The Biggest Tech Disappointment You Have Ever Experienced? [We Ask You] We're looking to compile a list of the biggest tech disappointments of all time, and we need your help making it happen. Please don't make us beg. Read More :

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 How to Make Your Phone's Battery Last Longer and Hold More Juice How to Make Your Phone's Battery Last Longer and Hold More Juice Battery life is one of the biggest struggles of modern-day electronics. Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all deal with it -- so what can you do to maximize the amount of time you get per charge? Read More . 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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  1. Yoshi Altschuler
    November 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    This is the worst article I have ever seen. Android OS? Really? Come on! Sure, Windows and Apple aren't the best, but Android?!

  2. Nick
    October 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    As someone who was blessed (read: cursed) by having his biggest hobbies by far be building custom high end PC's (and competitive benching), high end audio and home theater, and also being a competitive driver in SCCA, NASA, GT ALMS, and Koni World Challenge... I have been let down big time in the past...

    AMD BULLDOZER-to-PRESENT ARCHITECTURE

    VIRTUAL STANDSTILL IN DISPLAY PANEL DEVELOPMENT - we should be be using something much better than even AH-IPS, AMVA/AHVA, and the like (and TN should be taken out back and shot); I have a very strong understanding of why we don't have really any OLED (large screen) products, but it's a very solvable issue...

    ELIMINATION OF UNLIMITED DATA PLANS BY ALL MAJOR CARRIERS - I now buy my phones completely un-subsidized simply because I use WAAAY more than 2, 4, or 10GB a month...

    GLACIAL PACE OF ZERO-NET ENERGY (LEED PLATINUM) BUILDINGS AND HOMES

    APPLE (perpetually disappointing)

    SAMSUNG LOCKING THEIR PHONES SO COMPLETELY

    AND

    PATHETIC INTERNET SPEEDS AT INSANE PRICES ACROSS 99.9% OF THE USA!!!
    We should not be stuck paying over $100/mo for 50-100down/25-50up over antiquated cable infrastructure.
    Fiber Channel Networks are READY, and corporate greed and bribes have resulting in the internet reaching ever closer to the full on choke point with the exponentially growing demand for streaming HD Video.
    It's 2014, and there is NO EXCUSE for us not having the most advanced fiber infrastructure as the backbone of consumer internet access. Every single person I know would pay $100/mo for 1000down/1000up or better...

  3. Adrian
    October 17, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Windows ME...nuff said

    • Matthew Hughes
      October 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Windows Mistake Edition.

    • Matthew Hughes
      October 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Windows Mistake Edition.

  4. Burak
    October 15, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Google Wave?

    • Leah
      October 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      I remember everyone I knew on the net was excited about Google Wave, but when we got our invitations we found it a huge disappointment. It didn't offer anything new and I had no real idea how to use it.

    • Matthew Hughes
      October 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      I actually liked Wave, and was gutted when it was discontinued. I used to run a podcast, and it was a useful tool for writing shownotes and communicating privately between participants.

  5. James Savin
    October 15, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Interesting to see mentions of both Palm and WebOS. I only had usage at the end as a result of the TouchPad fire sale, but I was really impressed. Tough market place to survive in but feels like there could have been a market for the OS (amongst hoobyists at least). RIP.

    • ray mc
      October 16, 2014 at 6:40 am

      have 3 operating Systems. One is running XP & Ubuntu and the 2nd one is running Vista and I like all 3.

    • ray mc
      October 16, 2014 at 6:41 am

      The Palm Pilot was my biggest disappointment.

  6. Petah
    October 15, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I actually liked the Wii, Windows Vista, and 8. I also don't see whats so disappointing about modern consoles.

    • Sam
      October 16, 2014 at 5:43 am

      I agree, except for Windows Vista. Windows Vista was a HUGE disappointment.

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