2010 has been packed full of highs and lows and we’ve seen companies like Apple and the iPad boost sales considerably whereas companies like Toshiba with their Folio go on sale just to be taken off by retail giant Dixons Group.
1. T-Mobile Pulse Mini
Made by Hawaii for T-Mobile, the Pulse Mini was the first proper android handset to go on sale for pay-and-go customers back in April of this year. With Android 2.1, reports concluded that the handset lacked an awful lot from functionality through to response and was just a cheaper version of its HTC enemy the Tattoo.
Customers reported that the screen was so bad that they instantly regretted purchasing the device.
2. Disgo Tablet 6000
Since the iPad was initially was released, Apple found the market niche between laptop and smart phone. The iPad when released it certainly excelled managing to sell between 250,000 – 300,000 units in its first weekend of sale. But since the release and great success of the iPad, rivals have certainly come thick and thin – even Chinese knock-offs ‘ePad’.
The Disgo Tablet 6000 suffered from a poor operating system, no android market and all around slowness. However, we blogged earlier this month about Acer releasing their budget tablets which don’t have android markets, will they go down the same path as the Disgo?
3. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
Released onto the market to compete against the iPhone, the Xperia X10 had high expectations from Sony. With a reasonable 8mpx camera, great Walkman integration, microSD memory card expansion, the only thing the phone lacked was user experience.
Sony Ericsson had Android on it but unfortunately Sony Ericsson decided against the traditional Android interface and to install their own UI over Android and it lagged like a treat. But even worse were to come – Android updates.
4. LG Viewty Snap
With the first LG Viewty proving popular as a cheap touch screen phone and selling very well to teens, LG have a bright idea to release it but change the design and so the LG Viewty Snap arose and, there wasn’t a lot of difference. A price tag of £80 and no 3G or Wi-Fi, the handset hadn’t changed at all as its life expectancy was 1-2years so no improvement there.
The reason why this phone failed is because if LG were to have looked at the market, they would have realised that competition from Nokia were knocking out phones for the same price tag but offering an awful lot more.
5. Sony Qriocity
The reason why the Sony Qriocity didn’t work is because iTunes and LoveFilm already dominate the pay per view movie and rental market; there wasn’t any need for another manufacture to become a movie rental vendor.
The Sony Qriocity came with Sony Bravia enabled TV’s and Sony Blu-Ray players – the only issue for Sony was their on demand service charging users £4.99 a month for HD movie rental just didn’t work due to competitors – Apple.
6. ViewSonic ViewPad 10
On paper this worked and it looked as if it could rival the iPad but put into practice – nope, it failed quite hard. With a dual-boot operating system of Android and Windows 7, neither worked nor even functioned properly.
With Android 1.6 as one of its operating systems, Android 1.6 is out dated (we’re currently on Android 2.2) ViewSonic was only able to get 1.6 on the tablet because newer versions of Android had compatibility issues. It wasn’t just Android which was the issue, Windows 7 didn’t help the poor tablet, as a tablet operating system Windows 7 just isn’t ready for the ViewPad and the ViewPad was not ready for it either.
Just imagine how much fun it is using a 10” tablet for Microsoft Calculator – it isn’t easy.
7. Boxee Box
Boxee was designed as a media centre allowing viewers to view BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Web Browse which according to Tech Radar just wasn’t even worth bothering with.
If you were to compare Boxee to a PlayStation 3, with the PlayStation you have all of the on-demand services plus Blu-ray player and an amazing gaming platform. – This unfortunately is why the Boxee didn’t work.
8. Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro
It hasn’t been the best year for Sony Ericsson and some of their smart phones. The Vivaz when first released lacked a QWERTY keyboard resulting in users having to use a stylus to input into the phone. So here it is, the Vivaz Pro which is a Vivaz with a QWERTY keyboard.
With Symbian OS as its chosen operating system, it is outdated now and just the wrong move for Sony Ericsson. Symbian OS resulted in very disgruntled users, a slow handset, lots of lag and pretty high returns for the smart phone.
Another poorly planned tablet by JooJoo, according to sources problems with this tablet was the interface, battery life, flash capabilities, and the glitchy web browsing all just resulted in users thinking ‘why does this even exist’.
10. Toshiba Folio
A tablet with Android and an Nvidia chipset for graphics, surely nothing bad could go wrong. All geeks anticipated for Apple and their iPad to be knocked off top seller and unfortunately – it wasn’t.
The 10.1” tablet featured an awful viewing angle, a glitchy OS, and received very negative feedback when put on sale by Dixons Group and was later pulled from sales.
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