“As the year comes to a close, it’s time to think back at all the products, applications and other goodies that made 2009 such a great year for those who follow the tech industry. That grouping of viable products was headlined by Snow Leopard, Windows 7, the new and improved iPhone 3G S, and more. It was generally a great year for the tech industry,” Don Reisinger writes for eWeek.
“But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some products that left us wishing for more. Some hardware devices that survived through 2009 failed to live up to the hype. Software applications that have lingered for too long still haunted us in 2009. As good as some of the offerings were this year, there were still others that shouldn’t make it to 2010,” Reisinger writes.
“This eWEEK slide show looks at 10 software and hardware products that deserve to die in 2010,” Reisinger writes. “These products weren’t necessarily released in 2009, but they certainly made a mark in the industry at some point during the year. And for many of these products, that mark was far less than ideal.”
eWeek’s 10 Products That Must Be Killed in 2010:
1. Palm Pre: When Palm first introduced the Pre, most tech users were excited to get their hands on it. The device had the ability to multitask and, thanks to a nice design, it looked like it would be a viable alternative to the iPhone. But once the Pre launched, all its troubles stole the show. It had battery problems that Palm took too long to address. It lacked native third-party apps. And the touch screen wasn’t as nice as some had hoped. Today, it’s an also-ran on a network that no one cares about. It has to go.
2. RIM BlackBerry Storm2:RIM quickly realized after the release of the iPhone that it needed a touch-enabled device to compete with Apple’s product. It offered the BlackBerry Storm. The phone was, by most accounts, a failure. Its touch screen was awful. The way in which users interacted with applications was abysmal. But when the company released the BlackBerry Storm2 this year, it promised bigger and better things. It didn’t happen. Get rid of the Storm, RIM.
3. iPod Classic The iPod is undoubtedly a success. It has revolutionized the way users interact with music. But the iPod Classic is quickly becoming the “other” iPod on the market. The Shuffle makes sense for runners. The iPod Nano is great for those who want a slim, cheap option. And the iPod Touch is just as useful as the iPhone without the phone. The iPod Classic finds itself decidedly in the middle with a limited amount of value.
MacDailyNews Take: iPod classic always was a bridge product. Maybe in 2010, it’ll finally go the way of the dodo.
4. Windows Vista
5. Google Wave
6. Windows 7 Starter Edition
7. Google Nexus One Although the Nexus One hasn’t even hit store shelves, it’s probably not the best idea for Google to release it. The phone holds a lot of promise, and it could revolutionize the mobile industry, but how will it affect Google’s bottom line? Other vendors in the Open Handset Alliance might not like that Google is competing with them. If that happens, it could hurt Android sales. That’s the last thing Google wants.
8. JooJoo (CrunchPad)
9. The Ultraportable Notebook
10. BlackBerry OS (in Its Current Form)
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: 11. eWeek’s artificial hit-inflating slide shows.