eWeek’s ‘10 Products That Must Be Killed in 2010’ features Palm Pre, RIM Storm 2, Google Nexus One

Apple Online Store“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.


  1. No way iPod classic I have a shuffle for running a touch and iPhone of course and not one but to iPod classic and by far are my favorites for music only iPod I can manage while driving wout distraction

  2. The niche for the iPod classic is “I need a ton of space to carry everything with me.” Maybe you’re an audiophile who prefers uncompressed audio. Maybe you have lots of movies. The reality is that flash-memory prices haven’t come down enough to make it economical yet.

    The iPod classic is $249 for 160GB. The iPod touch is $50 more for 1/5 of the space. And, no, I wouldn’t pay $499 for an iPod touch with 160GB of flash memory.

  3. I’m sure there are still many people who prefer to carry a boatload of music on their iPod Classic. But, I guess it’s all based on numbers sold, and Apple isn’t going to worry about a small percentage of consumers if sales drop off.

  4. I would like to know how this writer knows that “most tech users were excited to get their hands on it [the Pre, that is]. Nor do I remember the Pre ever looking anything remotely like a viable alternative to the iPhone. Not even close.

    Speaking of lame, yesterday I went to the mall. Passed by the Verizon store. Laughed when I looked in and saw not a single customer. The one employee was sitting there reading a book. I was on my way to the Apple store. When I got there, it was as buzzing and as busy as bee hive. Then I laughed again when I thought of those Verizon commercials of the last few days that depict people standing in line outside Apple stores waiting to RETURN their iPhones – because they “didn’t get the coverage they wanted”. Then it shows those same people rushing into the Verizon store to get “what they really want”. The reality juxtaposed against the fantasy is a sight to be seen.

  5. I for one say keep Google Wave… but make it open. Heaven forbid, Gmail has been in beta for what??? A hundred or so years? Keep it Beta, but open to everyone or expand invites to make it more useful. I’m liking what I am seeing with just a few other users I know on it.

  6. I take issue with the iPod classic.
    I can take every scrap of media I own in a player the size of a deck of cards and control it without it leaving my pocket.
    Once flash memory gets enough capacity, then we can talk about discontinuing it.

    eWeek forgot to mention the other versions of W7.

  7. ericdano,
    No you wouldn’t. An iPod touch with a hard drive would be at least 3x as thick, heavier, slower, and more likely to fail.

    The classic will stick around for another couple years. When they can make a 256GB touch (in 2011 or 2012, assuming a 128GB version is coming Fall 2010), that’s when the classic will go away.

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