Wired's Gadget Lab blog has put together an interesting list of the biggest tech failures of the year. Of the six items singled out, three are tablets: Motorola's Xoom, HP's TouchPad, and RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook. The Xoom was far too expensive for its lack of polish and performance, the TouchPad was essentially dead on arrival, and the PlayBook still doesn't have a native email app. Epic failures all around, I think.
Other entries on Wired's list include Nintendo's 3DS handheld gaming console, Jawbone's UP personal activity tracker, and Duke Nukem Forever. Although I haven't played with the 3DS or UP, Wired nailed it with Duke. The formulaic gameplay and forced attempts at humor were so bad that I put the game down after about an hour and haven't picked it up since—and that's after starting with very low expectations.
Wired's chronicle of failures doesn't focus on the PC, which has seen its fair share of botched products this year. The BSOD bug associated with SandForce-based SSDs certainly deserves mentioning in that discussion, as does the Cougar Point SATA issue that forced a recall of Intel's Sandy Bridge chipsets. Although nothing was broken in AMD's new Llano and Bulldozer CPUs, enthusiasts didn't greet either with a particularly warm reception. We're a picky bunch, and I'm sure a few of you have opinions on the biggest tech failures of 2011. Feel free to nominate your favorites—or least favorites, I suppose—in the comments below.
|The SSD Endurance Experiment: Only two remain after 1.5PB||56|
|Friday night topic: Conspiracy theories||180|
|GeForce 344.11 WHQL drivers support new cards, new games, G-Sync||6|
|Deal of the week: A 23'' IPS monitor for $150, a 200-mm fan for free, and more||23|
|GeForce GTX 970, 980 cards already widely available||31|
|Curved VA panel powers 27'' Samsung monitor||23|
|Android L to encrypt devices by default||7|
|Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics cards reviewed||354|