The 5 Worst Major Technology Products Of 2014
2014 has been another year of amazing tech innovations. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, wearables and media streamers have made extraordinary leaps throughout the year to do things many people would have previously thought were impossible.
However, let us not forget that there have also been some awful examples of technology in 2014; major products that have not only failed to live up to the hype but managed to frustrate, short-change and totally underwhelm their customers too.
Let’s take a look at five of the worst major tech releases of 2014.
5. Microsoft Band
Microsoft had high ambitions with their wearable device. Intended to be worn all day long, the product is supposed to monitor your health and give you insight into how many calories you are burning, what the quality of your sleep is like and how your heart-rate is doing. However, with critics saying its findings are inaccurate and inconsistent, as well as slamming the design for its lack of comfort, Microsoft really dropped the ball with this one. The battery life is reportedly mediocre too, as is the synchronisation with Bluetooth.
4. Google Nexus Q
Google’s first media streaming device is undeniably good-looking. A dark orb that has pulsating flashing lights when in use, it looks like a sleek and stylish piece of tech. And it is. The specs are fantastic and it functions wonderfully. The problem with the Google Nexus Q is that it doesn’t do very much. In fact, it barely does anything. You can’t access any video-on-demand services, you can’t sync it up to any other devices, you can’t browse the web and you can’t use software like Rdio or Spotify. It is almost entirely limited to Google services like downloads from Google Play and YouTube clips.
3. Amazon Fire Phone
One of the biggest flops in the history of technology, Amazon was forced to mark down its price for the Fire Phone to just under a dollar because the sales were so poor. Reports suggest that the online retail giant took a write-down of around $170 million to compensate for its dire figures. But did it deserve the fate it had? Oh yes. The phone ran on a substandard OS, performed inadequately, and lacked a large choice of apps. Its success relied on one sole gimmick: the Dynamic Perspective 3D, which turned out to be largely pointless and completely battery draining.
2. Argos MyTablet
There has been a surge in demand for low-end tablets over the last year with Tesco are dominating the field thanks to their critically-acclaimed and immensely popular Hudl. However, one to steer well clear of is the Argos MyTablet. The poor screen, inferior software and slow loading times make it insufferable to use. The Guardian also claim that the screen can be easily pried away from the tablet exposing the electrics beneath. With the same price tag as the Tesco tablet, there is simply no reason to purchase the Argos MyTablet.
Black Eyed Peas musician Will.i.am unveiled his don’t-call-it-a-smart-watch wearable device Puls in October. He calls it a “smart cuff” because it comes with a SIM card which makes it different from a smart watch. It allows customers to browse the web, send text messages and even make phone calls. Essentially, it is a smartphone for your wrist. ‘How has no one thought of that before?’ you might ask. Well, there is a very good reason why: phones are the size they are because they need to pack things like batteries and wireless antennas. Thus, it should come as no surprise that it’s… well… kinda horrible. The Verge called it the worst product of the year citing frustrations with its functionality, comfort and size. The Puls only lasts 5 hours as well. How about we leave the tech innovations to tech innovators next time, eh, Will?