In the ’80s, you had a shiny new Betamax player, a couple of years after VHS came out. In the ’90s, you spent top dollar for a Sega Dreamcast, only to watch the platform crumble. More recently, you were one of the first to buy an HP TouchPad, a tablet the company discontinued after less than two months .
Fortunately, you don’t have to waste money and embarrass yourself by purchasing a gadget that’s either on its way out, dead on arrival or not ready for prime time. Avoid these 10 gadgets like the plague.
Someday soon, everyone may want to get notifications, fitness data and more on their wrists. But with the first wave of smartwatches, you pay too much money for too little functionality. For $200 and up, you can get an Android Wear device like the LG G Watch, which provides little more than a notification drawer on your wrist. The Samsung Gear 2 takes pictures and makes calls for $300, but it has few apps, and the screen goes dark after a few seconds, forcing you to turn it on just to see the time.
The Pebble is the best smartwatch available today, but it's grayscale and has no microphone, sensors or camera. Within a few months, Apple is likely to release its long-awaited iWatch, forcing competitors to lower their prices and up their game. Wait until then to consider buying a smartwatch of any kind.