Top 10 Mobile Tech Fails of 2011
2011 saw a fury of successes in the tech world, from the iPhone 4S and Amazon Kindle Fire to Android’s continued dominance in the smart phone market. But there were plenty of flops too. Remember the Grid10? We don’t either. Here are the ten biggest mobile tech fails of the year.
HP TouchPad and webOS: Early Termination Award
It’s not just TV shows that get canned in a hurry. HP dropped its TouchPad tablet faster than NBC cut Free Agents. The news was a shocker because HP paid lots in pilot production costs, namely $1.2 billion for the TouchPad’s webOS operating system.
HP released the slate in June and canceled it just two months later. Though it boasted a great interface for multitasking, the tablet was bulky and offered sluggish performance. Once the tablet was canceled, HP began selling remaining units for a cool 100 bucks. Consumers clamored, lining up early in front of electronics stores and stalking online retailers. At least the TouchPad was better than The Playboy Club.