The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

Summary: So, who's ended up with coal in their stocking this year?

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You, the readers of Hardware 2.0, have voted for the tech product of 2011 which you feel deserves the 'bucket of coal' award for 2011.

So, who's ended up with coal in their stocking this year?

Let's find out! *drumroll please*

3rd Place

In at third place, grabbing 82% of the 'no' vote and winning a lump of coal is the HP TouchPad.

Overall the TouchPad was a good good tablet, and the hardware was certainly top-notch, but it was the victim of poor planning and even slashing the price by $100 couldn't save it.

2nd Place

In at second place, grabbing 88% of the 'no' vote and winning a shovel of coal is the Motorola Xoom.

Motorola announced that only 250,000 Xooms were ’shipped’ (not sold) during the first quarter of 2011. A price cut by Motorola couldn't invigorate sales and resulted in only 440,000 shipped units during the second quarter.

1st Place

Grabbing first place, with a commanding 93% of the 'no' vote and winning an entire bucket of coal is the RIM PlayBook.

Things went from bad to worse for the PlayBook during 2011. There was a recall, complaints of overheating, and problems with dead pixels. Soon RIM was forced to start slashing prices as sales failed to materialize. However, despite poor sales RIM remains ‘absolutely confident‘ in the PlayBook.

Thanks to all who voted!

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  • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

    I like how all three are tablets.
    Aerowind
  • HP touchpad

    I love how the HP Touchpad makes the list, even though it has superior hardware to the iPad, can dual boot between WebOS and CyanogenMod, and will soon have ICS running (Not to mention less than half the price point of all comparable tablets). I guess the only problem is you must be tech savvy, and the people who read these articles are not. AKH, you make me laugh. Everyday I am more surprised by what ZDNet publishes.
    nogobo
    • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

      @leash1jm@...

      About that superior hardware vs the iPad. Online reports stated that HP engineers had ported WebOS to an iPad 2 and found that WebOS ran significantly faster on the iPad than on the HP Touchpad.
      kenosha77a
    • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

      @leash1jm@... More likely that the product was canned after less than a month on the market and only became a popular seller through a fire sale at $99.

      This has to do with more than technical specification. It might have had good hardware, but it was a total sales disaster.
      wright_is
      • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

        @wright_is

        Agreed. It's price point was too high for a not very popular OS. But with the option of WebOS and CyanongenMod now, this tablet crushes the iPad2.

        On top of that, Android and WebOS give the user more power (or those who are tech savvy and care about customizing their products) where Apple is for those who like being told what to do with THEIR OWN hardware.
        nogobo
  • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

    I wonder how much money or free products that Apple gives out to all the FANBOY tech reporters? I've read to many reviews of tablets or phones that state everything is second rate to the Apple product, even after the reviewer states the item has a better screen, faster etc. or whatever. Why can't they just do a review. Each person uses a product for different reasons and one benifit may not be of use to the end user. Just state the techical merits of the item and let the potential end user pick.
    cwt50
    • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

      @cwt50, without commenting on the validity of your point, you do understand that these three items were selected by the readers of ZDNet? The author of this blog is just summarizing the results.

      http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/top-10-tech-hits-and-misses-of-2011/17317?pg=2&tag=content;siu-container
      YaBaby
      • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

        @YaBaby

        Apparently hatred of Apple short circuits the part of your brain that deals with reading comprehension or retention.
        msalzberg
      • I hate Apple

        @YaBaby

        And yet I would buy an iPad over any other tablet if I were in the market for a tablet. It's pretty clear that it's the best out there by quite a large margin. I even understood that readers chose these products as the worst of 2011. And I'd have to agree with them.
        LiquidLearner
      • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

        @LiquidLeamer margins much smaller, with the Transformer Prime out.
        Fat Albert 1
    • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

      @cwt50

      How about rereading the article. This is not the writer's opinion but a poll of READERS!
      gribittmep
    • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

      @cwt50 Try accepting the fact that this is a poll of ZDnet readers, nowhere is any ZDnet writer involved except to pass on comments from readers. msaltzburg has a point.
      bargeemike
    • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

      @cwt50
      First, the reviewer did not select those three products. We, the readers, did.
      Second, everything else IS second rate to the iPad. But, it's not because of a better screen, faster CPU, more ports, or whatever. Only morons believe hardware specifications make a tablet superior. The iPad is superior because of the far simpler user interface, attention to the truly important details (battery life, thickness, weight,) and its vast supporting ecosystem. Nothing else is even close in the categories that actually matter to the vast majority of people. Nobody cares if it has 500 more pixels or 20 different built-in ports. It's the half a million applications and hundreds of supporting hardware devices that matter. It's the 10 hours of usable battery life on a thin, lightweight device that takes 5 minutes to master.
      BillDem
      • Well-stated

        @BillDem Those that "just want things to work and don't care about the specs" are far more prevalent than the geeks and tinkerers as seemingly backed up by sales volume figures.

        I struggled to "like" an HTC EVO 4G for more than a year. I finally decided to try an iPhone and you know what? Good grief, it worked just fine out of the box. Of course, I can't tinker with it like I did with the EVO but what the hey, I don't have to.

        And yep, my office does have Apple product in the form of a 27" iMac and 13" Macbook Pro. But also in the office are two Dell laptops running XP Pro and one desktop running Windows 7 Pro. And once more, you know what? I like them all!
        GeoffMichael
  • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

    It is interesting that Windows 8 is so oriented to tablets; when three of them ended up with the "bucket of coal" award for 2011.
    TsarNikky
  • I think Xoom was worse than RIM Playbook

    They release it without LTE support being ready and the tablet experience on Android was horrible. But let's try and sell it anyways..

    I wanted to like this and was going to buy one, but glad I didnt!

    And they wonder why iPad rules this market.
    otaddy
    • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

      @latest agreed
      Fat Albert 1
  • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

    It was said: "Apparently hatred of Apple short circuits the part of your brain that deals with reading comprehension or retention. "

    Haha now that is a very funny joke, and must be complimented by:

    "Apparently, too much devotion to Apple either causes, or is caused by, an excessively 'alternative' psycological paradigm. Either way, practicing or 'living out' such deviations further confuse the victim in every aspect of his/her life, and only reinforce an acolyte-like devotion to a single product brand, now seen by the victim as a sole saving entity."

    I think my joke is funnier. I think the point is that none of these are a Holy Grail. They are just tools.

    (full discolsure: I'd a bought an H/P, but the cost was high IMHO. I do not own a tablet today.)
    opcom
    • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

      @opcom Have you noticed no-one in the article actually mentioned Apple? Thought not, didn't suit your agenda.
      bargeemike
  • RE: The 2011 'bucket of coal' award goes to ...

    Good choices all around.
    dsf3g