Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

Summary: It's that time of the year when we kick back and laugh at the stupidity of the year that's nearly over. And the tech sector has had its fair share of tech blunders and screw ups.

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It's that time of the year when we kick back and laugh at the stupidity of the year that's nearly over. And, as always, the tech sector has had its fair share of tech blunders and screw ups.

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Topics: AT&T, Apple, CES, Verizon, Tablets, Smartphones, Microsoft, iPhone, Hardware, Windows

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  • RE: Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

    This will be a "fight to the finish" between "Antennagate" and "Kingate"

    Since the iPhone 4 survived "Antennagate" rather well and Microsoft's Kin .. didn't .. I suspect a truly impartial vote would have to nominate Microsoft's Kin as 2010's Greatest Tech blunder.
    kenosha77a
    • I agree

      @kenosha7777 : But the anti-Apple zealots are hardly <i>impartial.</i>
      Vulpinemac
      • RE: Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

        @vulpine@... As one of those anti-Apple zealots, I voted for the lost iPhone.

        http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-april-28-2010/appholes
        nightbirdsf
    • RE: Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

      @kenosha7777
      Still haven't met any users who have issues with the iphone 4 yet that's the only phone I see everywhere I go...
      hfsma
      • For whom it may concern...

        @hfsma : I'm getting an iPhone4 to replace my 2-year-old 3G model and will be able to test it's capabilities for myself later this week.

        Oh, and the service contract for 2 iPhone4s with data is only going to cost me $10 more than my old contract of one iPhone/data with one feature phone w/o data. Still under $100/month.
        Vulpinemac
      • Same Here

        @hfsma <br><br>Granted I'm what MS fans would disparagingly call a fanboy (If it makes them feel good I say "knock yourself out").<br><br>I have never had a problem with the antenea nor do I personally know anyone who does.<br><br>Furthermore, a study by ChangeWare (source: The Christian Science Monitor 11/20/2010) shows that 34% of smart phone users would stwitch to the iPhone 4 if they had a choice of carriers.<br><br>When Verizon offers it early next year we'll find out.
        yobtaf
      • RE: Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

        @vulpine I think you'll like the iPhone 4 - I made the switch from the 3G to the 4 two weeks ago and it has not let me down once... It's a major improvement in almost every way other than the ease of jailbreaking the device - on the 4s it's a pain so I'm forgoing the jailbreak for now.
        athynz
      • lmao

        @hfsma really, the ONLY phone you see wherever you go? What you live at Apple headquarters?
        condelirios
      • RE: Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

        @hfsma

        I only know six people with iPhone 4s. Two of them demonstrated to me the antenna issue while we were messing around with hoccer and bump. One guy could seriously reduce it, but not kill, but insists that all phones do it. He proceeded to try to get the same effect from my Nexus One for ten minutes. I didn't ask the other 3.
        tkejlboom
      • Because you live in Cupertino

        @hfsma, as outside of their I see some iPhones, and some of those that do have them have mentioned issues with the antenna.
        John Zern
      • RE: Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

        @hfsma <br>Swing by and I will show you it on any i4 model - including mine.<br>Buy a case.
        <br><br>
        btw: I also have a Nexus One - I can slightly reduce the signal but not kill it like the i4.
        rhonin
    • AT&amp;T

      As we approach the end of 2010, T-Mobile is poking fun at AT&T in its ads, the press is still calling AT&T the iPhone's achilles heel, and every serious analyst expects iPhone sales to double or triple when Verizon gets a version. AT&T has had years to fix this, including the entire time they had an exclusive on the hottest phone since the original RAZR. They didn't fix it. They're still the butt of jokes.

      The people who let that happen should be fired and sent to work in the mines.
      Robert Hahn
      • RE: Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

        @Robert Hahn <br><br>Which is why I voted for AT&T. The corp I work for signed a contract with AT&T. We were suppose to have our bandwidth upgraded back in August at my site. We had a local provider run a backup line which they had done within a week. We are still waiting for AT&T to come in and install their lines and are currently running on the backup lines.<br><br>We also had an issue where they told us they needed to run fiber to our box from the road, at the time it really didn't make sense to me, but anyway we ran the pipe for them to run the fiber. Then we were told that we only needed cat 5 and they wouldn't be installing it.<br><br>So yes I've always thought of AT&T as one big cluster-"insert descriptive word here". <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy"> I also swapped to an iPhone 3GS back in April after I swore I'd never go back to AT&T but after 2 years I got tired of waiting. I'll most likely go back to Verizon after my 2 years if they do get the iPhone.<br><br>As for the iPhone4 the only 2 real big complaints I've personally seen at my location and almost every sales rep here has one is: 1. The glass casing on the backside getting scratched and cracking and 2. The bluetooth earpiece not working far away.
        Nate413
      • RE: Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

        @Robert Hahn

        Hey, we don't want them here in the mines with us, everything is AOK down here and we would like it to stay that way --including my crackberry reception.
        dawhip
      • RE: Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

        @Robert Hahn
        Having used Verizon, I left because of the "surprise" cost games with their bills. I went to ATT for the roll-over deals.
        While I have had issues, nothing really serious. I will say I get better reception/calls with my Nexus than the i4.
        But that aside, my daughter's family uses T-Mobile and has more issues in SoCal than I do with ATT. So where do you go?
        For that reason I did not choose ATT as the Blunder King....
        rhonin
    • But Ballmer announcing Win 7 tablets at CES

      just before it was killed was far worse
      RedVeg
      • NO! BALLMER INTRODUCED A &quot;SLATE&quot; NOT A &quot;TABLET&quot;!

        @RedVeg

        It's important to remember that the iPad still wasn't introduced yet, and the prevailing buzz at the time was that it would be called iSlate. Microsoft jumped all over "slate" at CES in a utterly pathetic attempt to stake a claim on the word.

        That Ballmer referred to it as another "form factor" of PC, and that the Windows 7 UI was not optimized in any way whatsoever for touch proved to the world that Microsoft was still completely clueless about what the future of personal computing (and mobile computing more specifically) would be.

        So, you see the gaffe was not just that the product never surfaced. It was in the cheap grab at the "slate" name and the blatantly crap offering that they presented in the first place.
        RationalGuy
      • RE: Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

        @RedVeg the HP slate was released fyi.
        jhughesy
    • RE: Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

      @kenosha7777

      He forgot another blunder:

      ZDNet keeping Adrian Kingsley-Hughes as blogger given his tremendous bias favoring Apple (yep, the smokescreen of including 2 Apple mishaps doesn't change that)
      nomorebs
      • RE: Vote for the biggest tech blunder of 2010

        @nomorebs That's 3, counting AT&T.
        nightbirdsf