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The N-Gage never really fit anywhere. It wasn't quite a phone -- because you had to hold it sideways as though you were holding a giant, half-eaten Jaffa cake to your head, and they weren't quite games consoles either, sporting the tiniest of screens. Granted, they were popular amongst the community, but the community barely hit the million mark.
Less than 5 million devices were sold around the world. Though it had Tomb Raider as the popular ported game for the time in MMC-card format, and played excellently I might add (I owned one when I was 15 years old), it was surpassed by other handheld gaming consoles like the Nintendo DS and the PlayStation Portable. Games were also locked to the device, leaving many gamers angry at Nokia's single-device policy.
Its cost alone at $299, back in the day when money was tight, led to its early demise.
Zune vs. iPod. The iPod wins, hands down.
Not only did the Zune come late to the game, the iPod, made by Apple, had already hit the many millions-sold mark by the time Microsoft had even thought of the Zune. Microsoft, so desperate to compete with arch-nemesis Apple, released the Zune knowing full well that it would barely scrape the marketshare dominance of the world-loving iPod -- a device which revolutionised portable music storage and playback.
The Zune was clunky and lacked the simplicity of the iPod's user interface. It was disproportionately priced for what it offered, and lacked compatibility with existing music software -- namely iTunes.
Well, I hate to say it, but if you have or own a netbook, congratulations! You're using something that doesn't do anything very well. Of course, they are small and compact, but still nearly as heavy as an ordinary laptop. And, let's be honest, they often only contain the very bare minimum to run the operating system -- and even then, only Ubuntu really managed to bring an operating system to a netbook without it running at a snail's pace.
But never fear. Even though Windows 8 may bring a slightly enhanced experience, your netbook will probably be nothing more than an antique by then. Just as every webOS powered device is now, your netbook can gather dust on the shelf and be admired from a distance.