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Undoubtedly the most notorious entry in this list, the TouchPad is unique in that it had a greater impact after it had met its end. Discontinued in August, the TouchPad's life spanned just under seven weeks. HP marked its death by selling the device at a mind-numbing $99, sparking previously nonexistent consumer interest and catapulting the TouchPad into the iPad-dominated limelight. In addition to killing the TouchPad, HP also ended production of its other webOS devices, the Veer, Pre, and Pixi.Why it died: With the tablet market ruled by Apple's iPad, HP from the beginning faced an uphill struggle in gleaning consumer attention for the TouchPad. Of course, it didn't help that the device was sluggish and clunky. While HP has ended its webOS hardware ambitions the future of the OS is still up in the air.
Released in October 2009, the PSP Go ditched the PSP's UMD drive and experimented with a distribution strategy based entirely off downloadable content. Perhaps a bit before its time the PSP Go met its end in 2011 -- except in North America.Why it died: While the PSP Go offered a number of compelling features, those additions came with a big price tag. The device was originally sold for $249, a full $80 higher than what the PSP-3000 sold for. That, coupled with its smaller screen and inability to transfer previously-purchased titles, made the PSP Go a major no-go for many consumers.
While successful in the personal computer space, Dell has failed at grabbing that same level of success when it comes to tablets. For proof of this, look no further than Dell's Streak 5 and Streak 7 tablets, both of which met their end this year. Dead in August, the Streak 5 was followed a few months later by the Streak 7, which ended its run in December.Why they died: With it's 5-inch screen, the Streak 5 sat at an odd place between the smartphone and tablet, making it tough to advertise and slightly tougher to justify buying. The story is less clear for the Streak 7, though many reviews of the tablet criticized its buggy software and less-than-stellar build quality. While Dell never said why it axed either tablet, its a fair assumption that the company just wasn't able to sell enough of the devices.