Ten gadgets that died in 2011

Ten gadgets that died in 2011

Summary: From tablets to cameras, a variety of devices met their end in 2011. But will any be remembered?

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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. 

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • Zune.

    "Why they died: While it wasn't exactly a surprise, the demise of the Zune does underscore one certainty: the dedicated music player is largely dead. Instead, Microsoft, like other companies, is focusing on mobile phones and taking the Zune brand into a more software-based future."<br><br>"The dedicated music player is largely dead" ??? My daughter has had her iPod Nano for many years and uses it every day. My son uses his at home in a tremendous JBL docking station. They have cellphones, but like the dedicated music players.<br><br>The Ipod is doing great as a dedicated music player.<br><br>I don't understand the statement because Microsoft phones are dead. So how can the market shift for the Microsoft Zune to nonexistent Microsoft phones? Unless they mean it's going to shift to dedicated Apple music players or Apple or Android smartphones.
    Joe.Smetona
    • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

      @Joe.Smetona iPod sales have been dropping 10-15% per quarter for the last 8 or more quarters. Sure they are still selling but they are dropping off pretty fast. I imagine that they will fall to a certain point and hang there.
      JeveSobs
    • Music players not dead

      @Joe.Smetona ... I have an older iPod and a new iPhone 4S. The iPod goes in my glove box for drive time and I play news shows out through the car stereo. I wouldn't want my phone tied up doing that.
      HollywoodDog
      • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

        @HollywoodDog +100
        Rapid Rec
    • You simply don't get the dynamics of the situation.

      @Joe.Smetona <br><br>Most people, by far who want a dedicated mp3 player already have one. Many of them purchased years ago. Unfortunately Bilton dint word his point very well. His point was that sales of dedicated players are falling rapidly and there is little to no incentive for companies to develop so called new and improved players as such.<br><br>And while Windows based phones are a very odd breed of electronic animal right now, they are not exactly dead. They are an odd animal because that while they are not currently in existence in any significant new form, they are not actually dead. That and the fact that anyone in the know is well aware of this. The fact is that its relatively well known that the Windows phone will be brought back to life in the not too distant future as something thats being suggested will be a powerhouse. That may or may not turn out to be the case, but anyone who says the potential of it happening is at least present doesn't know what they are talking about. Its also known that much of the kind of thinking and knowledge that went into the Zune will be finding its own form of home in the new Windows phones when they do come out.<br><br>Either you simply don't understand where things are really at at all, or for some reason you cant bring yourself to acknowledge that iPods are on the decline and the Windows phone will live again.
      Cayble
      • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

        [i]And while Windows based phones are a very odd breed of electronic animal right now, they are not exactly dead. They are an odd animal because that while they are not currently in existence in any significant new form, they are not actually dead.[/i]

        Sounds almost like an oxymoron. Are you sure you meant what you said?

        [i]That and the fact that anyone in the know is well aware of this. The fact is that its relatively well known that the Windows phone will be brought back to life in the not too distant future as something thats being suggested will be a powerhouse. That may or may not turn out to be the case, but anyone who says the potential of it happening is at least present doesn't know what they are talking about. Its also known that much of the kind of thinking and knowledge that went into the Zune will be finding its own form of home in the new Windows phones when they do come out.[/i]

        Translation: vaporware

        [i]Either you simply don't understand where things are really at at all, or for some reason you cant bring yourself to acknowledge that iPods are on the decline and the Windows phone will live again.[/i]

        Yes, yes, yes we've heard it all before. Like watching grass grow.
        ScorpioBlue
    • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

      @Joe.Smetona You obviously are stuck in the "Windows Mobile 6.0" Genre, cause there is no way you can say Microsoft Phones are dead! Thousands of people wait in lines for the new Nokia Lumia in europe! Its the next best phone, trust me man Ive been a LONG time apple user, I aint no Microsoft Fanboy either, but I do wanna tell yah man, Windows Phone 7.5 made me turn away from Apple (7 years) and Android (2years) Im just amazed how amazing the Windows Phone is....here is the link if you wanna try it out on your Iphone. Its a link Microsoft made for Android, and IOS users to try the amazing product out with out downloading anything. :) Enjoy, aka.ms/wpdemo
      Ryanthelyon
      • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

        @Ryanthelyon said --> Thousands of people wait in lines for the new Nokia Lumia in europe! >>

        I don't know about those "lines" but as a US user since Win Phone 7 (Foucus) came out I was disappointed for signing a 2-yr contract for a pitiful phone but then along came Mango update and now I wouldn't trade it for any other type. Even my grandson, a computer engineer and a devoted Apple fan dropped his jaw when he saw the difference Mango made. Now he's going for the Windows Phone. So people who only read reviews on the original should go back and see what the "experts" say about it after the Mango update. Unfortunately, cell phone sales folks were steering people away and to Androids but MS says they are going to launch a massive program to educate the sales departments on the plusses of Windows Phone 7 with Mango. Doubtful it will take over the market anytime soon but give it time for word of mouth to spread.
        jerry17
      • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

        @jerry:[i] cell phone sales folks were steering people away and to Androids but MS says they are going to launch a massive program to educate the sales departments on the plusses of Windows Phone 7 with Mango.[/i]

        Translation: Microsoft is going to be pushing kick-backs to Mobile carriers. Windows mobile phone version 7 was a dud out of the gate, yet Microsoft was expecting massive sales because it is a Microsoft product. If you look at the target market, Microsoft Windows Mobile Phone v.7 should be on a feature phone. No one in their right mind would pay $750 for a mobile phone with only 16 GB of onboard storage. Maybe Microsoft should have been more honest about this update, rather than lying about the competition, then under delivering (yet again).
        Rick_Kl
    • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

      @Joe.Smetona
      I have to say this one really bothers me...........I would take the 120 Zune over an Ipod classic ANY DAY............no frills, just music that sounded much, much better than any sound I've been able to get off any IPOD. Guess I'll check out the new Samsung stand-a-lone (sort of) music player. Anything but that horrible mess called Itunes. And the Zune Pass is fantastic! Not sure what the latest on that is. With 100+GB of music, don't really care. I'd have liked to have seen them keep producing the HD and 120GB.
      ssc2
  • Zune too.

    I love the zune players. I have very fond memories of my Zune 80 and my wife's Zune 8. However, as my wife and I have moved to a pair of WP7's, my kids now love our stand alone MP3 players. My oldest recently bought a Zune HD and loves it too.

    My concern with the WP7's is battery life. though I don't want to go back to carrying two devices again, I and can definitely see how people would carry around two devices (phone and mp3). I solved the problem with leaving a charger at work for my phone and just plugging in the phone to "top off the battery!"
    pfinter
  • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

    We've got two major categories here:

    A) Products that died because a new technology supplanted them: Flipvideo, MiniDisc.
    B) Products that coudn't compete with Apple: Zune, HP Touchpad, Dell Streaks, Sharp Galapagos and to a certain extent Google TV.

    And then there's the Macbook. If this were any other manufacturer we wouldn't even notice that they were ending a product line, especially when they've got other product lines that do the same thing.
    dsf3g
    • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

      @dsf3g
      Huh? If Dell dropped the inspirion line or Lenovo dropped the thinkpad line I think we would hear about it.
      Turd Furgeson
      • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

        @Turd Furgeson
        Yeah. The issue is that Apple have better products in different lines at nearly the same price point as the MacBook in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines. However, Dell and Leveno don't have lines that converge, so wiping out the Inspirion and ThinkPad lines would be noticed.

        I think what @dsf3g meant to say was "if this were any other manufacturer we _would_ notice that they were ending a product line, because they don't have product lines that do the same thing at the same price." Not many people noticed that the MacBook was gone, but yes, educational institutions got a huge price drop for the MacBook. My daughter got accepted to a school (the one that President Obama graduated from) where every student gets a MacBook (new one every two years) at $500 (might be subsidized - tuition is $18k - but $500 more for the computer), but she went to a different school (my alma mater - tuition is $16k - I can buy her a killer computer for that $2k difference). But the point is that the MacBook got squeezed out and at 1 model, it isn't that noticeable.
        ManoaHI
  • music players dead - what???

    So what do you do if you don't have a phone that is a music player and don't intend to own one? Are we supposed to go back to carrying aound boom boxes on our shoulder?
    Have you told Apple about this? They're selling LOTS of them . . . . .
    pikeman6669
    • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

      @pikeman666@... spend $20 at your favorite big box retailer for a generic MP3 player. If all you want is to play music, it works just fine.
      sbf95070
  • Love my Zune

    I love my 120gb Zune and if mine croaks I will search them out till I croak! I play it through my car radio rather than listen to what passes for music stations in my neck of the land, and while I do have some OTR shows and some video on my phone and do listen to them more than I ever thought I would, I prefer a separate media player and prefer them to be non-Apple products.
    courtneyflats
  • Zune too

    I got a free Zune with a PC I purchased. I listen to Podcasts while driving and was able to lose 30lbs based on the advice from the Paleo Solutions and Livin La Vida Low Crab Podcasts. I can't imagine driving without my Zune feeding my brain, my Atari 400 was never so helpful. What year did Atari die?
    noel15
    • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

      @noel@... Atari didn't die. They are concentrating on games, like Sega did (both stopped their hardware sales).
      ManoaHI
      • RE: Ten gadgets that died in 2011

        @ManoaHI

        The Atari brand has changed hands several times since the days of the 8-bit computers. For all means and purposes beyond the name, that Atari is long, long gone.
        epobirs