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Many things lead up to a failed device
I have been using PDAs and smartphones for 17 years and over that period I have used hundreds of devices. Over the last few years we have seen some smartphones last just a couple of months before being discontinued.
I have a feeling the Amazon Fire phone will soon be joining this list.
Some devices were doomed to fail from the start and most had their existence questioned by the tech press. One was actually a rather amazing device; I still own it, and its death came about due to a change in company leadership.
Recent data shows that businesses are readily adopting iOS over other mobile operating systems. As we look at these smartphone failures, we see that Apple's iOS is a safe bet with well-supported devices and a rather consistent, progressive mobile strategy where experimental devices and strategies are not launched and then killed just a few months later.
Let's take a close look at these six failed smartphones in order of their release. Let me know if you think any of these should have lasted longer than they did. I have a feeling the Amazon Fire phone will soon be joining this list.
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Microsoft Kin (May to July 2010)
Since the Microsoft Kin was targeted to the younger consumer, I gave my two oldest teen daughters the chance to test the Kin One and Kin Two when they were released in May 2010.
Microsoft spent a reported $1 billion on the Kin project.
I was expecting them to be a bit more excited about the phones, but neither recommended the Kin. A couple of months later, Verizon and Microsoft pulled the plug on the project.
There were some great features in the Kin, and I think the idea behind them was pretty solid. However, Verizon treated them like all the other high end phones and at the time the monthly fees were too high for parents.
Microsoft spent a reported $1 billion on the Kin project and it will go down as one of the biggest flops in the smartphone world.