Apologies for the depressing title of this feature. I think I kinda like it though. I promise the content won’t be quite as somber, and I’ll try to inject as much of my unique (i.e. rubbish) sense of humour as possible.
So, initially I was contemplating several disappointing devices that’ve come out this year, but that train of thought got me thinking about various other disappointments. The entire industry is fair game.
Where to start?
Windows Phone 7
Yes, Nodo finally brought copy-and-paste in March, some several months after the launch of Microsoft’s latest OS, and Mango will soon arrive with – shock horror – enhanced multitasking. But where are all the handsets, man?
Windows Phone 7 landed last October with a meagre choice of five handsets, and this year we’ve seen – unless I’m sorely mistaken – just two new handsets arrive, namely the Dell Venue Pro and HTC 7 Pro.
Incidentally, this is the point where I take bizarre pleasure in pointing out that if HTC hadn’t backed WP7, there’d only be three handsets: the Samsung Omnia 7, the LG Optimus 7, and the aforementioned Dell Venue Pro. “Incroyable!” as the Chinese say.
Of course, with Mango dropping in soon, not to mention Nokia’s arrival at the Windows Phone 7 party, we expect the floodgates will open.
We had high hopes for the future of webOS after a strong showing at a high-profile launch event in February. HP announced the Pre 3 and the TouchPad - not a bad tag-team by any stretch of the imagination - and it seemed like webOS might be a genuine success.
Having said that, when we rated the “third ecosystem” contenders later that month, we figured webOS didn’t stand a chance, realistically.
Getting our hands on stuff
Staying with webOS, I was slightly gutted at missing out on those £89 16GB TouchPads. Bargain of the century? I think so.
Similarly, I was a tad annoyed when the iPad 2 “launched” back on March 25. Online orders commenced at 1am, but the shipping time was immediately stated as 2-3 weeks. What the…? How does that qualify as a “launch”? Er, not that I was thinking about buying an iPad 2; I was merely indignant on behalf of consumers nationwide. Ahem.
With scores of tablets unveiled at CES and Mobile World Congress, the iPad’s stranglehold on the market looked set to come to a screeching halt, courtesy of some big name Android players.
Alas, that stranglehold merely waned. Nothing against the iPad, you understand. I’m simply in favour of competition.
The weighty (literally) Motorola “iPad Killer” Xoom failed to capture the public’s imagination, ditto the 7in Gingerbread-running HTC Flyer. Instead it was Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer laying claim to second place in the tablet table.
Of course, the future looks a bit brighter. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is pretty sweet (er, assuming Apple doesn’t have it banished), and there’s the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 and HTC Puccini to look forward to.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
I won’t dwell on this, as I penned an entire feature about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play’s colossal failure earlier this week. But seriously, who could’ve predicted it’d be half price after just a few months?
Have I forgotten anything? Feel free to chime in with your own depress-o-thoughts below.