LaptopMag put together a list of what they thin is the worst tech of 2010. Now some are soft targets like the Kin which failed hard. But here are a few more interesting ones and their rationale for making the list:
Qik Video Chat (used by Evo and other Android devices): “Qik’s performance includes slideshow-like framerates, grainy images and frequently dropped connections — over both Wi-Fi and 3G. By the time Qik gets better, Skype and Google Talk will probably offer video calling on phones.”
Google TV: “the major broadcasters (CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox) and Hulu all blocked access to their content, and DVR integration is limited to only Dish network subscribers. All of this — plus a kludgy remote control-keyboard combo — made both the Google TV-powered Logitech Revue ($299) and Sony TVs based on the platform a tough sell. We’ll take Apple TV or Roku for $100”
AT&T 3G MicroCell: “While the MicroCell mostly works as advertised, asking users to buy a $150 accessory, bring their own connectivity, and still pay AT&T for the minutes they use is the definition of chutzpah.”
Augen GenTouch78 Android Tablet: This is a $150 Android tablet sold at KMart. “this craptastic 7-inch Android slate only managed to divide Kmart shoppers from their money by combining the world’s most resistive touchscreen with an unauthorized — and non-working — copy of the Android Market.”
So, how did they do? What did they miss? What did they get right? I think they’ll eat their words on Goog TV over time personally but otherwise they’re mostly right if not downright amusing.