Top 5½ Tech FAILs of 2011

5½. The iPhone 4S

Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone 4S is a great phone with it’s Dual-Core Apple A5 processor and an outstanding 8MP camera, but it came up short on one pivotal point, it wasn’t the iPhone 5. After all the rumors of 4G capability, new design and thinner shape, the 4S just didn’t live up to the hype. It’s the phone the world deserves, but not the one it needs right now.

 

5. Anything released by RIM

RIM really did give a valiant effort with their releases this year, except for the recent pushback of new BlackBerry devices until late 2012. But unfortunately, it’s too much too late. RIM is consistently losing it’s marketshare of business types who believe email is delivered to them through a series of tubes in favor of Android and iOS devices and at this point, I don’t think there’s anything that can save them.

 

4. Google+

It’s a sad truth, but Google is just terrible at launching new social platforms. Google+ was closed from the public far too long. By the time it was opened up Facebook was able to replicate many of its sought-after features and no one wanted it. Google+ activity is continually dwindling on top of that I haven’t heard much “Buzz” about it lately so I wouldn’t doubt that we’ll soon be “Waving” goodbye to it (see what I did there?).

 

3. The Netflix/Quikster Fiasco

When Netflix decided to change its pricing for its DVD and Instant Streaming plans there was a lot of outrage from their customers, even though at least I see why it had to happen. But then to follow it up with a decision to attempt to split the DVD service into another company with a very Web 1.0 sounding name. Come on, Netflix.

 

2. The PSN

2011 for PlayStation owners will be forever known as the year of outages and outrage. It’s not so much that the network was able to be hacked and taken down, but the way Sony went about handling the situation by trying to cover it up, abusing it’s customers and forcing them to accept legal documentation barring them from suing them to play any of their favorite games.

 

1. WebOS/HP TouchPad

WebOS to me was like the little engine that could. Somehow it always kept steaming on despite the lack of developers compared to other platforms. I genuinely loved the way the OS worked and almost bought a Palm Pre when I was still with Sprint. But when HP bought Palm, in the back of my head I knew that the end wash neigh. HP abandoned a great OS and great hardware much too soon, kind of like a certain colorful-haired host on a certain peacock shaped TV network. Thankfully, with HP Open Sourcing WebOS, and a hacking community getting Android up and running on the TouchPad, there may still be a future for both.

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