Top 10 Gadgets You Shouldn’t Buy ~ Hackinthus

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Top 10 Gadgets You Shouldn’t Buy

New technology is being revealed almost every week it seems, however there are some devices and appliances that should just stay on the shelves because they are not worth your time nor money. So lock down your wallets and credit cards while you take a look at these unwanted gadgets.


10. Samsung Series 7 Slate

While Windows 7 may be quite a popular platform for desktop and laptop computers, it hasn’t quite struck gold in tablet form as Microsoft tried to compete with Apple’s post-PC phenomenon. It may be packed to the processor with specs and promises of a Windows 8 update upon release, a price tag of over $1300 is out of the range of most average consumers.
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9. BlackBerry P’9981

BlackBerry is nipping at the heels in the smartphone race after being the once proud king of subject. In an effort to gain the popularity of the classy crowds, RIM worked with Porsche to create this combination of aluminum and leather to house its outdated mobile OS. Not even this sleek facade can hide the age lines as RIM distracts the public before releasing its final comeback attempt, BlackBerry 10.
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8. Google Chromebox
 
Chrome is one of the most popular browsers across many platforms including iOS and Android, so Google’s next big venture has been to create a desktop OS based completely on the web. Everything is stored in Google’s cloud, so the device/OS is unable to run such popular programs as Steam, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Office. So as a stand-alone desktop computer, this is merely a shiny paperweight for your home office.
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7. LG 4K TV

First it was flat-screen, then plasma, HD, 3D, Smart, and now hitting 4K, televisions have come a long way since the monstrosities of our childhood. Smart and 3D TV’s have not been around for that long and yet it is still not good enough for the few consumers who actually purchase them, so now manufacturers like LG have turned to gigantic screens of 4,000 resolution. This is the same resolution as the modern movie theater screen but at a fraction of the size and nearly the same cost (maybe not that close). LG is on the lower side of the market with its 84-inch 4K TV at $20,000, so stick with your 1080p because your bank account will like you much better for it.
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6. Garmin nüvi 3590LMT

At one point in time if you wanted to go on a road trip or find the new restaurant in the city, you would pull out your handy GPS and use its amazing touchscreen controls to get turn-by-turn directions to your destination. Then smartphones took over and most people over the age of 16 have a nifty GPS, among many other tools, wrapped up into an incredible device that also makes phone calls.
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So why spend over $300 on the latest navigational device when you could pick up something much better for free on contract.



5. Polaroid 300 Instant Camera

Polaroid has a great history in photography by allowing their users to instantly see how their photo came out by shaking it out and seeing appear before their eyes. Now smartphones have taken over in this sector as well with instant viewing, sharing, and printing at any point. You could still purchase one of these ancient devices but would you really want to?
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4. Toshiba DVD/VCR Player

It always nice to show off a collection of movies and television shows lined up in the cabinets below your favorite media viewer, but now everything has turned to streaming through Netflix, iTunes, or on Demand. You can simply rent a movie or watch your favorite episode of Lost by just using your remote, so time to throw out the VCR & DVD combo player and never consider buying one again.
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3. Bytecc USB External Floppy Disk Drive

We’ve all heard the stories about how 512 megabytes of memory used to fill entire rooms at the prestigious universities that were able to afford it, and then after many advances in storage technology the floppy disk came to assist in backing-up all your important files. But that was soon dominated by CDs, SD cards, flash drives, and now even the cloud has beat out those dinosaurs of data; so if you are even considering this external floppy drive, just remember that it can probably be found on the internet.
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2. Coby CX-244 Portable AM/FM Cassette Player

Needless to say, the cassette is a few generations out of touch now with mp3 players and smartphones allowing us to listening to several albums in one sitting without having to flip to side B. Although a boombox can come in handy for the random party situation, all you need is an iPod dock and you have all the music you’ll right at your fingertips.
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1. AT&T Adjunct Answering Machine

Before the age of mobile communications, answering machines were the home secretaries to let us know who had called and what did they want, but now most people don’t even have a landline at home and use there cell phones as their home phone too.
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Visual voicemail and speech-to-text has made answering any missed call much more convenient and efficient, so take your eyes off this ancient beast and look forward to what will top whatever we have now.


By: Santosh Pavate

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