In this post I am going to list the biggest tech failures in my own opinion. I have no time scale and they are not in any order.
The iPad was seen as a (not so much) revolutionary device that prompted other companies to start producing their own (better) alternatives for a fraction of the price of an iPad.
How it fails.
The iPad fails in many ways. The first being that the device it’s self is pretty useless in a home that already has an internet connected computer/laptop or an internet enabled smartphone. It’s large size (for a tablet) means you will have to take a bag with you when you want to take the iPad anywhere with you.
The touch screen (across all iOS devices) is a pile of shit. It hardly ever responded to me and the keypad is next to useless.
Lets not forget how locked down, slow and unstable iOS is when compared to other Mobile Operating systems.
It’s price also made it fail at a whopping £500+ for the base model without 3G is quite expensive for what it is , and I would advise people to think before they buy. If you already have a decent computer that is connected to the internet then avoid the iPad.
If you have no internet connection at all, avoid the iPad.
Xbox 360 (and Xbox live)
The Xbox 360 may be the most popular console in the USA, however in the rest of the world it is losing market share to the PS3 ….. and sadly …. the Wii.
Why it fails
It fails because since 2006 there have been 1000’s of RROD’s and Microsoft expect people to pay for services such as Twitter and Facebook (They require a Gold account). The Xbox live service is no better nor worse than PSN. I do not see how Microsoft can justify charging people money to play games online when the games themselves cost around £40-50 to buy and most PC games including WoW are free to play online, as well as those games on PSN. If you think about it the Xbox 360 is the most expensive console to own.
Ok here is a break down of the costs:
Xbox pre 2010 – £200 (W/out Kinect)
£50 per game (£60 if it’s Call of Duty)
£60-70 a year for Xbox live
£70 for the wireless adapter
£40 for the play and charge kit (The PS3 has this on all controllers as standard)
£XXX for DLC using MS points
If you add all that up the total cost of running a pre-2010 Xbox is roughly £620.
For the 2010/2011 version take away £70 and you are still paying a whopping £550 for the console.
Another thing it fails at is it’s use of the standard DVD ROM format which is out-dated compared to the PS3’s Blu Ray player.
The last thing it fails on is the MS points system. You’re not getting what you paid for, the MS points system is ripping people off. From what I can see, it’s about £10 for 100 MS points, which won’t get you jack shit on Xbox live. PSN displays the price in REAL currency, therefore with PSN you know how much you are paying.
That is it for Part 1, stay tuned for part 2 where I cover more tech failures.