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Ten Worst Tech Products of 2005

Published November 22, 2005 in Technology
By Ryan Parsons | Image from Yahoo! News
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Though we here at CanMag.Com are all about movies and similar entertainment, working on the internet should be a grand hint that other products of technology get us just as aroused.

That being said, Yahoo! News has recently released a report on the Top 10 Worst Tech Products of 2005. And, seeing that you are currently reading an article online, we figured this news report may be right up your alley. If not, at least you now know which tech products to avoid for the holidays.

To be honest, I almost bought one of the items listed. Whew!

Worst Tech Products 2005

10. Oakley Thump: If you've overdone it with the eggnog, a $500 pair of sunglasses with a built-in MP3 player might seem a divine combination. It's not. The poorly fitting earbuds chafe, the glasses feel flimsy, and the style is dated. And what happens if you want to rock out at night? Unless you're buying for Bono, pick up an iPod shuffle and a pair of Revos for half the price.

9. Voodoo Doll D210: If you give someone this zippy breadbox-sized PC, they'll be sticking pins in your effigy all year—and you'll be out more than 3,000 smackeroos, too. Voodoo crammed two CPUs and two hard drives inside, but left out the keyboard, mouse, and monitor. If you buy one anyway, get a pair of industrial-strength ear protectors too, as it whines like a 747 taxiing for takeoff.

8. H2i SimplyTouch OpticalBar: Turn any monitor into a touch screen! That's the promise; the reality is different. The OpticalBar sits atop your monitor and tracks your finger as you touch special parts of the screen. Alas, it works more slowly than the midnight shift at an all-night diner, and often gets your order wrong, too. Opt for a tablet notebook instead.

7. ROKR E1: The Oakley Thump of the mobile phone set; at least it's a decent phone. The hype around "The First iTunes Phone" created unfulfillable expectations. It's not as polished as an iPod, and its oddly limited music storage makes a mediocre player even worse. Glacially slow music-transfer speeds put the final nail in this coffin. Sony Ericsson sells a much better MP3-phone combo, but I suggest a shuffle and a RAZR phone: Cheaper—and better, too.

3. PepperPad: Following in the footsteps of the Audrey, Netpliance, and NIC, this is an Internet bubble failure five years too late. More expensive than a laptop, with a battery life measured in minutes, and a tiny 8- by 6-inch touch screen, this home Internet tablet has few redeeming features. Unless you're a fan of freaky keyboards, opt for a cheap tablet PC instead.

2. Sony S2 Sports Network Walkman NW-S23: Pity poor Sony. It invented the Walkman and then squabbled as Apple stole its lunch. This player finally supports MP3 files, yet it lacks so much else that it's hardly worth the price. With ergonomics straight from a Klingon warship, balky software, and a poor display, this one deserves a place in the remainder rack. Again, you're better off with a shuffle.

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for... the worst product of the year—and from a surprising source.

I love that the article points out that the best cell phone out there is the RAZR phone, something I have been trying to get for the past couple of months. Cingular has been hardballing me and won't allow me to upgrade for at least another six months, meaning they want me to pay the whopping $350 while other people are walking out of Best Buy paying only $80. It is not the price that bothers me, it is the DIFFERENCE in price.

To see what the worst product of the year was, head over to Yahoo! News.

Stay tuned for updates.

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