Mobile and Wireless: BlackBerry PlayBook, iPhone 3GS: What Not to Buy This Year

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-02-24 Print this article Print


When Google announced Chromebooks in 2011, the company said that it was trying to target enterprise users and educators, as well as consumers. The only trouble is, IT decision-makers balked at adopting the devices and educational institutions ignored them. That leaves consumers. And as one might expect, they ignored the devices, too. Expect that to happen again this year.
Chances are that you'll be buying a new smartphone and tablet this year either for work or just for your own use. In just a few short years, both devices have become necessities in most homes and offices around the world. Nowadays, you're less likely to come across people who don't have a smartphone or tablet than those who do. However, when it comes to mobile computing, there's more to consider than just smartphones and tablets. From notebooks to netbooks to even Chromebooks, you have several product categories at your disposal to buy a device from or ignore completely. If you're in the mood to ignore some things while you wait for something better to come along, here's a list that could help. We're going to examine some of the mobile products available now that you definitely shouldn't buy this year. Some of the outdated products among them might not surprise you, but the fact that an iPhone and iPad made the list just might. Here, eWEEK looks at several mobile devices you can skip buying this year.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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