Enterprise Mobility: 10 Mobile Products Nobody Wants

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-07-08 Print this article Print
Motorola Xoom

Motorola Xoom

When the Motorola Xoom launched earlier this year with its 10.1-inch display and Android 3.0 Honeycomb, there was a lot of pre-release chatter that the device would be the best competitor yet to the iPad 2. But after failing to catch on with consumers due to issues with its operating system, the Xoom was easily trounced by Apple's tablet.
In today's mobile space, a handful of devices top the list of most consumers around the world. In the smartphone market, Apple's iPhone 4, Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones and even some Motorola devices are desired by customers. In the tablet space, the vast majority of people are looking to buy the iPad 2, while the remaining folks opt for an Android-based tablet, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. But as anyone who has gone to their local big-box retailer knows, there are far more devices on store shelves from a range of companies hoping someone will buy their products. The only trouble is, many of those products aren't appealing, and when it's all said and done, they collect dust on store shelves. This slide show takes a look at those unfortunate mobile products that for various reasons never caught on and nobody wants. Some of the following items are obvious, while others might surprise some of the folks out there. But in general these devices have earned their way into the sad class of the unwanted.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, 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 http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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