Mobile and Wireless: 10 Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops That Need to Be Discontinued Right Now

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-07-27 Print this article Print
RIM BlackBerry Bold

RIM BlackBerry Bold

Research In Motion's BlackBerry Bold was once the best smartphone option for enterprise users. But with its outdated software that lacks a solid browser and old-style hardware design with its physical keyboard, it's falling short in far too many ways. It's time for RIM to discontinue the Bold.
The mobile market is swamped with a host of models vying for buyers' attention and sales, with new ones arriving every week. For the most part, today's consumers and enterprise users focus on a smaller subset of the most attractive and interesting products and ignore the rest. This leaves the market cluttered with also-ran and me-too products, many of which will never be big sellers and are just steadily passing into obsolescence on store shelves. Part of the blame must go to the companies behind the most popular products, such as Apple and Samsung, which are grabbing the most attention. But at least part of the issue can be attributed to the aging and subpar products themselves. In far too many cases, mobile products are simply outdated, obsolete or downright boring. It's about time that the companies that develop those devices discontinue them and move on to perhaps newer, more up-to-date designs. This slide show covers the devices that should be discontinued as soon as possible. From RIM's BlackBerry Bold to Chromebooks, there are a passel of products on the market right now that should go the way of the dodo. Enough is enough. Bring on the good stuff and get rid of the subpar alternatives right now.
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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