We Hardly Knew Ya: E-Book Readers It may seem strange to declare the death of a product category that is just now taking off, but e-book readers have all the same problems as MP3 players plus some of their own. With smartphones and multifunction entertainment devices providing perfectly decent e-book capabilities, is it worth paying for and carrying an extra device just for e-books?
7Ready for Retirement: Digital Cameras
While high-end digital cameras will always have a place, simple point-and-click cameras (and video camcorders as well) are steadily being pushed out by phone-based cameras. They would have been gone already if smartphone makers were a little more aggressive about pushing up the quality of their built-in cameras.
8Not Looking Too Healthy: Handheld Gaming Devices
Devices such as the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP are regularly among the must-have gifts of the holiday season. But while they are cool, anyone who has played games on the latest generation of smartphones and entertainment devices can easily envision no longer having to carry these devices around (along with the annoying and easily lost game cartridges).