Gadgets are known to offer functionality to the end users that helps them automate or perform certain tasks in a more efficient, hassle free and sometimes even entertaining way.
With the wide variety of gadgets available in the market at different price ranges and different combination of functions and utility, gadget shopping can be an exciting experience for some and a hair-raising experience for a few. There are multitudes of brands out there highlighting their glitzy marketing gimmicks to allure gadget shoppers. While some gadgets manage to keep their promise and win many hearts, the other just manage to perform their basic functionality.
Apart from these two categories, a few gadgets have made big promises but have missed all grounds of customer expectations. Some of these gadgets that have entered the hall of shame in the year 2013 are listed below.
1. Google Chromebook Pixel
The high price of the Google Chromebook Pixel is bound to raise the expectations of the buyers. However, the notebook does not offer anything spectacular to compensate for its high price. It is also almost useless without being connected to the internet. Though it got great reviews for its speed and performance, there is a clear need for touch-optimised apps. In addition, its usage can be limited for some users, as it does not offer support for desktop or legacy apps.
2. BlackBerry Z10 priced like IPhone
Though the phone has the sleek look of an Iphone, the operating system is still below expectations. Pegged at a price matching the Iphone, it does not have the same smooth and simple navigation experience. The phone is confusing to use and does not offer a great variety of applications to play with. The battery life has the same disappointing performance like the rest in the blackberry family of phones.
3. Facebook Phone fell flat
A phone branded as Facebook phone also known as HTC first, is obvious to raise the curiosity and expectation of many. The phone was clearly dead on arrival as its price fell after first month of launch. The phone was designed keeping the Facebook theme- “staying in touch with friends” as the key need for the user, making it less useful for many other segments. Its average features like a poor camera and a variable battery performance make it a bold entry in the flop gadget list of 2013.
The lessons for the gadget shopper from the above gadget disappointments is that one should not get carried away by the sleek looks and extra functionalities the gadget offers. Be very sure of its basic functioning and then pay attention to the extras. Before buying a gadget ask your friends who are using it and do not rely on internet testimonials and some of them may be paid reviews.
Lessons for the gadget manufacturer is that instead of over promising to lure customers and under delivering, they should under promise and delight their customers with a wonderful experience they would love to recommend!