1. Google Nexus Q
What do you get when you combine a bowling ball with the a set top box? The Nexus Q. This strange spherical speaker, was the first product in the Nexus range which was a mobile device. However, despite it being backed by Google, this product was considered to be both vastly overpriced and crippled by a lack of features. Google eventually cancelled the product before its release to avoid embarrassment.
2. Sony Tablet P
People like tablets, but they don’t fit in their pockets, so what is the solution? Make a tablet that folds in half of course! The Sony Tablet P does just this, however it also shows exactly what is wrong with this design. Namely, all videos, games, and other content viewed on this device is split by a large black hinge which runs through the centre of the screen.
3. Eyetop Wearable DVD Player
No this isn’t the next generation of Google Glass (which itself almost deserves a spot on this list) but rather a much earlier product from 2004. The Eyetop Wearable DVD player is just that: a small screen built into a pair of strange sunglasses, connected through a series of wires to a DVD reader strapped to the waist of a user. One look at this device is enough to realise why it failed.
4. Facebook Home
While there are some useful quick launcher and notification hub adds for Android, the Facebook is not one of them. Featuring a watered-down, but yet still annoying News Feed, this software came pre-loaded on the failed HTC First phone. The biggest issue users had with this app was that it blocked all other, non-Facebook notifications, reducing the overall functionality of a phone.
5. Motorola Lapdock
Perhaps the most ridiculous device on this list, the Motorola Lapdock was a strange device which turned a perfectly good smartphone, into a bulky and underpowered laptop. Featuring a 10 inch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard, this device was supposed to add productivity functionality to a Motorola smartphone. The problem was, most people who used a laptop regularly would be much better off buying a common netbook, something which was much cheaper these the smartphone/Lapdock combination ever was.
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