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CNN says the Antennagate is the biggest tech fail in 2010

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CNN says the Antennagate is the biggest tech fail in 2010
Yet another year is about to pass and this late December period is the time when plenty of summaries concerned with all the brightest and greatest things to grace our world in year XXXX are made. Summaries of the biggest fails and disasters are covered as well, because for good or worse they gather even more attention. So, which event would you rate as the biggest tech fail in 2010? CNN says it's the so-called "Antennagate" on the iPhone 4, while at number 3 and number 4 are the KIN twins and the Nexus One, respectively. And if you are curious about the second spot - it's 3D TV.

Here's what CNN has to say on this subjects:

1. iPhone 4 'Antennagate'
Apple drama -- nothing brings out the diehard fans and Cupertino haters quite like this one.
The newest iteration of the wildly popular smartphone was released in June.
By all standards, it's been a huge success. All standards except one.
Some people couldn't actually use it for phone calls.

3. Microsoft Kin
We almost don't have the heart to beat up on the Kins anymore.
Having already served up the short-lived, tween-centric phones in our Thanksgiving all-time tech turkey list, we'll just remind you that the Kin One and Kin Two (Born: April 2010. Died: July 2010) aimed to be the fun, social smartphone for kids but ended up as a sort-of iPhone Lite, with a pricier data plan than their limited functions could justify.
Microsoft seemed happy to move on to the Windows Phone 7 system, so we will, too.
R.I.P. Kin. We hardly knew ye.

4. Nexus One
Speaking of phones that failed ...
Google's Android phone operating system came into its own in 2010, actually outselling phones running Apple's system by the end of the year.
But Google's effort at making their own phone to run it, the Nexus One, fizzled fast.
And here's the thing -- just about everyone who tried out the Nexus One liked it. It had features to rival the iPhone's, and reviewers were kind.
But Google might have gone wrong by originally selling the phone only online. Apparently, folks like to get their hands on their gadgets before paying for them.

Well, this is what CNN thinks on the subject, but frankly speaking, we're much more interested what YOU have to say on the matter, so tell us your opinions about which gadgets failed big time in 2010 with your comments below.

source: CNN via Redmond Pie

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posted on 29 Dec 2010, 11:35 2

1. hammertong (Posts: 27; Member since: 10 May 2010)


Phone makers need to pay attention to detail. They are so busy trying to come up with the coolest features that they are neglecting the basics. G4 is not much use if your antenna is weak. The coolest touch screen in the world is not much fun if you cannot hear the person you are talking to because of lousy speakers/microphones. The whole (phone) is only as good as the sum of its parts.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 11:40 1

2. TouchProMoFo (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Aug 2008)


I guess by G4 you mean 4G... Anyways, I don't think it's fair to call the Nexus One a tech fail, it's just a marketing fail. As CNN pointed out, reviews loved it and it really was/is a great phone. I also don't know how much 3D TV's have failed, but they seem to be advertised enough that they haven't "fizzled out". As for iPhone 4 and Kin, I don't think anyone can disagree with those assessments. Regardless of the iPhone 4's great sales, it was the biggest embarrassment in the history of Apple as far as I'm concerned. Kin? I don't even need to say any more about it, except that its entire product life was 3 months.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 12:18 1

3. remixfa (Posts: 14130; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the nexus wasnt a fail, it was a failure of implementation of the idea of a "carrier free" phone. it ended up being tied to a carrier (tmobile), though you couldnt actually get it at tmobile. you had to accept very limited plans for some odd reason and unusual pricing structures. Had Google actually made a "carrier free" Nexus availible online that had all carrier signals in it at full cost and a version in Tmobile stores for a contract discount so people can play with it, it would have sold like hotcakes.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 12:38

4. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


The antennagate itself on the iphone4 was not a big failure. If it was, it would've halted the iphone4's sales, but it obviously did not. What failed was Apple's haters and rivals using the media to blow the antennagate issue way out of proportions, thinking that it would topple the iphone4. Their attempt to destroy the iphone4 failed :)

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 13:12 1

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I guess it wasn't a technical fail for those inside apples distortion field...

if you read more carefully the title says technical fails and sure it was a technical fail, they never said the iPhone failed but that the 'antennagate' was an error that should have been foreseen by a company that makes 'perfect stuff' and also by a company that makes one phone once a year... that makes it a fail thats it period, punto, final, end.

posted on 01 Jan 2011, 19:26

11. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Either way, for a fail...it sold pretty well....12 million and counting....

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 13:14 2

6. theBankRobber (unregistered)


530gemini. Sooooo, The whole 'getting free bumpers to fix the issue From apple themselves, and staves jobs telling everyone there holding it wrong thing' never happened right????? What a Steve Jobs Cock loving Ass you really are, even Apple said there was a failure with it, also that the way the software showed you had 5 bars of coverage when you only had 2-3 bars. It did stop people from buying it, I know PLENTY of people who stayed with there 3gs, or returned the iPhone4 and got a Android phone. Ok you are a bigger FAIL for trying to act like Apple is not the problem when there truly are.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 14:48

7. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


Well I am not going to say that everyone is wrong about the iPhone 4 antennagate issues. But I have never had an issue with dropping bars, losing calls or anything even if I was covering the antennas. Bars stood the same, even when I squeezed my phone. Just saying ...

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 08:34 1

8. kinkinkinkin (unregistered)


The Kin One and Two are both still forsale on VZWs website although as feature phones and not smartphones! Kins are not dead haha

posted on 01 Jan 2011, 19:27 1

12. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Ummm, ok, then they are on life support with 1 mnth to live....

posted on 31 Dec 2010, 07:50 1

9. zomg (unregistered)


Yeah my iPhone 4 works fines, no antenna issue that I have noticed. LOLZ The Kin....

posted on 01 Jan 2011, 10:45

10. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


The only reason why Antennagate was such a big deal was because Apple acknowledged it, then denied it, then covered it up, then said it wasn't covered until warrenty or Applecare, then said it was a software thing then went back and said it wasn't. Then they went up and said that all phones have this issue and dragged other phone makes through the mud they created.

If they came out and just said "Oops, we messed up, but we'll fix it and replace affected units." At least they were giving away free cases for a while. They were facing lawsuits that they knew they couldn't win because of them trying to cover it up and deny it.

I would of listed the Kin as a number 2 on the list to a very close tie for number 1, that thing was an abomination.

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