H1 2014 in review: 6 flops and disappointments

And so we continue with our review of the year's first half. Today's topic – flops and disappointments. Yup, we'll be talking about the underwhelming products and solutions that we dealt with at some point during the past six months. And most of them involve some big names with respect in the industry, which goes to show that nobody is immune to flopping every once in a while...
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41 Comments

17. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 2014

90% eh? Please post a link to your creditable source. Or is that just your guess pal? Cos I can assure it is nowhere near 90% haha madness

26. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Since u r asking him, you might as well link a credible source for your figure of 0.005% in comment#14 while you're at it.

29. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

I've had a 3rd party heart rate monitor app on my Droid Razr Maxx HD for over a year and it works great. Not sure what the hoopla is all about.

12. alaw.14

Posts: 414; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I think samsung should have went with the iris scanner instead of the fingerprint sensor. But anyways the finger scanner works 90% for me and the accuracy of the heart rate is dead on. I actually let a cardiologist play around with it and let him compare it with his machines. He said that it works and is reliable.

18. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The reliability isn't the question, it's the fact that an app can get you the same results w/o having to build in into the hardware of the he phone.

23. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Sammy's fingerprint scanner works absolutely flawlessly, it just lacks education to teach ppl. how to use it and register it (like 3 different patterns for the same finger) and if you got the angle of the swype right ONCE, it'll work 100% of the time, I promise. QHD - I'm quite disappointed. More than the battery and performance drain, brightness and even color accuracy seem to suffer from all those small subpixels and little room to light them. QHD on an 8" tablet and up makes perfect sense, but what also makes sense for such small subpixels is the use of AMOLED, cause it can be far more power efficent again because it is a light source itself not something passive with backlights.

28. banglazbless

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

PA have a grudge against good ole Sammy, so they have to list two reason for the s5 but fail to mention that huge bezel in the m8 which in my eyes is hideous.

39. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

I don't know about number 6 - coz YOU KNOW all phones are going there, sooner or later (probably SOONER). So its just evolution - how do you put that as a disappointment or flop. Totally agree on all the others - especially Nokia X. Was so excited about them but they just turn out to be garbage!

41. TisaTsir

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

The sony xperia z2's 20.7 camera should be on this list.

42. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Dont know what author of this article is talking about? Nokia X series is selling like hot cakes in selected markets like India.

44. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Where is the author getting the info about QHD screens? The only tested so far is the G3 and it has a good battery life.

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