What are the worst gadgets you've ever owned?

What are the worst gadgets you've ever owned?
Some gadgets are bad. Those that are bad also usually happen to be cheap. But what do you do when gadgets touted to be the next big thing turn out to be crap as well? You are angry, frustrated.

That mismatch between manufacturer’s promises and/or the hype around devices on one hand, and the actual device on the other is the most infuriating one.

And if you happen to have only fully realized your mistake after the return period for such a device has passed, you are left with nothing to do but feel sorry. Not anymore - here is a place to pour all your gadget anger. Share it with us - what are the worst gadgets you have ever owned? Devices that were supposed the killer of you-know-what, but killed more of your nerves than anything else.

We could not resist the urge and have got 10 suggestions of our own. You may disagree. You may also re-order them. You may have only held them for a while (let us know you have not owned them, though!). In either case, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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2. tunisien14

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

nokia x7

66. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Blackberry Pearl Blackberry Tour Droid Charge iPhone4 Galaxy Tab 1 (7inch)

76. speed4evr

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I wasnt a fan of the BB Pearl, the BB Tour was only good as a backup phone(No WiFi :/ )

97. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Okay, I'm almost in your boat, though, I'd have to give Woz props' since, the Thunderbolt was ThunderCrap so, he's not far from being totally wrong. Here's my list: 1. Treo 650 (which Verizon was going to send me as a replacement for a Thera 2032) but, I had enough intelligence to refuse shipment - on my account 0 days 2. Blackberry Storm 9530 (has got to top your Pearl and Tour for Blackberry Crap King) - on my account 4 days. 3. Thunderbolt (huge disappointment overall, this coming from an EVO fan) - on my account 2 weeks. 4. iPhone 4 16GB - on my 2nd line 1 month (long enough to get "lost" so that the insurance company could send me a 4S) 5. iPhone 4S 16GB - on my 2nd line 3 months (long enough to have Verizon carrier unlock it so that I could sell it to someone on Craigslist for hundreds of dollars) 6. DROID CHARGE - 3 long and gruelingly aching months. 7. HTC XV6700 - 5 months on my primary line until Verizon gave me a free upgrade to the XV6800 8. HTC XV6875 (Touch Pro II) - sent it back after one week 9. HTC XV6850 (Touch Pro) - thought it was crap from the beginning and refused to try. 10. Kyocera Echo - deserves to be here just for being such a bomb; they probably only sold two of them! Galaxy Tab 7.0 wouldn't have been so bad if the phone's radio in the U.S. had not been disabled; I had the T-Mobile t849 for about a year.

144. IHateApple

Posts: 122; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

A Digital photo frame and the Iron Man Mark 5 armor.

98. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

How dare you!!!

118. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i know right!! x7 is one sexy phone!!! but need a little more modification... really hate the non-user replacable battery!

146. metalpoet unregistered

LG Chocolate(4 in 1 year 10 months) DROID 2(30 days before battery completely stopped working) DROID X(2 in 6 months) DROID 3(3 in 11 months) & LG Envy 2(5 in 1 year 4 months before they gave me a LG Dare for free when the phone had only been out one month :) )

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Sony Ericsson xperia arc...still use it as a backup phone

120. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

If u think that phone is s**t.. i have nothing much to say already....

5. dcdave63

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Sony Minidisc....bar none.

6. thelegend6657 unregistered

Nokia N97 (Overpriced junk flagship by nokia ) LG Viewty ( Only the Camera is decent , everything else is terrible ) Samsung Corby 2 ( My father got it for free , so he gave it to me , seriously for a little tiny bit more one can upgrade to Xperia X8 or Galaxy Y . Laggy , touchscreen unresponsive and unaccurate , UI ugly , terrible screen and camera , little apps , screen that likes to unlock itself . If you want a feature phone at that price , nokia is still the king )

7. Shelbz

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Nokia 6260, the idea was smart but the phone was horrible. Very low memory caused Symbian to constantly crash. Honorable mention to the original HTC XDA and HTC Blue Angel, if the battery died all info was lost.

8. thelegend6657 unregistered

Symbian needs a lot of ram . On my N97 and 5800 apps always force close and phone reboots by itself sometimes because of lack of ram .

13. Shelbz

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Yep, you can throw almost every Symbian in there but I did like my 6620 and 6682, didn't get many FC's on it for the apps I ran back then.

17. thelegend6657 unregistered

Usually stuff that force close are native apps like Nokia Maps or the Browser . Its annoying using the GPS halfway someone calls then it FC . Or surfing website halfway stating memory is full while i only have the browser running then after 7 seconds the message appears the browser force close . Very very annoying

102. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

u can throw almost every symbian in there?!!! r u a troll or just some ignorant???????! one symbian device in this list doesn't make every symbian phone bad. 3650,6600,6630,6680,n70,n90,n93,n73,n91,n95,n8,808​,c7 and lots of others were all great devices, made history and sold in 100s of millions. respect things when respect is due

131. kristo

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

N8 is definately high up the list of Symbian fails, underpowered and frequently overheated and OS prone to regular lockups, I had mine replaced three times in as many months and then sold it on ebay, went back to my trusy N72 -- very poorly featured compared to any current model and with a very ordinary UI, but it's still going. Allegedly the N9 was many times better than the N8, but I gave it a miss when offered. would never buy a Symbian product again, and though Nokia has wisely switched to WP8, I don't think their hardware is anywhere near as solid is was in their 2000s peak.

134. thelegend6657 unregistered

If you think thats bad , i will tell you the full story of my N97 Key lock slider broken problems charging buggy software (Nokia only updated the phone once and its still buggy ) Music app that doesnt work ( i have to go to the file manager to listen to music ) If you use the flash light on a photo the photo is instantly ruin ! (Left half of it you will only see white ) Cheap plastic build quality No mulititouch Terrible speaker sound quality and earpiece is a little soft . ( The cheaper 5800 sounds a lot better if watching video or listening music ! ) Overpriced , higher initial selling price than the N8 Camera lens cover that SCRATCHES the lens Sometime when someone calls the phone just freeze , cant answer it , cant decline it , cant do s**t (5800 dont have this problem because nokia updates it regularly ) But N9 is meego device and meego is alot better than symbian . Smooth , beautiful and fast

9. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Are we talking just gadgets that didn't sell well, or bad gadgets? It seems PA is just looking at gadgets that didn't make a splash in the market but that doesn't necessarily mean they were bad gadgets. Not sure if poster #1 is merely trolling or not... but yes, as a gadget the first iPhone (which is how I took the comment) was actually a pretty crappy gadget, however, it was aesthetically pleasing and well-marketed as an exclusive device which lead to a great sales blockbuster. So, I ask again for the clarification, are we talking bad gadgets here, or just bad sellers?

33. bigbmc26

Posts: 43; Member since: May 10, 2012

I'm thinking they need to clarify as well. Being that I'm typing this out on a BlackBerry PlayBook, it was no where near a horrible device, it just serves a different purpose. When launched, I agree the price was too high, but it was designed an accessory to a BlackBerry smartphone. Email, calendar, memos, etc, worked great over bridge. IMO it was very innovative and forward thinking idea. The real problem was that, by the time RIM launched the PlayBook, they had a huge perception problem. People wanted to make to make fun of them. If everything wasn't done exactly like Apple, it was horrible.

10. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

blackberry 9220 and nokia x7. install more than 5 games and i can fell the speed drop 50%

11. samsungcaptivateglide777

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 22, 2012

Nokia C6-00, worst mistake ever.

12. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

My Thunderbolt ( still got it for back up ) I don't know why i cant let it go.

14. bigbmc26

Posts: 43; Member since: May 10, 2012

My 20GB ipod. The thing never worked properly. Problems with the battery charging, problems with syncing, etc. Glad I won it from work, I would have been pissed if I had spent my money on it.

15. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

HAHAHAHAHA the N-Gage xD i had one xDDDDD

16. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

My Galaxy R. The screen occasionally fails to react properly,and I have to lock/unlock several times. I also sent it for service 3times! want to rid it soon...for an s2.

19. cmeiner

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Motorola Droid Bionic is by far the worst. I am still having problems with it after the latest OS update. I have gone through 5 of them now with problems ranging from power cycling to dropping data connection for no reason! My newest one seems to like to drain the battery 4 hours into the day.

20. mydi.maus unregistered

blackberry storm sony e. arc htc incredible motorola razr nolkia n8

37. SleepingOz unregistered

N8 is the worst phone I've ever used!

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