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The most disappointing and bizarre gadgets of 2013

Disappointing or weird gadgets

These are the gadgets released or at least announced or demoed in 2013 that I think are the biggest letdowns or just flat-out weird. Sound off in the comments about which gadgets are on your worst of 2013 list.

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iPhone 5C

I might get a lot of flack for including the iPhone 5C in this list, but I stand behind my decision. The iPhone 5C's main selling point is color options, and the product tainted the release of the new hardware and iOS 7.

This is made even more evident when you compare the iPhone 5C to the incredible power of the iPhone 5S. The 5S is the first 64-bit smartphone platform and should have been given its own release. Yes, iOS 7 made a lot of major changes and even gained a boost in performance, but with a polycarbonate body, the C should stand for cheap.

Also read: iPhone 5C teardown reveals upgrades and design changes and iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c might underwhelm - but do they point to Apple's future plans? 

Photo credit: Apple

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10 comments
alpy01
alpy01

Very well said, captainanalog.


The whole criticism on 5C based on what exactly? Polycarbonate? Pleeeeezz.


Don't buy it, it's just an arbitrary extra choice you're free to ignore. iPhone stands for much much more, and you reduce it to polycarbonate??

captainanalog
captainanalog

While you're at it, also get an equalizer so you can actually try to make this mega-bass crap sound like music.

wdg3rd
wdg3rd

Concerning the Bluetooth gloves, I recall that the late Harry Harrison used the concept in one of his "Stainless Steel Rat" novels a few years ago.  Transmitter and receiver as press-on nails for pinky and thumb,  Personally I find the hand position awkward and uncomfortable, but I'm getting a bit old and arthritic.

erosson
erosson

I use Win 7 64 bit and no captions

p.delacey
p.delacey

" hurried eating (which has been "attributed" to weight gain)" - this implies that weight gain is said to cause hurried eating. It should say that weight gain is attributed to hurried eating

alessandro.ansa
alessandro.ansa

Slideshow does not work, tried it on Firefox, Chrome and IE

MaryWeilage
MaryWeilage moderator

@lon.feuerhelm  I'm sorry to hear that you're unable to view the slideshow's captions. I appreciate you letting us know. What OS are you using, please? This might help us troubleshoot the issue. 

MaryWeilage
MaryWeilage moderator

@alessandro.ansa I'm sorry to hear that you're unable to view the slideshow. I appreciate you letting us know. What OS are you using, please? This might help us troubleshoot the issue. 

whitewolf60
whitewolf60

@Mary Weilage@lon.feuerhelmI recently found that a complete uninstall/re-install of Firefox (to include removing all preferences, settings, etc.) took care of this and other issues that had arisen over time.


On some of my systems, Firefox had been continuously updated from version 3 through version 26, and it may be that a browser can be viewed as akin to an OS; over time, cobwebs develop that are most efficiently dealt with through a clean installation.


I backed up my bookmarks despite the fact that I sync them on all my systems. I uninstalled Firefox version 26 and reinstalled initially version 24, in case any of the issues were related to the latest release. I subsequently re-updated to version 26, re-synched my bookmarks, and said goodbye to several annoying glitches, even on systems running XP!


I intend to utilize the same process with any of my systems using an aging installation of IE8 on XP, though I guess I can only "roll back" the IE version before re-installing, and expect a similar improvement (OK, maybe not : )