Consumer electronics guru Walt Mossberg discussed his favorite -- and least favorite -- gadget introductions of 2010.
In an interview on The Wall Street Journal's Digits feature, the Journal columnist made sure that Apple's
Mossberg routinely kicks the tires of new products before they come out, and this also means that he sometimes gets an early feel for the stinkers.
Let's go over his three biggest duds for 2010:
Streak: As the ultimate tweener with its 5-inch screen, the Streak is smaller than even the 7-inch wave of bite-sized tablets that Apple's Steve Jobs recently ridiculed. (Nasdaq: DELL)
Google TV: This one's "a mess," according to Mossberg, mocking everything from Logitech's
awkwardly petite keyboard to the shortcomings of surfing the Web from 10 feet away. He had kind words for Google (Nasdaq: LOGI) on the Android front, but Google's inability to get networks on board with this clearly rushed product definitely hurt Google TV's chances this holiday season. (Nasdaq: GOOG)
Premiere: Mossberg considers himself to be a TiVo fan -- and has even chosen TiVo over cable DVRs for his home. However, he feels this box has failed to live up to the hype, with a lack of Web-based content and a clunky user interface. (Nasdaq: TIVO)
It's hard to disagree with any of these three choices, though at least Google TV will stand to fight another day if it's able to win back hardware partners and get elusive network deals. Dell's "pocket tablet" can't last much longer, and TiVo continues to shed subscribers.
Mossberg left the short-lived Nexus One from Google off his list. It's also surprising that in a year when e-book readers finally became accessible to the masses after a fierce price war, Barnes & Noble's
Either way, it was a busy year for watchers of consumer gadgetry. With Research In Motion's
What do you think was the worst new product of 2011? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.
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