The technology worked, but multiple competitors chose the VHS format, and consumers followed.
The uproar around Apple's iPhone 4 means the increasingly controversial device could end up claiming a spot in the pantheon of spectacularly flawed products. That the iPhone 4 has continued to sell briskly, despite a problem with the antenna that causes it to lose signal when gripped in a certain way, speaks to the fanaticism of Apple's devoted customer base. Anyone still thinking about picking up an iPhone 4 must be choosing to ignore the fact that it's already the subject of a class action suit, and that it could face a recall, and that the device recently got the thumbs down from Consumer Reports because of its antenna and reception issues. In honor of the iPhone 4's difficulties, we offer up our list of 10 other famously doomed technology products—some of them deeply flawed, some just unlucky in terms of timing or competition. The contenders are listed by the dates they were introduced. We should point out that Apple appears twice on this list, but Steve Jobs can take solace in Microsoft's three entries.
Tony Kontzer is a freelance writer for Baseline magazine.
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