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Question of the Day: What’s the Worst Gadget You’ve Ever Purchased?


With Wozniak’s recent confession that the HTC Thunderbolt was one of the worst purchases he’s ever made, we’re out to find the same thing from all of you. With a wide variety of tech goodies out there, it’s quite possible to have purchased a flop that you completely regret. Was it a computer, camera, phone, tablet?

As for us, Kellex still shakes his head at the purchase of a Motorola XOOM LTE – “No updates ever, it weighs a ton, has an awful screen, and I have probably used it for all of 8 hours total.” As for me, I regret buying an old $80 PDA back when I was in eighth grade that I had absolutely no use for. I think I got it just to look cool. Mission failed.

What’s the worst gadget you’ve ever purchased?

  • sb

    Archose 7 WiFi – buggy software inside bad hardware

  • ricko

    Ipod…because a new better came out a week later. Pos apple.

  • g_what

    I don’t think I have ever made a bad mobile device purchase… started with the OG Droid. Upgraded to the GNex. Recently purchased a N7. No complaints about any of them.

    My Sony Vaio has lasted me for over 5 years.

    I guess if I had to choose it would be my WD 500 gig external from about 4 years ago. Only reason for that is cause it needed to be plugged in to an outlet for power. Other than that, I was happy with it.

  • terry

    Logitech Google TV box, without a doubt. Even at the clearance price. A low price didn’t make it better, just cheaper to try.

  • Zacharypt

    Sony MiniDisc Recorder/Player 🙁 Was Totally catching the next wave after CD’s…. epic fail.

  • Swift_LawnGnome

    Sony Mylo 2. Worthless $300 piece of junk.

  • hayemt

    Droid 3

  • hench

    Droid Charge

    • Jwhap

      Agreed…..100%! I feel Kellex’s pain on the lte xoom but the droid charge was absolutely the worst purchase I have ever made! Wasted an upgrade on that POS!!!! It was so bad I bought the gnex off contract!

  • RBI411

    The Gamecube, followed closely by the Wii.

  • butters
  • Droid

    Droid 3

  • shannon

    Samsung Omnia – worst phone ever. I had such a bad experience with it, I have not even considered buying another handset from them. When the G Nex came out tgis year, it wasn’t even a question. No way!

    • shannon

      *this* sorry

    • Jwhap

      Sadly, I felt the same way about the droid charge. I bought the gnex and could not be happier……This phone rocks!

  • droidman101

    I think you should have a poll here for best device ever purchased as well. I have a feeling that the frontrunners would be the OG Droid and the HTC HD2 (after you install android of course).

  • Steve

    This! My portable player was great…but this attached to my stereo was such a waste, as the only way I got music to the MiniDisc was via CD, which right next to this deck.

    • Steve


  • omniskeptic

    HTC tilt w ATT account, running Win mobile. Unusable. Fired both of ’em – never again.

  • droidman101

    Just a question here-what device is on the right in the picture, the one with the keyboard (no, not the Droid, your OTHER right).

  • master94

    Everything Apple

  • zach

    Lg Revolution.. that phone SUCKSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • droidman101

    Kindle Fire. It literally (no joke) is a brick right now. No front facing camera, as well as Amazon’s locked down-ness made it suck. When trying to flash a rom on, something corrupted /emmc while wiping, and I can’t unbrick it. What’s worse is that I actually have morals so I decided not fake ignorance and get a new one from the warranty because I had already broken warranty.

  • Mario Mendez

    HTC Thunderbolt

  • Lte

    Motorola Xoom hands down

  • LK

    iPod Touch

  • neutrontwin

    A Kin Twom. Had it before my nexus

  • redragn5

    iPod touch (2nd Gen 16GB) hands down – always had issues with iTunes and after 13 months the WiFi antenna died (with a 12 month warranty). Went to apple to try and get it fixed and they told me it would be $150 to replace with the same model (the 4th Gen just came out too) so I decided to take that money to eBay. Bought an OG Droid and the rest is history…

    Family mention: my dad passed up the OG Droid in favor of the Droid Devour, I’m still shaking my head at that one…

    • droidman101

      The only thing the Devour had that was better than the OG droid was a snapping keyboard.

      • redragn5

        Yeah I liked that part – though I hated the keyboard layout. Putting the space bar in between the N and B keys was just too awkward for me

  • noc007

    UT Starcom/HTC XV6700:
    No gadget has ever made me rage so much as that thing did. It couldn’t function as a phone much less a PDA and the build quality was a joke. With it weighing, shaped, and functioning like a brick, I was tempted to throw that damn thing through a window.

    There have been other crappy gadgets and bad/regrettable purchases, but that damn thing made by HTC was the worst. That reminds me, I need to gather all of my old cellphones (12 years worth) and hawk them on fleaBay to see if there someone that would be willing to give me money for any of them.

  • RobertLamb256

    The original Blackberry Storm.

  • RCA Lyra 10GB MP3 Player circa 2002-2003. Even back then I was anti-Apple. Nightmare navigation controls, was the size of the original Sony Walkman, and weighed like 8 pounds.

  • Sixhammers

    HTC Thunderbolt….Last piece of HTC hardware I will ever own….(unfortunate)

  • FelisLachesis

    For me, it’s the original Motorola RAZR, the one from 10ish or so years ago. I don’t know why, but I hated that phone. I was able to return it within the 15 day window, but, ugh that phone was awful I don’t know why I didn’t like it, just didn’t like how it felt.

  • Blades

    Creative Labs MP3 Music player on a USB stick(MUVO). 128MB and when it worked it was fine. But it would lock up all the time or get stuck on the same song. While it would last 12 hours on one AAA battery, it just wasn’t reliable and cost a crapload back in the day.


    HTC Tilt 2 (windows 6.5)

  • SagarPatel

    Archos media player first and a close second wad a Toshiba gigabit media player. Only bought cause I refuse apple….

  • steveliv

    click..click..click…dead zipdisk drive 🙂

  • An LG Bluetooth Stereo headset (when the first came out)

    I forget the model number but this thing was horrid. poor reception, uncomfortable to wear for more than 5 minutes, and only loud enough to hear music in the basement of a library.

  • Blackberry Storm. Nothing else even comes close.

  • steveliv

    The Augen Gentouch78 android tablet from Kmart. The worst android tablet in existence, good thing i was able to return it. Second, would be the Viewsonic GTablet….

  • lucky Dre

    Been lucky enough so far to not have one, but once I get those stylish Google glasses

  • Batfan

    Bought a brand new Casio Cassiopeia E-125 when I was in High School. Terrible battery life, little memory, pretty much useless.

  • Hack

    LG Vue with tv antenna

  • areffes

    Without a doubt, the Kyocera Smartphone. Back in 2001, it was$500 and I just had to have it.

    • Jwhap

      I think I bought that same pos……lol

  • jeff

    EVO 2

  • Illwillnukka

    I purchased a HTC Thunderbolt on launch day and then turned around and bought the XOOM LTE on launch day. Those were the two worst purchase I ever made.

    • Jwhap

      ouch! I feel your pain on the lte xoom. I bought a charge when I dunked my incredible in the pool……Sadly the 3g incredible was a faster phone than the charge! I still pick up my xoom, if I would have thought about that purchase a bit more I would have bought the wifi only and not got caught up in bs verizon contracts though!

  • anon

    Ipod nano, spent more time waiting for it to reboot than listening to music, then the hours fixing computers due to bonjour embedded in itunes. Thank you winamp, though the stupid thing still reboots on some songs.

  • wmsco51

    Droid 2

  • QQpayne

    zip drive, was relevant for all of 6 months

  • Viciousking1914

    iPod Touch….the one and only apple product i’ve ever owned.

  • jathak

    Notion Ink Adam

  • UrDoGG

    The original Zune did indeed suck. However, the Zune HD was pretty awesome. I had an ipod touch and Zune HD, and the Zune kicked its ass without question. The only thing the ipod touch had on the Zune is app selection.

  • toyosup88

    Verizon LG Chocolate…POS lol

  • jarrett

    The honest truth, my itouch 3rd gen, that thing was such a piece of crap. it constantly had to be formatted cause of some glitch that would cause the date to like reset to 1969 and as a result I couldnt download anything from the app store, then it would take about 4 hours to reset the damn thing, I would have to hit agree 50 friggin times and sign in 200 times by the time I got it working, and at that point I just didnt want to even use the thing. Then I got my Droid, and I never looked at the itouch again, it’s still to this day sitting in its original case being unused