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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?

  • tv tuner cards and/or webcams

  • ty

    I bought an iPod touch the day it came out. It was cool for a while but I literally haven’t touched it since I got my OG Droid (again, on release day.)

  • tseeley

    LG Revolution – I bought it the first week it came out being one of the first ones from verizon with a 4G LTE phone with a large screen and reversible camera. It has the worst battery life and there is no support (OS upgrades) possible for it. I tried selling it on EBAY and nobody wanted it!

  • frobroj

    The logitech harmony hockey puck remote!! Once I went to ICS it stopped working. Thanks Logitech for not supporting your own product. I get it l. You’re still pissed about the revue. Get over it and support your paying customers ya dirty Jakckenapes!!!!

  • Angel

    Asus transformer pad infinity

  • Slappa D.

    Nintendo VirtualBoy… Yea I had one, that happened.

  • jnmigr

    Driod Bionic with the lapdock.

  • Dell Axim x50v … useless except for the IR TV remote program that let you change the channel in restaurants lol

  • docboombox

    The Magnavox CD-i. There was only one game really worth playing on the system (burn:cycle which was later ported to the pc). Out of the numerous versions of that “console” the Magnavox version didn’t look like VCR on ‘roids. Crazy expensive price point for a mediocre system with mediocre games (remember the 3 non-canon Zelda games? two used probably the worst cartoon animations for cut scenes ever. HORRIBLE) and probably the lowest quality video cds (think of watching beverly hills cop 2 on youtube on the lowest resolution). FAIL!!!!

  • ChrisTraeger1

    I’d have to say the iPod Nano back when they first came out. Worst POS ever. Returned it 2 days later to Circuit City and never looked back at an Apple product again.

  • Gangsta

    Motorola Atrix 4G, I had to replace him the touch screen on two occasions, at least 1 year.

  • Devincean

    Hands down asus transformer prime thank god for best buy allowing me to trade it for a asus transformer infinity best tablet i have ever owned now

  • Logitech Revue. Gosh what a load

  • Vistaistehbest

    For me, it was an SGI Fuel running IRIX. SGI went bankrupt shortly thereafter and IRIX support is all but non-existent.

  • sgtreesh37

    Panasonic DSnap

  • Steve-O

    1. HP Pavillion DV6000 laptop
    2. WebTV

    • Dude I just bought a DV6000 yesterday! What’s the bad about it??

  • GrisLieber

    Hands Down w/out a Doubt: Verizon Samsung Omnia w/ Windows Mobile

  • Sakiel

    Probably Kinect, I still have a little hope though. Maybe a 32X, maybe a Logitech Revue.

  • Fred Hoffmann

    LG Dare!

  • Amenemhat1

    nothing beats my Jupiter Jack! Thanks BIlly Maze for taking my money…

  • mithmal

    BB Storm worst phone ever! Last BB i ever buy.

  • Picktor

    Worst game system: PS3 Worst tablet: Blackberry Playbook Worst phone: T-Mobile Sidekick (BUT I HAD TO HAVE MYSPACE CONNECTIVITY!) or HTC Thunderbolt

  • Fattie McDoogles

    the HTC Imagio. WinMo 6.5! Makes the Storm look like the iPhone. One of the first devices to have Sense on it. Problem was that Sense was only on the home screen… everything else was still WinMo… *gags*

  • Anthony

    HTC Hero, it got me into android and flashing, but it was so underpowered and Android was so clunky back then.

  • PSU_DI

    I think the Motorola Q was the worst gadget I bought.

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  • hatetopickonsammy

    samsung glyde

  • garnetandblack

    I gotta agree with Woz – the HTC Thunderbolt may be the biggest crapfest I’ve ever owned…

  • Leroy Waddermelon

    Droid X2 What a waste of my upgrade.

  • “Big Red”

    I would have to say my galaxy tab 10.1 32gb…. Was promised by Sammy none the less for that ICS update that never happened for me. Because I unloaded mine a day or 2 before the update…lol…. Wait wait wait I lied I think my over hyped Motorola has to take the cake on this one!!!!

    • “Big Red”

      Bionic…. Damn I need to proof read before I post

  • TC

    Palm Zire

  • weathermanJake

    Unfortunately my Logitech Revue. It is so buggy that it is just not worth the hassle. Streaming content over PS3 is so much more stable. It is sad because I had high hopes for Google TV.

  • Justin H.

    Droid X2 was one of my bad (upgrades) purchases, My Droid X was way better and had less glitches, less lag, and less random reboots, also it had a better looking screen then my Droid X2. My Droid X2 has a duel core processor that should of made it an awesome phone that should of been capable of doing a much much much better job than how it works right now. I mean my DX2 has the ability to upgrade to ICS like all the other phones that were upgraded but Motorola for some reason decided to never put it on the list to upgrade. FAIL on Motorola’s part but I was very disappointed in my Droid X2. I still prefer my Droid X over the X2.

  • Justin

    Mine is the LG Banter from about 5 ish Years ago. Replaced it at least 4 times due to manufacturer defect, then went back to my original Moto RAZR 🙂

  • balthuszar

    i was giong to say the LG enV2…but then i remembered when microsoft sent out an update to the zune and it bricked all the 80GB zunes, and then refused to do anything for all of us 80 GB zune owners

  • blewis

    im going to have to go with my beloved portable mp3 cd player

  • Cowbrains

    HTC Rezound

  • boooyahhh

    blackberry curve 8330. I know.. I know.

  • Jorian W.

    Droid Bionic

  • JetBlue

    LG Revolution.

    Still have to use this until I can get a new phone.

  • Magnacox

    The Magnavox Odyssey. Everyone else in my neighborhood got an Atari gaming system. My parents went to the appliance store and the fast talking salesman said that because the Odyssey had a keyboard it was essentially a ‘computer’ and more useful than just for playing games. It featured two bit graphics and atari rip off games like the Pac-Man-esque K.C. Munchkin. WTF? Thanks Mom and Dad.

  • GawkerRedesignSucks


    Just my honest opinion. I bought one brand new, played it for a week, and it collected dust until I sold it after about 3 months.

  • misphit_917

    creative mp3 twice!

  • Crane476

    Ipad 2

  • IzzleDizzle

    LG Dare was easily the worst gadget I ever bought. I even was suckered into getting a data package with it for it’s browser. Good thing I only paid for that for a month.

  • ErieT30

    My Dell Duo…. who puts a camera where it wont work in tablet mode…. what was i thinking buying it.

  • a.c.

    Palm Pre. Who’s with me on this????

  • Eluvatar

    Droid Bionic Laptdock ;(

  • UrDoGG

    Like many of us posting here, I was cursed with Verizon and Blackberry’s answer to the iPhone 3G back in December 2008 – the Blackberry Storm. Worst device eva.
    Runner up would be the HTC Thunderbolt which I had replaced 3 times due to the radio failing.

    • Jwhap

      ouch….that is a double fail!!!!! Sorry man!

  • simranjit

    HP Touchpad is pretty bad stock.
    Bought it for 150 for 32 gigs hard drive. Stock OS blows and it’s not even supported anymore.
    Thank goodness there’s android for it now.
    But I’d still rather use my thunderbolt or my Nexus 7.