10 devices that didn’t change the world

Mobile & tablets

by Michael Moore| 19 June 2014

Some of the technology world's lesser-known devices.

Everyone wants their work to have an impact on the world, and when your work includes designing and producing the devices that people use every day, this becomes a potentially reachable goal. But what if what you produce isn't ever really that great?

Here is a list of devices that had high hopes, but ultimately probably won't be remembered in the history books...


Nokia N-Gage

Released in 2003, the N-Gage was Nokia's ill-fated attempt to enter the hand-held games console market and take on the likes of Nintendo's Game Boy Advance. Offering mobile phone functionality built into a games console, the N-Gage cost $299 upon launch and ultimately sold three million units worldwide before it was discontinued in 2007.

HP TouchPad

HP TouchPad

Whilst Android and iOS dominate the mobile and tablet world these days, it all could have been very different had HP's TouchPad succeeded. Launched in July 2011, the device ran WebOS, which HP had acquired for $1.2bn as part of Palm Computing. The multi-touch operating system should have proved ideal for tablet devices, but an extremely poorly delivered device (which briefly gained notoriety when HP slashed its price to $99) spelt the end for what could have been a real force in the technology market.

S4 Zoom

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Putting cameras into smartphones has completely revolutionised the mobile market, with a device's photo taking capabilities now a major USP for many consumers. However Samsung decided to take this idea and move it forwards just a tad too much, grafting a full-sized camera onto the back of a Galaxy smartphone to create the slightly bulge-y Zoom. The most recent, the Galaxy K Zoom, released earlier this year, features a 20.2MP camera with 10x zoom capabilities, more than many of us would ever need, but has yet to see widespread acceptance.


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