10 December, 2008

How do your tech picks stack up?

Business Week has released their top 20 and bottom 5 tech products of 2008 -- how do your picks compare to their picks? The top of the list is the iPhone App Store. As I mentioned in a prior post, this is not the first App Store, but perhaps the most popular. Though I do like the concept, I find it hard to be released at number 1 with the restrictions Apple places.

The Blackberry Storm beat out the iPhone. Having not used the Storm, I can't give it a fair comparison. I do know that I like my iPhone much better than my last smartphone, a Blackberry.

The MacBook Air made it an number 5. Here's another one I don't agree with. I doubt many Windows-to-Apple switchers would be happy with this as their first Mac product, with its missing connections and under-powered performance. It may be a fine product as a netbook, but at the price point, it's only for those with disposable income. Perhaps switching palces with number 10, the Sling Catcher would be better.

Chrome, Firefox, and Twitter all made it within the top 10, which seem appropriate. Twitter is definately a break-through product, creating a new niche, while Chrome and Firefox have turned the browser wars back on.

I think the Wii Fit and Roku box probably should have been in the top 10, replacing some of the smartphones. With Apple opening up the smartphone market last year, this years offerings including the iPhone 3G are just me-too products.

Speaking of me-too products, the G1 Android phone made the bottom list. Yes it is a "me-too", but it hardly qualifies as a bottom feeder, Google has demonstrate the potential of an new open-source smartphone platform. They deserve at lease enough kudos to get off the bottom -- this is like getting an "F" for giving a speech in middle school by a nervous kid; getting up and trying is worth at least a "D".

Other products that qualified for the bottom 5 included Vista and HD DVD. But again I think another error in placement is the Tesla Roadster. Yes, too high of price for the average consumer, but innovative and promising. It doesn't seem to make sense that the MacBook Air could get #5 while the Tesla list listed in the bottom 5 -- where's the consistency?

What do you think? Agree or disagree with Business Week? With me?

1 comment:

HaleDN said...

I would tend to agree with you. Just because a product is released but really isn't ready for the market doesn't mean that it should be one of the worst disappointments of the year. The Tesla and Android have some awesome features found in no other product, but their respective companies didn't quite deliver them to the market as well as other products. Both of these products will be the basis for a whole line of new products based on their innovative technologies. Tesla Motors may not survive until the next round of product introductions, but someone with deep pockets is bound to pick up their patents and take off with them.