1. Creative Zen Vision: M
This is easily our favorite of the CES flops because we honestly don't understand why outlets such as
and others were touting it so highly in the first place back in 2006.
For one, it was an MP3 player/multimedia device. The Motorola Rokr may have been a terrible precursor to the iPhone, but the phone's iTunes compatibility should have been a sign that something like the iPhone was coming. As it turned out, the tech world only had to wait a year before Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone at Macworld 2007.
Secondly, the iPod had a nearly five-year head start and, a year earlier, incorporated the video support the ZEN Vision: M was attempting to pass off as new. What was it really bringing to the table? An FM tuner? The iPod got along just fine without one until 2009, and then only for one version of the nano. A voice recorder? Apple seemed just fine letting the third-party peripheral makers handle that.
Also, at $330 for a 30-gigabyte model, it was a whole lot more costly than the $250 30-gigabyte iPod. At least it wouldn't suffer too much on its way to tech obscurity. Two months after the iPhone arrived. the ZEN Vision: M was pulled from shelves and never heard from again.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.
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