The 10 worst consumer tech trends: fanboys, format wars, and more

PC World Canada publishes an article on November 13 that takes a look a look at ten of the most annoying trends that take the "consumer" out of consumer technology: over-promising and under-delivering, fanboys, region encoding, format wars, and more.

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Cherchez La Ghost4928d ago (Edited 4928d ago )

It's true...

5. Format wars
"HD-DVD and Blu-ray, I'm looking at you. The high-definition disc format that will eventually replace DVD has had a relatively slow adoption by consumers despite its superior high-definition picture quality and increased storage capacity that allows for the inclusion of some killer special features. The reason is that there are two formats, HD-DVD and Blu-ray, that are warring for market share. Although the solution seems frighteningly simple - just endorse the creation of players that can accept both kinds of disc - the respective backers of each format seem fortified in their trenches. The fallout, of course, is that consumers are taking the "wait and see" approach until one format takes hold, when they could be enjoying HD content right away".

8. Fanboys
"The definition of fanboy (or fangirl) is an individual who harbours a fanatic devotion to something without logical reason. In the case of consumer technology, it can be applied to a situation where a person's self-esteem and sense of self-worth is attached the success of a particular product or brand. Whatever happened to just buying the best product? Instead, consumer technology buyers are broken into hostile camps: Apple vs. Windows, PlayStation vs. Xbox, iPod vs. everything else. Read an article about a Windows product and you can count on a few Mac users showing up and leaving snarky comments about how much they love OS X. Why do people feel such fierce loyalty to a corporation? You can rest assured the corporation doesn't feel the same level of loyalty towards you".

Skerj4928d ago

If only everyone got the latter part of the fanboy definition into their head maybe we could stop some of these needless flamewars around here.

P4KY B4928d ago

You know its true.
It wouldn't be the same without them.

skillshot4928d ago

Amazing article. I ccompletely agree with every part of it.

ry-guy4928d ago

I can tell you exactly what has created the fanboy and fangirl phenomenan:


Because these electronics are so expensive, it makes it hard to go out and purchase a Wii only to find out it isn't the best avaiable product and now you have save up for a PS3 or Xbox 360, only to find out they were not supporting their product the way you thought they would. etc. etc.

It is too expensive to purchase everything, instead you have to pick and defend your decision.

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