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Have you ever been in a position to buy a gift for someone you just don’t like? Maybe a in-laws, or a stubborn niece or nephew? Or just looking to avoid terrible gifts? TechRepublic collected the worst possible gift ideas – products that you can give to people who serve as the holiday equivalent of “Here’s your problem now.” In other words, the digital equivalent of buying a drum kit for your cousin to annoy your brother.
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1. Wired 3.5 mm headphones
For the 2019 holiday season, this actually gives people a quest to find out how to connect headphones to whatever they own.
Almost every flagship smartphone has left the 3.5 mm headphone connection in the last 3.5 years, which means that the practical possibilities of this are limited, at least without the use of a dongle for Lightning or USB-C connectors.
2. Android tablets
The Motorola Xoom – the first Android tablet – debuted in 2011 and full-size Android tablets were hardly better. For all UI enhancements associated with the tablet form factor in Android 3.0, these were slowly eliminated as the primary Android user interface returned to being more phone-focused, with third-party apps that rarely make or maintain tablet optimizations, making the tablet experience Android essentially just vast phone apps.
In combination with the reputation of Android tablets to rarely or never receive important version updates, giving Android tablets is an exercise to expose people to frustration.
3. The wrong smart assistant device (or, realistically, each)
Do you know someone who is really enthusiastic about the Google ecosystem? Buying an Echo device, or something that relies on Alexa, is a quick way to gather polite disappointment.
Amazon Alexa? Buying a Google Home or Nest product is counterproductive at best, given the incompatibility between the two.
In fact, if you know someone who has not yet purchased either of these ecosystems, it is best not to give them at all. “Here is a microphone and / or camera to place in your house, so Silicon Valley can always follow you!” will certainly make you dear to friends, family and informal acquaintances.
There is also the point that Google is pushing the Nest Mini so hard with giveaways and bundles that the value of that product is roughly the same as the toy at the bottom of the breakfast cereal box.
It is the thought that counts, but this can just be a flawed thought.
4. The Facebook portal
Facebook debuted the Portal videophone in November 2018, to be politely accepted, despite the continuing scandal of data privacy that has plagued the social media giant. The portal is advertised as a device located in the user’s living room and is used to communicate with friends and family.
In February 2019, in an interview with Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “We absolutely do not want a society in which there is a camera in the living room of everyone viewing the content of those conversations,” apparently forgetting that Facebook portal exists. No. We didn’t make that up. We can’t make things up.
Megan Wollerton of CNET stated that “no one should buy the Facebook Portal TV.” Wollerton took no problems with the hardware itself and said, “It’s a complete anomaly – a solidly performing, reasonably priced device that is simply not suitable for everyone due to privacy issues and ever-alarming problems that plague the social networking site.”
5. In principle any Fitbit or WearOS smartwatch
WearOS welcomes quickly because none of the devices of the current generation are properly equipped to take on … the previous generation of Apple Watch units. This is not purely the fault of Google – the lack of good SoCs from Qualcomm, needed to power these smartwatches, has hampered development – although WearOS is not particularly good in itself.
Jason Perlow from ZDNet claims in the same way that Fitbit is doomed after their acquisition by Google. Given the tendency of Google to kill products, Fitbit may well fit the way of Pebble.
6. Apple Watch for Android users
This doesn’t work, it looks like Apples and … well, you get it.
7. Expired Chromebooks
Chromebooks are delivered with nominally five years of software updates from Google, keeping the Chrome browser up to date. It is not five years after purchase, but it is five years from the date of introduction of the model. You can check the lifetime of Chromebook models on the Google support pages, but this information is not printed on the package when you purchase a Chromebook.
There are quite a few websites that increase sales on Chromebooks for less than $ 100 – these are often refurbished, expired systems that no longer receive security updates. Set course for identity theft!
8. The Xbox One X fully digital edition
Do you want a game console, but with none of the savings you can get on Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales, or stores that sell second-hand games such as GameStop? The Xbox One X All-Digital Edition is great for people who want to pay more for less money.
CNET has a complete overview of the price structure of this mess.
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