The center of the tech-journalism universe has proclaimed it so it must be true. Yes, Men.Style.Com has announced the five gadgets that are doomed and both the UMPC and the Sony PlayStation 3 are on the list. Doomed? UMPCs and Sony’s new high-def gaming platform? Let’s delve a little deeper here and see what the reasoning is.
For the UMPCs, it’s because "we’ve become a keyboard society". I’ll agree with the reasoning, but not with the conclusion. Who said you can’t add a keyboard to a UMPC? I guess that kind of accessorizing isn’t stylish. I suppose that all slate Tablet PCs are doomed as well, right? Apparently, these folks are also finding UPMCs at deep discounts based on this statement: "Bill Gates thinks all you need to do is get the price down and people will buy them, but the price has come down and they still haven’t taken off". HUH?!?
The Sony doom and gloom has a good reason too: the price. Microsoft’s XBox 360 beat the PS3 to market and can enjoy production economies of scale. However, I’d never bet against Sony in the console gaming market; they’ve proven time and time again that can and will lead that market.
The other three tech losers include: HD Radio, Sony’s eBook Reader, and the Nike+iPod Sport Kit. Men.Style.Com is part of the online GQ magazine; I’ll make a deal with ’em: I won’t write about style if they stop writing about tech.