7 Gadgets You Absolutely Should Not Buy Right Now
The world of consumer technology is full of incredible products that are well worth buying. And then there are those products that you’re better off leaving on the store shelf. Whether it’s because there’s a newer version on its way, or because it’s just not quite ready for prime time, some products aren’t worth spending your hard-earned cash on.
These seven gadgets represent some of the most noteworthy devices on the market. And though they may at one time have been the best around, or could someday be the hottest gadget on the planet, right now, you’re better off passing.
1. Amazon Fire Phone
Amazon’s first smartphone, the Fire Phone, offers plenty of eye-catching features thanks to its slick gesture controls and cool 3D-style Dynamic Perspective head-tracking display technology. And with its included Firefly app, you can quickly identify nearly any physical product, song, or show and quickly purchase it through Amazon.
But the Fire Phone’s 4.7-inch screen has a lower resolution than other leading smartphones. And, at 5.6 ounces, the Fire Phone is surprisingly heavy for such a small handset.
Amazon’s Appstore also has fewer apps than Google’s Play store and Apple’s App Store. And though its one free year of Amazon Prime is enticing, the fact that you can get the Fire only on AT&T will be a turn-off to some consumers.
If you’re a huge fan of Amazon and love the phone’s wild features, the Fire Phone might be for you. But for most smartphone users, you might want to hold off until Amazon’s second-generation Fire Phone, or just grab an iPhone or Android device.
Advice: The Amazon Fire Phone just isn’t compelling enough to replace your Android device or iPhone. We’d wait to see what the second generation has to offer.
2. Android Wear watches
Google’s Android Wear watches, which include the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, as well as the upcoming Motorola Moto 360, offer glimpses into what the future of smartwatches has to offer. They connect to your smartphone and provide you with updates and alerts for nearly all your apps, and can even check your heart rate.